View Full Version : Freestyle Challenge March 2010

03-01-2010, 04:06 PM
Welcome to the Freestyle Challenge! :)

I'm so excited to host this challenge - I want to coax you out of your comfort zone and dare you to do some things a little different. And although I'm a great fan of templates, sketches and quickpages - this is not the right challenge to use them... ;)

This month's challenge is about papers.

Papers are actually a lot more than just a background to put your pictures and elements on (although sometimes it's great to use them exactly like that, LOL).

You can create your own backgrounds by using different papers (eg as stripes, curves etc), cut out shapes to use as embellishments or mats. Layer them on top of each other and play with the blending modes, change the hue or recolor them completely.

Your challenge this month - should you choose to accept it - is to create a layout using only your pictures and (at least) 10 different papers. You may use a paper more than once but there must be 10 different ones used (if you recolor a paper it counts as a new one).

For those of you who enjoy an extra challenge here are two options:

1. use only papers of one color (but different hues)
2. use one paper in each of these colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Turquoise/Aqua, Blue, Violet, Pink, Black, White.

Upload your layout to the Freestyle Challenge Gallery (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=630), come back here and leave a link to it!

I can't wait to see what you come up with! :((

03-01-2010, 07:40 PM
Wow, this sounds very challenging. I think I'll give it a go.

03-01-2010, 08:21 PM
Thanks for the interesting challenge.
Do you need to be able to see each of the 10 papers on the LO? I often use 2 or more papers in a blend mode to get the color and texture/pattern I want, and then only one is visible in the final LO

03-02-2010, 01:01 AM
Thanks for the interesting challenge.
Do you need to be able to see each of the 10 papers on the LO? I often use 2 or more papers in a blend mode to get the color and texture/pattern I want, and then only one is visible in the final LO

That's perfectly alright - just mention it in your credits. :)

03-02-2010, 06:36 AM
OK, I'm in.
This will be very challenging for me, as I use a word processing program for my scrapbooking, sure wish I knew how to make cutouts.

see ya later!

03-02-2010, 08:57 AM
HUGE Challenge but it is exciting! Can't wait to try it.

03-02-2010, 02:52 PM
Here is mine for the challenge using 10 papers -papers listed in credits with the LO

Masculine (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=52512&limit=recent)

03-02-2010, 03:24 PM
Oh Min... I HAVE to do this challenge! Papers are my most favorite thing to play with!!! I love layering papers!! Time to get the thinking cap on.... Thanks for a great challenge!!! :DD

03-02-2010, 03:46 PM
Thanks for the challenge! This turned out so different from what I would usually do, and I love it!



03-02-2010, 08:11 PM
This sounds like fun! I take the challenge.

03-02-2010, 10:38 PM
Ok, not sure I really like mine, but it was fun. You can't 'see' all the papers, but there are 11 total. Here ya go (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=52555&limit=recent):

03-03-2010, 07:31 AM
PamR, I'm with you... not really liking my LO, Welcome Home, I just posted.


I really wanted to include the photo of our green, but it just doesn't look right. Any input out there?

03-03-2010, 10:20 AM
I've been wanting to do a quilt type layout using one of the patterns in a sketchbook left to me by my grandmother. The quilt block pattern I used was labeled "Arizona" which is probably why I love it. This challenge seemed perfect for my idea. It was such fun to make. Not sure about the basket ppr for the bg-kinda loses the quilt effect !?! But I like the result.



03-03-2010, 11:43 AM
You are all super fast, LOL! Great job with the challenge, I love your layouts! :)

judy in SD
03-04-2010, 01:02 AM
Love papers and so this was a delight to do. Thanks Min for encouraging us to reach out of our normal comfort zones. Page is here. (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=52619&limit=recent)

03-04-2010, 09:29 AM
Okay, so here I am again. This has been particularly challenging for me, so I keep on trying... Couldn't resist these pics of the view from our windows, since I was already on a theme. I think I like this one better than her "sister" from yesterday. Thanks for all the encouragement!


03-04-2010, 07:44 PM
Wow. I'll give it a try!!!

Maurine Stettler
03-06-2010, 12:32 PM
Such a fun idea for a challenge ~ here's a link to my layout "Believe in Dreams" (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=52751).

P.S. When I first read the instructions, I focused in on using 10 papers -- I guess I wasn't supposed to use any elements? Sorry if I messed that up! : (

judy in SD
03-06-2010, 01:16 PM
Just had to take Min up on the extra challenge since I slacked on the butterflies. Here is page using her given rainbow of colors. LINK (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=52760&limit=recent)

ADBDesign {anita_d}
03-06-2010, 02:53 PM
Here is my version. Loved the challenge! thanks

03-06-2010, 03:29 PM
This was deffinitly a cahllenge . Mine is located here (http://http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=52770&limit=recent) . Credits listed with the LO.

03-08-2010, 02:44 PM
here's my try. i used some wordart and brushes to finish it up 'cause it looked unfinished without them i hope that's okay.
credits in gallery (http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=52908&limit=recent).
all dss products (except brushes) used.

03-12-2010, 12:13 AM
This took longer than I thought it would!


03-12-2010, 11:49 AM
Here is mine Min!! All those fabulous papers in your Egghunt kit made it easy!! LOL!!


03-17-2010, 05:54 PM
Here's mine, thanks for a fun challenge.

03-20-2010, 05:40 PM
This is challenging. Here is my second attempt. Will not post the first. Thanks for making us stretch our talents.

03-23-2010, 04:45 AM
Hi, I just finished the spring template challenge and ended up using 21 papers, so I thought I'd come over here and share it... learning to love paper!

03-23-2010, 05:29 PM
Here's mine:

03-25-2010, 05:04 PM
Oooh - so many beautiful layouts! Great job, ladies!
(Do you think I was too easy on you? LOL)

03-26-2010, 09:15 AM
here is my LO http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=54364&title=bart&cat=all

03-26-2010, 09:11 PM
I just had to enter another layout after doing this for the Build-A-Garden Template Challenge: http://www.digitalscrapbookingstudio.com/gallery/data/1084/theStudio-spring_template_challenge.jpg

03-28-2010, 07:05 PM
Here is my page for March. This was fun and a real challenge. I will have to try to do it more often.

03-30-2010, 10:51 PM
This was an AWESOME challenge. I think this is the BEST work I have done to-date. I'm so proud of this layout:

Thank you so much, Min!!!!!!!