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Thursday Challenge January 29, 2015

Yesterday, 05:40 AM

This week we are exploring "Curling up with a Good Book" as a theme.   And what's a good book but a story where you can't wait to read what happens next!  So, today I challenge you to tell a "story" with your layout by journaling about a recent event.  Remember that your "good book" should have a title, a beginning and an end - with lots of journaling in between.  You can use photos, (after all some books have pictures!) but your story should be told mostly through words and text.   In addition, please use at least two different fonts on your page.  Remember, one of them can be the title!


Please post your completed "story" layout in the Thursday Challenge Gallery for all of us to read and enjoy!


Here's my layout:

Rainbow Cupcakes

Art Journaling Chat & Challenge 7Am Et Monday January 19Th

18 January 2015 - 10:03 PM

It's time for our first 2015 Art Journaling Chat!   Are you interested in learning digital Art Journaling? Excited about the layouts you've already created and anxious to make more? Join Jody (Jode2771) and Marilyn (MariJ) in the chat room on Monday, January 19th at 7 AM ET for an Art Journaling Chat and Challenge.  We will discuss the basics of Art Journaling and provide a prompt for starting a page.    Come join the fun and talk about Art Journaling -- you might even find yourself motivated to try a layout!  

PLEASE NOTE: We are conscious that ScrapGirls live in all parts of the globe, so our aim is to alternate months and times. So while this is an early morning ET chat, (therefore evening for some members) next month we will schedule a 9pm ET evening Chat in order to make it easier for other time zones. 

This thread will be updated after the chat with the Art Journaling prompt and any tips or points we discussed.  Sure hope to see you there!   :)

Here's my layout --

Brand New Day

And here's Jode's layout --

Jody's Page

When you are finished with your layout, please post it in the Art Journaling Chat and Challenge Gallery.  

We can't wait to see what you create!   :)



During the chat we discussed the basics of Art Journaling and how we feel about creating pages about ourselves.   We talked about journaling and how it can be hidden or even used as a part of your page design.  This could be through repeating words or phrases, scattering them around your page or typing your journaling into a shape.  You can also use different colors, sizes and fonts in your journaling design.  Also important to consider is the use of cursive vs. print fonts and how different fonts evoke different responses (ie - swirly, cursive is fun and playful.. long, handwritten feels heartfelt.)  A more formal or a grungier font can give more impact to your words and using more than one font gives more response.   Lastly, even color and blend modes can change how your journaling is received.


This month we are using song lyrics for our prompt and with a nod to the start of a new year, "A Brand New Day" by Van Morrison seemed appropriate.  The lyrics cover hard times and good ones and we thought everyone would be able to connect to some part of it.  You can find your inspiration in any way from these lyrics and use as much or as little of the song as you like - one line, a verse -- whatever suits you.   BUT, (isn't there always a "but"?) the challenge is that we MUST be able see the journaling in at least 3 places.  You can repeat the same line three times or use three different parts of the lyrics, but we ask that journaling play a part in your layout design.

Here is a link to the song and the word are written out in the next post:


Thursday Challenge January 15, 2015

15 January 2015 - 05:30 AM

This week we've been exploring Pantone's Color of the Year "Marsala" for inspiration.  Since I'm not familiar with the Pantone Color Institute, I went over to their website to read more about it and why it was chosen.

I found that, "A naturally robust and earthy red wine, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls, exuding confidence and stability.  Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth."  

Intrigued?  Me too…   Exploring more I found these delightful descriptions:  

       "Dramatic and… grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth"

       "grounding red-brown roots"

       "sophisticated, natural earthiness"

       "elegant, grounded statement color"

       "earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story"

Pantone Color of the Year 2015 


Now I was really interested and started thinking about Nature and the great outdoors and how grounding and warm the earth can be.   I thought of the many times I've been outside and could feel the energy of my surroundings and how color, texture and "earthy, yet sophistication" can be found all over our environments.  

So for today I challenge you to scrap a place where you felt/feel grounded.  It could be a vacation photo, a tree or even your own backyard, as long as it's a place where you feel the warm embrace and energy of nature.  You can even include a bit of "marsala" on your page if you'd like!      


Please post your layout in the Thursday Challenge Gallery for all of us to see!   :)


Here's my layout:  

Marsala Grounded

Tuesday 12/23/14 Nl Challenge

23 December 2014 - 06:04 AM

During the month of December, we're paying homage to the classic Christmas Carol, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".  This week the lyric we are focusing on is "Friends that are Dear to Us". 

Do you have a favorite go-to Holiday Collection?   We want to give you an excuse to use it in this week's Newsletter Challenge.  Please use your very favorite ScrapGirls' holiday collection to create a layout about what is dear to you this season and post it in the Tuesday NL Challenge Gallery.


Here's my layout:

Dear Ones

Tuesday 12/16/14 Nl Challenge

16 December 2014 - 06:09 AM

During the month of December, we're paying homage to the classic Christmas carol, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".  This week the lyric we are focusing on is "Hang a Shining Star Upon the Highest Bough". 

Today's Newsletter challenge is to create a non-traditional Christmas themed layout.   Your "non-traditional" part can be in the color palette, products or photo subject used.  Please include stars and bling to make your page shine and post your completed layout in the Tuesday NL Challenge Gallery for all of us to share. 


Here's my layout: