Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Fun - Challenge Blogs and Inspiration

Have you seen what the DT gals did with the AWESOME sketch selected by Tammy for this month's Sketch Challenge? If not, then you *need* to head straight to the DT gallery here and check it out NOW! :) Stunning and lovely examples indeed from my talented team members! :)

And...speaking of sketches and other challenge-type blogs, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite sites for inspiration. Tammy's sketch was of course from Becky Fleck's PageMaps - each month Becky releases a series of *gorgeous* sketches in both 8.5x11" and 12x12" versions (double page layouts included as well) with wonderful examples, and they can even be saved as PDF documents which are fully downloadable/printable. Becky also posts card sketches and other unique sketch formats such as tag, round, half-page, etc.

Another great sketch challenge blog is Valerie Salmon's Got Sketch? blog. The Got Sketch? blog has a neat sidebar index which allows you to easily find sketches by the number of photos on them, and there are also sketches for 8.5x11" pages and cards, and special challenge sketches which are offered throughout the year. Be sure to check out these other awesome sketch challenge sites as well: Creative Scrappers offers regular weekly sketches with chances to win a sponsored prize package simply for playing along; and Once Upon A Sketch, a new favorite of mine, is an International sketch challenge blog offering monthly sketches with some journaling criteria, AND an opportunity to have your submission selected to be a Guest Designer with their talented Design Team the following month!

If you are looking for inspiring color challenge blogs, I absolutely LOVE The Color Room (amazing artists and tips/techniques shared here) and Color Combos Galore. Both sites provide wonderful color palettes as well as regular sketches - and an additional neat quality about Color Combos Galore is that it takes an "Inspiration Photo", a Color Combo and Designer's Challenge, some notes and puts it all onto one Inspiration Board!

So share with me some of your favorites challenge blogs - they don't have to be limited to just sketch and/or color! You can either comment here or link to the message board here. :) I look forward to discovering some of YOUR favorites - and if you didn't have any, I hope I've provided you with a few links to get you inspired and scrapping! :)

Happy Friday all! :)

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