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Stella
01-04-2008, 11:42 PM
Welcome to a few ‘firsts’ ~
~ The first monthly Freestyle Challenge at SAS;
~ My first time hosting a challenge here;
~ First month of 2008, when the four new SAS-Ladies, store designers, are making their debut, yours truly included.

Let's jump right in then, shall we?
What is Freestyle and how do you do that in a digital scrapping environment?

The art of Freestyling on a layout really sounds simple, but can be full of personal challenges to your usual layout style. Many pages are made by grabbing a sketch, template or quick-page, which is fine for people who have many photos, scrap by themes, etc., but with Freestyle Scrapping, you have none of the above.

What you do have is a blank canvas, minimal resources, a few photos, and your imagination. May I also add your dreams, heart’s desires and unique mode of expression that is yours alone? Because Freestyle Scrapping also invites you to demonstrate the emotions behind that photo, or that element, or that paper colour. Perhaps something happened yesterday that inspires you in an unpredictable way? Serendipity, spontaneity, deep soul-searching... all these and more can bring you inspiring moments for Freestyling a layout.

There's not much more to it than that. We will also look at specific elements of making a page, such as using white space, etc., so it will be a learning experience, too. If you are looking for a Challenge to improve or implement your own unique style to your layouts, a place to create with flourishes, doodles, journaling, art, anything that specifically says ‘you’ ~ then this is your new Challenge home!

For our first theme, we’ll look at something everyone has but rarely scraps about: your INITIALS. Whether you have two, or twelve, the initials in your name can be scrapped very artistically, or they can be used to make a stunning statement on a page.

I would ask that you keep the following three points in mind while you create the Freestyle Challenge layout for this month:
1) Scrap a page with your initials, but use them as flourishes in very creative ways
2) The layout has to be about yourself and you alone
3) and Use only colours you absolutely love

As a posting bonus, here is my Wish Upon A Star contribution. You can visit and participate in the other SAS challenges to collect yourself a mega kit on this theme.

Please post your layout links in this forum to receive your posting bonus, and so we can leave it some love.
And, lastly:
4) If you make your layout using one or more of the SAS designers’ kits found here in the Boutique, I will send you an ADD-ON bonus + the regular posting bonus! That means that other designers’ kits are welcome, but only the layouts with SAS Ladies’ kits will receive the ADD-ON.
Have Fun and come back soon to post your layouts!

http://soulopen.com/sc_wish_star_prev.jpg

Kyda
01-05-2008, 12:14 AM
sounds really interesting! I'll have to do some thinking on this one.. :) I love the posting bonus! especially your cool glittery overlays!

Stella
01-05-2008, 01:47 AM
Hi Kyda ~
Thanks ~ and glad to have you aboard...
PS: I can't resist glitter when I create something - it's my weakness.;)

CanDesigns
01-05-2008, 05:54 PM
Stella this is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!! Off to put my thinking cap on..... :rolleyes:

aldercreek
01-05-2008, 10:57 PM
Okay, I took a stab at this challenge. I don't know if it can be considered really creative, but it's all I could come up with tonight.

http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=5838&limit=recent

Joba2
01-06-2008, 01:14 AM
For this challenge I made a LO using Spirit of Amryllis but it is not for sale in the boutique .So even if the kit is by a SASy designer do I have to make another layout with a kit sold in the boutique to get the additional bonus?? Or maybe change parts of LO to include a kit from the boutique??



addendum: I just went ahead and made another LO with a kit from the boutique.I do want that addon bonus:)
Ribbons on Braids (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=5850&nocache=1)

Stella
01-06-2008, 04:53 AM
Thanks for that - left you some love!

Joba2 ~ You were fine with just Spirit of Amaryllis, but making another is great too! You got it!!

Kyda
01-06-2008, 11:56 AM
well, you did say to get creative... this is kinda funky creative... hehe

http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=5854&limit=recent

I did use one element from a kit actually in the store but all elements are from SAS-y designers...

Joba2
01-06-2008, 02:17 PM
Okie Dokie.Here is the LO using Spirits of Amaryllis

HighSchool GradPic (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=5859&limit=recent)

Stella
01-06-2008, 04:12 PM
Thanks, Ladies ~ These are SO lovely!!! Expect a little PM from me in just a couple of days whilst I get myself organised, ok? Thanks for your patience, too!!

And, by the way, Keep 'em coming ~ I love to see your 'free soul' layouts!

