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4.15.2009

Challenge Site - The Design Experiment


{reported by Heidi Sonboul}

I will be the first to say... I'm not a fan of challenge sites. When I first started scrapbooking I loved them and couldn't get enough, but now that I've got 2 wild and busy boys, I cherish my down time. I find myself wanting to do my own thing.
Having this challenge review, was a challenge....because it made me come out of my stubborn box! I checked out a few challenge sites with no luck. When I came across The Design Experiment...I felt a fresh breeze!

What I like:

- I loved that they asked a question for the challenge! Or as they call it raw topics.

- I really like that they encourage scrappers to scrapbook "the hard and fun questions in life".

- I really really like how inviting the site is.


What I didn't like:

- Like I said before I'm not a big fan of Challenges, but once I got past that I found myself enjoying the site

-This isn't really an issue for me, but might be for others. I noticed they only have a new topic every two weeks. I'm a fast scrapper and if this was going to be my main site, I'd be looking for more challenges to do. However, they have 46 Challenges to have fun with first. I chose to participate in the most current challenge.

What I made: Challenge #46 Write about what you love most about yourself. It could be something physical or a personality trait. Think of the one thing you wouldn't change about yourself for anything!

PRODUCTS: Pattern Paper: GCD Studios - RubOns: K&Company - Paint: Making Memories - Adhesive: 3M - Stickers: Heidi Grace, Scenic Route - Cardstock: World Win, GCD Studios - Ribbon: American Crafts



About my layout: I found this old photo a few day after reading this challenge and I knew right away what my theme would be. As a child I had a lack of Confidence, because I have a learning disorder. I missed the line in Heaven where they were handing out the gift of reading and spelling. At the age of 7, a teacher finally realized the issue and I was placed in a different class. It wasn't until years later that I was able to overcame my fear of reading out loud. This is something I'm now very proud of and long to help other children and youth with.

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Overall, I found this challenge site to be a refreshing change from my usual routine of scrapping. And although I love the creative process from start to finish...I could see myself visiting this site again.

What do YOU think? Are you a BIG FAN of scrapbook Challenge sites? Do you love sketches, color combos or questions and prompts that get you thinking? Are you already a die hard fan of The Design Experiment? I'd love to know what you think.

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20 comments:

Janette said...

I love challenge sites myself. My two favourites are "Scrapping the Music" - http://www.scrappingthemusic.blogspot.com/ and
"Pencil Lines" - http://www.pencillines.com/
I find that doing a challenge is great inspiration and since I started entering challenges I have completed many more pages. I am a very slow scrapper and often don't have a lot of time to scrap, so I can pick and choose which challenges I want to be a part of. Loved "The Design Experiment" and will be certain to check that site out regularly too now I know about it.

Erica T in Ohio said...

I like challenges, they remind me that a week goes by quickly and to take time to scrap. I like watching the pages add up in my scrap book as the weeks go by too. For great weekly sketches try : http://www.scrapyland.blogspot.com
I really like the idea of having topic prompts, so I will check out some of the other sites that are recommended too. The encouragement and feedback from online scrapping is wonderful.

Theresa said...

I have only just recently done a couple of challenges from "Simply Scrapping" - http://simplyscrapping.ning.com/
I am pretty much a free spirit, and previously just did stuff that suited me, with some inspiration from books or magazines. Now I've actually figured out what a page map is and what to do with it, and enjoy challenges when I have time for them. I like the concept of "The Design Experiment" though - seems like it would suit my "free spirit".

Sam said...

I like challenges. I like seeing all the different takes for a sketch, color combo or suggestion. They always turn out so different and individual. Good Review and question.

Mélyane said...

I used to do challenges (when I had time) but only for myself. I wouldn't add my creations online.
There is so many sites that offers challenges. I love them all. I like particularly The Pink Elephant(http://thepinkelephantchallenge.blogspot.com) and Cuttlebug Challenge (http://cuttlebugchallenge.blogspot.com/)

Kimberly said...

I too am not big on Challenge Sites. I am not big on scraplifting. I am not big on sketches. Those are weaknesses of mine. However, I am willing to check this site out and I might become inspired. Thanks for the review.

HL0517 said...

