May LOAW #1 Challenge

We're excited to feature these weekly challenges from the SC community! Below you'll find May's LOAW challenge #1 from our Creative Team gallery. Post your project in the gallery and copy a link to the comments below. You can enter anytime in May! Check in each week as we share a new challenge with you.

We are looking for LOAW hosts for 2018! If you're interested in hosting the weekly challenges, please reach out using the Contact Us form!

Challenge #1

Paint a background! Adding mixed media to your layout base is a great way to incorporate more texture and color. On this pageMaggie added a pop of color under her photo by scraping Color Theory acrylic paint on the page first. The yellow alphas pair perfectly with her background!

Now it’s your turn to create a project based on this week's challenge! Share your new project for the challenge in the SC gallery, then link up your project in the comments of this post by May 31st. We will draw a winner to win a $10 gift card to the Studio Calico Shop!

Guidelines for LOAW participants: 

The LOAW (layout-a-week) challenge came about from members challenging and encouraging one another to use their kits. Because it began before SC offered card and Project Life® kits, the challenge was for layouts, hence LOAW. Since scrapbook, card and PL kits are a part of SC's subscriptions, those types of projects are now included in LOAW. That means you can submit a LO, card, PL spread, minibook, or art journal page to a LOAW challenge. 

If you have trouble interpreting the challenge for the type of crafter you are, ask the host (person posting the challenge) for suggestions. Sometimes ideas we come up with make perfect sense in our minds, but don't translate as easily as we expect to another type of paper crafting. 

Each person may submit one unique project per challenge, i.e. you cannot submit the same project for two LOAWs. It's okay to combine LOAW with another challenge, though, such as a sketch or technique challenge. 

The project you submit should be one that is created in response to the LOAW challenge, which means no posting of older projects no matter how perfectly they fit the challenge. Any project submitted to the challenge should be made in the month of the challenge. 

Deadline for submissions is the last day of the month. Once the month changes on the SC site, it's too late to post for a chance to win. (I wanted to make note of this because I am a procrastinator and I'm sure there are a few more like me out there doing everything at the last minute.) 

When submitting a project for LOAW, please include a picture of your project and a link to it in the SC gallery on the challenge thread. Also, if the challenge asks for additional information, e.g. explain your inspiration, please include that in your submission post. SC generously offers a $10 GC to one participant. It's actually a promotion code good for 30 days. The winner's name is pulled from all of the entries. So if you enter one challenge, you have one chance of winning; two entries, two chances; etc. Hope you take a chance and take on one or more of the LOAW challenges each month.

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  1. Umichka says…
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  2. penny says…

    Definitely a challenge! I rarely use paint! But I liked how it turned out (on the 2nd try!).

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  4. JaneD says…

    I loved this challenge! I rarely ever use paint, but I thoroughly enjoyed playing with my new acrylic Paints and my ink pads. I started of by painting a background using acrylic Paints, but I didn't like how it turned out. Instead of throwing it away I die cut some flowers from the paper to use on my layout. To create a new background I used modeling paste and a stencil to create some flowers on the paper, I then used the "packaging technique", ink pads and water to colour the flowers on the background.

    Thank you for this super fun challenge!

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  6. CeliseMcL says…

    I used gelatos on my background with a water pen in my Travelers Notebook.

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  8. hegere says…

    I am really not good at using paint on my layouts. Think it's because I'm lazy and struggle with the mess. But I really have fun when I eventually do paint! And the Be happy kit is really a good jump off motivation for painting.
    Love the challenge, and here is my take on it.

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  9. Brinkleyboy says…
    I painted a rainbow background for this layout using watercolors. I cut the piece of diagonal striped paper up and adhered on top of each similar color on my background. I used the puffy stickers on the same colored areas as well. Popped my photo to give it depth.

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