Stella
01-09-2008, 08:36 PM
to have its last tweaking bits done, and I shall be sending that off to all the participants who have posted layouts so far.
Sorry it took so long, but I had a few layouts of my own to do for the Newsletter.
Expect a PM soon, Ladies!
Cheers
Stella

Stella
01-09-2008, 09:39 PM
And here it is ~ finally!

http://soulopen.com/sc_ws_addon_prevs.jpg


New AddOn to Wish Upon A Star by Stellarific Creations:
6 Papers
1 Starry Night Overlay
3 Textured Frames (6"X6")
2 Textured Stars
& 2 Wavy Metallic Ribbons
(Drop shadows only for preview)

*** Only available subject to these conditions: your participation in my Freestyle Challenge, AND your layouts need to be created with SAS Designers' items. You'll get my Posting Bonus monthly freebie for this Challenge regardless of the items in your layout, so come on, Participate! I love to see your layouts.

phenomshel
01-09-2008, 10:29 PM
This is made using Booland designs Lilac Smiles.
http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6087

Me through the years, 1969, 1984, and late 1990's.

Shel

KajunKJ
01-10-2008, 01:49 PM
This was a fun challenge...I used a JenLin Designs kit, Forget Me-Nots for this LO. Here is my LO =========>
http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6111&limit=recent

sharpli
01-10-2008, 03:14 PM
Here's mine using Terrell's Tracy's Love kit.

October 15, 1961 (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6113&nocache=1)

Stella
01-10-2008, 05:34 PM
Thanks for sharing, Kayre ~ love those colours!
How do you pronounce your name? I don't think I've ever seen a name spelled like that - I think it's so cool!
Stella


This was a fun challenge...I used a JenLin Designs kit, Forget Me-Nots for this LO. Here is my LO =========>
http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6111&limit=recent

Stella
01-10-2008, 05:39 PM
Left you some lovin' ~ wow, what a beautiful dress! I'm a sucker for any Dear Diary post/journaling - yours is some special entry, though, isn't it? So cool!!!


Here's mine using Terrell's Tracy's Love kit.

October 15, 1961 (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6113&nocache=1)

livingoutloud
01-12-2008, 09:27 AM
Here is mine - this was so much fun to do, thanks for the great challenge! I used the SAS Welcome Kit for this layout - an absolutely gorgeous kit!

S is for Sherry (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6212&limit=recent)

Stella
01-12-2008, 10:34 PM
I can play, too so I just did... My Initials (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6236&limit=recent).

Stella
01-12-2008, 10:37 PM
Very creative layout! Thanks for participating and you are very welcome. Sending you a pm right away...
Stella

Here is mine - this was so much fun to do, thanks for the great challenge! I used the SAS Welcome Kit for this layout - an absolutely gorgeous kit!

S is for Sherry (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6212&limit=recent)

Marvelyn
01-14-2008, 08:54 PM
Well, here's mine: http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6330&limit=recent

That was a fun one. Thanks for the challenge

CanDesigns
01-15-2008, 05:20 AM
WOW this challenge is hopping!!!! I LOVE it...great job Stella. ;)

Here's Me (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6364)

JCSimon
01-15-2008, 01:53 PM
Here's mine: http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6393&limit=recent

This was hard for me...I rarely scrap anything about myself!

Photomama
01-15-2008, 11:29 PM
http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6421

I did a layout - I hope it is what you need.

It is my dd - and my initals are S D T - I am a Sahm, Devoted To my Child.

Stella
01-17-2008, 04:59 AM
I'm glad this gave you the opportunity to scrap about yourself ~ I love your layout! Expect pm soon...
;)

Here's mine: http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6393&limit=recent

This was hard for me...I rarely scrap anything about myself!

Stella
01-17-2008, 05:06 AM
What more can I say?
...
so I'll shut up and send you your posting bonus now...
:p
thank you for joining us!!!


WOW this challenge is hopping!!!! I LOVE it...great job Stella. ;)

Here's Me (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6364)

Stella
01-17-2008, 05:11 AM
Yes, this is great! Love that extraction you did of your dd's pic ~ I wish I could learn to do that!
Thanks for joining us!
Stella

http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6421

I did a layout - I hope it is what you need.

It is my dd - and my initals are S D T - I am a Sahm, Devoted To my Child.

Jan Merkley
01-18-2008, 05:15 AM
Here is my Freestyle Challenge layout. I'm calling it "Finding The Music In Me". Thank you for the fun challenge. I have enjoyed it. And thanks for looking! :)

http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6549&size=big&cat=recent&limit=recent

lovesart
01-18-2008, 05:52 PM
This is really a fun challenge. It made me sit down and really think...not only about myself, but about how to use techniques to get the results I wanted.

