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Min 03-01-2010 04:06 PM

Freestyle Challenge March 2010
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, come back here and leave a link to it!

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

PamR 03-01-2010 07:40 PM

Wow, this sounds very challenging. I think I'll give it a go.

Victoria32 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

Min 03-02-2010 01:01 AM


Originally Posted by Victoria32 (Post 63870)
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. :)

allergy_mom 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.

Victoria32 03-02-2010 02:52 PM

Here is mine for the challenge using 10 papers -papers listed in credits with the LO


kimberkatt 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

allergy_mom 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!



camperchow 03-02-2010 08:11 PM

This sounds like fun! I take the challenge.

PamR 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:

allergy_mom 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?

digides 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.



Min 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.

allergy_mom 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!


omadisney 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".

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

ADBDesign {anita_d} 03-06-2010 02:53 PM

Here is my version. Loved the challenge! thanks

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