Sketchy Challenge: FAQs

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I just got here!  What should I do!?

Welcome!  You can certainly browse through our gallery to see our sketches for our monthly challenges, or view our friends’ designs for each sketch.  However, if you want to share a photo of your design or leave some love for one of our friends’ uploads, you’ll need to register and/or log in.

How do I log in?

Click on the Login link in the upper right hand corner of the menu bar of the official gallery.  If you have not yet registered, see How do I register?  If you are already registered, enter your username and password and click on Submit. Remember that your username and password are both case sensitive. If you are still having difficulties, try clicking on the Login Problems? link on the login screen.

How do I register?

Click on the Login link in the upper right hand corner of the menu bar of the official gallery.  Click on Register and read the gallery rules and policies.  If you agree, click on the button Agree and proceed with the registration.  You will receive an email for instructions on activating your new account.  If you do not receive an email within 24 hours, please check your Junk folder in your email program to ensure that it was not marked as Spam, prior to contacting the site administrator.

Okay, I’m in!  Now what?!

You can browse through our gallery to view our latest monthly sketch challenge or for some inspiration from fellow designers.  Leave some love (in the form of a comment) on uploaded layouts/projects, or store inspiring designs in a Favourites folder. (see How do I create a Favourites folder?)

How do I upload a layout or project from my computer?

Once you’ve logged in, click on the Upload Photos link in the menu bar at the top of the page.  Choose the month/album to which you are uploading.

Click on Choose File and select your digital file (.jpg, .jpeg, .png or .gif formats only) from your computer (see How do I get an image of my design?)  Type your supply list in the selected area, along with any other info you’d like to share – Remember to include the Canadian manufacturer used, for a chance to be published in an issue of Canadian Scrapbooker magazine!  Add any keywords to help our friends find your layout (i.e. Christmas, girl, paint, stamping, Fancy Pants, etc…).

How do I upload an image from a photo-sharing site, like Flickr?

Follow the same steps as above, but instead of choosing a file from your computer (.jpg, .jpeg, .png or .gif formats only), add the image’s URL address under the Extra Options section.

How do I get an image of my design?

You can either photograph or scan your layout.  Unless you have a wide format scanner, you may have to use photo-editing software to stitch it together.  For more tips on photographing your layout, check out this article here.  Once you have a digital file of your image, you will have to use your photo-editing software to resize it.  A good viewing size is 72dpi, 500 x 500 pixels.

How do I create a Favourites folder?

Once logged in, click on the thumbnail of the image that you want to add to your Favourites, then click on Add to Favourites from the right-side menu. To view all of your bookmarked layouts, click on My Favourites in the menu bar at the top.

How do I leave a comment on someone’s image?

Once logged in, click on the thumbnail of the image on which you would like to comment, then click on Post a Comment from the right-side menu.

Will I be notified when someone comments on my uploaded image?

Not automatically.  If you want to be notified of comments, you need to check the appropriate box under the Extra Options section when uploading an image.

I’ve just received notice that one of my layouts is going to be published!  How can I remove it from my gallery, as required by the publishing agent?

Well, first of all, congratulations!  You can remove an image from your gallery in two ways:

Create a placeholder image or save this fun “Coming Soon to Creative Scrapbooker magazine!!” images to your computer by right clicking (PC) or option clicking (Mac) on the image.

Once in the gallery, click on the thumbnail image and choose Edit Photo from the right-side menu.  Click Choose File and upload the new publication notice graphic.  Click Submit Changes to complete change.

Click this thumbnail to access the full-size graphic:
It's a Sketchy Challenge coming soon banner

Or

Click on thumbnail image and choose Edit photo from the right-side menu.  Check the box to delete your image.  A word of caution – this deletes everything (your text, image and all comments) and should be used accordingly.