View Full Version : February Designer Challenge Hosted by Angelwithin

02-01-2010, 02:35 AM
Just as you thought it was safe on site I have come back to haunt you all :rolleyes: Yes you have the pleasure of my company for a whole month!!!

Pimp that Photo!

Let's focus on the photographs instead of the overall design of the layout this month, so often beautiful photographs and cherished memories get buried beneath a ton of pretty embellishments, so this month i'd like you to play with your photographs!

There are so many wonderful effects you can do with the advanced tools in Scrapbook Max! So Lets play with them.

Attached are some simple things you can do in the advanced tools.

Once you have finished playing with your photo then it is time to scrap it. ;)

Pimp that Photo!


1) Using the advanced tools adjust your photo to show its true beauty.
2) Scrap a page using the adjusted photo (please note rule 3)
3) You may only use 1 paper/background, up to 5 embellishments and 1 adjust photo per page.
4) your page must be uploaded to the gallery and either the link or image placed in this thread
5) All pages are to be uploaded by Wednesday 24th February
6) A Vote will take place from Thursday 25th until Saturday 27th
7) A 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize will be awarded to the pages voted with the most interesting photo effects that also abide by rule 3

02-01-2010, 07:22 AM
OHHH I sooooooooooooooo love this challenge!! This is definitely one for me because I am probably the WORST at hiding my pictures behind embellishments!! I just get so darn 'scrap happy'!!
K, I hope I can figure it out! Thanks for the challenge.

02-01-2010, 08:52 AM
Sounds Like a great challenge

02-01-2010, 12:05 PM
I will throw something together for this. I haven't done a challenge for a while!

02-01-2010, 12:37 PM
i look forward to seeing your pages :)

02-01-2010, 07:54 PM
This is gonna be fun cause I have to admit I am one of those who like lotsa embies and before I know it my page is covered...Can't wait to get started! Thanks for a great challenge!!

02-01-2010, 08:43 PM
wooow, this is fun challenge, my son always says, why are the photos that small when you have a large page,.....
Love to be part of the challenge, but I'm going for 6 weeks to see our new GD and no SBM software, flying to night, hope I still manage to dl it on CD

02-01-2010, 08:43 PM
Here is mine. This is my mom when she was a teenager. I used two copies of the same photo. I used the watercolor effects on the top copy and then lowered the opacity a touch. The background paper and embies I made for a challenge I hosted last year, but I altered the paper and frame for this in SBM.

http://http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/sac_Feb-2010-Designer-Challenge-000-Page-1.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/member-galleries/p38240-sac-feb-2010-challenge.html)

02-01-2010, 09:23 PM
[QUOTE=sacannon;150519]Here is mine. This is my mom when she was a teenager. I used two copies of the same photo. I used the watercolor effects on the top copy and then lowered the opacity a touch. The background paper and embies I made for a challenge I hosted last year, but I altered the paper and frame for this in SBM.

Beautiful Sue! :D

02-01-2010, 09:24 PM
OK. I'm going to try my best to do this challenge. I love it! Thanks Angel! :D xxoo

02-01-2010, 10:35 PM
Thanks for a great challenge Fiona! Here is my page for the challenge. The photo was taken at a friend's wedding of the bride's bouquet with the bridesmaid's flowers. It is a beautiful photo.

I used the following:

Techniques - Oil Painting and Sepia. I used a second copy of the same photo and made it transparent to show just a hint of color.

Paper - by Amber Baz @ K-joi (Made slightly transparent)
Embies - Crocheted edges by Kim Liddiard @ Digital Scrapbook Place
Victorian rose embie behind paper is mine.
Words - from The Christening Kit by Knzus available through SBM.

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2315/thumbs/Weekly-Challenge-0201-000-Feb-Design-Challenge.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/challenges/p38249-the-gift.html)

02-01-2010, 11:56 PM
Excellent pages Sue & Debby simple yet so effective :D

02-02-2010, 07:00 AM
I need to see more examples to "get" it. I think I have a scrapping disorder hahha...keep them coming...

02-02-2010, 09:39 AM
This sounds like fun!! I think it's about time I get a challenge done and I love the photo altering ones!!!

02-02-2010, 10:19 AM
More of my daughters book I am working on. I used Roses Kit by Crafty Scraps
Lace Frame by Ephemeral Victorian
SBM Crackle filter and used Home Sweet Home font with an outline and shadow.

