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1. I want to start off with a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to my friend, Jen.  She is the nicest, sweetest (not to mention über talented) girl in the world and one of her big dreams just came true!  It is so well deserved!  Check out her blog for the big announcement!

2. My Kits and Pieces is holding an eight-week Survivor style scrapbooking contest. The first challenge goes up today (Monday) and it's not too late to sign up.  Here's the deal:

1. Every Monday for 8 weeks a DT member will post a challenge for you to work through and you are to implement what you take from that challenge on to a layout (any size). 

2. Once a layout is completed with the challenge (you have a week), it MUST be uploaded to the Kits & Pieces Gallery in the "Contest" section by the following Sunday to be considered for the contest. If you miss the Sunday deadline to upload, you are out of the contest.

3. At the end of the 8 weeks of challenges the DT (and some very lucky K & P's message board members!) will tally up points for all layouts entered into the contest.  The point system will vary, but essentially we'll select three top layouts per week. 

4. Be on the lookout for surprise RAKs along the way (there are some great goodies to be had just by participating!).

5. Also watch for special opportunities along the way to gain more points.  We're sneaky like that! (Example: One point will be given to you if you have at least 100 posts in the MB forum.)

6. Have fun!

One lucky winner will receive a three month kit subscription from Kits & Pieces!

3. I'm in a major mojo slump.  I've tried all the usual tricks: challenges, looking at mags and books and online for inspiration, working with photos I love, experimenting with new techniques, using new supplies...I just can't seem to get into a rhythm.   So, I've been trying to figure out why I've hit this speed bump?  I think maybe my style is changing and I'm fighting it and so all the design just looks weird to me.  Is that possible?  Growing pains?  Whatever it is, I wish I could shake it. It's making me crazy!  Though I guess there's no way to get through it without going through it. I just have to keep going and hope that things resolve themselves soon! 

4. I'll leave you with a layout I made last night for Tara Sroka Designs (pretty different for me, huh?):


I used the Heavy Scatter Flow brush to create the red paint.  I distressed the white swirl (Tara Sroka Designs) with the same brush (using the eraser tool) and drew the white frame with it as well.  The page title was created by using the Magic Wand Tool to copy the text off of the onesie and then I added a 1px stroke outline.  The background paper (Tara Sroka Designs) was originally all black, but I used a red color overlay (10% opacity) to change the color.