Posted by The Design Experiment on 1:46 PM

We are looking for 2 new talented designers to add to our DT!

Requirements: You must be able to commit to creating a layout weekly for each challenge. You will be required to create a challenge prompt once every ten weeks, and promote your layouts each week on 2 online scrapbooking sites.

To Apply: Choose 3 of our past or present Challenge prompts and create a layout, mini album or altered item for each of the challenges you have selected. Once finished please email them to thedesignx@gmail.com by 11:59pm May 16th

Please answer the following questions in your email:

1. Why would you like to be a part of The Design Experiment team?

2. How would you define your scrapbooking style?

3. Are you currently on any Design Teams? Have you ever been on a design team? If so, who/when?

4. Please create a sample challenge prompt.

Thank You!

The Design Experiment Team

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Challenge #7

Posted by The Design Experiment on 9:09 PM
Hi Experimenters!

Challenge #7 comes from the mind of Patti!

We use our five senses to fully experience life. Create something that describes these senses. The good, the bad, What you like/dislike about them? Do you have a sense that is more pronounced than the others? I.E. Do you have perfect vision? Do you have a keen sense of smell? Do you have weird taste buds? Let us know!!!

Thanks Patti!

Here are the X Team Layouts!

Can You Smell That?
By Patti

Journaling:For as long as I can
remember, I had a keen
sense of smell. It really didn't
matter what the smell was. It
seemed that I could smell anything.
Sometimes even the faintest smell
that no one else smelled was very
strong to me. There are times when
it would even make me
sick to my stomach because
it was so strong. Not so
good in public bathrooms.

Happy Senses
By Leslie


"I love....the feel of hugs and kisses. The smell of puppy breath. The sound of laughter. The taste of chocolate. To see happiness all around.

By Kimberly


Touch the warmth
hear the squeals of delight
See the excitement in their eyes
Smell the sweet aroma
Taste the COOKIES

5 Senses
By Kimmi

Kimmi Says:

I made this mini to document my favorite and least favorites of my five senses.


Sight: I love the sight of BB first thing in the morning. I hate the sight of people wastin g their lives away with drugs.
Taste: I love the taste of most foods. I hate cucumbers. I cannot stand the taste of Root Beer.
Sound: I love the sound of the ocean and the sound of little feet pattering throughout the house. I cannot stand the sound of a fork scraping a dinner plate. eek!
Smell: I love the smell of fresh baked cookies and the smell of BB's hair after a bath. I cannot stand the smell of cigarette smoke.
Touch: I love the feeling of warm towels and tight hugs. Dry, rough skin freaks me out. Sandpaper=ick.

A Musical Ear
By Emily


It's true: It's the talent I'm most proud of. My voice and my musical ear.

By Collette


It's hard to believe that 15 years have gone by since your birth.
I'll never forget the first time I SAW your little face.
How incredible it was to HEAR your first cry and SMELL your new "baby Skin".
I loved to TOUCH your little fingers and your perfect round face.
Those moments gave me a small TASTE of the young lady you would become.

Who's Got Senses?
By Wendy Reed


I like the smell of skunk,
gross I know, nothing smells
better than something baking in
the oven... I adore
almost anything sweet tasting,
mostly candy...
I hate the sounds of many
things, like the sound of
people eating, ice clanking in
a cup (that’s only a couple
of many)... love the feel of
my puppies fur... and the site
of a gorgeous day!
Sensory Assault
By Jen Jockisch


Every day, I wake up and turn on the news and instantly my entire body goes on alert, it's physical, I can feel it. war, terror, jihad, genocide, murder, polar ice caps, rape, financial crisis, natural disaster, gas crisis. completely assaults all my senses, leaves me feeling like we will never recover, that terrible things are afoot; it's the end of the world as we know it. i'm sure i'm not the only one that feels it, and i'm really scared.

Now it's your turn!

Once you have completed your layout, please leave us a comment with a link to your layout by 7pm PST on Sunday to be eligible to win this RAK:

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The Winner of Challenge #6...

Posted by The Design Experiment on 8:28 PM
Is Amy Coose!

We love what you did with the Challenge! This layout is adorable! Especially the photo of you under the covers, I think we can all relate to that position!

Thanks Amy! Be sure to email us your address at thedesignx@gmail.com so you can recieve your RAK!

