View Full Version : December Designer Monthly Challenge ~ Hosted by Carena

11-30-2008, 07:27 PM
this months challenge will be hosted by Carena

take it away Carena they are all yours :D

11-30-2008, 07:46 PM
OK - Hi to all and before you all start asking where I am - I'm here.

Here is the start

Download this from here;

Sorry - it's time to pick up Caitlyn from school and she probably want's to go swimming so as soon as I get back - I'll give you what you have to do.
LOL Sorry about those of you who are freezing right now. LOL We are just coming into Summer here. :eek: Swimming, fun in the sun - berry picking - yum boysenberries my favourite.
Anyway if I don't get out the door, I'm be late. So I promise I will be back soon.

Catch you soon, Bye for now. :)

11-30-2008, 09:45 PM
OK I'm back. Caitlyn looks something like a drowned rat but she just loves swimming and is more often under the water than on top.

OK for the challenge this month I would like everyone to have a go at doing more clustering around photo's and frames. Also to use more shapes in your layouts. A simple shape such as a star or hearts or indeed any shape can make your layouts more interesting when used with a paper, gives you more elements to work with. For eg. see the hearts in the layout below - these are not nescessarily part of the kit but could be done with heart shapes and done with papers.

As an example to look at I thought perhaps we would do a scraplift challenge. For those who don't know what a scraplift is - this is when you look at another's layout and try to duplicate it but still within your own style and using your own kits. It's amazing what you can come up with when doing this and although the layouts may be similar, can turn out completely different looking.

So - for this part of the challenge here is a page to scraplift. Done by Bekah E - I really loved the clustering used in the corner and around the frame.

You can use the papers and elements provided in the previous post or if you wish, or use a kit you already have. I don't mind which you use. It's all about giving it a go. Explore and have fun. You may even want to use a combination of both.

By the way the mini kit to download is in normal PNG and JPEG format (not max format) I wanted everyone to be able to participate in the challenge. I know not everyone has the program. :)

Here is BekahE layout:

Also if anyone is wondering and would like to give it a go - she has done a photo overlay over the paper. This is possible in scrapbook max program. What you need to do is this: (basic form)
1. add photo over paper
2. desaturate - change to black & white or sepia
3. change the opacity of the photo by adjusting the slider. There is no set amount - just play around with it until you get a look that you like. It also can depend on the darkness/lightness of the photo itself. If the photo has dark boundaries you will end up with a dark area where the photo finishes so look for a photo with lighter area around the outside or if you have one - a blending shape which fades to the edges.

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. Clustering sometimes is like making a flower arrangement. Place and adjust - turn etc, move forward and back until it looks right to the eye. It can sometimes take practice but once you get used to doing them - you will find youself doing more and more of them and love them just as much as I do.
Final note - if you're having problems or need some help - please feel free to post here in the challenge or if you prefer - message me. I'm happy to help.

11-30-2008, 10:55 PM
Ooops - LOL here is a preview of what you're downloading.


11-30-2008, 11:20 PM
Thanks Carena - sounds like fun - see what mess I can create out of this one!!!!!!:):)

12-01-2008, 12:35 AM
If you visit Bekah's BLOG, you'll see she's the


12-01-2008, 05:29 AM
My attempt...........


Couple of my elements for you..........

12-01-2008, 07:09 AM
This I have trouble with, hope this challenge can learn me something!!:confused:

rosana brito
12-01-2008, 10:16 AM
my son Vinnie my niece Pepehttp://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/watermark.php?file=30194

12-01-2008, 10:31 AM
Here is mine. The picture is my Cousin Sue's Grandson and Great Grandaughters at Thanksgiving.

I used Carena's free gift for the challenge and the Word Art is from Jazzy's Thanksgiving Stamps at DSO


12-01-2008, 03:24 PM

here is mine, credits in the gallery

12-01-2008, 05:49 PM
Here is mine.


Credits in the gallery.

12-01-2008, 07:10 PM
Wow, these are great so far. As usual lately I am running so far behind, I may never catch up!

12-01-2008, 07:20 PM
Beautiful pages everybody, love the many ideas of clustering work !

Here is my first, hope another one will follow.


12-01-2008, 07:43 PM
Stunning girls.wow I may give this a try.Though I read the directions it seems hard.Off tomorrow so I will see what i can come up with.

12-01-2008, 09:08 PM
wonderful challenge Carena! I love your Bre-alla kit!



