MORE WITH FOUR

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What do you get when you give FOUR great scrappers FOUR great products?  Well, you get MORE WITH FOUR!

Each month THE DAILY DIGI will be hosting a challenge called MORE WITH FOUR.  Here are the “rules” that are given to the scrappers:

The purpose of this challenge is to encourage scrappers to do MORE WITH FOUR.  We want to show other scrappers some of the cool things about digital — the ability to alter, resize, recolor, and use more than one of the same item.  There are some great advantages of digi and there are so many things you can do with just a few supplies.

  • You will be given four digital products.
  • You are to create a layout or hybrid project using these four products only
  • In addition to these items you can use paint/inking, staples and fonts (NOT alphas).
  • You can alter the items shown as long as the item is still recognizable.
  • You need to use some of each of the items.

Usually, the challenge will involve four items from that months edition of THE DIGI FILES.  But, so that you can be introduced to the challenge, some of the great designers at Scrapbook Graphics generously donated supplies so these four scrappers could knock your socks off!

Since part of the MORE WITH FOUR challenge is to get back to the basics, I chose some basic and neutral supplies to challenge the scrappers with. Here is what they had to work with:

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BACK TO THE BASICS paper pack by Doris Castle

 

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PAPER SHAPES element set  by Flergs

 

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CROSS STITCHES by Natali Design

 

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FEELING DOODLISH by Ellie

 

So?  Do you think you could do it? Can YOU do MORE WITH FOUR??  These four fabulous scrappers did…

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This great layout is by INDAH (Inskidahv).  I love the way she made the swirls blend into her layout and how the thick stitches draw your eye to that oh-so-fun photo.  Here is what Indah had to say about the challenge: Wow.. talk about product constraints! I love every single product that was given to me, but as a kit lover it was a bit restraining to use loose products instead of starting with a kit then developing with individual embellishment packs. Yet i developed a great creativity challenge and was surprised to see how together it all came out because even though they are individual packs, they are coordinated in some way and was just perfect to put together with! I also used atomic cupcake inked edge action in addition to the products given since i can’t stand bare edges.”

 

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This gorgeous layout is by Laura (LauraKaye). I ADORE the way she blended photos into the layout and how she filled her page with so much journaling.  I am sure that Laura and her family will treasure this page for a long time! Here are some thoughts from Laura: “I felt that being limited to these four products helped me to scrap faster.  Instead of searching my stash for a frame, I used the stitches to create a frame for the paper.  Rather than trying to find the perfect complimentary background, I duplicated my background paper and used the screen layer style adjusting the opacity to get just the right color. Also, since I was limited to one pack of elements, they all coordinated easily!

 

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Peppermint’s layout boasts that perfect mix of subdued color with just the right amount of “pop.”  I LOVE the orange shirt and how she created a visual triangle using it, the small star element and the title.  And the journaling around the main design of the page leaves the words without distracting from the photo.

 

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Colleen shows off her talent with this intricate layout called BEST FRIENDS.  I love all the little details like the stitching around the border and the ink splats.  What a fantastic page!  Colleen shares her thoughts: “It was a lot harder than I thought!! I am used to using lots of stuff! But the thing i missed the most was alphas!!

 

After seeing all these layouts I was inspired to challenge myself to try MORE WITH FOUR.  It was so fun and due to my recent scrapping rut it was so good to have some direction before I started.  I pushed myself to use more elements that I normally would and in the end was very pleased with the result!  Shadows are NOT my strong suit so I loved that Flergs paper shapes came with optional shadows!

 

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Thanks again to Doris Castle, Flergs, Natali Design, and Ellie Lash for donating the scrapping supplies for this challenge.  The next time we have a MORE WITH FOUR challenge, YOU can be a part of it!  Here is how it will work:

1. We will choose four items from THE DIGI FILES to be used for the challenge.

2. We will challenge FOUR scrappers to do MORE WITH FOUR and we will showcase their layouts on January 22nd.  At that time, we invite any and all readers to do MORE WITH FOUR! Just take the four items shown, follow the rules, create a layout, and give us a link.  Some lucky scrappers will win coupons to some of the participating designers stores!

 

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