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November 30, 2006

AEzine Challenge: Try On Style

This week I challenged you to “try on” someone else’s style. Pick a layout/project from a magazine or an online gallery and replicate it. Ask yourself those questions from above as you go about the process of creating your own version. If you find while you are creating that something does not feel like it is “you” than adapt as you go along. Simply make a note to yourself of what felt not quite right – this is something that you could jot down in your own style/idea notebook for future reflection.

So excited to see the results from this one – put a link in the comments so we can check out your awesome work!

I am taking off for The Scrapping Bee early Friday morning – supposed to be a lot of snow there so I am hoping for a safe trip. Peace.


  • 1.
    SandyB said…

    Have a safe trip! I wish I could be at the Bee for your classes–I’ll be at my company’s holiday party. I know I’d have more fun at your classes!!

  • 2.
    Anne-Liesse said…

    Hi Ali,
    I know that this comment is a few blogs behind, but I was struck at your comment re: photos of Simon eating breakfast as a beautiful thing. I was blown away by that and then heartened at the photos I took of my daughter doing homework. It is the dailiness that we crave, isn’t it? There’s more truth there than at any “special event” layout that I’ve done. Thanks for making me pause and think…

  • 3.
    Michele said…

    I hope you have a safe trip!! The weather has been atrocious around here. I’m looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!! :)

  • 4.
    Julie said…

    Hey Ali,
    This is my first response to any of your challenges. I’m very new to digital scrapping and thought I would apply the challenge to this new arena in my life (even though I don’t even have a digital scraping style yet). I found a blog site somewhere with a page that had only pictures and words. No extras! A page with no emblishments? I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off — my paper scrapping style is very dependent on emblishments! However, immediately I thought of your challenge (try on someone else’s style) and knew I had to do it. Here’s what I came up with.
    Oh yes, your creations, your ideas and your passions are a blessing to the rest of us.
    Have a safe weekend.

  • 5.
    Jenn N said…

    Once again I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. Here’s my layout; inspired by Elsie Flannigan.
    Have a great weekend – don’t forget to pack snow boots.

  • 6.
    Michelle said…

    Safe travels to you Ali! Sounds like a great challenge!!!

  • 7.
    Ronda Palazzari said…

    Really Great Challenge this week. It made me step out of my comfort zone & I just love it.
    Here’s my layout:

  • 8.
    Michelle said…

    Thanks for this challenge that I just could not resist and thanks for being such a gracious chatter over at! all explained in my blog…here is the link!

  • 9.
    Jus said…

    Ok this is a first for me…

  • 10.
    karen said…

    I haven’t scrapped in such a long time, but the last time I was really inspired by someone else it was right after Cathy Zielske’s 2nd book came out. So, here’s my lift from one of her layouts:

  • 11.
    Stacy Kocur said…

    Hi Ali!
    I just this minute finished blogging about using magazines as inspiration, then started my nightly blog reading with your blog, and found this! How funny. Great minds, and all that! :)
    You’ve never heard of me, so I hope it doesn’t freak you out to know that you’re on my list of things to do before I die. #89. Scrap with Ali Edwards. :D
    These layouts aren’t brand new, and I didn’t do them for this challenge… (I’m behind on my AEzine reading. I should get right on that, huh?)… but they’re here:

  • 12.
    Julie said…
    Sorry everyone for posting twice — after seeing the posts of others, I realized that I had posted wrong — no one could leave a comment.

  • 13.

    Hi Ali:
    You are definitely a daily blog hit for me and I LUV your CK articles! I just finished a page for the DW Color blog challenge and while creating it I felt the need to do something with a western style. I hope you enjoy it.

  • 14.
    Maria said…

    Have a fun and safe trip Ali! I loved this week’s challenge! I had a hard time picking just one layout to “try on” so I opted for doing several pages. Here is my entry for today:

  • 15.
    mary walmer said…

    Here’s mine!!

  • 16.
    StudioD said…

    Hi Ali’
    Safe trip, and thanks for the challange. I used Kristina Contes from the Dares “Thankful” Even as we travel in our 5th wheel, I still try to do something creative everyday. Thanks so much for your continued inspiration.

  • 17.
    Carla said…

    I completed my first challenge. I would like to have put a little more time in to it but did my best with family in town. My inspiration is Rhonna Farrer’s style. I look forward to doign this challenge every week moving forward. Please let me know what you think:

  • 18.
    Karla Dudley said…

    Ooops I posted my LO on the wrong post! well here it is…again!

  • 19.
    Kimberly L.C. said…

    This was an incredibly eye-opening exercise. Usually I gravitate towards LOs that ARE my style, so I decided to go for something that isn’t something I’d normally pick and try it on for size.
    I picked Elsie’s style and found a LO I thought I could do. I obviously changed some things about it, which I wrote about in the actual post with the LO pics, but it’s very “KimElsie” in the end. ;-) This really helped me see what my style is and is not! Thanks Ali!

  • 20.
    Jude said…

    Ooops, I posted my link in the above post… here it is again… sorry!
    I said it above, but I’ll echo it here a bit… I am button challenged, so it was totally out of my comfort zone to use them!

