Reader Challenge July 2010

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File Names:
Audacious Designs – an-fresh-stitches
Chelle’s Creations – cc_bugcatcher_paper02
Emily Powers – photology2.3_antique_emilypowers
Queen of Quirk – QQ-CDC-flower1
Michelle Batton-mbatton-abeautifulbeginning-alpha
Valorie Wibbens – vw_beautywithin_p4 List
Girl Designs – Listgirl_TemplateSet_Gumdrops1 *optional

Here at The Daily Digi, we love to inspire our readers to stretch their scrapping skills. Each time we reveal a sponsor’s kit, we show you how WE scrapped with it so you can use that inspiration in your own scrapbooking. We also regularly cover themes and ideas like Scrapping Theme Parks, Using Quick Pages, and give you Embellishment Tips and Tricks. We do all of this so we can share the joy of digi scrapping with you and give you a springboard to jump into your own pages.

Each month we do a special challenge called “From the Files” where we pick one specific item from each of the kits featured in the current month’s DIGI FILES. Here’s what our team did with this challenge:

by Karen

I used pieces of the template to pull shapes for accents and recolored the paper and flower to complement the aqua paint on the alpha. by Jenn Font: Designer notes, Pea Devon Caps

I didn’t use the template for this one. I recolored the two papers by changing the hue/saturation options. I cut circles out of the photo overlay and used them as accents on the paper, instead of as an overlay, and also to create the center of the flower. Techniques: For the cut out in the bluish paper, I just used the Elliptical Marquee Tool to draw a circle, and then cut it out of the paper. To “tuck” the photo into the cutout I duplicated the photo, placing the paper in between the two layers. Select the top layer and erase the section that you want to appear underneath the paper. Since I had a drop shadow and stroke added to the photo, I created a separate layer for these (right click on the layer and select “Create Layer”), and erased the overlapping sections for each of these layers, too.

by Katie

Here’s what I did: I kept the template the same, but decided I needed more papers to work with. I re-colored Chelle’s paper to make a few other backgrounds.

In PSE 8 I went to “Layer” on the top navigation bar and created a “new adjustment layer” for “Hue/Saturation. Then I used the sliders to adjust to these settings. Hue +139 Saturation +1 Lightness +23 I saved this paper as a new file and used it for my background. I then took that newly re-colored paper and followed the same process and used the following settings: Hue -19 Saturation +21 Lightness -22 I saved this paper as a new file and used it for the tree trunk. I then took that newly re-colored brown paper and followed the same process and adjusted only the lightness to +49. I used this new paper as the centered background. I used the photology texture on the photos and reduced the opacity to 30%. I only used one letter of the alpha – “R” for my daughter’s name. I used it on one of the tree circles as sort of a hidden gem.

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We’d love to see what you can do with this challenge! Be sure to leave a link to your layout or project in the comments section of THIS post to be eligible for the drawing for $10 in product from one of our contributors. Don’t forget that you can also link to our flickr group if you want to upload your page there. Deadline for entries is 10 P.M. EST on Saturday July 17, 2010. Winners will be announced on Sunday morning. (July 18th)

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