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Scrapped Contest! January 3, 2011

Filed under: Challenge — Julie Mead @ 7:00 pm

Welcome to the first ever SCRAPPED Contest at The Artisan Notebook! Our January 2011 contest is sponsored by

PRIZES from The Nifty Boutique at
1st place winner – $25 coupon
2nd and 3rd place is a $5 coupon

Here’s how to compete for the prizes:
Download the kit created by the ESS designers found in the January 2011 issue.

Create a layout using EVERY ITEM in the kit, whether a little or lot, each item in the kit MUST be in your layout. If you modify the item, please explain the modification in your comments or you will be disqualified.

You may use additional papers and elements from your digital stash; you may also use alphas and/or word art from your stash.

You may use a photo or not, but your photo must be your own. The Artisan Notebook’s goal is to stretch your photography skills, and you cannot do that with a stock photo or a professional studio photo.

Post your layouts in both the ESS Gallery and the Artisan Notebook Scrapped Gallery by January 31, 2011.

The Scrapped Contest will be judged by the designers of the gift kit provided for the contest. Their results are final. ESS creative team members are not eligible for the prizes. Winners will be announced in the March 2011 issue of The Aristan Notebook and will be contacted via Private Message at


Rolodex Cards Scrapbooking Kit Now Available January 7, 2010

Cheryl’s Rolodex Card Scrapbooking Kit is now available at The Nifty Boutique. The Rolodex Card set is perfect for an altered project using a rolodex.

Embellish them however you want in your graphics program, print out on cardstock and cut them out, punch the holes and put them right into your rolodex.

You can further embellish them with ribbon, string, buttons, etc. etc. Use your imagination, be creative and get carried away!

Use this set to join in on the Project 365 With A Twist Challenge. Get all the information for this Challenge on the Blog.

Kit includes 31 Rolodex cards and a number set 0 – 9.

Each card measures 4.013 x 2.413 inches. If your card is smaller, you can resize this set (maintaining aspect) and fill in the open space (if there’s any left) with a coordinating solid color to make them fit your particular size rolodex. Enjoy creating your altered project.


CHAT–Thursday, August 13, 2009–9 EST August 11, 2009

Filed under: Challenge,Chat,Digital Scrapbooks — Julie Mead @ 7:49 am

Chat #3 for the My Life…Before I Was Your Mother Challenge. Cheryl McCain and Kay Eflin host this delightful challenge with prompts and posting rewards for creating a memory album for your children and grandchildren. Join us in the Nifty Chat Room.  Post your completed layouts in our BIWYM Gallery.

Me Before You by Carolopal

Me Before You by Carolopal


#1 Song Layout Challenge at the Nifty Boutique January 13, 2009

Filed under: Challenge,Digital Scrapbooks — Julie Mead @ 10:13 pm

Do you know what was playing as the #1 song when you were born?

We’ve having a layout challenge.  First, click HERE to find your song then make a layout about the #1 song the day you were born (or your child was born or the day you were married).  You don’t have to give away the year unless you want.  Post it in our #1 Song Layout Challenge in the gallery. All entries will be entered into a drawing. You can enter as many times as you want. One name will be drawn.

The winner will get to choose a $25 gift certificate to iTunes or $25 gift certificate to the E-scape and Scrap boutique! To be eligible you must have your layout uploaded to the #1 Song Layout Challenge Section in the gallery before February 1, 2009. Drawing will be on February 2, 2009. Winner will be notified by email and their username will be announced in our newsletter. Good luck but most importantly, have fun!

Here’s a sample layout from CTM Katherine Lent.



365 Project Challenge Rectangle Template FREEBIE January 3, 2009

Filed under: Challenge,Digital Scrapbooks,Photos,Templates — Julie Mead @ 10:43 pm

Here’s a template for the 365 Project in a rectangle format from Designer Cheryl McCain. Please enjoy and do not share link on Yahoo Groups.



365 Project Challenge One-Week Template FREEBIE

Filed under: Challenge,Digital Scrapbooks,Freebie,Photos,Templates — Julie Mead @ 4:07 pm

Have you heard about the 365 Project Challenge–to take one photo a day to record your life over the next 365 days?   You can read more about it HERE.

To get you started, I’ve made  a layered template for PS and PSP  (and one for DIP users).   You can record one week at a time with your photos and journal highlights. Flip and rotate the template for different looks. Embellish with swirls and stamps.  Add special date markers.  Doodle frame the photo edges or use brushes for overlays.   Enjoy your life!

Please do not share this link with Yahoo Groups.  I’d love to see your pages.  Please post in our 365 Project Challenge Gallery so we can celebrate you!.



Nifty Birthday Challenge–Fabulous Four July 1, 2008

Filed under: Challenge,Digital Scrapbooks,Freebie — Julie Mead @ 4:30 pm

Scrappers–join our Boutique Birthday Celebration and make a layout to post in our Fabulous 4 Gallery.

Scrap the #4 and create a layout with 4 people in the photo or 4 photos on a page or a 4th birthday or a 4th anniversary. You get the idea. Post in the Fabulous 4 Gallery by July 7th and the 4 winners will be announced in the July 8 newsletter. Be sure to post in the Fabulous 4 Gallery as the winners will be drawn from there.

Prizes include 4 of Julie’s Brushes and Stamps (your choice), 4 of Kay’s Vintage Altered Alphas (your choice), and a $4.00 coupon to the Boutique.