In the last round there was some question as to whether or not the clusters and QPs should be included in the 15 to 20 elements. My original instructions did not specify whether or not they did and the questions were asked and answered later in the thread. I really feel that it creates a problem when questions are asked and answered later in a thread because everyone does not have time to keep coming back and checking things so they go on what they read originally, plus with such an international forum English in not always the first language of many members. We have three kits in this round that have too many elements. Floral Fantasy by Mitsybelle will move on because there were 22 elements so I will give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she thought the clusters and QP were not included. Unfortunately Just Jazzin' by Marta Van Eck had 26 elements and Elegance by MoMo had 24, even considering the clusters and QPs they are still over.
I want everyone to know that I have put a lot of thought into this and I am being as fair as possible. Since having a minimum/maximum on the elements & papers has caused some problems in the first two rounds I am lifting the quantity requirements. I would prefer to keep the rules as simple as possible but please read the requirements very carefully because I do not want to loose a talented designer because of a simple misunderstanding.
Those of you who have been with SAS from the beginning probably know that SAS started with a special focus on Heritage and Genealogy. Jan W runs the SAS Genealogy and Heritage Center
and has great challenges monthly. Jan W is very knowledgeable about genealogy and she has a special touch with Heritage layouts. With that in mind I am going to take us back to our roots with this challenge. The kits designed for this round must contain some elements that would be suitable to be used in Vintage/Heritage layouts and use the provided color palette. Use your own discretion in deciding what to make and the members will be the judges as to how well they fit the theme.
Contestants are encouraged to blog about their entries and ask people to vote for them but giving away prizes in exchange for voting is prohibited. You may give out add-ons on your blog.
Each entry must include,
Two cluster elements
There must be two previews for each kit showing whatever you choose to show.
You may use metals if you want.
You may use tints and shades that are lighter or darker as long as they are the same hue (color.)
Do not use black and white in the round, see the palette below.
Entries will not be checked for quality but all kits must follow the industry standards as stated below.
Papers must be 12 x 12 at 300 dpi and saved as a jpg.
All embellishments must be 300 dpi and have a transparent background, the standard format is PNG.
You must include your TOU in each kit
There must be 2 previews included in the zips
Check for stray pixels (select item, make a new layer above, stroke selection with a bright color, stray pixels will show up)
Color shifts- Stay within the color palette provided,
Check the edges of your paper carefully to make sure that you brought all layers to the edge while designing the paper.
All elements must be on their on their own file.
No drop shadows on elements, but they are allowed on layered elements.
Size all of the elements properly, close to the size they should be.
No copyrighted materials can be used.
You should only use Commercial Use items if you have purchased them or gotten them as freebies in a legitimate manner, pirates will be thrown overboard.
You must post your entry in the Designer Contest gallery by 6 p.m. on the specified day. All entries must be hosted on your own file sharing account (4-Shared etc…) and must be available for download by the SAS members throughout the entire contest, even if you drop out or do not make it to the next round. All entries remain your property.
The voting will be done strictly by the SAS registered members. Since it is often difficult to pick just one favorite and to help offset the concerns that design contests become popularity contests members will be allowed to vote for more than one entry. They may only vote one time but they may pick more than one entry. Members will be encouraged to vote for no more than 3 entries but there is no way to limit it. We also strongly encourage members to open the kits and look them over before making their decisions.
All times are Central Standard Time
The contest runs from September 4th and runs through October 2nd when the new SAS-y Ladies will be announced.
A theme or palette will be posted in the designer contest forum by 1 p.m. each Thursday Entries are due by 6 p.m. the following Monday
Voting starts at 6 p.m. Mondays
Voting closes at noon on Thursdays
Winners of each round will be announced by 1 p.m.
Any questions can be posted in this thread. The most important rules of the contest are to let your creativity soar and to have fun!