I haven't done many of these challenges, but...I may be addicted! :eek:

See my LO at:

http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6583&limit=recent

Sharon

Stella
01-18-2008, 08:30 PM
is to get you all addicted - oops, I said too much!
LOL!! Great job on your layout, Sharon ~ left you some love, and expect a pm soon.
I've always found scrapping with a purpose or a "template" a super inspiration, and I'm hoping more people do these challenges. They're a fun 'group' thing to do, as well.
Cheers!

kittenb
01-18-2008, 11:44 PM
Here is mine. I hope it is ok for the challenge :)
http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=6612&limit=recent

Stella
01-19-2008, 03:07 AM
Thanks for that, Kittenb ~ Your photo looks great framed with that star.
Expect a little pm message real soon...
Cheers & thanks for playing!
Stella

Nani
01-25-2008, 12:38 PM
I think this fits the bill - my initials, I love the colors and it's me! It's also a kit from an SAS designer!

"Nani Smile" (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7003&nocache=1)

Stella
01-25-2008, 06:24 PM
Very, very nice, Nani ~ Thanks for sharing and expect a pm from me soon...:)

mi2az
01-26-2008, 06:57 PM
Well, here goes. This is my first attempt at any challenge. And it's of me, which is really hard since I ALWAYS the one behind the camera (on purpose).

Here (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7108&limit=recent) it is!

Stella
01-26-2008, 07:17 PM
Congratulations on your first Challenge ~ and on your first time scrapping yourself. You did a magnificent job! Look in your inbox :)
Stella

[QUOTE=mi2az;10346]Well, here goes. This is my first attempt at any challenge. And it's of me, which is really hard since I ALWAYS the one behind the camera (on purpose)."

ljd2007
01-27-2008, 02:12 PM
Here's (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7160&limit=recent)the link to my layout this was a tough one..:confused:

Stella
01-27-2008, 03:44 PM
Linda ~ I'm so glad you persevered and completed the layout, even though it was hard for you. I think it's just gorgeous ~ LOVE those glows! Expect a pm soon... ;)

Here's (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7160&limit=recent)the link to my layout this was a tough one..:confused:

Kendra
01-27-2008, 10:50 PM
Here is my initials' layout. This was harder than I imagined. I love the colors and styles West used in her Bit Quirky kit, though, and they make beautiful pages.

http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7192&limit=recentLisa

Stella
01-29-2008, 03:31 AM
What a funny photo! You did a fantastic job, so I'm very happy that you gave it a go. Expect your pm soon... :)

wilma730
01-29-2008, 02:59 PM
Here is my try at freestyle;

http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7299&limit=recent

Stella
01-29-2008, 03:26 PM
For a lovely layout! Gorgeous colours, and those photos are excellent! Expect your pm .... and have a great day!

Stella
01-30-2008, 03:27 PM
You have one last day to post your original layouts featuring your initials. Then we start another new month, another new Challenge!

Be free
Show us how you see
your name
what do your initials
claim?

Catherine
01-31-2008, 03:27 PM
Well, I really wasn't totally happy with my first LO for this challenge, so since I had a minute, I decided to try it again. The second time around I used SAS-y designer products so I could get the extra bonus lol!

It's All About ME! (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7394)

Creative Me (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7448)

Robbie
01-31-2008, 11:08 PM
http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7465&limit=recent

Stella
02-01-2008, 12:01 AM
Totally LOVE your two layouts and I left more details why in your gallery submission....and expect a little something (two somethings!) in your pm box real soon :)
Stella

Well, I really wasn't totally happy with my first LO for this challenge, so since I had a minute, I decided to try it again. The second time around I used SAS-y designer products so I could get the extra bonus lol!

It's All About ME! (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7394)

Creative Me (http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7448)

Stella
02-01-2008, 12:05 AM
Hi Robbie ~
I do love your layouts that you shared with us, and I will send you Posting Bonus
# 1 ... but I need more details about your layout materials to give you the extra Posting bonus! In the description area, can you type in the author/designer's name/names, any photo credits, names of fonts, etc. please... that way we know not only who to admire for your great work (and it is great!) but also whether or not you qualify for the extra posting bonus. Thank you, Thank you!!!

http://www.stoneaccentsstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=7465&limit=recent