14 posts categorized "Challenges"

Brand new weekly challenge

March 3, 2009 in Challenges

It's challenge time. Kelly here with a brand new challenge at The Red Porch. I'm sorry I didn't get to post this on Monday. My poor 2 year old son has been very ill, so it's been difficult to get any computer time these past couple of days.

I really enjoye viewing the galleries and seeing the many beautiful layouts that get posted there on a daily basis. There is one layout in particular that caught my eye. It's a layout done by Cheryl called Takin' a Break


For this week's challenge, I thought it would be tons of fun to lift this layout? Some of you new digi scrappers may not know what lift means. It just means that you'll follow the same layout format as Cheryl did, but add your own creative vision to it. So who's with me on this challenge? As usual, you don't need to use TRP products but they are always welcomed and encouraged. For everyone who participates will get a nifty prize. Trust me on this. I don't have a pic at the moment, but I will post one soon. I will also post my example soon when my brain isn't so foggy from being sleep deprived. This challenge will end on Sunday. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Happy Scrapping! 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.


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!


Ready for another challenge?

January 25, 2009 in Challenges

Kung Hee Fat Choy TRP readers! Today is Chinese New Year!

In recognition of the Chinese New Year, let's do a color challenge! In celebrating the Chinese new year, it's custom to wear red or adorn your house in red scrolls/paintings to scare the evil spirits away in the new year. With that in mind, I want to see LOs with lots and lots of red. It can be a layout about your new favorite pair of shoes, your daughter's brand new red bike, the spaghetti faced 14 month old son, or the red corvette you just got for Christmas. 

Post your link in the comments so the Rockin' Red Porch Chicks can check it out and choose the winner. The winner will be announced at the end of the week. No TRP products are required for this challenge. The only other colors you can use in your layout will be either gold, silver, white, creme, or black. But RED needs to be the predominate color. Hope you have fun! Wishing you good fortune and many blessing in the year of the ox. All my best, Kelly


New Challenge - personal historical events

January 18, 2009 in Challenges

Hey TRP Readers,

After a much needed break after working ourselves silly with the grand-opening, we're back and ready to settle into a more sane pace, and to kick off this week, we have a new challenge.

Here in the US, it's our presidential inauguration which got us thinking about historic events. So this week's challenge is historic events, and we'd love to see a layout about a historic event in your life. It can be the birth of your child or the acceptance of your doctoral degree or what this inauguration means to you. Whatever suits you - let's see those personal historic layouts!

There are no requirements in terms of how many pictures or journaling are included in the layout and you don't have to use TRP products. Just post a link to your layout in the comments. The Rockin' Red Porch Chicks will pick the winner at the end of the week.

Oh, and RAKs will be given out to a couple lucky comment posters to this blog entry.

Happy Scrapping!


Are you ready for this week's challenge?

December 14, 2008 in Challenges

Ok scrappers, it’s time for another photography challenge! In this challenge we are going to look at how we crop our photos. Instead of cropping your pictures in a rectangular or square shape, we want to challenge you to crop your photo(s) in different shapes. For example, you could use a circle, an oval, or even a star shape. Here is a layout I did as an example:


The sky’s the limit on how many different ways you can crop and display your pictures. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! As always, you don’t have to use TRP products to play. Just leave us a link to your layout in the comment section within the next week. The winner will by the Rockin' Red Porch Chicks and receive this fantastic TRP quickpage:


Have fun!


Inexpensive Hybrid Gifts for the Holidays

December 8, 2008 in Challenges

Hey TRP Reader, Your fellow CT Rockin' Red Porch Chick, Ina, here to bring you a crafty idea for the Holidays. Are you searching for an inexpensive, personalized gifts for Christmas? Well, look no further! I recently bought several pocket calendars so I could personalize the covers. Best part of all is that they were only a dollar!
I challenge you to make some quick and easy calendar covers! Make sure to measure your calendar first since there are different sizes available. Mine were from the dollar bin at Target.

Here is my completed cover and a photo of the finished product.



To participate, please leave a link to your LO in the comment section so we can leave you some love. Use any product to play along. I look forward to seeing your creations!

Sincerely, Ina

Scrappin to a Photo Challenge

December 6, 2008 in Challenges

Hey everyone! It's me Janie, you're friendly CT neighbor, here at The Red Porch. I hope you've had fun with all of the challenges this week! I know I have. Are you ready for the fifth and final challenge?

Everyone agrees that one of the most important parts of any layout is the photo(s). For me, the photo is THE most important part. I spend a lot of time editing my photos in Photoshop, trying to create just the right look. Photography and photo-editing are two of my passions. So today I have a photo challenge for you!

For this challenge, I want you to create a layout using at least one photo with a vintage look. I absolutely adore the faded, soft, scratchy look of old photographs. It reminds me of spending hours with my Grandmother looking through ancient photo albums as she pointed out each of my relatives. For the challenge, you can actually use an old photo, or you can create a vintage look in photo editing software. There are a ton of free vintage actions available around the internet, just do a quick search and you can be sure to find one you like!

But you know what? This is the last day of challenges...and just using a vintage photo isn't super challenging! So if you want to really challenge yourself, try pairing your vintage photo with bright colors or funky, fresh designs.

Here is my layout for this challenge:


I used the free Photoshop action CoffeeShop Vintage found here. The kit is Happy Garden by Sarah Poulton, and it can be found in the store exclusively here at The Red Porch.

Here is another LO made my fellow CT chick:


No TRP products are necessary to play. You have one week to complete your layout. Post the link to your layout in the comments section. TRP's CT will pick their favorites and give some fantastic TRP goodies to our winners! The winners will be announced on Saturday, Dec 13.

Have fun! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!


The Artist in Me

December 4, 2008 in Challenges

Hello! Leah here to bring you another challenge this week. How many times have you scraped a layout about yourself? If you are anything like me.. let’s just say, not often!

Well, this challenge will take it one step further. We would like to see layouts about you.. but not the typical “Hi, I’m Me.. mother of 3.2 children” instead we want to know about you.. the artist. What makes you love scrapping? What about art makes it a passion of yours?

Check out my LO for some inspiration...


No TRP products are necessary to play. You have one week to complete your layout. Post the link to your layout in the comments section below. The scrapper whose art AND journaling moves us the most will be rewarded handsomely on Friday, Dec 12.

Have fun! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!


Hybrid Challenge in time for the Holidays

December 4, 2008 in Challenges

Hi TRP Girls! We're back with another great challenge. Hope you're getting into those hybrid challenges here at The Red Porch!

If you haven't tried one yet, get started today!

Today I have a teabag template, you can download it here!

Your challenge, if you choose to accept, is to create a one of a kind teabag. Perhaps a nice idea for the holidays? When setting the table, you can give everyone their own personalised teabag. It's all up to you! As a reminder, there is no TRP product requirement for this challenge. Feel free to use whatever products you like. The CT Team will announce the winner next week Thursday.  Winner will receive a free kit! Woohoo!!!

Here is a fun example to get you started:


Make sure you post a link to your teabag underneath this post (click "comments"). Looking forward to generously rewarding the winner of this challenge!

Good luck and have fun!!!!!!!!!