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Forum: Monthly Challenges

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Marie H. Designs has a beautiful mini kit for the Feb. 8-15 daily download!  Each day you will get a new piece of this beautiful mini.  (Note: The preview is of the full set that can be collected over the download week or purchased. The full set is not included in this product.  Check back each day and collect the entire set. ) Here is a preview of the free daily download for this week:

You can find the daily download HERE.

She also has a great sale going in her store:

You can find it all in her store HERE.

For this challenge, just create a layout using any GDS product by Marie H Designs. Your layout must be unique for this challenge and counts towards the Scrappin’ 7  Challenge. You can use pieces of the free daily download if you want but it is not required.  Any GDS product by Marie H. Designs can be used.

Upload your layout to her gallery by midnight on Feb. 16, 2016 and post a link to your layout in the challenge forum.  All participants will be entered to win a $10 coupon from the designer’s store. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced Feb. 17!

Here is a link to her gallery.

You can find our challenges HERE.

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Our February posting collab is “A Good Man”!  You can collect all of the pieces by participating in our February challenges.

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Here are the places you can find this great collab for February:

  1.  Template Challenge (1 piece)
  2.  Progressive Challenge (3 pieces)
  3. Commenting Challenge (1 piece)
  4. Spiritual Challenge (1 piece)
  5. Love Your Selfie Challenge (1 piece)
  6. Hybrid Challenge (1 piece)
  7. Bingo (1 piece)
  8. Speedscrap (1 piece)
  9. Collab kit challenge (1 piece)
  10. Desktop/Calendar Challenge (1 piece)
  11. Card Exchange (1 piece)
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Shmooangel Designs has a beautiful mini kit for the Feb. 1-7 daily download!  Each day you will get a new piece of this beautiful mini.  (Note: The preview is of the full set that can be collected over the download week or purchased. The full set is not included in this product.  Check back each day and collect the entire set. ) Here is a preview of the free daily download for this week:

You can find the daily download HERE.

She also has a great sale going in her store:

You can find it all in her store HERE.

For this challenge, just create a layout using any GDS product by Shmooangel Designs. Your layout must be unique for this challenge and counts towards the Scrappin’ 7  Challenge. You can use pieces of the free daily download if you want but it is not required.  Any GDS product by Shmooangel Designs can be used.

Upload your layout to her gallery by midnight on Feb. 8, 2016 and post a link to your layout in the challenge forum.  All participants will be entered to win a $10 coupon from the designer’s store. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced Feb. 9!

Here is a link to her gallery.

You can find our challenges HERE.

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Brenian designs has a great set of templates for the Jan. 24-31 daily download!  Each day you will get a new template.  (Note: The preview is of the full set that can be collected over the download week or purchased. The full set is not included in this product.  Check back each day and collect the entire set. )  Here is a preview of the free daily download for this week:

You can find the daily download HERE.

She also has a great sale going in her store:

You can find it all in her store HERE.

For this challenge, just create a layout using any GDS product Brenian Designs. Your layout must be unique for this challenge and counts towards the Scrappin’ 7  Challenge. You can use pieces of the free daily download if you want but it is not required.  Any GDS product by Brenian Designs can be used.

Upload your layout to her gallery by midnight on Feb. 1, 2016 and post a link to your layout in the challenge forum.  All participants will be entered to win a $10 coupon from the designer’s store. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced Feb. 2!

Here is a link to her gallery.

You can find our challenges HERE.

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Our daily download this week is from Arizona Girl!  Each day for January 16-23, you can collect a piece of her mini kit! Check back each day for a new piece.  Here is a preview of the free sampler:

You can find the daily download HERE.

She also has a great 30% off sale going in her store:

You can find it all in her store HERE.

For this challenge, just create a layout using any GDS product Arizona Girl. Your layout must be unique for this challenge and counts towards the Scrappin’ 7  Challenge. You can use pieces of the free daily download if you want but it is not required.  Any GDS product by Arizona Girl can be used.

Upload your layout to her gallery by midnight on Jan. 24, 2016 and post a link to your layout in the challenge forum.  All participants will be entered to win a $10 coupon from the designer’s store. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced Jan. 25!

Here is a link to her gallery.

You can find our challenges HERE.

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Our daily download this week is from A Fish Design!  Each day for January 8-15, you can collect a piece of her sampler! Check back each day for a new piece.  Here is a preview of the free sampler:

You can find the daily download HERE.

She also has a great buy one get one free sale going in her store:

You can find it all in her store HERE.

For this challenge, just create a layout using any GDS product by A Fish Design. Your layout must be unique for this challenge and counts towards the Scrappin’ 7  Challenge. You can use pieces of the free daily download if you want but it is not required.  Any GDS product by A Fish Design can be used.

Upload your layout to her gallery by midnight on Jan. 16, 2016 and post a link to your layout in the challenge forum.  All participants will be entered to win a $10 coupon from the designer’s store. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced Jan. 17!

Here is a link to her gallery.

You can find our challenges HERE.

You can find it HERE.

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Happy New Year!
New year a new challenge. For the Technique challenge this month I want to encourage you to change the color, effect, and/or tone of your photo.

Why do you want to do this?
1- Can hide imperfections in your photo.
2- Love a kit, but your photo clashes- adjusting the photo can fit the clashing.
3- Makes your layout look more professional.

How to do it?

