Saturday, 9 July 2011

Nuthouse-Scraps 'Design for me' contest (Week 1&2)

The reason I've been a little quiet is because I entered the Nuthouse-Scraps design for me challenge, and made it through the first two weeks - I should point out everyone made it through the first two weeks :)

I entered it for the experience, because I know myself that I am in no way reason to be a 'real' designer, not just yet anyway, and I am so glad I did.

Cu wasn't allowed (at all) in the first couple of weeks, forcing me to make my own elements, and I can tell you. It was hard, but the sense of achievement at having made two kits from scratch is unreal. I feel so proud of myself.

Besides that, I learned all of the following;

Vectors for extracting instead of the eraser tool
That my elements have jagged edges (so I'm learning how to avoid this in future)
Bleeding edges (ditto above)
Some new software to play along with (Inkscape and .
What standards stores look for (and they are HIGH at Nuthouse-Scraps)
Making my own preview
Most of all, that I can design from scratch

I have never been in a contest where you get feedback, and I might have been mortified to discover the quality of my designing was terrible, but it was good to know and improve on it.

I learned more about designing in four weeks than I have in the last three months.

So, enough waffle.

As I'm on the CT, I was advised to sign up anonymously. The designers knew I was entering but not who I was, thus the reason for not blogging these kits before now.

The design name I used was 'Catchpole', and here are my kits from week one and two;

Week One: Live, Love, Laugh (PU/S4H/S4O)
(No CU products were used at all in this kit)

Download Here

Week 2: Beauty of the Sea (PU/S4H/S4O)
(No CU products were used at all in this kit)

Download here

I don't know if these kits will be of any use to anyone but I had a great time making them, and proved to myself that I can make a kit from scratch.

(Week 3 and 4's post to follow)


  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Jul. 09, 2011. Thanks again.

  2. Thank you so much!