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01-03-2012, 11:46 AM
January 2012 :: Desktop Challenge

Wow. How did a year go by so darn fast?! It's amazing isn't it? As I thought about a challenge this month I thought we could mix in a few things. January is always a month of new beginnings. You will have the chance to participate in SO MANY amazing challenges throughout the year. One of them starts 1/6/12 which is the one little word challenge. You're going to love it!

For our january desktop I want us to try to incorerate 2 things.

1. White Space
2. Color

This year many of us are trying to simplify our lives. What better way to show that than by an organized and clean desktop workspace? You'll note in my desktop that I have a location especially for my icons. I also snuck my "one word" for the year on my desktop. I plan on doing this throughout the year so I don't forget. Perhaps you can join me in that as well?


This Month’s Sponsor & Freebie ::

This month our sponsor is Cluster Queen Creations (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Cluster-Queen-Creations/)! I'm sure you've seen her super amazing clustered templates! (Honestly, I have no idea how she does it. I'm always super impressed!) She was sweet enough to let me use her Forever Family Value Bundle! (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Forever-Family-Value-Bundle.html) IF you haven't seen this collection it is a must-do! It's absolutely beautiful!

http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/images/D/cqc_foreverfamily_previewLRG-01.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Forever-Family.html)

Cluster Queen has set up this great coupon for you to use on the Forever Family Kit (http://www.thedigichick.com/shop/Forever-Family.html)! It's a great opportunity so don't pass it up!


customer code: FF50oFF
Good for 50% off the Forever Family kit, expires 1/31/12

And don’t forget to grab this great freebie!!!

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7026/6628441165_473ee5c218_o.jpg (http://www.mediafire.com/?k107e61rzf7wsf3)

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 > Appearance 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-monitors 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! Scrap a desktop layout! It can be anything!

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%21).

The deadline for this challenge is January 31st.

01-04-2012, 04:02 AM
Yay! And we're off!
Here is mine. I have used freebies from Cluster Queen Creations and Dawn by Design. I hope this still counts, otherwise let me know. Image is linked for more credits.

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/Desktop_jan2012_600.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=144163&title=january-2012-desktop&cat=509)

01-04-2012, 09:19 AM
It's so cute!!!

01-04-2012, 10:26 AM
Sara - you are one speedy Chick! Love it!

01-05-2012, 06:03 AM
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/2011-07-Sol.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=144270&title=january-desktop&cat=509)

01-05-2012, 12:40 PM
Here´s mine and I see now that I totally forgot about the white space...

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/500/januaridt_edited-1.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=144322&title=january-desktop&cat=509)

01-05-2012, 10:35 PM
Amazing creations everyone! Woooot!

Here be mine:

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/Desktop.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=144434&title=january-desktop&cat=509)

01-06-2012, 01:13 PM
First time joining this challenge, now I smile every time I turn my computer on... Well, I used to smile already before (I'm a geek girl, after all!) but now I :grin: because it reminds me of TDC!!!

Here's my desktop:
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/500/desktop-2012-01.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=144542&title=january-desktop&cat=500)

01-06-2012, 02:47 PM
I made one, that was white space, but totally forgot the whole "color" part. Mine's like cream colored with one reddish flower LOL. So I'll make another one that screams COLOR!!

01-06-2012, 02:48 PM
Here's what I made.

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/JanWP.jpg?1134 (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=144556&nocache=1)

But now I don't know if this qualifies for points??? I can't find the kit in the store anymore?

01-06-2012, 05:26 PM
Ladies I'm totally loving all the white space!! And Carina, there is totally white space in the lower left hand corner :D

platinum butterfly
01-06-2012, 11:58 PM
Since I got a new laptop, I needed a new desktop, so I participated in this :)
Here is mine!

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/fe_knelson_desktop_web.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=144615&title=gratitude-desktop&cat=509)

01-08-2012, 10:10 PM
Here is mine for January :)

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/1728/Jan-Screensaver_web.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=144829&title=january-desktop&cat=1728)

01-09-2012, 06:25 PM
I played too ... new one for the laptop (actually my pc still has the January desktop for last year, oops!).


01-10-2012, 04:45 PM
My January Desktop!

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/desktop_jan_2012.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=144992&title=january-desktop&cat=509)

Thanks for a great challenge and freebie!!!

01-10-2012, 07:53 PM
Here's mine. Thanks for the calendar templates, Melissa!

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/Desktop-Jan-2012-600.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=145003&title=january-desktop&cat=509)

01-12-2012, 09:33 PM
Thanks for the calendar grid and the word art title. I just added a colorful photo as a background
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/Helene_JanuaryDesktop.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=145230&title=helene-januarydesktop&cat=509)

01-12-2012, 10:26 PM
I've never made a desktop before...it was fun! Thanks for the freebies!

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/medium/desktop_jan.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=145240&title=january-desktop&cat=509)

01-13-2012, 01:41 AM
Janet - that's wonderful! I love the faced flowery details in the corners. Wonderful for your 1st ever desktop!

01-13-2012, 02:24 AM
I change my desktop each month to include a favourite photo or layoutpage. Here is my January one- my 4 grand-dogs.
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/desktop-TDC-Jan-2012.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=145265&title=sandie03desktop-jan-2012&cat=509)

01-14-2012, 02:58 PM
Hi there, thanks so much for the challenge!
Here's mine:
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/500/thumbs/January-desktop1.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=145554&title=january-desktop&cat=500)

01-15-2012, 01:00 PM
One of my goals for 2012 is to stop lurking here at TDC and actually start posting... in the gallery, in the forums. I love to read the posts here, love the challenges, ADORE the designers here but for some reason I am so shy here - no where else but here... SO, here is my first challenge entry...

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/thumbs/JAN-Desktop-web.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=145652&title=january-desktop&cat=509)

Thank you for the inspiration!

01-15-2012, 05:30 PM
Here's mine, but please don't click on the link because it's terrible.


01-15-2012, 06:55 PM
Hey, M'lee, glad you're posting! Suzy, yours is not terrible, it's clean and tidy and cheerful!

Mine still says December, LOL. I am thinking I might as well just skip til February >_<

JLJ Designs
01-15-2012, 08:50 PM
Here's mine:
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/January-2012-tdc.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=145706&title=january-2012&cat=509)

01-20-2012, 08:01 AM
Here's mine with my One Word and some special icons:

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/jan_desktop.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=146209&title=january-desktop&cat=509)

01-22-2012, 05:36 PM
I had no idea you could do this!! these challenges are great, I am learnign all sorts of new things - including how to link my lo here instead of just including a link for you to click on! Thanks for the instructions though, and for the challenge!
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/thumbs/jan-desktop.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=146482&title=jan-desktop-challenge&cat=509)

01-23-2012, 05:14 PM

01-26-2012, 04:45 PM
Bought a new computer, so naturally I had to make a new desktop (ok, so the resolution is not the same so I had an excuse :) ) and here it is.

http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/desktopjan12_600.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=146839&title=desktop-january&cat=509)

Will, of course, not add points for this one, but wanted to show you guys.

01-31-2012, 12:53 AM
Thank you for the template
http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/data/509/Jan-desktop1.jpg (http://www.thedigichick.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=147360&title=desktop-challenge&cat=509)