More fun with templates!
Not only do I enjoy creating templates myself, I also love using templates created by other designers. It's such a nice way to jump-start creativity, don't you think? Plus, when you use a template as part of a challenge, it's even more fun. You get to see how other people have interpreted the same template, you may get the template free to use in the challenge and, for some challenges, there are prizes.
Free Digital Scrapbooking has a monthly template challenge. I based the above layout on the May 2009 template which you can get here. Take a look at all the other entries, too, while you're over there and, what the heck, pick up some free digital scrapbooking stuff, including several more templates!
There are lots of other types of challenges for digital scrapbookers, too, everything from a challenge to start with a bit of word art and build a layout around it, to being given a list of what you can and cannot use on your layout. I just today found a new site called Digi Dares that posts a digital scrapbooking "dare" each week. Here is the "Dair Flair" (challenge) for this week:
"Create a page with any shapes except squares or rectangles on it. (This does mean the background cannot be a square)
Use only b/w photos.
4 fasteners (must all be different types of fasteners–button, staple, tape, glue, tie, clip, etc.) **CAN HAVE AS MANY AS YOU WANT BUT MUST HAVE AT LEAST 4 DIFFERENT TYPES**"
You can see example layouts by the Digi Dares C.T. here.
Every participant receives a coupon to the sponsor-of-the-week and they are also entered into a drawing to receive the grand prize of a $10 coupon to each of the Digi Dare sponsors.
Know of any really fun challenges or contests? E-me and let me know, or leave me a comment!