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One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme

 

Creating a strong theme is important to telling the full story on your scrapbook page. One of the easiest ways to reinforce a page's theme is to embellish your page with themed shapes, such as balloons on a birthday page or a sandcastle on a beach page. Using themed shapes will make your story jump off the page at just a glance while solidifying your page theme. Whether you hand-cut the shapes, use a die cutting machine or use premade shapes you're sure to love how much stronger they make your pages! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Use a large shape as Suzy Plantamura did to reinforce your next page's theme. Suzy's puddle and water droplets do a great job of solidifying her page theme.

Puddle Jumper by Suzy Plantamura, as seen in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, page 60.

 

Something as simple as an arrow can reinforce the idea of movement or constant motion, as they do on Mandy Douglass' page about her son riding his bike.

Ready, Set, Go by Mandy Douglass, as seen in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, page 58.

 

Try using several shapes to reinforce your theme as I did on my Easter Sunday Soccer layout. The clouds, sun and grass all add to the outdoor theme of my photos. The Easter eggs reinforce the Easter theme and the "Win it" flag ties in with the soccer game being played. All of these shapes work together to create a stronger page than it would be without them.

Easter Sunday Soccer by Cindy Tobey, as seen in the March/April 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, page 46.

There are limitless possibilities to the variety of shapes you can use to reinforce your page themes. I challenge you to give themed shapes a try!

-Cindy Tobey, Contributing Writer


 

In the next 60 minutes, complete a layout with shapes emphasizing your theme.  By participating, you'll use up your stash, complete a project, or even have the chance to a wonderful prize from Glitz Designs.

 

You have 60 minutes to complete the project. At the end of the 60 minutes, photograph or scan your project, and upload the image to the Club CK gallery (learn how to upload your project here). Then leave a comment below with the URL link to your page by 11:15 a.m. MDT today. For example, your comment could look like this: "My page is posted here: http://clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/media/p/31086.aspx." One winner will be randomly selected who participates in the live challenge.

Note: If you're new to Club CK, you'll need to create a free account here in order to be able to upload your project. I suggest registering now so your account will be active by the time you complete your project.

If you couldn't join us for the live challenge, you can still enter to win! The second prize will be awarded to one randomly selected person who leaves the URL link to his or her page in the comments section below by 9:00 a.m MDT, Monday, April 4. The winners will be announced at the bottom of this article.

 


Congrats to Erin Blegen who was our first randomly selected winner. To claim your prize, look for a conversation in your conversations on your profile page.

Congrats to Kirsten  who was the randomly selected winner.  To claim your prize, look for a conversation from Erika H in the My Conversations section of your My Profile page.


Comments

Angela wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 11:44 AM

Here is mine! It is very simple, but I love the big shape with these pictures! Thanks for the great idea!

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../562017.aspx

Shannon Blinn wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 11:51 AM

Here is mine.  I used gear die cuts to reinforce my theme of "mechanics".

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../562023.aspx

cdpeck wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 11:58 AM

Here's mine!

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../562029.aspx

I used Echo Park's digi kits and shaped elements.

Erin Blegen wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 11:59 AM

Here's mine. I used the die cut deer to help portray my deer hunting LO.

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../562032.aspx

Hope wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 11:59 AM

this is such a fun idea!  I've missed the 1 hour part, but hopefully will get to it this weekend!!

Love the LOs posted so far!

readmorebooks wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 11:59 AM

I'm here too--the paper had the stitched word "love" and it's valentine paper, so I added hearts as my shape and doodled a couple on the stitching.

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../562034.aspx

Barb wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 12:09 PM

Thanks for a great challenge!

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../562052.aspx

Heather wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 12:13 PM
Smitha Katti wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 12:13 PM

The site is super duper slow today!!!!! Must be a lot of ppl online

Here is my layout... (hopefully in time...)

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../562061.aspx

Patty C wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 12:16 PM
photochic wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 12:16 PM

Love this challenge! I'll have to participate in the second chance drawing.  

Erin Blegen wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 12:53 PM

Wow~ I never win anything so this was very unexpected (and great!)~ thanks CK!

Hattie wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 12:55 PM

Great challenge!  Sorry I missed it (work time gets in the way of my play time)!  Great job everyone!

LindaJ46 wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 3:25 PM

I'm not sure rainbow "beams" count as shapes, but I did use shaped brads, jewels, etc.  I had planned to do this page today anyway, so here's my "late" entry.  Did see the challenge til about 2:00 p.m.

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../562206.aspx

Brenda wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 4:47 PM

I didn't make it in time for the one-hour challenge, but here's my submission for Monday's drawing!

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../562294.aspx

April wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 6:25 PM

I so wish I could participate...need something to get my mind off of all the depressing news I keep getting from the doctors here in the hospital.  Loved everyones LO's though!

Kanike wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Thursday, 31 March 2011, 9:20 PM

Is there a standard day and/or time for the one-hour challenges? I'm constantly missing them.

photochic wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Friday, 1 April 2011, 10:40 AM

Here's my layout! The scalloped circles reinforce my "blooms" theme.

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../563585.aspx

McBuff (Janet) wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Friday, 1 April 2011, 8:30 PM

Here is mine - lots of circles to emphasize the shape of the goofy googles!

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../Boys-will-be-Boys.jpg

SandyP wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Friday, 1 April 2011, 8:36 PM
Becky wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Saturday, 2 April 2011, 3:57 AM

Here's my second chance entry : clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../565257.aspx

Since I already had the fish beaded for another challenge it was a snap to put this together!

Kirsten wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Saturday, 2 April 2011, 4:04 PM

This was just the idea I needed to do my first sports page ever (preschool soccer) :)

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../565807.aspx

AndreaJoy wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Saturday, 2 April 2011, 5:12 PM

Here is my LO for the second chance! I used the houses to reinforce the house and sold theme!

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../565867.aspx

Melissa Smith wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Sunday, 3 April 2011, 11:31 AM

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../566716.aspx

Enjoy my LO - I love using my cricut!!!

Hattie wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Sunday, 3 April 2011, 11:34 AM

Here is my LO for the second chance:

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../566726.aspx

Cards4Ever wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Sunday, 3 April 2011, 1:49 PM

Here is my page I made balloons for this birthday page.

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../566870.aspx

Skeeter wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Sunday, 3 April 2011, 7:57 PM

Here is my entry for the "shape" challenge. I used the baseball with the Angels logo for my shape. ~Bev~

clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../567363.aspx

JJsMomSteph wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Sunday, 3 April 2011, 10:45 PM

I used stars to emphasize my theme: clubcreatingkeepsakes.com/.../567575.aspx

Cindy Tobey wrote re: One-hour challenge: Use Shapes to Reinforce your Page Theme
on Monday, 4 April 2011, 10:14 AM

I've loved seeing everyone's beautiful pages! Great work! Thanks for playing! :)

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