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Challenge #7 Guest Designer...

Posted by The Design Experiment on 10:02 AM
Is the fabulous and talented and beautiful...

Jen Jockisch!

Hey, I'm Jen, I'm 30 and have been scrapping for about 3 years or so.
I've been married for 4 years to brad, and we have a daughter named Ayla who I'm head over heels in love with.
I work full time, so I don't have much time to scrapbook. But the time I do have, I treasure. I love to get inky and messy and push paper around for hours; creating is pretty much the coolest feeling in the world for me.
I'm fortunate to design for www.scrapinstyletv.com, and I'm honored to guest design for DesignX!

Thanks Jen! We are so excited to have you with us this week! Can't wait to see what you create!

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Challenge #6

Posted by The Design Experiment on 8:22 PM
Hey all you Experimenters!

This week our challenge is brought to you by Leslie!

Remember as a child the times you thought monsters were under your bed
or in your closet?
What was a fear you had as a child?
Do you still fear it today?

Ooooooh!! Good one Leslie!

Here are the X Team's layouts:

I Just Can't
By Leslie


They can be happy as can be. I will have NO part of them. Nope, not one single grin, smirk, NOTHING! YUCK! Since I can remember - clowns have always freaked me OUT. "Balloon for you?" NOPE, just move along, let me
grab my mom's leg. I will never like them. They make my skin cr awl. No thanks...I' m ready to escape. GO!"

By Kimberly


The Key to my Fears,
When I was a little girl, I used to have many fears. Such as...the dark, clos ed in Spaces, Spiders, and many more... The key for me in overcoming my fears has come from my faith and d aily practice in prayer. I am still tempted to be afraid at times, but I am quickly remin ded of the protection I have had through my own personal experiences in my life, to simply trust in God and His perfect will and plan for me. This is how I am able to surrender all my worries to Him and find peace in the midst of my fears today.

Shadows and Bumps!
By Wendy


My fear as a child and still a little bit now was the shadows downstairs. Y our eyes play games with you. Toying with your mind. You think you see something but it's really not there. Noises coming from unexpected places in the house. EAK!

I hate those moments!

Fear is Ok?
By Collette


Afraid to be scared.
It was instilled in me at a very young age that
showing fear equated weakness.
Thankfully I know better now, and I am no longer
afraid to be scared.

The Dream
By Emily


As a young girl, I had not many fears. Of course I feared the occasional spider that made its way up from the bathtub drain, but there was only one thing I truly feared. Only on e thing that left me in a cold sweat, crying out for my mothers loving arms. It was The Dream. It was a recurring nightmare that I experienced from the earliest I can remember.

It starts with little me. I am standing in a courtyard in between two square planter boxes. I notice there is only dirt inside these boxes. Suddenly I have the realization th at I am being chased by a man. I run as fast as my chubby little legs can carry me. I reach my a rms out in front of me, moving them as if I’m swimming through the air. This somehow propels me faster and faster and I reach a stairwell. I run up the stairs, tripping over favorite childhood t oys, as my pursuer remains hot on my trail. Suddenly, as if by magic (as happens so often in dreams) I find myself inside my grandmothers home, running down the hallway. I duck inside her bedroom, throw myself underneath her bed and am surprised and relieved to find a trap door. I crawl inside the unfamiliar haven, and peek out the top, only to see my pursuer’s shoes entering the room. He nears the bed, and I wake up. I wake up drenched in sweat, sheets twisted, my heart beating out of my chest, and I scream out for my mother. It’s alwa ys like this, always the same. Never do I find the courage to recount the dream to her, afra id tha t speaking the words will somehow make the nightmare real.

I’ve often read through books that interpret dreams, but never have I been able to deduce any hidden meanings inside my nightmare. Perhaps the man behind the dream is at the root of the fear. Perhaps if I could see his face, know who he is, I could understand wh y I lived in fear for my entire childhood. Perhaps the dream could explain the innate fear of men I s uffered throughout my life.
But I do know this. I have not had the dream once since I met my husband.

Not once.

The Dark
By Patti


I'm not sure when it started
but I always remember being
afraid of the dark. As a child

I remember shaking in my
bed if I woke up during the
night. Even now as an adult
there are times when it still
happens. I don't want my
kids to be afraid so I try so
hard not to show my fear...
but it's very hard. If they call
my name at night I panic. I
hope that I don't have to move.