I do like challanges - I don't always participate, but I love that they can get me thinking about something in a new way if I'm stumped. I also love
http://thebasb.blogspot.com/
http://methodplayground.blogspot.com/
http://useyourtype.blogspot.com/
http://onelittleword.typepad.com/olw/

Rachel said...

Before the birth of my son 2.5 years ago I was on the CK message boards a lot. I had become a member of a group called COCOA (challenge obession completes our albums). It is a progressive challenge group. Meaning that you only complete on part of the layout at a time. Example the challenge would have a theme like: fur babies. Then you would have a few days to complete the first part of the challenge which would be to create a layout design using only two colors and only one patterned paper. You would get a few days to finish it. Then the next part would come and it would be to choose pictures and do your journaling, and it would have restrictions. so on and so on. It really helped me get my creativity flowing and thinking out of the box. It was hard and pushed me and that's why I liked it. It wasn't always what I would have done but usually ended up liking the results in the end. Sometimes they would make it really hard and have a no adhesive day. Where you weren't allowed to use any kind of adhesive (such as glue, tape, etc.) to adhere things to your layout. You had to get creative and use things like ribbon, brads, eyelets, and photo clips. It was fun. But it was also time consuming, they had time lines for completing each challenge, and with a new baby I couldn't keep up. But I'd like to get back into the challenges, they tend to inspire me so I will check out this site too. Thanks!!

Jaime said...

I was never a fan of sketches, but I found this website www.52sketches52weeks.com. I thought if I can do a layout at least once a week then I have an excuse for all the stuff I have. I love this site, all the members are great and most are extremely creative. There are great prizes every week too, so that helps

sue-bubbles said...

A kind of challenge a lot of us are enjoying this year is called 52 Questions and can be found here: http://embers.typepad.com/e/52Q/ Em sets a question each week...which goes on one side of a tag, and then you answer on the other...with lots of embellishing along the way! Some of the questions really make you think, and its a great way to brush up on your journalling skills...something I really do need. Sue x

mustangkayla said...

I love looking at the challenge blogs, but haven't participated in them yet. I have so little scrapbooking time and so many pictures that I tend to do a challenge if it fits. I enjoy sketch challenges most!

marla said...

I LOVE challenges because it gives me ideas and helps me get things done. I think I like sketches and color combos the best. I am participating in a weekly challenge right now with journaling prompts and it is helping me to make an awesome book for my daughter to some day enjoy and get a little insight into my chidhood.

Jill said...

Haven't checked out many challenge sites (but now have plenty of suggestions!). I am just starting to try to use sketches for inspiration.

kgscrapper said...

I am a lurker on challange sites. I like seeing what others create. I will take bits and pieces from the sites to inspire me. I do like sketch sites. I often will google layout sketches and find one that I use as jumping off point. I always say I am going to start entering my work but right now time is a HUGE isses for me!!

Tricia said...

I haven't checked out any challenge sites. I do like the sketch sites. I'll have to look into this one. Love your LO about yourself. Soul searching sometimes turns us inside out but it usually ends up being for our own good.

lovetoteach said...

I didn't even know about challenge sites and I've been scrapping for over 10 years. Where have I been? It looks so interesting, just to get new ideas sometimes. Thanks.

NanaBeth said...

I may like this site. I do not do well with traditional challenges. My senior "muse" just doesn't seem to respond. But something like this I can run with. I seem to be a rare breed of crafter/scrapper-I can journal forever. It is more important to me for my children and grandchildren to understand who I was and what in life's journey made me this person than to know what I looked like. But I also know that the "window dressing" on the page is what will draw their attention. It must be the age thing-I realize there is so much I want to say and not a whole lot of time left to do it.

lotsa scrap said...

First, I'm new to your site. Second, I like that you told me about The Design Experiment. I added it to my blog roll. Since I watch several sites for inspiration, it doesn't bother me that TDE only challenges every couple of weeks. It's hard to keep up with them all, so I'm picking and choosing which ones to do anyway. I do like that TDE has an interesting approach to their challenges. I also like reading comments here leading me to other possible sites. Thanks for the info.

Jackie said...

Thanks so much for this new scrapping arena - at least new to me! I've been a scrapper for 12 years and have only recently heard about these types of sites. This will be my first visit!

Vicki Morris said...

I was not a big fan of challenges but I love the one Susan does at the Srapyland Blog. She always gets me using things I have but hadn't used before or things that haven't been used much. She makes it sooo much fun.