Sunday, July 31, 2011

Challenges, layouts, and a freebie

I definitely didn't plan it but when I looked at all the layouts I want to show you today, I realized they were all created with prompts from challenges!

What I love the most about challenges is how they push your creative boundaries. You get to do what you might not normally choose to do, try new techniques, and sometimes even explore some of your own buried feelings. I'd recommend it if you haven't tried yet.

I've totally enjoyed the challenges at MScraps forum where I hang out the most these days. They are creative and challenging (as challenges should be), and the sample layouts from the site CT's are very inspiring. Oh, and of course, the points that you can collect toward $ to use in the store are quite nice too. ;)


Did you happen to notice the tweet button on the right side of the blog? Hehe...yep, I'm using twitter now. In my twitter page I use this layout as background.

I created this LO for an About Me challenge in the theme "Phobia" and that means heights for me. It was a long process thinking, planning, and executing the page, which is why I just love how it came out looking so simple and easy. The ladies at MScraps gave me so many encouraging comments!! TYSM!

(The city silhouette is inspired by Famous City Skyline brushes by Rawox and Balloon girl modified from a brush by xCassiex24. Thank you both!)

Just 2 days later I created another page for the Photography challenge: reflections. Mine was taken on our short train ride 2 years ago. It shows not one but two reflections! One on the magnifying glass and one in my son Neill's eyes, and I just love how I can see myself in his eyes!

The page went on to earn a mention in the Gallery Standouts blog! I was so excited!!!

Both pages above were created with this beautiful kit: Little Discoverer of Designs by Anita.


For this month (July) I have 2 challenge layouts to show. :)

This first one I made for the Recipe Challenge. Not food but scrapping recipe - with a certain amount of photos, papers, fasteners, lines, circles, etc. you have to put in. Not easy at all but so much fun!!!

Journaling reads: Neill isn't normally allowed to play with toy guns.
I let him have this one because it hasn't got a trigger
and there're no dangerous parts that can become loose.
It can make a heck of a noise though.

From collab kit Things to Do on a Windy Day of Designs by Anita and Che Yang Designs


And the most recent one is another About Me challenge. This time it's about what you dislike about yourself. Oh boy. I have to say, when it's done, I felt so drained and naked! LOL

Journaling reads: I'll admit it
there are times when I am not too happy with the fact that I'm
NOT so young, wild, or free anymore.
I haven't totally come to terms with it yet.
But I know I'll get there ... one day.

From kit Young, Wild, and Free of Designs by Anita


Now a little bit of news!

Two Little Pixels is closing shop so all Anita's products there, including the ones you see here, are now on sale at 35% off! This is only until August 5 so hurry up!!


Congrats! You've survived the loooong post. Here's a present for you. As I said, I spent a lot of time planning, drawing, cutting and piercing those digi papers to make the layout so I think, well, maybe you can find some use for it! :D Here's the download link if you're interested:

Just a little reminder here: this template is for Personal Use and NOT for any promotional purposes. So, please refer to the TOU when using. :) Thank you so much! Please let me know if you do make something with this. I would really love to see your art. :)


Mrs. Miles said...

Hi Pom -

just found your blog and your lovely freebie - what an excellent city-scape and I surely will enjoy using it (probably on a much smaller scale as I'm really into making cards at the moment) Thanks so much for your generosity.

~ Barb

Pom said...

Oh wow, Barb, I just went to check your site and I'm so inspired! You certainly make all the lovely stuff! I can't do paper/hybrid scrap to save my life. I've glued all my fingers and toes together too many times before. LOL Thank you so much for stopping by!

lebjs said...

Thank you so much for sharing this AWESOME template :)

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 1 post on Jul. 31, 2011. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for the awesome template :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, what a great idea!

Jenna in Canada

fl_connie said...

I love, love, LOVE this template! Thanks so much for sharing it - your layout is awesome!

K2 Designs said...

What a great template..thank you SO much for sharing it...have something in mind already to use it- just need the your blog too.

Pom said...

Lebjs, Jenna, Connie, and Karen (K2), and all Anons,
You ladies made me feel so happy. :) Thank you so much! When you have time and get a chance to create something with the template, please please let me see it, will you? Thanks in advance!!!