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08-30-2011, 01:49 PM
September 2011 Desktop Challenge

Happy September 1st! It's that time of year again! SCHOOL TIME! I'm so excited about my daughter starting the 3rd grade! (Freedom is great, isn't it?)

I know we all do our best to be organized. In the real world I lack some skills when it comes to keeping things tidy.. on my computer, however I am the epitome of tidy when it comes to my computer desktop!

I can not go a month with the same background. I have to have a calendar on it.. it has to match the season.. it has to be meaningful. I suppose we all have our quirks and this one is mine!

The Challenge ::

This month let's all try to get organized! How, you might ask? Do you have zillions of icons literring your desktop? Start off by trying to group them. For example I have all my internet icons in one row. All of my digital art icons in another row. My basic computer icons in yet antoher row. From time to time I even make a "junk folder" for stuff I just haven't organized yet but plan to.

How to create a Desktop Background ::

The first thing you need to do is find out your screen resolution. To find this out just follow the directions below::

Windows 7 > Start > Control Panel > Apperance and Personalization > Display > Screen Resolution

There it will say something like Resolution :: 1280x720 Mine is 1920x1080

Mac > System Preferences > Displays > Resolutions

There should be a list there of resolution sizes.

I learned a little trick. If you hit the PrtScn button on your keyboard then open up your image editing program (I use PS CS5) then go to File > New it will have the size right there. (be sure to switch the dpi to 300 since we use high res graphics) I make a new file then paste and of course it pastes my current desktop on there. I use dual-moniters so this is helpful for me. My resolution then would be 3840x1080.

So basically you can create a new layer and start with your own clean slate! Scap a desktop layout! It can be anything! I'm choosing a back to school theme for mine.


As you can see I have a space for my icons to be organized in. I have my calendar where I can clearly see it.. and a fun LO that I can enjoy for the rest of the month!

I made a little freebie for you all to use for your desktops. It's just four little calendar stamps for the month of September. I used a few different fonts for whatever style you might scrap.

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6187/6096887713_c92713455a_o.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/?876ezfdu010zudv)

Here’s the fine print:

You must use at least 75% Digichick Goodies on your layout to qualify for points.

When you’ve finished your layout, come back to this post and leave a comment with a link to your layout. (Feel free to use our open gallery (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/) here at the Digichick if you need a place to upload your layout. We even have a spot just for challenge entries! (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=509))

You will earn 1 Point for participating in this challenge.

For more information about our Chickie Points System, please see this thread here (http://www.thedigichick.com/forums/showthread.php?34471-Chickie-Points-System!).

The deadline for this challenge is September 30th.

09-01-2011, 05:36 AM
Thanks for the organising tips and the fab desk top calender stamps.

Dani Alencar
09-01-2011, 09:38 AM
I love the idea and I'm gonna create mine now... I just guess the deadline is wrong, huh?

09-01-2011, 11:23 AM
Here is mine!

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/500/Desktop-Background-Sept_web.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130537&title=september-desktop-background&cat=500)

Thank you for the calendar stamps!

09-01-2011, 11:36 AM
I've been meaning to do this for awhile! Thanks for the challenge and the calendar stamps!

Dani Alencar
09-01-2011, 11:48 AM
here's mine

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/medium/desktop-setembro.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130544&title=september-desktop&cat=509)

09-01-2011, 12:17 PM
Oh! Great idea! I'm off to work on mine now. :)

09-01-2011, 01:04 PM
Thanks for the Sept calendar stamps...those save us a lot of time. I'll be back with mine, as I like to have a new desktop with the calendar.

09-01-2011, 01:09 PM
Totally right about the date thing, so sorry! :D

And wow you ladies work FAST! I'm loving the desktops thus far! <3

09-01-2011, 02:44 PM
I was having some fun with a brush I made from a Dover-image.
And thanks for the calendar stamps.

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/sept-desk-239k.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130576&title=september-desktop&cat=509)

09-01-2011, 03:35 PM
Geril that is just beautiful! I love it!

09-01-2011, 03:38 PM
My desktop background is now on my screen and in the gallery!