*Desaturate- turns the photo black and white. If you want a little color a trick is to copy the picture to two layers, turn the top black and white and then change the opacity just a little to let the color layer start to peek through. (In Photoshop it is under Image-> Adjustments -> Desaturate)
*Use a filter. Either the ones in your program (photoshop is in the same place as Desturate). Use a purchased program, action, or style. Each one is so different. Suggest search YouTube for tutorials using your program.
*Cheat with your phone. There are all sorts of photo apps out there for our smartphones. I cheat all the time. Take the picture on your phone, use one of those Apps (Instagram, PhotoGrid, search your app store for “photo editor”). There are lots of free Apps out there and they work great. Save it on your phone and then email it to yourself, post it on facebook… download and then use it.
Here is an example of a “not so great” photo of my daughter and some of the changes I made to it.

Everyone who participates in this month’s challenge will receive this mini that is part of this month’s posting bonus collab “Got the Blues”

Here are the rules

(1) Your layout must be unique, and can only be used for this challenge.

(2) Your layout also counts as one entry towards the Scrappin’ 7 Challenge.

(3) Use of GDS products is strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated.

(4) Please post your layout in the Technique Challenge Gallery

(5) Post the layout here in this thread and a link to it in the gallery so we can leave you some love.

(6) HAVE FUN!

Do you all know how to link your images back to the gallery? .. If not, have a look HERE

Also… HERE‘s how to assign keywords to your layouts to give the credit back to the designer.

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Welcome to the January Progressive, I am Vicki of Dana’s Footprint Digital Design your host this month, along with Darlene of Studio4 Designworks and Ginger of Ginger’s Scraps N Pixels.

This month you’ll be working with our posting bonus kit called “Got The Blues”, which is just beautiful.

Here is the preview.

So let’s get to the task at hand and have some fun! The object of the Progressive is to complete one page over the course of three weeks by following instructions given in tasks posted each week. A progressive scrap is a *slow* speed scrap and I know lots of you like speed scraps, but may not have the time. So here’s how it will work.

On the first of each month, Prompt 1 will be posted, consisting of instructions for starting a scrapbook page that will then be built upon through additional instructions every 3 days.

The idea is to work along with the challenge as the tasks are being announced, each task to be completed & posted prior to starting on the next prompt. (Once you post a prompt’s results, you’re finished. Don’t change your work for that particular prompt.)

At the end of the third week, you should have a completed page!

It’s fine to start late or catch up if you miss a prompt. Just be sure to complete & post each task before you look at or start the next one. It’s more fun that way!

I will be giving you a download that consists of either papers or ellies to work with on each prompt. By the end of the Challenge, you will have a great little kit that was created by myself and Vicki of Dana of Dana’s Footprint Designs & Ginger of Ginger’s Scraps ’N Pixels.

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So to recap – here’s the order:

1. On the first day of the month we will post Prompt 1. Then, there will be a post every three days with a new prompt.

2. Add only the items listed in the prompt given. You may add/alter shadows at any time.

3. Once you’ve posted your layout for that particular prompt, it is done and you may not go back and change it. You may only build on the previous prompt layout following the new step for the next prompt.

4. We will post the prompts sequentially in the thread. If you have missed a prompt, it’s fine to start late or catch up. Just be sure to complete & post each task before you look at or start the next one.

5. Post your layouts no later than midnight (EST) of the day before the next step is due – this will be every three days.

6. Post your layouts in the *Progressive Challenge* gallery HERE.

7. Link your layout back to this forum thread so we can have a look at your creations and leave you some love!

8. In lieu of a posting bonus, by the end of the challenge, you will have yourselves a nice little kit.

9. This challenge counts towards the Scrapping 7 Challenge!

PROMPT 1 – Friday, Dec 1st

PROMPT 1. Zip 1 has 9 papers in it. Choose one background paper, then you  choose  another 2, place them (layered), can be top, bottom or left / right side  Tilted, straight however you want.

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Our daily download this week is from Altered Amanda”s Studio!  Each day for January 1-7, you can collect a piece of her sampler! Check back each day for a new piece.  Here is a preview of the free sampler:

You can find the daily download HERE.

She also has a great buy one get one free sale going in her store:

Note: buy one get one free discount will be shown at checkout.

You can find it all in her store HERE.

For this challenge, just create a layout using any GDS product by Altered Amanda”s Studio. Your layout must be unique for this challenge and counts towards the Scrappin” 7  Challenge. You can use pieces online casino of the free daily download if you want but it is not required.  Any product by Altered Amanda”s Studio can be used.

Upload your layout to her gallery by midnight on Jan. 8, 2016 and post a link to your layout in the challenge forum.  All participants will be entered to win a $10 coupon from the designer”s store. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced Jan. 9!

Here is a link to her gallery.

You can find our challenges HERE.

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Welcome to the  December / January Mixology Challenge from the 24th November / 23rd December.
This will be the dates (24th – 23rd) for the Mixology Challenge from this month on.

This month’s Mixology is Fresh Start”. Your challenge? Create a layout using ANY part (Templates counted)of the December / January Mixology you can mix them up or just use your favourite designer’s part. Post your finished layout in the Mixology Gallery, then link it back here. Just for joining in you will get another piece of the December Mixology, created by Dana’s Footprint Digital Design.

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Your layout must be unique for this challenge and cannot be used for any other challenges here at GDS.

Here are just a few of the gorgeous parts by our GDS Design Team.

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I can’t wait to see your creations!

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