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01 August, 2016

August 2016 MAIN Challenge

Happy August everyone!

Another month over and that means that we are busy going through all your previous month's entries, scratching our heads on how to choose our winners among so many gorgeous creations, and we are just about to be wowed
once again by your projects based on a brand new challenge!
Our MAIN challenge is based on a word inspiration and a creative challenge.
This challenge is open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages only.

Word Inspiration - FRIENDS
Creative Challenge - CIRCLES

Use the word FRIENDS as inspiration for your project.
You can choose to add the word itself somewhere on your project
or simply be inspired to create from it.
Please explain in your blog post how the word inspired you, if it not already obvious.

We thought that the word "friends" would go perfectly with a CIRCLES creative challenge! "Circle of friends", "Friendship circle", get it? So we want to see circles on your project, as many as you want, however you want. Round and round, until we get dizzy with creativity!

VERY IMPORTANT!  You have to incorporate both requirements of the challenge, the word inspiration AND the creative challenge, on your project to be eligible to win. Just look at our DT members' creations as example. Also, remember that you must include our board image 
and a link to our blog in your entry post. 
Please check out our rules in the RULES tab above!

Valia: "The very first thought that comes to mind with the word FRIENDS are my sons who are not only brothers, but also best friends. They fulfill each other and even though they fight pretty much all the time, they can't be apart. For the creative part of the challenge, I added CIRCLES by using a circular stencil, flowers, 
a flair button and a round knob."

Nupur: "'Love Note' is what I call this layout! Treasured in the pages are the memories created, emotion engraved and words left unspoken.  FRIENDship is a secret bond, a 'circle' of survival, forever and ever stored in the heart. I used many symbolic elements shaped in CIRCLES, 'forever' and 'together', two most important words that define a relationship."

Lilibleu: "The subject of this new challenge FRIENDS immediately made me think about the very close and friendly relationship of my two boys. They get along very well and are just like the best of friends which of course doesn't prevent them from having arguments with each other regularly!! For the CIRCLES technical challenge, in addition to modeling paste circles and to the stamps on my background, 
I used a couple round chipboard pieces that I love which 
I painted blue in order to highlight them."

Joyce: "Reuniting with FRIENDS some time ago reminded me of how happy and unencumbered we were in our 20's. We traveled together, supported each other and could depend on one another. My CIRCLE elements are in the shape of the photos 
and a design element on my art journal page."

Di: "I was inspired to scrap my best FRIEND who is of course my husband.  I have embraced the whole CIRCLE theme, from cutting my photo into a circle, to circle chippies, to circle doilies, to circle stamping and even circle stenciling which unfortunately you cannot see." 

Arantzazu: "These pictures are from the last festivities of my village. My FRIENDS and I always join together during these festivities. They are special to us! My CIRCLE elements are on my background. I created circles with vivid ultra metallics 
and using a bubbles stamp."

Caroline: "My picture is self-explanatory of the word FRIENDS.  This photo was taken on our last scrapbook retreat. Those beautiful ladies are 2 of my scrapbook buddies.  We try to meet a couple times a year to simply scrapbook together. I love CIRCLES! I especially love this technique of using circles on a layout. I use it sometimes 
when I want to do something different."

Elena: "Last year, we took this lovely photo of my son and my godson during our vacation on the sea. This photo was a perfect fit to the FRIENDS theme - the boys are such good friends. I love to use CIRCLES on my projects. Here, I've used a round frame for the picture, using a circle as the center of my composition."

Rachael: "I thought this photo was perfect for the word inspiration FRIENDS. These 2 boys are not just cousins; they are also really good friends. For the creative challenge, I have decided to add lots of CIRCLES in my background."

Helen: "My best FRIEND in life, my constant ally and protector, is my sister Katerina. Since day one, she was there for me, partner and witness of my childhood. I drew a lot of CIRCLES for this layout and tried to make them 
interesting with different textures and stamps."

Kristina: "This month, I created a canvas.  It is dedicated to my best FRIEND, faithful and reliable. I know that she will support me in any situation and I will support her too.   For the creative challenge, I added several CIRCLE chipboard pieces throughout all my flowers."

Pamela: "These three amigos are inseparable when together. I believe they will carry this close relationship on for the rest of their lives. They truly are great FRIENDS. I integrated CIRCLES on my background with a stencil 
and used a circle chipboard to back my photo."

Valerie: "The photo is of the first person who I speak to when I have a problem. She is a very close FRIEND.  To incorporate the CIRCLES creative challenge, I tried to make bubbles with watercolours throughout my background.  You can view a video tutorial about my creative process HERE."

