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Old 07-20-2008, 08:00 PM
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Default Designer Spotlight - Week of July 21 to 27 - Debra Tope aka. Steinway's Mom

This week, the spotlight shines down on top of SteinwaysMom aka. Debra Tope!
(A quick link to her store; a quick link to her designer gallery)

Debra's spotlight runs from today (Monday, July 21 to Sunday, July 27)

The theme is 'a l T e R e d m i N i S'- take a break from standard layouts and have some fun doing smaller scale pieces. These are easy to make and make great gift items. A 4x6 brag book page is only 20-30 cents to print. You can fit 4 Artist Trading Cards on a 5x7 print. Or you can make a cool hybrid or craft project. Just have fun and let your imagination run wild!

So that's it....it's as easy as 1...2...3....
1) --> click here to download the free gifty
2) Create an altered mini project - it can be an ATC (2.5 x 3.5), Brag Book (4x6) or hybrid project/mini album
3) Use at least 50 percent of Debra's stuff;
4) --> click here & post to Debra's Gallery
5) Put a link in this forum by Sunday, and

----> You will earn a $2 gifty code to Debra's store...

The person who completes the most layouts before Sunday, July 27, will receive a special treat. There will also be special prizes for the layouts with the most creative use of Debra Tope Designs products

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To get your mojo started, here's an image to Debra's free kit...



*UPDATE* Debra has 2 other freebies to help you get the 'altered/collage' look - these free styles are compatible with Photoshop/Photoshop Elements:



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For some inspiration, on making collage art.....Debra has provided the following links

Scrapartist Altered/Collage Challenge
Digital Art Quirks ATC Gallery
Free Vintage Image Resources

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Before we get started on the challenge....here's some more info about Debra

Tell us a bit about you...who are you, your family, where ya live, etc...


I'm Debra Tope - I'm single w/3 rabbit furchildren - Steinway, Penelope and Raleigh. I live in Central Ohio and my IRL job is database design for an online charter school.

How did you start scrappin?
I used to drool over altered art like in Somerset Magazine. But I really wanted to find a way to do it on the computer. One day I saw a digital scrapbooking magazine in my local craft store and it was like 'wow, this is what I've been looking for'.

Before that my friend and I dabbled in doing memory quilts - I really enjoyed manipulating the photos and making look cool and artsy. A long time before that I majored in Art History and even dabbled in studio art and was in a couple of community art shows.

How did you start designing?

Scrapartist, which was the site I started scrapping with, had an 'Apprentice' contest. I figured why not enter and see how far I could get. I didn't make it to the final round but Vicki saw my entries and invited me to sell at Oscraps.

What's your favorite thing about designing?

To be honest I find scrapping a LOT more relaxing than designing - I am always worrying about quality, detailing and stuff and I drive myself a little nuts. But I love the cameraderie with other designers, the creative challenge, and being able to earn some income from something artistic - something I was always intimidated about in the past.

What do you like to do the most - paper, elements, a specific element, etc?

I am definitely an element girl. I love creating super realistic, heavily textured elements.

What is the one thing you want O'gals to know about ya?

Hmmm...I would love to see people get really into the Altered/Collage type of artwork - it's something I've always loved and it's a lot of fun. Deep down I'm a quirky artist and I love just playing with off the wall concepts and ideas...

How'd ya get your nickname?

Steinway, my first bunny, is 'mommy's baby doll' so my nickname is Steinwaysmom - I swear a lot of people assume I have a kid I named Steinway but they are too polite to say anything

Anything else ya want to add....

Oscraps totally rocks. I remember when Vicki started Oscraps as a freebie site a couple years ago - it's just amazing and cool how far we have come...

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Here's some eye candy from the cheery-o team, to get your mojo flowing...

From WendyW


From Katg1006


From Dumpty


From Wendy


From Maya/Madigirl (Image Clickable)


Debra's CT: Denise - Lianna - Mary Rose (Images are clickable)
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:35 AM
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Wooooooooooot this is going to be a fun one!!
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Debra's stuff is just awesome and creative. When I use her designs they really push me out of the box. Can't wait to do this one!
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this is just too awesome!!! cannot wait to get started
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I [heart] debra tope designs!!!!!! and I love the altered look!!! The free giftie is yummy Debra!!! I can't wait to step out of my comfort zone and play too!!!
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I [heart] debra tope designs!!!!!! and I love the altered look!!! The free giftie is yummy Debra!!! I can't wait to step out of my comfort zone and play too!!!
I know what you mean Liz...I love this look but haven't made an Altered page for a while.....because I have to "think" about the design....

The other pages come easier.....

(I'm going to try to make pages for my scrapbook purse!)
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Hi all...Debra hasn't had a chance to tell you hi, because her net connection is being temperamental this morning....

She'll be by soon!
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Hi all...Debra hasn't had a chance to tell you hi, because her net connection is being temperamental this morning....

She'll be by soon!
I got in!!!! I was getting kinda worried but I was able to get into Oscraps this AM so no prob - I added some free drop shadow layer styles - if people can 'test them out' and give me feedback that would be super as they aren't 'live' in the store yet...
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Thanks for those awesome freebies. I love altered style, so this is going to be so much fun!
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Hi, everyone! Thanks for inviting me to join you for the month, Debra! I adore paper ATC's but I haven't experimented much with digital ones. It was a lot of fun to stretch myself this weekend! My first attempt is above and here's my postal people ATC:
http://ozone.oscraps.com/gallery/sho...hp?photo=48488

Can't wait to DL the other freebies and try them out this week!
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