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November 2020 Challenge

November 2, 2020

For most of us, 2020 has been a crappy, crappy year. Since this is my last challenge until 2021, let’s make a page with some sort of “affirmation” or statement that you can use as a guide for how you live each day. Simple as that. If you have any “guiding” principles, or golden rules, commit one paper (or screen, lol) and refer to it when the world seems dim.

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.

— Carlos Santana

The Challenge Rules are below — and just a reminder:

  • Your page can be as “arty” as you want – or not arty all.
  • It doesn’t need to be “heavy” or “deep” — unless you wish it to be.

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One of my personal “guiding” principles is to assume that we all have the best of intentions — or at least we start out that way. In any given encounter, I always to try give the other person the benefit of the doubt, rather than assuming their intension is not charitable. given the way the world has gone lately, I admit that it’s not always easy, but I do try.

I came across the Carlos Santana quote (above) years ago and it has always stuck with me, because it rings so true. I try to live what I believe and hope that I am setting a good example for my children and their children. After all, we are all teachers — aren’t we?

I used this month’s Featured Collection, “Put a Little Love in It” for my page. Since I decided to make my own washi tape for the page, along with that transparent ribbon, I recorded a tutorial for you to demonstrate how easy it is.


The Challenge Rules

Participants in my monthly challenges are entered into a drawing for a $5.00 coupon to my shop! Challenge winners and participants may be featured on my website, in my newsletter and social media. Downloading my freebies will add you to my mailing list.

The November Challenge is to create a page with some sort of “affirmation” or statement that you can use as a guide for how you live each day

  • If your page mainly consists of “Put a Little Love in It” you’ll automatically be entered a second time in the coupon drawing!
  • Any other products used on the page must be by Vicki Robinson Designs.
  • Upload your page to the Vicki Robinson Designs Gallery at Oscraps. For video instructions on how to participate in my challenges, click the button below.
  • Come back to this Challenge post and leave a comment, along with a link to your page in my gallery. For video instructions, click the button below.
  • Entries may be featured on my website or in my newsletter or other social media.
  • This challenge runs through the last day of the month.  The winner will be announced on this page and notified via PM in the Oscraps forum — usually the first week of the following month.

November Featured Products

— Put a Little Love in It —

55% Off through November 30 2020
no coupon needed

Watercolor Brushes 4

50% Off
through November 30 2020
no coupon needed

This set of 16 brushes made from my own watercolor strokes are available in PNG format and one Photoshop/Elements .abr brush file.

November Freebie

Find this Freebie in my shop. Downloading it will add you to my mailing list.

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24 Comments

    • Vicki Robinson

      Your page is lovely!

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  1. Anthea Scotte

    Hi Vicki – I hope this is ok to post here as I don’t know where else I can ask for help with this issue. I not having any luck reducing my file size down under 250 KG. I normally just reduce the image size down from 3600 x 3600 to 600 x 600, leave the resolution at 300dpi and save it as a lowish resolution .jpeg but this time it’s just not reducing the file size enough. If I reduce the resolution to 150, it’s still too big. If I reduce the resolution to 75 it’s way too small (300×300). Any thing in between (like 200) is still too big. My PS is file size not bigger than normal so I’m completely at a loss as to what to do! any suggestions? How do you reduce your files ladies? Again – apologies if this is not appropriate to post here, and thanks for a great challenge which I wish I could post!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Perfectly ok to post here. Tell me which app you’re using — PSE or the full PS and which version? In general, for posting to galleries, you want a 600×600, 72 ppi image. Monitors can’t display more than 72, so there’s no reason to go higher than that. In PSE there’s a built-in Save for Web menu item that will automatically change the image to 72 and all you need to do is change the dimensions to 600×600 — just be sure the Preset (format) is set to JPEG. You can use the quality slider at the top right of that dialog box to further reduce the quality if the size needs to go smaller – which you can check under the preview window. Don’t worry if the quality number goes low, it will be fine.

      In Photoshop CC go to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy) to get that same dialogue box.

      Let me know which app you use and I’ll record a tutorial — I’m sure others have the same question.

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      • Anthea Scotte

        Thanks Vicki – I should have thought to say I’m using Photoshop CS6 sorry. I’ve never done the save for web thing as it always looks too complicated but I’ll have a play and see what happens. I’ve been using PS since 2009 and posting to the web since then as well and never had this problem before! All my other challenge images went down under the limit by just reducing the pixel size to 600×600, and I have checked the PS file size too, it’s not bigger then the others so I’m at a complete loss. A tutorial would be great as well thanks!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Great words you chose for your page!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Such a perfect page! I’m in love with it!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      That’s EXACTLY right, Diane! Love your page!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Beautifully done, Evelyn!

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      • evelyn robinson

        thank you

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Those words are sooo true! Great page!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      You’re very welcome! Love your colorful, inspiring page!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      Awww … thank you so much Elaina! Great page!

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    • Vicki Robinson

      This is a perfect message for us all, Marijke! Thank you so much!

      Reply

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