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February 2009

Monday's Color Challenge

February 22, 2009 in Announcements

Hey TRP Readers,

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Are ready to jump into this week's challenge? As I played with Aubrey's super cute "Sweet Shop" kit this past weekend, I truly enjoyed the "pop" of these colors. It inspired me to do fun, light hearted layouts.


The candy colors and sweet treats sparked a color challenge idea. Let's do a color challenge using her spunky candy colors. Here is the color palette to use:


I'd like your layouts to incorporate ALL of these fun colors. It may be tricky, but I have faith you can do it. You have until the end of the week to submit a link to your layout in the comment section. No TRP products are required to enter the challenge, but we always welcome them.

Since we're so close to the end of the month, we decided to be generous and award everyone and anyone who wants to participate in this challenge with this free kit:


Woohoo!!! So hurry and place your entries. I can't wait to see what you've created and to give out FREE KITS!

All my best, Kelly

It's a Sketchy Challenge

February 16, 2009 in Challenges

Happy Monday everyone! It's time for a new challenge!  Hope everyone is ready :-)
There are so many wonderful resources out there for digi scrappers.  One resource that I find very useful are page maps, or sketches.  They can really help when I am struggling with how to layout my page or to simply give me some inspiration.  One great place to find page maps is http://www.pagemaps.com.  That is where I found the page map for this weeks challenge.  It is from the January page maps and looks like this:

Here is the direct link (it is the third one down)

You can use the sketch as a guide for your page, but you don't have to follow it exactly. Just use it as inspiration.  Here is an example of a page I did:


As always, you don't have to use TRP products to play. Just leave us a comment with the link to your page so we can leave you some love.  The rocking red porch chicks will choose their favorite at the end of the week and a great prize will be headed to the winner!  Have fun!! Can't wait to see what you come up with.


Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14, 2009 in Announcements
On Valentine’s Day, we think about
The people who are dear,
How much they add to life’s delight
Whenever they are near.

You’ve always been a total joy
Such pleasant company,
I/We very much appreciate
Our compatibility!
By Joanna Fuchs
This poem says all the wonderful sentiments that we feel for this amazing community that has flourished here at TRP. Thanks for being here and for continuing to upload the beautiful and inspirational layouts.
I'd like to take a minute to highlight some of the wonderful Valentine and Love inspired layouts made by our sweet community members:
To show our appreciation for the sweetest TRP community, the Rockin' Red Porch Chicks have put together a fabulous 4x6 love brag book using Jessica McComas's Love and Hearts kit, now available in the store. Click here to download this free book.
Here is a sneak peek as some of the pages you'll be receiving:
Bragpage3 - Copy 
We hope you enjoy it. Happy Valentine's Day!
All my best, Kelly

A Lovely Challenge

February 8, 2009 in Announcements

 It's that time again! Are you ready for a new challenge from TRP that you're just going to love?

Speaking of love...you know what Saturday is, right? Valentine's Day!

Here's some V-Day trivia for you all:

15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.

73% of people who buy flowers for Valentine's Day are men, while only 27% are women.

About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.

More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.

But most of all, more than the flowers, cards, or candy, Valentine's Day is all about telling the people you love how much they mean to you.

So in the spirit of love, this challenge is all about showcasing someone or something you love. I want you to make a layout based on these words: 10 Things I Love About ______. You can fill in the blank with whatever you want- your sweetheart, your puppy, coffee, scrapbooking, ANYTHING! I can't wait to see what you love!

I did my layout about my super sweet boyfriend. For this layout I used Leah Riordan's Freebie Paper Pack (the black background) and the amazing kit Happy Garden by Sarah Poulton, which can be found in TRP's store.


As always, you don't have to use TRP products to play. Our comment section is not working at the moment, so we'd like you to tag your layout in the gallery with FEBLOVE. If you don't have an account in the gallery, please email Kelly at kelly@theredporch.com with a link to your layout. You'll have a week to upload your layout. The Rocking Red Porch chicks will choose their favorite at the end of the week and a great prize will the winner will receive this fantastic new kit by Jessica:



Time for some Hybrid Fun!

February 1, 2009 in Challenges

What I love most about doing hybrid is that it motivates me to print out my projects so I can hold them in my hands! My regular LOs have to wait quite a while before they make it into print!

Here's my mini-album that I completed in less than a day!




Don't worry, your challenge isn't to complete an entire album, but something fun and easy.

Since some people may be intimidated by hybrid, I'm going to make this week's challenge a small babystep to show you how much fun it is! The challenge is this: Print out an element (any element) and cut it out. I used matte photo paper for mine, but you can use regular photo paper or even card stock.

Cut it out, and glue it on a LO or project. To give it added dimension, I curled the edges of mine upward slightly, and I used a pop-up glue dot so it's not too flat on the page. You can also use foam adhesives for this effect. Of course, if you want to cut out several elements, you are welcome to do so.

Simple enough, right? So get out that scissors and start cutting!


And just for fun, here are some tips to help you complete your mini-album quickly (instead of it languishing with your ever-growing list of unfinished projects):

* Limit the number of kits used. For mine, I used Autumn Time by Jessica McComas, since it fit perfectly with my Thanksgiving theme. I pulled a few extra elements that coordinated with it, but kept it at a minimum.

* Plan out the number of pages you want, then figure out how many basic page templates you will need. I had 15 pages in mine, plus the cover, so I made 4 basic LOs. Then for the rest of the pages, I just mixed up the order of the templates, and switched out a few of the elements for a bit of variety. But not too much! You want the focus to be on the photos, and you want to get the album done!

* Consider using the same photo treatment to keep your photos unified. I used a B&W action on mine, but you can use any action that will give the photos a similar effect.

* And last of all, have fun, and get it done!

I'm looking forward to seeing all your entries for the challenge!