Layout Artist Contest 2013

It is Birthday time at theStudio again. Funny how it seems to come every year, about the same time. :)

Once again I participated in the Layout Artist Contest. This year was a NON-elimination contest which means....I was able to participate all four weeks. Again, I am reminded that I scrapbook for ME and my family, and not to win a contest. My pages are MINE, regardless of who votes for me or not. I enjoy having a challenge and figuring a way to make it work for me. Each week had unique challenges, which I'll talk briefly about below. So without further ado...here is a bit about each week and my layouts.

Week ONE
Requirements: Create 2 layouts using Morning Memories Collaboration by Jilberts Bites & Bytes, The Urban Fairy and Nibbles Skribbles
Each layout must use at least 1 piece by each of the contributing designers.

I need to share about this Layout. When looking through the paper in the kit, I noticed this piece below.
It is P E R F E C T for Bryce Canyon National Park, which I just hiked at the weekend before.
So I added ONE photo and blended it in. I added bubbles to the top and title because of the rain which we received while we were there. I   L O V E  the way the page turnout.

The second page was a bit harder for me. I was inspired by all the flowers in the kit and wanted to use them. The problem I have is that most pictures I have of my family are action/vacation shots. However, I do have a over a hundred photos thanks to my Young Women group in my church. While on a over-nighter, they took my camera to get some 'glamour shots'. Again, I think this page turned out perfect. What an awesome gift I have to give this young lady.

Week TWO
Requirements: Create 2 layouts using the Holiday Hoopla Collab by Snickerdoodle Designs & Kimberkatt Scraps.
This collection is themed around the holidays, but one of your layouts must use this kit for a layout that has nothing to do with holiday fun! One of your layouts must also feature a photo-treatment.

Well....this was a hard week for me. I didn't feel I was able to use the kit as well as I needed to. My non-holiday page still turned out to have a Christmas-y feel to it. However, I do like the way the photo turned out. It is the only picture I have of a cake I made with a friend for the county fair. The little gingham banner was what inspired me to do a fair photo.
The second page, was much simpler to do.  I felt the colors in the kit worked great for our New Years 'Eve' sledding trip. I also did some photo editing on this page. I changed the people to B&W so as not to distract from the overall feel of the page.

Requirements: Create 2 layouts using Big Photo Templates 2 by JanetB design along with any of the mini kit contributions to the Next Designer Contest.
You MUST use any kit/s created by any contestant in Week 1, 2 or 3! You can find all NDC kits here: Next Designer Contest Gallery
You MUST use the provided templates in both layouts.

WOW, so this week was a little different. We could pick out of any of the mini kits that were being made for a Designer Contest. The Next Designer Contest is similar in that each week they have challenges to complete in designing kits.
When looking through the gallery, I saw this kit. LOVE the bright colors.

I then paired the kit with some firework pictures from a few summers ago. WOW.

On the second page, I wanted to show off some pictures from a recent family hike. So I first found some pictures, then I found a kit to work with. I actually worked with two kits, mostly looking for the right flowers.

Here are the two kits I used.

So have I lost any of you? I know a very long post. But I wanted to remember most of this for me. 

Requirements: Create 2 layouts using the March 2013 Store Mega Kit, You Make Me Happy.
You must use bits by at least 3 contributing designers.

I was struck by the Grays and Blacks in the kit and love the little touches of colors. So for a BOY page, I went with the touches of blue.  Perfect match with the photo. :)

Then to make a page with touches of yellow. haha...It turned out to be a yellow page with touches of gray. I had seen a page made with the paper stacking on the edge and wanted to duplicate that. So I first made this page without photos in mind.. I then had to hunt through many photos to find just the right ones. I really work better having my photos picked out first.

and just so you know, I end up with 2 or 3% of the votes. :)  Ya, I do this for ME!