12-01-2008, 10:42 PM
Here's my entry for the December 2008 Freebie Challenge. I have to entries I am not sure which one looks better hehehe... Nice layouts ladies.http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/3979/december2008freebiechalum0.th.jpg (http://img368.imageshack.us/my.php?image=december2008freebiechalum0.jpg)http://img380.imageshack.us/img380/5610/december2008challenge00oi2.th.jpg (http://img380.imageshack.us/my.php?image=december2008challenge00oi2.jpg)

12-01-2008, 10:53 PM
OH you guys are right on to things already. Awesome layouts so far. I leave each a comment in the gallery.

Can't wait to see what's to come next. Anyone need help - just shout.

Clusters can be hard to start with but you will soon get the hang of it. :)

12-02-2008, 12:36 AM
My first attempt at clustering thanks for a great challenge Carena and of course for the kit. Hope u like it


12-02-2008, 12:39 AM
My second page for the Challenge and I used one of your other kits Carena - thanks once again:)


12-02-2008, 12:46 AM
Thanks Carena - sounds like fun - see what mess I can create out of this one!!!!!!:):)

LOL are you kidding - I've just seen you layouts and they are awesome If that is a mess - you can make a mess any day and time. Fabulous - You don't give yourself enough credit my friend.

Here is my effort Using Scrapbook Max Software - Tutorial in the gallery on how I did it and also at my Scraplift Tutorial Group - link at my gallery layout.


Keep the pages coming girls and guys - ? do we have any guys ?? Come on guys - step out from the depths and reveal yourselfs. LOL :eek:

12-02-2008, 07:37 AM
One of my neice Shaina that I took during a slumber party at my house. She was being silly in this one. You may see a few from me today, I am home with strep throat, a bad cough and a fever. If I am not horizontal on the couch I may try to scrap a few.


12-02-2008, 07:37 AM
here's one i made using the kit Golden Moments by Diana Carmichael (aka knzus) which you can find in the scrapbookmax store

12-02-2008, 11:38 AM
Carenas Dec.Challenge.I had a difficult time doing this as I had a hard time understanding the directions.I used clusters with the flowers and the frames and I used a circle shape.I used the freebie kit Carnea gave us to use.:D


<img src="http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/1463/315-000-Page-1.jpg" />

12-02-2008, 03:30 PM
Well, here is my page. Not sure if it's done correctly but I sure had fun! :) Thanks for the challenge Carena! Credits in gallery. And I just noticed that I did not give credit to my daughter for drawing the elves, I think they turned out cute. Thanks Ally! ;)


12-02-2008, 05:22 PM
Here is another one. The paper is from Coffee Rose digital. The flowers are Fiona's. The leaves are from a kit by Gemeinschaft (I think).


12-02-2008, 06:26 PM
I used my own stuff that is freebies somewhere under eye.I could not resist this photo.He is always trying to talk.I hope this is a cluster.I used one branch to do the framing.

<img src="http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/1463/317-000-Page-1.jpg" />

12-02-2008, 06:38 PM
Eye we will make a florist of you yet. Well done. :)
I'm off to leave some love in the gallery.

12-02-2008, 08:28 PM
ohhh, I love clustering... I sure hope to find time to do this!
Everyone's layout ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12-03-2008, 01:30 AM
here is my second entree,


12-03-2008, 11:14 AM
gorgeous pages everyone!!

here is one from me -

Caroline (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=30277&cat=500&ppuser=9043)

12-03-2008, 11:50 AM
I love clusters Carena!

12-03-2008, 02:13 PM
Beautiful layouts! Wow!!!! Here's mine. I was trying to do another challenge and when I downloaded Carena's kit (yes, I had to go buy it, it's so kewl!) I knew I had to take it the girly way!! :D:cool: Both challenges came so well together, hope you don't mind me double dipping!

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/Sisterheart_.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=30282&cat=500&ppuser=10630)

12-03-2008, 03:43 PM
Oh you guys are just too much. WOW what wonderful layouts - an inspiration to all the scrappers who I know visit this site but not brave enough to join in in a public way. I see so many views on all the pages and yet it's only the same people commenting and encouraging. I wish we could get more to join the fun. I know everyone does their best to encourage all the newcomers. You are a amazing group of people and I feel privileged to be part of this wonderful community.
BIG HUGS TO EVERYONE. Oh I'm going all mushy. :rolleyes: ;) :D

12-03-2008, 05:39 PM
We love you Carena! I can always count on you for a kind word and a thoughtful review of my work. You are a gem and part of what makes SBM such an awesome community!

12-03-2008, 08:26 PM
Thanks so much, Carena, for hosting the challenge and for the great add-on to your Boy Zone kit. I did some recoloring but basically just used the add-on. I'm going to try to add a thumbnail!! LOL Hey! It worked!! Yayyyyy!

12-03-2008, 10:24 PM
Here's a second page from me.