  • 21.
    Jane said…

    I love the idea of trying on styles. I do it a lot — I mean I have enough magazines and books for inspiration for goodness sakes! Anyway – here is a layout I did a while ago, but specifically trying to capture Ali’s style. The second is also trying to capture more of the Ali style. What I love about your work Ali, is that I can keep looking at it and seeing more than I saw the first time. Love that : )
    P.S. I live in the Midwest & man what a bunch of snow. Hope you make it safely to your destination. Wish I could come!!

  • 22.
    beth j said…

    I just finished my “try on” someone else’s style layout. I picked one of Cathy Z’s from her latest book. It was fun because I hardly ever use my computer when I am creating.
    So kicking myself I am not in IL right now getting to meet you…it’s only 8 hours from me. Next time!
    Happy December!

  • 23.
    Robyn said…

    This is my first time doing the challenge. I found it harder to figure out how to get my pages visible online than doing the pages themselves (hey! I’m new at this!). So I set up this little blog, which I don’t particulary like, but I do like the pages that this week’s challenge inspired. Thanks Ali!

  • 24.
    Jeanine said…

    This is a layout I made from Karlas lovely quotes book she posted on her site. I really adore her work and I even used her as inspiration before you asked to do this challenge… must have been some kind of vision I had, lol.

  • 25.
    Linda Beeson said…

    I don’t know how much of an actual lift this is – but I was inspired the other day to pick up a stamp or two to use on a layout after you showed us that darling layout you did using several stamps. LOVE Catslife Press too – so I used my new stamp on this layout.

  • 26.

    As ALWAYS… I loved this challenge.
    I am SO inspired by CELINE NAVARRO !! She rocks!
    Bek :-)

  • 27.
    Laura said…

    Here’s my response to the challenge! This was WAY fun. :)

  • 28.
    Emily said…

    Love Elsie F’s style, not a natural fit for me, so I tried it.
    Not 100% in love with the layout but it was fun to try new stuff.…/Emily%27s%20Blog/7324A6B9-B2E3-44EE-81E7-858BC2EE8086.html

  • 29.
    Michelle V. said…

    I’ve been busy doing Christmas projects this week & didn’t have time to do one. BUT I posted one that I had done a few months ago. It was a lift of the amazing Judi Vanvolkenburg. She is super creative & I wasn’t sure how I could ‘make it my own’ kwim? Well I did & it happens to be one of my favourite pages I have done.

  • 30.
    noell said…

    The style I tried on is the vintage style. I’m sorry, but I didn’t feel like scraplifting an actual person this time. I’ve been going to this great vintage mixed media/scrapbook store and I just wanted to try that style. Got all my inspiration from looking at products in th store.
    It’s a different look for me, but came together extremely easily. My fastest layout ever, in fact. and I used a few products I rarely feel comfortable using.

  • 31.

    you can see my lift here
    thanks for the challenge:)

  • 32.
    Sarah said…

    Thanks for another great challenge, Ali! This one really stretched me. I lifted from Emily Falconbridge, and here’s my version:
    I hope your weather comes good soon!

  • 33.
    Athena Mejia said…

    Whoops, sorry i’m late. I hope you got to your destination safely and not too late Ali! Here is my take on the challenge. i tried on Danielle Thompson’s style for a day, and i must say that it didn’t fit at all! LOL! But it was interesting trying something new…
    TFL! and thanks for the challenge Ali!

  • 34.
    Simone said…

    Sorry Ali, that i post my challenge so late. The reason is my work is ask to much attention of me. That is normal in this time of the year. In holland there are 2 child enternainer (sinterklaas 5 december) and the Santa Claus.
    I love your style very much and i look forward for your next challenge. This challenge was my first challenge and i love it.
    Love Simone

  • 35.
    Simone said…

    this time with url

  • 36.
    alyssa said…

    I’m still wishing I’d had beer & nachos on Friday. :) Really enjoyed the challenge & look forward to checking out everyone else’s cool stuff.
    Hope your trip home is a little less eventful, Ali!

  • 37.
    Denise said…

    Instead of copping someone else’s layout, I focused on a product I’ve long loved, but hesitated to use in my work…the tags from 7Gypsies. I love the collage/shabby chic/vintage look, but never really felt I could make it “mine.”
    I found the “Profile” ones perfect for the title page (Welcome to the Family) in my son’s baby album, which I FINALLY started this weekend…this challenge helped me go for it! Good thing, because I’ve got a ton of different tags to put on layouts for his album. Thanks for the nudge ;)

  • 38.
    Jennifer said…

    Okay, this is a little late but I’m finally getting a chance to post my challenge layout. Loved the challenge. Loved scraplifting other layouts. I’ve realized as I’ve gotten further down the road of this great hobby, that when I’m stuck in a rutt (no pun intended), if I just look for inspiration or scraplift somebody I’m right back on track. So this one was easy because I’ve done it before and don’t mind doing it again. Thanks!

  • 39.
    Heather_C said…

    Okay here is one that I “tried” on. I found the inspiration in the CK “Can do Techniques” the layout was about matting a photo with swirls. Here is my layout.
    Very different for me I must say. I do like the color.

  • 40.

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