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/SBMChallenge10-008-Page-9.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38254-pimp-that-photo.html)

02-02-2010, 01:16 PM
great page christina

02-02-2010, 02:09 PM
Great pges so far - I wil have go but looks like I'll have to restrain myself considerably as I like to put 1000 elements onto one page. LOL

02-03-2010, 09:11 AM
You know what? I think I am going to play with this one too...Sounds like fuin! WTG Fiona for another awesome challenge...
The pages displayed here already, have turned out so neat...<wink>

02-03-2010, 11:43 AM
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/1585/thumbs/My-Scrapbook-000-Page-161.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/cardschallange-pages/p38263-february-2010-designer-challenge.html)

Here's one i did today

02-03-2010, 11:55 AM
Alrighty, here is mine...My brother's dog Maggie...I used some halftones and saturation on the photo...Loved how it turned out...Thanks for the challenge...I think I uploaded it to the worng catagory...*eek*...I have it in designer team challenges...Sorry if this is the wrong one...But there is so many listed...lol...
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/fionas-Challenge-000-Page-1.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38266-all-played-out.html)

02-03-2010, 01:35 PM
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/Challenges_-_Angel_Within.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38267-mirror-reflection.html)
Here's mine.
I turned the original photo to sepia, then used the crackle effect. Then I took the original photo, erased the sepia/crackled image, and layered it on top. Then changed the hue to black and white and adjusted to color to pick up the yellow tones.
Pretty cool. Thanks for the challenge.
Oh and hey! I only used two embellishments!! Now that is a feat in itself for me!! :) whoops, no, I used three. forgot about the frame.. but still!! ha ha :)

02-03-2010, 02:04 PM
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/designer-challenge-001-Page-2.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38268-summer-girl.html)

Here's mine.

02-03-2010, 02:15 PM
Great pges so far - I wil have go but looks like I'll have to restrain myself considerably as I like to put 1000 elements onto one page. LOL

Carena, I had to laugh at this because I think of you as the Queen of Cluster. LOL! But I'm game if you are..........just 5 elements???? Can we use 5 different elements 10 times each???? LOL!

And Kelly, what a cute idea to make the reflection like that. Very creative!

02-03-2010, 08:33 PM
My beautiful niece and her husband
Frame: CraftersCorner background mini kit from a challenge at CraftyScraps and my photo color grayscale and added Amy with the original photo.

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/My_Scrapbook_-_adamamy.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38271-adam-and-amy.html)

02-03-2010, 09:25 PM
beautiful talented pages everyone....they look stunning i love the effects you are all doing on the photos :)

02-04-2010, 01:47 AM
Well I thought it was about time I got myself scrappin again, so this is my effort for the Challenge. I embossed the photo then recoloured, then I copied original pic again and watercoloured it and made it 60 transparency and placed on top. Thanks for the Challenge Fiona. Credits in the gallery.


02-04-2010, 02:26 AM
Nice job...even though you "threw it together"! HAHA!!! It's gorgeous! ;) Makes me want to do something with my Mom's pic

02-04-2010, 07:15 AM
ScrappyAggie that is so cool! I didn't know we could do that! I must try.. :)

02-04-2010, 08:06 AM
I love this challenge. I used a photo of my wedding, as yesterday was my 33rd wedding anniversary!

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/FS-33rd-Anniversary.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38281-lovehonour-and-cherish.html)

The photo was rather bright and busy, so taking the colour right down improved the look of it, then I put a little colour back in to add warmth, bring in some skin tones and recolour the roses.

Then in effects, I chose lens, settings: max radius 30, Y centre offset 50 to focus the eye onto the hands and my ring.

I didn't want to spoil the almost sepia effect I had chosen with a coloured background, so I kept it very light. The background I used was one from Michelle's lovely surprise kit, XOXO, but recoloured and some transparency brought in.

I only used three embies: the frame from Believe in Yourself, the sentiment from Inkster and a recoloured rose from Country Rose. If you are counting the two journal texts I added that still adds up to only 5. :)

Blessings - FS xx

02-04-2010, 08:09 AM
great LOs everyone! they are all beautiful:)

02-04-2010, 08:50 AM
wow ladies you are excelling yourselves ....absolutely love the effects you are getting :D

i did have an email asking if the photo itself can be adjusted in a different program for this challenge ....cos you got me on a good day (my evil horns are in the wash) i will allow this ;)

02-04-2010, 10:32 PM
My page. I used the watercolor effect on this picture. One background and one paperscrap and one shape

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/thumbs/yellowstone1_-_Page_2.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38292-yellowstone1page-2.html)

02-05-2010, 07:12 AM
Here is another attempt at Pimp my Photo

My sister and brother-in-law enjoying a beautiful sunset. Used SpinWaveEffect and then took the same photo and blurred and blend it in the water. Background is from SBM Pallete Sunset.

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/My_Special_Scrapbook_-_Pat_Helou_patgeorge.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38295-sunset.html)

02-05-2010, 12:04 PM
These pages are so neat..great job everyone!

02-05-2010, 12:31 PM
Loving this challenge Fiona! Here is a picture of Gracie, my new grandbaby.

