Trying to plan kid crafts & baking all in the same day is just not the most logical thing to do as it leaves little time for me! I'm thinking I need to put the husband on kid duty this weekend & get some scrapping done, I am way behind on challenges for the month. Speaking of challenges, here's some for you to check out!
A great way to see how layouts can turn out so different from the same set of instructions is the Recipe Challenge. Every has such a unique take on the recipe given, it's really quite neat to see the finished layouts. This month's recipe comes from Crystal of Digital Scrap fun & is as follows: 1 patterned paper, 2 solid papers, 3 pictures, 4 words, 3 elements, 2 ribbons or string, & 1 small cluster or scatter or spatter. Remember that you need to include all the recipe parts in your layout, post your finished layout in the December Recipe Challenge thread. For completing the challenge you'll earn 10 points for this challenge & if you use 90% or more of any current STS products you'll earn an extra 5 points! On the left is Gingerbread Houses by Megvill using Countdown to Christmas by Shel Belle Scraps; on the right is Festival of Lights by Lwyant using North Pole by HD Creations.
Find yourself using the same font over & over & over? It's not a bad thing but it's always good to try out some new fonts & if you participate in the Font Challenge, you'll get a chance to play with a font that you might never have seen otherwise. This is a hard challenge for the designers as there are so many great free fonts to chose from; for December, Heather of HD Creations has chosen Santa's Sleigh. Head over to the December Font Challenge to download the font & get started. This challenge will earn you 5 points & if you use 90% or more of any current STS products you'll earn an extra 5 points! On the left is Gracie and Madison by ScrapinMama using Thankful by Mom2Moo Designs; on the right is Hanging up the Lights by Kristal_Kreations using Up on the Rooftop by Scrappin' Serenity.
Another way to flex those designer muscles is the Color Challenge where a color palette is posted for everyone to play with. Your first option is to make a mini kit to share with the other forum members; the kit needs to remain free for the entire month for members to grab, after which you can sell it or expand it. You'll earn 10 points if you go this route. If you like making quick pages, you can do so with any of the minis provided in the thread & then post it to share with everyone. This option will net you 5 points. Please post download links for kits & quick pages in the thread; do not direct people to your blog for the download.
The last option is to make a layout that uses colors that match the palette, you can use any of the mini kits provided or use any kit that features the colors. This last option will earn you 5 points. Head over to the December Color Challenge thread to see the palette! On the left is Megvill's mini kit that you can pick up in the thread; on the right is a layout by Gluvsc using several of the minis.
Another social media challenge is the Twitter Challenge which is very short due to the distribution method! I'm not going to post it here, you're going to have to go to the Stuff to Scrap Twitter page to find your directions [check around December 1]. Once you've got your layout done, post it in the December Twitter Challenge thread & you'll earn 5 points with an additional 5 points if you use 90% or more of any current STS products. On the left is Christmas Tradition by KatherineWoodin using Believe by Jensen Motley Crew Designs; on the right is Thanksgiving Football by Loaner using Gobble till you Wobble by Scraps 'N Pieces.
The Word of the Week Challenge is going on until Saturday, December 17th & this week's word is Hectic. Post your layouts in this week's WOW thread by Saturday night to earn your points. Remember that to earn the bonus points, you need to complete each week's challenge, you can find the WOW rules & point tracking thread right here. On the left is a layout by Mjkohley using Toil and Trouble by Just So Scrappy; on the right is Stressed? by Wtunison using Pine Cones and Holly Berries by the Stuff To Scrap Designers.
The Challenge of the Week is running until Saturday, December 17th & this week we are challenged to use a Paper Title on our layout. Post your layouts in this week's COW thread by Saturday night to earn your points. Remember that to earn the bonus points, you need to complete each week's challenge, you can find the COW rules & point tracking thread right here. On the left is Kiss Me!! by ILuvCrush using Ride It Cowgirl by Designing Divas; ; on the right is He really is All Boy! by Becky Roy using I'm a Big Boy Now by Scrapteam2008.
This week's Featured Designer Challenge is brought to you Christie of Scrappin' Serenity & will run from Monday, December 12 to Sunday, December 18. Even better, Christie has put her whole store on sale for 50% off until Sunday so if you don't have any of her fabulous products yet, now you've got a great excuse to pick one up! On the left is Sweet Memories by Kendra using This Wonderful Life; on the right is Toes by Njacobson using Newbie.
The Fine Print: You'll earn points on almost all of the challenges & when you reach 500 points, you'll receive a $5.00 gift card to the Stuff to Scrap store to purchase anything that catches your fancy. Points roll over from month to month & do not expire! Please remember that to earn any extra bonus points, you must state in your challenge post that you've used 90% or more current STS products or you will not earn the bonus points. There is no double dipping with challenges, i.e. you cannot use a layout made for a speed scrap for one of the monthly challenges or use one layout for two challenges. The only exception is a double page layout where each side is for a different challenge. The use of quick pages for challenge layouts are not allowed, all layouts must be made from scratch or with a template. You are most welcome to make a post in the December Challenge Round-up thread to keep track of all the challenges & points you've earned. As always, any layouts featured in this post are linked to the gallery for easy love leaving.