Many different kits and embies were used for this page. Thank you to the creators. I did tweak things to make them go together in the color scheme. (The only thing I created was the layout and the kids! LOL) ;)


12-04-2008, 07:35 AM
Super layouts all. I love clustering and seeing clusters, so I best get my thinking cap on and do this one. Thanks for the kit, Carena and the elements, Mary.

12-05-2008, 09:11 PM
Here is my attempt at this challenge, I did a little bit of clustering, one of the things I need to work on I think! Enjoy!


12-05-2008, 10:41 PM
Here is my attempt at the challenge.


12-06-2008, 12:38 PM
My attempt...
Isaac and Baby James with their mommy Sarah.
I used Jazz's wordart from "Words to delite" from "All about kids" Available at DSO.
The rest (exept for the grunge overlay) is from a freebie kit by Barbarkaaa called "Sunflower"

12-06-2008, 03:14 PM
Oh Marion, what a lovely layout!!

12-06-2008, 08:34 PM
All the elements were made by me; photo done on Photomania thanks to link from Aggie!


12-08-2008, 03:06 AM
Here is another I've done. Big thanks to Bekah E for the wordart.

12-08-2008, 07:09 AM
Everyone is doing so well with their layouts.Wow.:)


<img src="http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/1463/331-000-Page-1.jpg" />

12-08-2008, 07:09 AM
Everyone is doing so well with their layouts.Wow.:)


12-08-2008, 02:48 PM
Here's mine. I used Carena's Boy Zone freebies and Alex Add-on Freebies. Hope this is O.K.



12-09-2008, 06:19 AM
These are all beautiful. Here are mine I don't know if this is exactly what Carena wants but I realised that I made a few layout that could do for the challenge but I am not so sure. Hope it's ok.



12-13-2008, 08:39 AM
I loved the little kit!! Put this together and had to try to keep it under the 5MB limit!! Not much of the fancy frills you all are doing but thought it's a great kit to keep for a rainy day!!

Thanks Carena for the GORGEOUS challenge!!

12-13-2008, 03:11 PM
Well done Donna. It looks great.

Everyone has done such a wonderful job with this challenge this month. It's been a challenge I know, and some have worked out of their comfort zone, but that's a good thing as sometimes it's the best way to learn new things.

I know things are probably getting pretty hectic with Christmas preparations so I wanted to congratulate everyone on such awesome layouts. Don't worry I'll still be around to check in and see what your all up to. Currently I'm working on another kit and trying to get it finished before school breaks up on the 19th December. Not sure just how much time I will have for scrapping then until Feb 2009 when school is back again. Anyway I've rambled on enough.

For those who won't be popping back in until after Christmas - A very Merry Christmas. Enjoy the holidays and your family.
Hugs and kisses from Carena & Caitlyn :)

12-14-2008, 06:32 AM
wonderful pages everyone :D

i'm going to try and get a page done but being the pre-christmas run up and working in one of portsmouths top hot spots i have so many extra shifts im surprised i have time to sleep let alone scrap lol

12-14-2008, 10:43 AM
This kit was so fun to work with..only tweaked one element..the lace frame and made it into a blended corner.. Used all the fun elements!! TOO FUN!! Thanks Fiona for the FUN challenge!!

1) Applied Grayscale to upper two pictures and then applied sepia under effects on SBM toolbar

12-14-2008, 10:44 AM
forgive me folks..put this one in the WRONG spot!! oops!!So sorry!!

12-14-2008, 11:27 AM
Here's my try at this. I'm no good at making clusters but I tried. Then I covered it all with a snowflake. Hahahaha! I can't arrange flowers in a vase either! (rotfl) I try tucking things in but they just don't always work for me. Maybe I should take a flower arrangement course!

This is a picture of the creek that runs beside my house. Wordart is by Jazzie and is from her It's Christmas Time Vol 1 kit available at DSO. The rest is from Carena's Xmas Wonderland kit available here at SBM! (shhhh.....by the way, she made an add-on kit of just clusters to go with this kit. I got that one, too! LOL!)


12-14-2008, 01:21 PM
LOL Donna I have days like this all the time. As crazy as things are at christmas, it's no wonder.

Melanie - LOL great effort for the challenge my sweet. I'm hopeless at flower arranging in a vase but manage to pull it off on the layouts. Well at least I think I do. If you don't think so, please don't tell me and dash all my hopes and accomplishments. LOL

12-14-2008, 06:45 PM
Haha! Carena, you're one of the best! (That's why I'm so glad you make your cluster kits! They make me look good!)

12-15-2008, 04:07 AM
Here is another try using Carena's kit this time, thanks Carena.


12-31-2008, 11:43 AM
beautiful pages everyone...you've done carena proud :D