Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Butterbeer Challenge

This month's creative techniques challenge at Oscraps was quite a challenge. I wrote about it on the Oscraps blog this week.

Yes, challenges are fun.

But when we take on challenges, we can not only have fun, but learn and grow in our skills, our technique repertoires, our artistry, our storytelling. And let's face it, no matter how young or old, learning it good! It keeps our mind active, it keeps our spirits up, it keeps the scrapping mojo well, mojo-ing!

So here it is April, and we have a new set of monthly challenges for your learning and growth.

I thought I would draw attention to a particularly challenging challenge which is rocking the gallery after only a few days into the month. In this month's Creative Techniques Challenge, our dear Ona has challenged us to really stretch and incorporate multiple techniques.

1. Merging photos - This sounds tricky, but here is a hint...your ERASER is your friend! Here is an erasing tutorial from Nov 2010 that will have you merging like a pro.

2. Using stamps/brushes - there are such a variety of brushes and stamps and overlays to choose from and they really can be used quite effectively in any type of layout.

3. Clipping masks - virtually anything can be used as a clipping mask, simply make sure the paper is on top of the thing you want to clip to whether it be a stamp, an element or shape etc. Be creative! Clip to something you have never clipped to before! You never know what wonderful things might happen. Here is a clipping Mask tutorial from Sept 2010.

4. Blending - If you can use your up and down arrow keys, you can blend :-) We have lots of tutorials for blending! Blending Tutorial #1 Blending Tutorial #1 Blending Tutorial #1 Blending Tutorial #1 I know this may sound like a lot, but remember, it's a challenge, and just take it one step at a time.

Now, let's look at what some Oscrappers have been doing with this challenge:

First, this gorgeous page from Ona. The photos are seamlessly blended and full of liveliness and loveliness! And what vibrant color, beautiful brushes and creative clipping!

This page from Alegna just plain rocks with action, color and amazing impact.

Speaking of action, I fully expect to be splashed with water from these rambunctious dogs jumping right out of the page. And I love the impact from minimalist color. Plus, as mentioned once before, I am a sucker for dog pages.
I think it is their sweet and loving faces, totally natural, so loving and trusting, which makes dog photos and dog pages totally irresistable.

How captivating is this beautiful little girl as she gets closer and closer to the camera, with her engaging smile and pretty dress, in this lovely challenge page from Kaliki.

Children also are the perfect subject for this challenge, since the repetition of photos conveys action that simply cannot be translated with a single photo. And if you haven't picked up on this yet, as in many things design, three is a charm in this page by Dumpty.

... and this one by Lilly-10. This seems like a boy who does not sit still!

These techniques are not limited to puppies and children. Check out this lovely imagery captured by Bluetansy in this tribute to India.  

I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated by this challenge, and I don't intimidate easily. First of all, I have no babies or fur babies in my household. I tend to take a lot of pictures of flowers and landscapes, which don't convey a lot of action. But I remembered some successive photos I took on our recent trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and was able to merge, blend, stamp, brush and clip into this:

Try it, you'll like it! And we'll see you in the gallery.

And remember, the more challenges you complete, the greater your chance for our monthly prizes!

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