By Kimmi


Loneliness was one of my greatest fears growing up. I feared that I
would never find someone to spend my life with. Someone that would
take care of me, put up with me, and make me truly happy. I finally
overcame this fear after meeting Travis. He took that fear away for
me. I thank God everyday for allowing me to find that someone that
would take the loneliness away.


By Kristi

Pot typhotophobia: the fear of someone taking your photo while you are going potty.
I have always peed more than the average person. When I was a little girl, my family even made fun of me by saying, “I gotta go Kristi,” when they had to go the bathroom (mainly when driving many miles for vacations). In this photo, we were on a canoe trip and when Kristi has to go . . . Kristi has to go. So, I went. And what can be worse than squatting in the high grass worrying about something biting your hiney? Of course, that would be someone taking your phot o while you are squatting in the high grass and worrying about something biting your hiney. Do I still have this fear? No. Do I still squat in high grass when there is not a bathroom in sight? You can bet your hiney I do.

Thank you so much Kristi! Your layout is too funny!

Now it's YOUR turn!

Here is the RAK you will be eligible to win this week!

Don't forget, in order to be eligible for the RAK, you must post a link to your layout based on this challenge, in the comments section below!

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Challenge #5 Winner is...

Posted by The Design Experiment on 8:08 PM
Rachel Carlson!

Here is Rachel's layout!

Her haiku reads:

The paint is drying
It is almost time to move
The thought wears me out!

This is just absolutely beautiful Rachel!

Rachel, be sure to email your address to thedesignx@gmail.com so we can send you your RAK!

Thank you to all of you who participated in Challenge #5! We appreciate each and every one of you! It is so hard to choose a winner, and we are awed every week by your lovely creations!

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Challenge #6 Guest Designer.

Posted by The Design Experiment on 3:40 PM
Is Kristi Smith!

Hi! I am Kristi Smith, I live in MO with my husband, Matt, and my son, Cole. I started scrapbooking in 2004 and have found it to be a great reliever of stress. When I am feeling stressed out I enjoy the process of creating to help keep my mind off the worries of the world. I believe my scrapbooking style reflects my personality which I would describe as “quirky!” I love taking photographs and I am addicted to blogging. Thank you so much for this opportunity and I can’t wait to see what all of you create for this challenge!

Thanks Krisit! We can't wait to see your creation for Challenge 6!!!

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Challenge #5

Posted by The Design Experiment on 10:50 PM
Hey Experimenters!

This week our challenge comes from Wendy!

Write a Haiku about today!

*What is a Haiku you may ask, well here ya go...*

hai·ku /?ha?ku/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[*hahy*-koo]
1. a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.

What a fun challenge Wendy!!!

Here are the X Team's layouts:

By Wendy

Haiku Journaling:

The hands on the clock
Bloom shows it's face overnight;
Always things will change

By Collette


I never could guess
Just how easy it would be
To love you this much

By Leslie


Baby bunnies born
Right here in our own backyard
Gods' sweet creations.

By Emily


Swirling around me
Anger. Guilt. Worry. and Fear.
Time to stop and breathe.

Today. It's Just Been One of Those Days
By Kimmi


Sitting here dreaming
Of peace and relaxation
Somewhere far away

Now Today
By Kimberly


One tear filled with pain
Like my heart filled with absence
to never see or hear her again

Kim says:
This is what I was feeling right now today when this challenge was given to me to do. It's still very fresh for me and what I think about daily, as I cared for my mother in law for 3 months and watched her take her last breath here on earth. Doing this LO was such a great therapeutic and perfect way for me to be able to express it so openly my heart.

And here is the fabulous layout from our beautiful guest designer Angela Daniels!



Six for one last day
Tomorrow you turn seven
Quietly I grieve

Amazing layouts ladies!!! WOW!

We can't wait to see what beautiful creations you come up with this week!

Don't forget, in order to be eligible for the RAK, you must post a link to your layout based on this challenge, in the comments section below!

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Winner of Challenge #4

Posted by The Design Experiment on 10:36 PM
Is Kinsey Wilson!!!

Kinsey! We absolutely loved your beautiful hand stitching and fun, funky colors!!! This layout is as cool as you are! Thank you for participating in the challenge!