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/Sleeping-Beauty1.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38326-portrait-of-grace.html)

Here is what I did:

Imported the photo into Real Draw (as permitted) and used the Real Paint effect to turn it into an oil painting.

Background XOXO by Michelle, with the colour taken right down.

Just the one embie made by me!

Blessings - FS xx

02-05-2010, 02:51 PM
stunning pages ladies i love them :D ooOO(starting to wonder if i made this too easy hmmmm)

02-05-2010, 10:31 PM
oh wowwwwwwww these are all so AWESOME!! everyone has done such a great job with this challenge!

yeah, Fiona... maybe it was too easy?? but then again, they are quick learners and you're a great teacher! :)

02-06-2010, 03:52 AM
Super job on all of these. Sure am learning a lot of new techniques, thanks all.

02-06-2010, 04:18 PM
Great Challenge Fiona!!!!
Crackle & Sepia effect, over same picture for a hint of color
1 background - Omajo's
1 Frame - Omajo's
4 bead curtains - Mary's MH51

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/FebDesignerchallengeKAW-000-Page-1.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38333-khloie.html)

02-06-2010, 04:23 PM
Sandstoned and Sepia the Picture
Background - Wolvsie's (Sandstoned it too#
1 Scrap
2 swirls - Wolvsie's #Flip-Flop#
1 embellishment from gallery #I Love U Kit)

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/FebDesignerchallengeKAW-001-Page-2.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38334-kisses.html)

02-06-2010, 05:00 PM
My sister and brother in law enjoying a day at the beach...Took the photo (same photo I used in the Sunset Page) and adjusted it to Sepia, used the spinwave effect, and then used UniformNoise and click the Monochromatic at 500 and then recolored it get the sand effect. Used one of the pages (I customized--to keep with the rules of the challenge) from the Forever Love Expansion Pack..

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/My_Special_Scrapbook_-_Page_1.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38336-a-day-at-the-beach.html)

02-07-2010, 02:25 PM
Here's my entry
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/DC-Challenge---006-Page-5.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38343-dc-challenge006-page-5.html)

02-07-2010, 03:02 PM
Great LO Val!!!! How You Feeling?

02-07-2010, 03:57 PM
Kimmy Feeling a lot better , still haven't smoked.Your granddaughter is one sweet baby.
Another layout , didnt really follow the rules but I was having fun. Three copies of picture- first copy (background) used the wow factor. second copy (Snookie)grayscale and scribble plus I did some erasing. Third copy erased everything but eyes then layered it over copy #2. Frame and wolf from wlovsie's wolf n' stitches.
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/DC-Challenge---007-Page-6.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38344-dc-challenge007-page-6.html)

02-07-2010, 04:28 PM
Wow!!! Love that LO!!!!! I am so Proud of You Val, and Glad You FEEL better!!!!

02-07-2010, 04:59 PM
absolutely fabulous pages everyone ...love the variety of effects being used :D

02-08-2010, 08:20 AM
Great pages!

02-08-2010, 04:35 PM
I used an outside program to do this one . Credits in gallery.
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/DC-Challenge---008-Page-7.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38353-dc-challenge008-page-7.html)

02-10-2010, 04:07 PM
fabulous pages everyone....shall i make this harder for ya'll ???

as you can see in some of the pages some of you have used the photograph as the background, i challenge you to make the background as the edited version of your photograph and use the original within the page as normal :D

02-10-2010, 05:29 PM
HUH? you completely lost me? Call me confused :)

02-10-2010, 07:20 PM
is this what you meant?
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/DC-Challenge---009-February-2010-5.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38388-fun-at-the-park.html)

02-10-2010, 07:22 PM
Second one.
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/DC-Challenge---010-Page-8.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38389-midnight-bandits.html)

02-10-2010, 07:31 PM
ooo there's some fast scrappers around tonight :) that's exactley what i meant :)

take your photo, edit it using the effects on it, make that the background of your page, them take the original photo and use it normally to scrap a page on the edited background xxx

02-11-2010, 06:19 AM
ahh, I get it :) Cool. K I'll try! I love the midnight bandits Val!! Very cool :)

02-11-2010, 02:52 PM
Here is my second one. I Used two layers on background. Bottom layer embossed. Top layer I used sepia tone and lowered the opacity for the embossed copy to show through.

Frame is from &quot;Believe in yourself&quot; kit that came with the original SBM version. The greenery and berries are from Carena's &quot;In the forest&quot; kit.

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/500/sac_feb10-challenge_2-000-Page-1.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/member-galleries/p38394-sac-feb10-challenge-2.html)

02-12-2010, 05:31 AM
fabulous page sue, :)

02-12-2010, 04:16 PM
Hi Everyone

I've only recently started digital scrapping and this is my first contest I'm entering . . . Hope all's in order . . .

I used a pic of my mom on her wedding day . . . over 50 years ago . . . I've always loved this pic! Hope you do too. . .

