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Challenge Me!

There are so many fabulous challenges out there on the internet! I thought I'd share a few of my favorites:

Serendipity Scrapbooks offers a new scrapbooking challenge every day (and sometimes more than one). They have also recently started up a very cool new challenge, called "Dear Diary," which, "celebrates the every day by telling your story to your Dear Diary. This is where you will find journaling prompts and tips to help you on your way. Tell your weekly story about your family and your daily routine."

I know I've blogged about the "This is Me" Challenge before. It's an art journal challenge and a lot of fun. It reminds me a bit of Emily Falconbridge's "Deck of Me" challenge, but larger.

The "One Little Word" challenge blog caught on fast! The creative team over there posts a new word every other week and challenges you to create a layout inspired by that word. The idea for the challenge was inspired by scrapbooking celebrity, Ali Edwards, whose blog is always full of inspiration.

Of course, I must mention the sketch site Pencil Lines, which inspired Altered Pencil Lines. The former is a site where a new scrapbook sketch can be found each week. The latter is a collection of artwork (not scrapbooking layouts) that are inspired by the Pencil Lines sketches. It's a symbiotic relationship.

One of the best known challenge sites, is The Effer Dares. I think this was one of the first challenge blogs out there. The Effer Girls are so famous, they've even released a book. They recently lost their site when blogger crashed out and they've moved it, but they recently had a server crash. Be patient. It's worth it.

I love the Pub Ad Inspiration Challenge. I wrote a long post about it here. A new ad is posted every Monday to inspire you to create a layout.

I really like "How Much Is Too Much." It's a blog that was started by a bunch of women who felt that they had too much scrapbooking stuff and would never use it up! So all the challenges are about using up as much as you can. This week, the challenge is to use twenty of the same thing and twenty different things on your layout. I'm always amazed at how clean and graphic the layouts look even with all that stuff! Those girls are amazing!

I like the look of the new challenge blog: Method Playground. The girls plan to provide technique based challenges. I'm all over that!

Noel Mignon runs a challenge called, "Parts of Speech." Once every two weeks, she posts a very fun you tube video from School House Rocks about a part of speech (i.e. noun, verb, adjective, etc.) and you have to make a layout with that part of speech in your title!

Finally, Art Inspiration is a very cool new challenge. Basically, Shelby e-mails you a piece of art (everyone gets something different) and you have a week to post a layout inspired by it. This is the first week. Here is the art piece I received this week:


And here is my layout:


To create the background:

1. The far left strip is a piece of Basic Grey patterned paper.
2. The center section is green textured Bazzill which I embossed (with Fiskars Shape Boss stencils), chalked, painted, inked, chalked again, painted more, inked more, and so on and so forth until I got the look I wanted.
3. The orange-ish strip is a piece of Crate paper all inked up.
4. The far right strip is a piece of green textured Bazzill, which is chalked and painted.

I know there are probably a million others that I've missed, so leave me a link if you've got a good one to recommend!