Friday, October 17, 2014

Introducing the November Guest Designer...

A big thanks go out to those of you that entered the November Guest Design Team Contest! It is always to fun to see the different takes on the same sketch.  A big congratulations go out to our next guest designer:

Janice Daquila-Pardo

I have to tell you that I followed her link and poked around her blog a bit and I am excited to see what Janice will do with our November kit,  Janice will be hosting one of our November challenges, as well as making several layouts using the kits, so you will get to know her quite well next month.  The next Guest Design Team contest will begin in about a week, I hope you will join us again!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Brand New Challenges!

October Challenges

 You have from now until midnight Eastern time on October 31st to complete these challenges. You may complete as many projects using each challenge as you wish. Each project will earn you an entry into our monthly prize drawing. Please upload your entries using our Linky Tools at the bottom of this post to be eligible for our grand prize, a drawing we do with all of our monthly challenge entries uploaded from the month of October.

Tammy's Sketch Challenge

Take a one page sketch that you like and stretch it, turn it, or otherwise alter it to make a two page layout.  I love so many of the one page sketches, but often find myself with more pictures than will work on them.  In this layout, I stretched the strips of paper onto the other page.  I used the medley kit, but you can use any of the papers from the current or previous Back Porch Memories Kits.  I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Rochelle's 3's Company Challenge

For this challenge, you will need to create a new layout with the following items:

3 Photos

3 Patterned Papers

3 Word Title

That's it!

Here's my layout:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

November Guest Designer Contest

Please forgive us for not having a Guest Designer Contest last month.  We had some kit difficulties the previous month and decided to let our September Guest Designer have an extra month with us. But we are ready to see what you do with this sketch! Becky Fleck of creates an exclusive sketch just for us each month and we love her for it!
We'd like to see your layout include a title, photo(s) and journaling. Layouts will be judged by our design team on creativity and best overall design. The winning layout will earn a spot on our team for the month of September and this Guest Designer will get to work with one of our monthly kits.

Rules of our Guest Designer Contest:
  • One (1) layout entry per person.
  • Entry must use the sketch above and include a title, photo(s) and journaling.
  • Your layout must be NEWLY CREATED for this contest.
  • Deadline for entries is October 15th, midnight Eastern time (New York City time),and must be linked using Linky Tools at the bottom of this post.
  •  We will announce our winner October 17th
  • Due to increased international shipping times and our tight due dates, we are no longer able to accept international submissions for our Guest Designer contest, including Canadian entries. Canadian entries have been accepted in the past, but we've noticed kits aren't making it to the designer in time to complete the requirements by our due date. We will continue to monitor the international and Canadian shipping times and reverse this rule if it improves.
  • You must not have been a Guest Design Team Member at Back Porch Memories in the last six months. If it's been over that time period, feel free to enter again.

If you're chosen as a Guest Designer for Back Porch Memories:

  • You will be contacted by BPM via email, and you're required to accept the position within 24 hours of notification (preferably ASAP).
  • Your photo and bio will be featured in our newsletter and we will need these within a few days of your acceptance.
  • You will receive one of the November kits and will be required to complete at least 3 layouts and 1 project (altered piece, card set, etc.) with the kit. These must be uploaded to the November Design Team folder in our gallery by November 10th.
  • One of your layouts must be completed and emailed to us by October 30th so it may be included on our site as a "teaser."
  • Your assignments will include hosting a monthly challenge, using our monthly sketch to complete a layout for our newsletter and completing a newsletter article. The sketch assignment counts as one of your three required layouts. For the challenge, you can use any previously designed project you wish OR use your kit. If you use your kit, this page will also count towards your layout requirement.
  • We love getting to know you and so do our members. You'll participate in the forums by posting a minimum of 5 times a week. (This requirement is evolving to include our new communication formats, we are currently switching over from our message board format to our Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Instagram/Twitter - please be prepared for involvement in any of these formats)
We can't wait to see what you do with this sketch! Good luck!