Pixels & Company Challenges

Pixels & Company challenges are up! 
We have an entirely new format so click over and get all the details:
How P&Co Challenges Work
 I am hosting 2 of the challenges this month so I created example layouts. Here is my layout for the Design Challenge Executive Level:
Here is my layout for the Words Challenge Management Level
Curious what each challenge includes? Click over to the February challenges for all the details.
I think there is something here for everyone, I’d love to see you come and join us!

Mad March Memories Blog Hop- a Giveaway & a Freebie Take 2!

Welcome Blog Hoppers!

(The Giveaway is now closed, but you can still collect your letter and receive a code for the collab kit until the end of March 2012)

I have great stuff for you here today- A tip/tutorial, a giveaway and your Super Secret Letter!

First up here is my tip:
We are going to combine 2 or more templates to make one completely unique template.

The first thing you need to do is pick out templates that you like elements of, I pick 2-3, but you could pick more. I think it might be hard to do more than 5.
Here are the templates I picked out:
Two are from Tiffany Tillman’s 52 templates series, #29 and #31 the other one is from the DHD TNT collection.

After your templates are open, create a new canvas/document in your preferred scrapping size. I scrap in 12×12 so that’s what I’ve created

Now we’ll begin selecting the elements of the templates that we want to keep. I want the dark strip from  #31 so right click on the layer in the pallete and you should see this:

See the option on the third line down? That’s what we want.
Now this dialogue box will open:

I haven’t renamed my canvas yet so I want to pick Untitled-1
Keep selecting the layers you want and duplicate them onto your canvas.
If you prefer to drag and drop, you can drag the layers while holding shift and alt/option this will make the layer drop into the same place it was on the previous canvas. 
After all my layers are on my canvas, here’s what it looks like:

Now move things around until you like the placement, think about things like balance, visual weight and creating flow on your layout. (or just make it look good, and that stuff will happen)
Heres mine:

I realized I needed journaling so I jumped back onto one of my templates and grabbed a journaling block. Now I’ll save it, but first I will rename 3 layers with the names of the templates so I have a record of which templates I used and can give credit later on for the inspiration.

Here is my completed page:

I used the Sweet Bee collab from Jen Allyson and Celeste Knight

Next up is the giveaway! I have a Gift Certificate to Design House Digital to give away! You can enter up to 5 times. One comment, like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and post to Facebook and Twitter. I tried to make it easy on you- just use the Rafflecopter widget below to submit all your entries! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Last but not least here is your Freebie: a Quick page made with another combined template:

^^See the letter up there? Don’t forget to snag it!^^
 It’s your super secret letter.

You should have arrived from Robyn’s blog

And you’ll be hopping over to Shannon’s blog

If you are just joining or get lost, head over to the DHD blog to start over.

 If you put the letters in correctly, in the right order, you will be entered into the drawing for a Wacom Bamboo Capture tablet. Contest entries must be received by Wednesday at 11:59 PM MST.
The giveaway has ended- you can still get the collab until the end of March 2012

Everyone who completes the bloghop during March will receive a coupon code to receive the Spring Menagerie Collab for free!

Isn’t it beautiful? I love it!

January 2012 Challenges

1. First is the Design 365 Challenge, hosted by Gennifer Bursett. 
2. Crystal is hosting the Journaling Challenge all year long, this year you will create an All About Me book.
3. Katherine Hansen is hosting the Inspiration Challenge.
4. This month’s Photography Challenge is hosted by Mary Rogers: Photos with sun flare.
5. Christy’s ready for a Scraplift Challenge.
6. Pick up Erica’s freebie and join in the Color Swatch Challenge.
7. Jen P. is showing us it’s hip to be square in the Blueprint Challenge.
8. Check out the Technique Challenge, hosted by Tiffany Bodily.
Hurry over to check out the challenges and don’t forget each challenge has a prize, a DHD gift certificate! The more you play, the better your chance to win!