Lori Pickens

February Challenges


This month the official challenges at DHD are starting up. I love scrapbook challenges! They push you to try new things or will give you an idea or inspiration that you may have never thought of on your own. Oh yea, and there are prizes and free stuff!!!

You can check out all of the DHD challenges on the Challenge Forum
There are four new challenges this month.
Swatch Challenge – where you are given a sample color combo, and asked to use it in a layout.
Inspiration Challenge – a DHD decorator will share something that everyone can use as an ispiration to draw from for a layout. This month Heather selected an image from the new Fox series called Human Target.
Journaling Challenge – Since this month is all about love and Valentine’s Day, write to or about someone you love without actually using the word love. I think this one sounds pretty cool!
And last but not least…
Photography Challenge (Hosted by Decorator Lori Pickens!!!) – The challenge is called Getting Up Close and Personal. For the challenge, you are asked to take an up close or tightly cropped photo and create a layout with it. I love the way that tightly cropped photo can focus on the emotions of the face or the details of the little hand clutching a toy, and that’s what I wanted to focus on for this challenge.

If you didn’t notice by the big, bold letters above… I’m hosting the Photography Challenge this month, so I really hope that you will play along!!! So here’s a little inspiration to get you thinking. This is one of my favorite pictures of Faithers!!!



There’s something really special about a photo that focuses all of your attention on the subject without any of the distractions around it.

Also, here’s the layout I created as an example for the challenge. This was a really cute photo, but he kind of gets lost in all the surroundings and field. Plus, you really can’t see the sweet little face that he is making.



But if you crop it in – all the focus goes to that ornery look on his face and the way he is eyeing that lollipop



So please check out the Photography Challenge and let me know what you think. The challenge runs the month of February and there will be a gift certificate awarded to one of the lucky participants.

We even have our own Challenge Gallery where you can check out all of the entries.

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