DigiDesignResort has great digital products, but I am REALLY hooked on their challenges. One of the 13 (yes, 13) challenges for July was to scrap a page mimicking a 1950s ad featuring Marilyn Monroe.
It's a classic 50s look, with multiple fonts and a fairly monochromatic color scheme. The first challenge was to decide which family event fit the inspiration. Choosing photos was a challenge because I had to rely on Facebook downloads, which are tiny files. (I get around that by using my OnOne software to enlarge the image. It doesn't do anything for sharpness, but it helps make the pictures workable.) The other thing that I had to figure out was the text. Most of my layouts are photo-heavy and text-light. This one required a fair amount of written language.
I decided to use Corinne's senior prom pictures. She looked particularly elegant, so I thought the "look" would be appropriate. For the journaling, I caught her in a chatty mood and asked her to write up her thoughts about her prom experience. A couple of DDR papers, PSE blending modes and crop shapes, three fonts, and about 30 layers later, I have this memory to share:
See why I like the challenges? I never would have done this without the inspiration of the challenge.