02-12-2010, 04:59 PM
Great picture. Super for a first try. Looking forward to seeing more.

02-12-2010, 10:44 PM
Hi Everyone

I've only recently started digital scrapping and this is my first contest I'm entering . . . Hope all's in order . . .

I used a pic of my mom on her wedding day . . . over 50 years ago . . . I've always loved this pic! Hope you do too. . .

Beautiful photo and wonderful job on the layout.

02-13-2010, 01:44 AM
Aah, thanks soo much Val & Sacannon!!! I was really nervous about entering and your compliments are doing great things for my confidence :)

02-13-2010, 06:22 PM
This picture was taken this morning. What a beautiful tree.

Background I solorized the photo, then I added another layer and embosed it, another layer was added and I crackled the layer and made it transparent so the colors can come through. I made a gold mask and added to the picture to make it look like the sun was coming through the tree.
Credit is to SylviaEsther for her JanuaryFrame.

Sue I see we had the same idea. Love the layout. :)

I love everyone's creative ideas on the effects of the pictures. Great Job everyone.

http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/My_Special_Scrapbook_-_Page_2.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38424-after-the-storm.html)

02-13-2010, 07:05 PM
beautiful pages everyone, i love all this neat effects :)

02-18-2010, 04:22 PM
Good to see you back Fiona, here is my layout. Hope it fills the criteria. Pic is of my hubby's ggg grandfather. credits to helga stolzenwald from Grannys art for the frame, all the rest is mine. Did a water colour effect on the pic, everything else looked terrible. Have a good day everyone.
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/ancestors-screenshot.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38478-ancestorsdesign-challenge.html)

02-21-2010, 05:56 PM
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/Pimp-that-photo-000-Page-1.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38515-pimp-that-photo-000-page-1.html)


I dont know how many embies i used, but i had fun as always. thank you for letting me play with effects, and i cant wait to learn more soon.

thanks again!


02-22-2010, 07:10 AM
Fantastic job ladies. All layouts are spectacular, so many different looks.
Credits for this in gallery.
http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/data/2809/DC-Challenge---011-Page-9.jpg (http://www.scrapbookmax.com/gallery/design-team-challenges/p38526-dc-challenge011-page-9.html)

02-22-2010, 07:24 AM
fabulous pages everyone...keep them coming :)

on thursday i'll be placing up the voting page for everyone to vote for their favourite pages and their favourite effects, so if you want to be in to win a fabulous prize ....get your pages up by thursady :)

02-24-2010, 06:50 PM
you have about 12 hours left to upload a page for the vote.....good luck everyone xx

02-25-2010, 04:39 PM
go through all the pages entered this month, choose your favourites not forgetting the whole objective in this month challenge was to be creative with the actual photograph

once you have decided you're 1st 2nd and 3rd placed pages make your vote here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FLQ5MWS

the pages have been lettered A to Z on the attachments to help you vote :)

good luck everyone :D

02-28-2010, 05:18 PM
well the voting is now closed and here are the winners

1st Place (layout B) ValerieElaine

2nd Place (layout U) Dillie1

3rd Place (layout O) ksd_24_f

I'll be PM'ing the winners shortly with their prizes:
3rd prize is a choice of 1 kit from my store stock
2nd prize is a choice of 2 kits from my store stock
1st prize is the choice of either 3 kits from my store stock or Valerie can choose to have a kit made especially for her in which ever colour and theme she likes

02-28-2010, 10:57 PM
Congrats to all the winners and everyone did a great job.

02-28-2010, 11:16 PM
well done!! =) i didn't finish mine in time - i am still trying to fiddle around with a few photographs :P
you have all done great pages, and have given me some inspiration!

03-01-2010, 01:02 AM
This is quite a surprise with so much talent here and the great pages that were made I never expected it. I really love every page that was posted. Thank you Fiona for this great challenge it truly made me experiment with the "effects" in which I never touched before. Looking forward for the new challenges ahead. Thanks again everyone!!

03-01-2010, 03:44 AM
Dilli daid it all. Thank you very much ,Fiona. Now i'm off to do one of my favourite pastimes--SHOP!

03-01-2010, 05:42 AM
Congratulations to Valerie, Dillie and Ksd, I'm sure you'll all have a ball in the shop!

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm ready for a new challenge. ;)

Blessings - FS xx

03-01-2010, 01:50 PM
WOW - I'm in shock!! And sooo thrilled! Yeah :) Thank you so much!! They were all such great LO's and I had such a blast with this challenge. I learnt a whole bunch of tricks I didn't even know we could do with this program. So thanks again!!

03-01-2010, 09:46 PM
Congrats to the winners! All very well deserved! :D

03-04-2010, 05:13 PM
Congrats Everyone!!!! Awesome Work!!!!