Reader Challenge: From The Files


File Names:
Jennifer Labre: jlabre-touchofspice-PP1.jpg
Allison Pennington: APennington_Follow_Patterns (6).jpg
Lynne Marie: lynnemarie_woodstock_paper21.jpg
Kate Hadfield: khadfield_scrapping9to5_todolist.png
Misty Cato: mcato-skipwithme-ribbon1.png
Designs by Anita: ad_aperfectday_element_01.png
Kim Wresh (optional): kwresh-tdd-02.psd

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. This month, I (Jenn Lindsey) took on the task of choosing the products from each of the contributors (man, that was hard!). The purpose of this challenge is to really stretch your creativity by finding new and fun ways to use a limited list of supplies. I didn’t want to make it too easy, but tried to choose items with a variety of textures and that could be used in many different ways either graphically or to build depth into your layout. This challenge always inspires me to look at my supplies in different ways and try to find new uses for my supplies instead of always using them as their implied use.

To play along, all you have to do is create a layout using each one of these items listed above (the template is optional) at least once in your layout. You’re invited to recolor, resize, and otherwise alter any of these items, but your finished page (or project) should only contain these specific files. Feel free to add any fonts that you’d like. Sound like a challenge? Well, it is. But it’s a fun one! Here are a few of the layouts the team came up with:


Layout by Amy. cb wispy, ar christy, pea mee mee, pea anna banana, mtf toast, traveling typewriter, snf universal & rosewood std fonts

Amy used the hue/sat to change the color on everything to match her new basement colors. She cut a straight piece of the frame to create the chair rail molding, and cut strips of the paper and shadowed them to create the planks on the wall. (Such creative uses for these items!) She also created her own photo mats by cutting a rectangle of paper and then cutting out a smaller rectangle from the center of it. Her fun title was created by using multiple fonts

image Layout by Katie. Fontologie Printing Primer font.

Katie recolored the ribbon using the hue adjustment slider in PSE 8. She also added the cream paper on top of the patterned paper and adjusted the opacity to tone down the print a bit.


Layout by Trina

Trina let the gorgeous patterned paper be the star of her layout, and created a nice visual anchor to her page with the horizontal arrangement of pictures and elements.


Layout by Heddy. Fonts are CK Mapped Out and CK Journalling

Heddy created a classic blocked design, which works perfectly with the notebook and frame elements.


Layout by Jenn. FO Giggles Small font

I started with the template, deleted a few things, then rearranged the rest. For the background paper, I changed the hue of the paper so it would better coordinate with the pictures I wanted to use. For the ribbon, I applied a blue photo filter (in PS) to bump up the intensity of the colors in the ribbon to better match as well.

For the patterned paper I used the Color Replacer option in PS to select and change only a couple of the colors so the paper coordinated better with my new color scheme.

I prefer big photos to open space on the layout, so added the photo blend to add more visual interest as well as giving me the option of using more of the pictures in this series.

Now it’s your turn to play! 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 this Saturday at midnight ET.

P.S. Michelle is the random winner chosen from the comments in yesterday’s post about Misty! She won $10 in product from Misty! THANKS!! Check your inbox!