Email your address to thedesignx@gmail.com so we can send you your RAK!


Honorable Mention:


Mia, we all loved your layout too! It's truly stunning! Picking a winner for this challenge was sooo hard!

Thank you for all of your beautiful entires this week ladies! We appreciate each and every one of you!

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Challenge #5 Guest Designer

Posted by The Design Experiment on 9:43 PM
Is: Angela Daniels!!!!

Angela Daniels (a.k.a. "SpiderGirl") describes herself as an obsessed scrapper. She's been published in many magazines and spent 2 1/2 years as a cast member for Scrapbook LifeStyle,an online scrapbooking reality show for Scrapbooks Etc. magazine. When she's not scrapping, she's blogging about scrapping. You can read her random thoughts at: http://angeladaniels.squarespace.com/

Thank you so much for guest designing for us Angela! We are so excited to see your creation!!!

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Posted by The Design Experiment on 9:27 PM
Our newest DT Member!!

Kimberly Garofolo!!!

We are so excited that she accepted our invitation to join us on the The X Team!

Kim, we know you are going to bring so much talent and joy to the team, can't wait to see your creations!!!

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The Winner of Challenge #3 is:

Posted by The Design Experiment on 12:27 PM

You did a great job on the challenge girl! Thanks to all who participated, it means a lot to us!

Hilde, email us your address at: thedesignx.blogspot.com so we can sen you your RAK!

-The X Team

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Challenge #4

Posted by The Design Experiment on 10:25 PM
Hey there Experimenters!!!

This week's challenge is brought to you by Kimmi!

10 Things About Yourself:

Scrap 10 things about yourself. It could be the ten things you like most about yourself, your ten favorite things right now, or just 10 random facts about yourself!

Great Challenge Kimmi!!

Here are the X Teams' layouts for the challenge:



10 Things I love about me:

That I am a complicated, yet simple person
I catch onto things pretty quickly
That I am creative
That I am easy going
My shoe size. 7.5 Not too big, and not too small
I love that I have patience (for the most part)
I have a kind heart
My blonde hair (although it's dyed)
My blue eyes
I am an honest person


10 Things I Love Right Now


Dymo Label Maker
Crackle Paint
My Sewing Machine
Woodgrain paper
Isla Fisher
Chocolate Chip Brownies
Ledger paper
Michael C. Hall in Dexter and Six Feet Under


These Are A Few of My Favorite Things


1). "Him ----> I love him truly!
2) Tulips ~ Oh they make me smile! They smell divine.
3) My new GLASSES!! - The better to see you with!
4) Good friends ~ true friends.
5) the "boys" - fun fun "furry" kids. I LOVE them
6) Anything pink ~ Especially my new plate!
7) My girl - she's fabulous!
8) family get togethers - especially Guitar Hero duo's.
9) My boy - he's the best!
10) This hobby - it's such a way to really express yourself!


10 Things! (I love now!)





It's only a few months until I am FORTY-FIVE. The last few years have been a fog, but this year is going to be better....much better!
I love that most people can't guess my age!
My kids think I can sing
I'm working out 5-6 days a week
Mike and I are married 13 years, together 20!
I am almost in my "skinny" jeans
I think my freckles are cute
I'm hooked on Teavana Jasmine Tea
I've been teaching aerobics for 20 years, and still going strong
I bleed green
I love to make people laugh

Michelle Quinn:


1. I struggle with anxiety every day
2. I do not always work well with others
3. I struggle with asking for help when I need it
4. I am overweight and need to lose about 25 pounds
5. I need to find a job because I was laid off this week
6. I am unorganized but I am working on it. I like organized piles
7. I THINK about exercising every day, but I hardly ever do it
8. I am addicted to Starbucks and need to STOP (hence the 25 pounds)
9. I struggle with keeping it "together" when thinking about Chloe's Leukemia
10. I get extremely upset when hearing negative stories about children with Leukemia

Wow ladies! Great layouts!!!

Keep your eyes out this week, there will be a couple more challenge layouts added from other members of the X Team!

We can't wait to see what you create! Once your layout is finished, put a link in the comments section of this post, linking us to your layout!
We will choose a winner on Monday, April 14th!

The winner will receive a generous RAK!

Happy Scrappin'
The X Team

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