July 2020 Step By Step Challenge
Welcome to this month’s Step by Step Blog Challenge! Some of our customers have asked, if we would consider creating a simple monthly blog challenge to:
1) Help with ideas to create digital scrapbooking layouts that are quick, but that may also challenge them to use new tools or techniques.
2) Challenge scrappers to get their mojo back for digital scrapping, as many had stepped away from this hobby for various reasons.
3) Provide an inspirational layout as a scraplift starting point to create their own page, and provide instructions for creating the page.
You asked and we were happy to deliver…so welcome to the Dandelion Dust Designs’ Step by Step Challenge!
Each month during 2020 we will bring you a brand new Step by Step Challenge here on the blog. We are excited to host these challenges to help you in any way that we can with digital scrapbooking and preserving your memories.
As the name implies, this challenge will provide you with step by step instructions using a list of ingredients, that you must include on your challenge layout. Just as in cooking or baking, you need a list of ingredients and specific instructions to make a yummy recipe, so we will provide you with both, to help you create an amazing layout of your own, and perhaps teach you about a new tool or trick along the way.
CHALLENGE PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
Your layout must include everything in the list of ingredients posted in each month’s challenge. You may add more ingredients if you wish.
Your layout must be made using at least 80% of Dandelion Dust Designs’ products, so grab those DDD Kits from your stash.
After your page is completed, post it to one of the following places:
You must post your layout before 10:00pm PST on July 31, 2020.
The winner of this month’s Step by Step Challenge, will be announced on August 15th, here on the blog when the August 2020 Step by Step Challenge is posted.
The winner of the June 2020 Step by Step Challenge is Dorann. Congratulations, Dorann!!!
LET’S GET STARTED
We will begin with this month’s inspiration layout. It was created by our super talented Creative Team Artist Pam and she used our I Do Collection to create her page. This page is so elegant and pretty!
1 Solid Paper | 2 Patterned Papers | 1 Photo | 1 Frame | Stitches |2 Different Flowers | 2 Different Leaves | 1 Button | 1 Stamp/Splatter/Grunge | 1 Unique Element
In whichever program you use to digitally scrapbook, open a 12″ x 12″ or 3600 x 3600 pixel layer and add one of your patterned papers. On your remaining patterned paper, cut a circle using your Elliptical Marquee Tool approximately 1 1/2 to 2″ in diameter. Drag that circle onto your LO and position it approximately one quarter off the top of your page and off to the right side. Repeat this step two more times placing the circles similar to the inspiration page.
Add your photo to your page, placing it on top of the circles and then adding your frame to it. Next, add your stitches vertically to the top two circles, and horizontally to the bottom circle.
Grab that button and duplicate it two times. Place one button between the first two circles on top of the stitches. Place the remaining two buttons horizontally on top of the lower set of stitches.
Drag your two different flowers and two different leaves onto the page and create a cluster with them to overlap an edge of your frame. Select a font that pairs well with your LO, create a title and then clip the solid paper to the title. Add a date in the upper right hand corner and place your unique element in the lower right hand corner. Select your patterned background paper and use your stamp/splatter/grunge to the upper left and lower right sides of the framed photo.
Your layout is ready for the shadowing to be added, which you can do for everything above the stamp/splatter/grunge layer, as it is typically not shadowed. Congratulations – you’ve just created your page for this challenge! Please don’t forget to post it.
One page will randomly be selected to win a $10 Gift Certificate to Dandelion Dust Designs’ Store at GingerScraps and the layout may be shared on our blog and social media accounts.
At the end of 2020, one lucky participant who completes at least 9 out of 12 Step by Step Challenges, will be offered a Guest Creative Team Spot for two months on our Creative Team in 2021.
* The monthly prize winner will be announced here on the blog on the 15th of each month.