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decor8 Mood Board Contest

It’s time for our annual mood board contest on decor8! I’ve teamed up with Amy Butler Design for another round of fun and prizes, this year we?ll award a super prize package to the winner plus a special handmade bag from Amy for 5 runner ups. The contest is open to both domestic and international readers and digital mood board submissions will be accepted this year. So… Are you game?

Grand Prize Pack (above): One winner will receive a prize pack valued at approximately $300 that will include a signed copy of Amy’s book Midwest Modern, 1 Birdie Sling in her Midwest Modern Fabric, 1 Sew It Kit, 2 Card Kits, and 10 of her most recent patterns.

Runner ups: 5 runner ups will receive one of these 5 bags created by Amy’s studio.

Contest Details: Your mission will be to design a room around one (or more) of your picks from Amy’s new Midwest Modern fabric collection. Please show the fabric swatch on the mood board. You can enlarge and print swatches out here.

Suggested materials: A foam core board, poster board, cork board, wood, or other surface that is at least 11″ x 14″ or larger. You can also create the mood board digitally using Photoshop or another graphics program. Fabric, paint, magazine clippings, trim, wallpaper samples, photographs, whatever! Just get creative and have fun! Important: Please make sure to list the furniture and accessories that you found with links so that readers can create the room themselves in real time if they’d like.

How winners will be chosen: I’ll select 30 finalists and will group them into 2 categories, pros (those working or trained in a creative field) and others to keep judging fair. I’ll reveal the top 30 finalists on June 24 + 25 (15 per day) and you will have a chance to vote for your favorite at that time. The winner, along with 5 runner ups, will be announced on decor8 June 30. At that time, I will also give you a link to a special folder so you can view all entries in case you are curious. :)

UPDATE: All have been grouped together, pros alongside of non-pros. Many reasons exist for this, for instance lots of the non-pros ended up having a design background though they are currently not in a design-related field. Some were not disclosing this fact and I was told through a few readers that ‘so and so’ has a degree in design. With these little issues popping up, we decided to group everyone together because in the end – all had amazing entries to be proud of!

Submission details: When you finish your board please send me a link to the image location. You can upload it to Flickr, Shutterfly, Photobucket, etc. I will then move the image to my Flickr account and create a folder to collect all submissions. Please, no email attachments. If you send an email attachment, I will not open it and your entry will not be considered. Along with the link, please include the following information, in this exact order:

Your name:
Your occupation:
Are you entering as pro or other (based on your career or past training)?
Your blog/website:
Mood Board title:
Name of Midwest Modern fabric that inspired your room:
Where did you find the furniture and accessories in your room?* (links to sources go here, use for long links please):
Image link (images must be clear and at least 800 x 800 pixels):

Email to decor8blog {at} yahoo {dot} com

Submission deadline: Monday, June 23rd, Midnight EST.

Thank you again to our generous sponsor, Amy Butler Design!

If I need to clarify anything feel free to ask any questions that you may have below. Thank you all, have fun!

For creative inspiration from past contests, please click here. To view past winners, please visit this link.

{*Updated 6/6: You do not HAVE to include links to where you found your furniture and accessories, but I’m sure many would appreciate it and that may mean more votes for your :) board.}

(images from amy butler design)

Posted by decor8 in contests on June 05, 2008

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  1. Paper Stories commented
    June 5th, 2008 at 8:53pm

    oh my gosh… i am so on this! (i just bought a fancy new sewing machine so of course i want to win!) ;)

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  2. Pam commented
    June 5th, 2008 at 9:18pm

    Are the fabrics for the contest just the ones in the link or any of the fabrics in the book??


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  3. Betsy commented
    June 5th, 2008 at 9:39pm

    ooh, sounds like so much fun! can’t wait to get started! it will be so neat to see what other people come up with!

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  4. Erin Lang Norris commented
    June 6th, 2008 at 12:35am

    Oh! I’m so excited because I actually have time to participate this time! :)

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  5. contest gurl commented
    June 6th, 2008 at 3:37am

    I so hope I win :)))!

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  6. Sharon commented
    June 6th, 2008 at 8:28am

    Hi Holly,
    I have a question:
    Is it a MUST to state the link of the furniture/accesories?
    Because I got some pictures from web for inspiration, there’re no details at all..

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  7. Liv commented
    June 6th, 2008 at 7:10pm

    I wonder if I have time for this…

    Why tempt me so? This looks like so much fun, I’ll have to consider it.

    Thanks for the challenge!

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  8. Anonymous commented
    June 6th, 2008 at 7:42pm

    Yea! Someone is going to design a room for me! I need (okay really want) to redo my girls’ playroom (future bedroom) and would LOVE to do it Amy Butler style. I can’t wait to see what the talented readers of this blog produce.

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  9. Kelly commented
    June 7th, 2008 at 2:01am

    I’m so excited that this is open to international people – yay! I’m not a designer but I’m feeling so inspired with this, that I am determined to give it a go…Thanks again! Kelly :-)

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  10. angela commented
    June 8th, 2008 at 11:08pm

    Hi- Apologies in advance if the post answers my questions, but I’d like to clarify:

    1. Can you create more than one board/entry (doubt I’d have time, but just in case).
    2. What category do current students (of creative/graphic arts fields) fall into?

    Many thanks!

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  11. erin commented
    June 10th, 2008 at 1:48am

    okay this may sound like a dumb question, but are there going to be any differences in the judging of a handmade moodboard vs. a digital one?

    i’m probably going hand-made as i haven’t used photoshop in forever and am really rusty at it.

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  12. sarah commented
    June 10th, 2008 at 4:57pm

    several good questions here… i’d love to know the answers to them…

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  13. Squincy commented
    June 11th, 2008 at 8:15am


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  14. MaggieAnn commented
    June 15th, 2008 at 4:23pm

    Holly- will you be answering the questions posted n the comments?

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  15. decor8 commented
    June 15th, 2008 at 4:33pm

    Sorry Maggienann. Here are my answers…

    **okay this may sound like a dumb question, but are there going to be any differences in the judging of a handmade moodboard vs. a digital one?

    decor8: No

    **Can you create more than one board/entry (doubt I’d have time, but just in case).

    decor8: Yes, but only one can qualify for the final 30.

    **What category do current students (of creative/graphic arts fields) fall into?

    decor8: I’m beginning to wonder this myself. As I look over the current entries I notice that it is very hard to tell who is pro or not which leads me to believe that all should be grouped together at this point. I see some of the non-pros really rocking this contest, so I think I’ll end up pooling them together.

    **Is it a MUST to state the link of the furniture/accesories?

    decor8: No. But with the 40+ who have entered thus far that did take the time to do it, it isn’t a bad idea.

    **Are the fabrics for the contest just the ones in the link or any of the fabrics in the book??

    decor8: You must use at least one fabric from Amy Butler’s new Midwest Modern line, but you can add others in from her older collections too. But again, one needs to be from the Midwest Modern collection to qualify.

    Hope this helps! :)

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  16. lucianakow commented
    June 18th, 2008 at 9:46pm

    I’d like to know if I can send you a board made in adobe illustrator program or is just photoshop?

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  17. decor8 commented
    June 18th, 2008 at 9:56pm

    Luciana – No, sorry. I cannot open those files. Can you turn it into a JPEG, GIF, or a PDF?

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  18. Abbey commented
    June 24th, 2008 at 3:55am

    Oh No…I just saw this and the deadline ends in 10 mins…
    I will have to enter next time.

    Oh well Good luck to all the entrants and I look forward to seeing all your beautiful entries

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