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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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Our daily download this week is from Ginger’s Scraps N Pixels!  Each day for December 24-31, you can collect a piece of her new mini kit! Check back each day for a new piece.  Here is a preview of the free kit:

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.

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

We also have a “Designer Spotlight Challenge” where you can
win a $10 coupon to her store! 
You can find the challenge HERE.

If you spend $15 in her store, you can get our December collab kit FREE also!

You can find it HERE.

For this challenge, just create a layout using any GDS product by Ginger’s Scraps N Pixels. 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 product by Ginger’s Scraps N Pixels can be used.

Upload your layout to her gallery by midnight on Jan. 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 Jan. 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 Designs by Veronica A!  Each day for December 16-23, you can collect a piece of her new mini kit! Check back each day for a new piece.  Here is a preview of the free kit:

You can find the daily download HERE.

You can also get 40% off in her store and find the full bundle this week:

You can find it all in her store HERE.

We also have a “Designer Spotlight Challenge” where you can
win a $10 coupon to her store! 
You can find the challenge HERE.

If you spend $15 in her store, you can get our December collab kit FREE also!

You can find it HERE.

For this challenge, just create a layout using any GDS product by Designs by Veronica A. 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 product by Veronica A. or Blue Butterfly Designs can be used.

Upload your layout to her gallery by midnight on Dec. 24 and post a link to your layout in the challenge forum.  All participants will be entered to win a $10 coupon from Dana’s Footprint. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced after Christmas!

Here is a link to her gallery.

You can find our challenges HERE.

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Our daily download this week is from Dana’s Footprint Digital Design!  Each day for December 8-15, you can collect a piece of her new mini kit Christmas Comes! Check back each day for a new piece.  Here is a preview of the free kit:

You can find the daily download HERE.

You can also get 40% off in her store and find the full bundle this week:

You can find it all in her store HERE.

We also have a “Designer Spotlight Challenge” where you can
win a $10 coupon to her store! 
You can find the challenge HERE.

If you spend $15 in her store, you can get our December collab kit FREE also!

You can find it HERE.

For this challenge, just create a layout using any GDS product by Dana’s Footprint Digital 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 product by Dana’s Footprint Digital Design can be used.

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

Here is a link to her gallery.

You can find our challenges HERE.

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Hi Y’all! Welcome to the Love Your Selfie Challenge. I am Kara of K-Joi Studios and I’m back with another challenge! Inspiring you to photograph yourself and tell your story is the goal. So, hopefully, through this challenge we can create layouts that tell the story behind the photo & to get your beautiful face into your scrapbooks!

Here’s my layout for this months challenge.  Please come see us in the forum to read the details about the challenge this month.

 

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Of course, there will be a participation prize for this challenge.
The prize for this challenge will be a mini kit by me, K-Joi Studios. Be sure to complete as many challenges as you can; the participation prizes are all made from the same color swatch, so you will collect a coordinated kit when you are done! Yay!

The prize for this challenge will be a piece of this months beautiful Posting Bonus, Canvas. Isn’t it gorgeous? Remember, collect the mini kits that make up this kit by completing challenges!
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Here is the your posting bonus!
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This challenge runs until the last day of the month.

 

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Hey Y’all, it’s Kara of K-Joi Studios and I’m hosting this month’s Color Challenge.

The inspirational kit this month is one of my favorites, Buzy Bee. I have put together a Bundle and you can get for only $2 until the end of the month.

 

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For Just $2 you get all of THIS!!!

 

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For this Challenge you will need to use at least 3 of the colors.

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Everyone who participates will receive a bonus, from me, at the end of the month. Participate in all the challenges to collect all the pieces of this great collaboration.
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Here’s my part and your gift for participating in this challenge.
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Here are a few inspirational pages using Buzy Bee

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I can’t wait to see your creations!

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We have an artsy posting collab for December!  You can collect all of the pieces by participating in the December challenges!

You can find the monthly challenges HERE.

Here are the places you can get the pieces of this kit for December:

Love Your Selfie Challenge
Be Inspired Challenge
Progressive Challenge
Use it All Challenge
Scraplift Challenge
Color Challenge
Collab Kit Challenge
Commenting Challenge
Digi Dish Challenge
Template Challenge
Spiritual Challenge
Collab Kit Quick Page Exchange
Bingo

Watch for more information as these challenges and activities get posted!

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