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/september4.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130589&title=september-background&cat=509)

Love this challenge - but now I have to do this every month ;)

09-01-2011, 03:48 PM
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/September-Desktop.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130591&title=september-desktop&cat=509)

09-01-2011, 05:13 PM
Got mine done...now to email it to my mom, since she still has February's on her computer!

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/September2011Desktop.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130605&title=september-desktop&cat=509)

09-01-2011, 06:40 PM
Fun challenge!
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/sept_desktop_copy.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130610&title=september-desktop&cat=509)

09-01-2011, 09:29 PM
These are some great desktops!! I really need to do one! Going to add this to my long weekend to-do list :)

09-02-2011, 01:46 AM
I forgot to add mine in here last night...


09-02-2011, 04:31 AM
Here comes my desktop background
I've used 100% Karen Lewis - Having a Laugh. I LOVE the vibrant colors.

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/Desktop-september_600.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130676&title=desktop-september-600&cat=509)

I made my own calender-bit, as my week starts monday. The stars mark the days my oldest is at preschool.

09-02-2011, 12:45 PM
A fun challenge.



09-02-2011, 02:45 PM
Man you guys are inspiring me more and more *takes notes for next month*

09-03-2011, 08:19 PM
Thanks for hosting. Here is mine using the All About Me Collab from the TDC store
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/Helene_SepDesktop.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130939&title=helene-sepdesktop&cat=509)

09-04-2011, 04:17 AM
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/Sept_desktop_Sol-web.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130963&title=september-desktop&cat=509)

09-04-2011, 10:36 AM
@Victoria32. Lovely lo. What a wiew to have on the computer.

09-04-2011, 11:03 AM
Great Challenge.... Here's mine:
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/medium/Sept-2011-Desktop-preview.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130994&title=sept-2011-desktop-preview&cat=509)

09-04-2011, 11:44 AM
*squeal* These are so so beautiful!!! So, how is everyone liking their new and organized desktop?!

09-04-2011, 01:10 PM
thanks for the challenge! this was fun (: here's mine (it's in the gallery (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=130999&title=september-wallpaper-challenge&cat=509) too)and thanks for the calendar stamps- so helpful!

http://i52.tinypic.com/2cy32wj.jpg (http://i54.tinypic.com/htfnrt.jpg)

made using "you make me happy" by nikki epperson, and a template from "gimme layers lite vol 6" by cluster queen creations

09-04-2011, 04:10 PM
*squeal* These are so so beautiful!!! So, how is everyone liking their new and organized desktop?!

I love mine, but I realize I'd love it more if I ever had it visible... I almost always have a window open. Since it's a laptop, if I'm not immediately using it, it's off and put away. I'm thinking I may take the time to make my mom one this month, though. She just has a full-screen picture of my son, and I'd rather she have some sort of pretty background, perhaps with his picture somewhere ON it. Lol

09-04-2011, 04:22 PM

I have no idea how to re-size it so it is as big as the rest...but here it is. LOL


09-04-2011, 06:46 PM
You guys have given me some great ideas.. and also ideas for next months challenge! Here are a ferw things I"m going to do differently!

1. Have month stamps that start on Monday and Sunday
2. See if we can get a designer to sponsor a coordinating month word art freebie. :D That may be fun, hm?

Anything else you guys would like to see?

09-04-2011, 07:52 PM
That is SUCH a cool idea!

09-06-2011, 05:38 PM
I have just joined today and am having trouble uploading to the gallery directly from my desktop. Is there a size limitation? It said "unlimited", but when I changed resolution from 300 to 180, it still said it was too large. Any suggestions would be helpful ...

Here is my desktop for the challenge. I used primarily the "Golden Harvest" kit


09-07-2011, 05:25 AM
I think "unlimited" refers to the file size (in kilobytes/megabytes), but there is still a limit on the dimensions (width/height) of the image. Try resizing so the width is 600 pixels.

09-07-2011, 11:00 AM
I think I did it! Thanks lorryfach ~ and posting linked image from gallery, here:


09-08-2011, 02:26 PM

Holy cow, I should have done this a long time ago, because I can NEVER FIND A CALENDAR. Plus it inspired me to clean up my mess a little, LOL. I keep a lot of stuff on my desktop but at least now it's straightened up a bit.

09-14-2011, 10:56 AM
Oooh! You guys! I'm loving the photoless one you made Julie! So beautiful!