Nicole: "The word FRIENDS brought a lot of special people to mind, but first and foremost is my friend Christine. We have met each other online more than 15 years ago through a mutual love of the singer Tori Amos and we have been the best of real life friends ever since. I wanted to invoke the 'circle of friends' theme in my design by adding lots of CIRCLES cut out of my patterned paper. I also added round brads and jewels as well as microbeads... circles of all kinds and sizes!"
Ekaterina: "'FRIENDship', it is a wonderful feeling! It does not matter whether it is a real friendship between two people or the friendship between man and animal. I used CIRCLES to create the background. I put paste through a stencil and covered it with embossing powder."

Wilma: "I hear a lot of people say: 'My daughter is also my friend.'  I can't see my daughters as FRIENDS, no matter how much fun we have. They are so much more than that! I would give my life for them, which I wouldn't do for a friend (sorry, friends! :P).  For the creative challenge, I used a few chipboard pieces 
with a cluster of CIRCLES pattern."

Are you inspired yet!?
We are sure that you will create some beautiful projects
based on this fun challenge!

All our prizes include free international postage!


a $50 USD prize package from 13ARTS
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

Here is more information about our 1st place sponsor this month:
"13arts is a Polish manufacture specializing in scrapbooking papers, artistic mediums, microbeads, stencils and a variety of embellishments for scrapbooking and mixed media. 13Arts was established by Aida Domisiewicz aka Ayeeda over 3 years ago and it was the first company in the scrapbooking industry which put together under one brand all basic products needed for mixed media art - over 50 colors of mists, inks, water and acrylic paints, acrylic mediums, heavy gesso perfect for paper crafts, microbeads and more.  All our products, made in Poland, are of top quality and low prices.  We are innovative, unique and cooperate with the best designers and stores all over the world."

Next, 4 runners up will be each awarded a prize, as follows:


a $25 USD prize package from MAJA DESIGN


a $25 USD gift certificate from LINDY'S STAMP GANG


a $25 USD prize package from LEMONCRAFT
(image below is for illustration purposes only)


a $25 USD prize package from 2CRAFTY
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

In addition, we will draw one random winner from all eligible entries!


a $25 USD gift certificate from FLYING UNICORN

Each month, we hand pick a winner who has not made it into our TOP 5, but who has captured our attention someway, somehow. We might pick a project due to its original use of a certain product, the cleverest title, most beautiful photo, etc.  Who knows what we will be looking for? We call this our...


a $25 USD prize package from FABRIKA DECORU

And last, but certainly not least, we will randomly award a prize to one lucky blog follower who has commented on any of our August blog posts.


a $25 USD gift certificate from MAGENTA

We are all so very grateful for our wonderful and generous sponsors!
To learn more about all of them, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

We hope that you will join in on our
August MAIN challenge FRIENDS & CIRCLES!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by August 30th at 11:59 pm EST.


  1. Wowza, so many amazing projects! Thank you everyone for always inspiring!

  2. Another brilliant DT reveal ladies. So very inspirational. Love them all. :)

  3. Wow, what a brilliant & inspirational revel for this month's challenge!

  4. Spectacular work by DT's! Great interpretation of circle theme with friends, love each one, so inspiring!

  5. Very beautiful ladies and so inspiring!!! Can't wait to have a little time to take that challenge!!!

  6. Wow some gorgeous layouts there. Can't wait to join in and enter your challenge this month.

  7. Oh, I can't wait to see all your takes on this challenge! Amazing work by the DT! :)

  8. Amazing creations, can't wait to enter for the first time! Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Oh my! girls!! You really are all so talented, I love the diversity in the projects based on the same word and theme, it's very inspiring!

  10. What an amazing challenge and once again the designers have provided such amazing and diverse inspiration this month.. beautiful creating..

  11. Another FANTASTIC reveal ladies! ♥

  12. Wonderful, versatile challenge, and as always, STUNNING inspiration pieces. Thank you!

  13. Such an amazing challenege :)!! Simply loved all the inspirations!
    How many projects can we submit for one challenege?

    1. Feel free to submit as many entries as you like. 😄

  14. AWESOME inspiration from the DT team! Thanks!

  15. Great layouts. I could see people using them for inspiration.

  16. Yet another fabulous reveal ladies! Can't wait for our challenge entries!

  17. What a fabulous challenge and amazing work by the DT, can't wait to play along with this one :)

  18. Fantastic work by the DT. Love the theme. Hugs...Mona

  19. I just might join in with this! Love all the gorgeous inspiration ladies. :)

  20. Beautiful challenge and inspiration work the DT has made!!
    I pretend to participate for the first time.

  21. Designers, These are amazing inspirational works of art! Love this challenge!

  22. All the projects are so lovely...DT nailed :)

  23. gorgeous projects!! So happy to have found this place thru Magenta!

  24. I love circles and the above creative offerings are all wonderful! Can't wait to see more!


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