Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sketch Support One Page Week



I have the honor of being the Guest Designer over at Sketch Support this month! You can download and print this sketch for free right here.


I've enjoyed working with all the sketches this month! They are fabulous and so versatile, what's not to love? For this 1-page sketch, I made some significant changes to the original design, using what Allison calls an enhanced or extreme approach.
Variation #1 - flipped the sketch
Variation #2 - added an extra border at the top and moved the banner to the bottom


Variation #3 - kept the photo groupings, but adjusted their size and orientation
Variation #4 - mounted each photo on white cardstock

Variation #5 - kept the title vertical, changed the orientation of the journaling strips
Variation #6 - changed the embellishments and their placement on the page
Variation #7 - omitted the sewing and added more embellishments





SUPPLIES (place cursor on photo for description, click on photo for link)
Other: American Crafts Remarks Paradise dimensional stickers; Thickers





Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sketch Support Add On Week

I have the honor of being the Guest Designer over at Sketch Support this month! You can download and print this sketch for free right here.

When I started playing with this, I had no idea if I was going to make a card or a layout. I decided to create some balloons I liked and see where it would lead me. What I ended up with seemed too large for a card, but got lost on a 12x12 page. But when I found the cloud background paper and went with 8.5x11, things fell into place quickly.

Here's where I ended up, but something was missing. I liked the black border around the page and on the balloons, but the right side of the page lacked that unifying accent color. My title, photo, and journaling, are the last thing your eye notices.


After lots of experimenting, I finally added 2 black punched border strips. Now the eye sees the right side of the page as a large rectangle block and gives my title, photo and journaling more importance.


I only adjusted the original sketch slightly.
Variation #1: the smaller balloons are cut slightly larger to accommodate the sizes on my Creative Memories circle cutter
Variation #2: the smallest circle on each balloon is a pre-made embellishment
I ended up really liking this page. Have you ever built a layout around an embellishment?


SUPPLIES (place cursor on photo for description, click on photo for link) 
 Other: Creative Memories Circle Cutter, Cosmo Cricket Salt Air Butterflies & Doilies, American Crafts Thickers








Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October A to Z Challenge

The Scrapbookers Anonymous A to Z Challenge  asks you to dig into your stash and find items that start with the letter "C". Need some suggestions to get the creativity flowing? How about.....Crate Paper, Cosmo Cricket, Core'dinations, Crafter's Workshop, Creative Imaginations, Cricut, Cat, Cold, Crazy, Clouds.....  


I chose Crate Paper's Neighborhood Collection, and my very favorite "C" word: Chocolate!
Still loving the long titles. Found this one by doing a search for "chocolate quotes".


Pretty much sums up my family's love affair with chocolate, and the reason we were seen hovering around the chocolate fountain at my nephew's high school graduation party.




Now it's your turn to join in the fun and dig further into your stash. All layouts need to be newly created for the challenge, and submitted here by 9pm EST on October 31st. You will then be added to the drawing for this month's prize from Echo Park. I'd love to see what you have lurking in your stash that starts with the letter "C"!




SUPPLIES (place cursor on photo for description, click on photo for link)  

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sketch Support Two-Page Week


I have the honor of being the Guest Designer over at Sketch Support this month! You can download and print this sketch for free right here.

I think Allison's two-page sketches are my favorite. I rarely attempt a two-page layout without referring to the Sketch Support blog or one of her volumes of Sketches for Scrapbooking. With eight books of two-pages sketches available, I always have plenty to choose from! Since we take so many vacation photos, these tend to be the subject of my two-page layouts.


I stayed pretty close to the sketch for this one. Just a few minor tweaks.
Variation #1: used clouds instead of hearts and changed the placement of embellishments
Variation #2: omitted one of the suggested paper strips in the vertical lines
Variation #3: shortened my journaling block and added more patterned paper strips
Variation #4: substituted four 2x3 photos for the six 2x2 photos, separated with paper strips



Journaling reads: "We toured every inch of Biltmore, inside and out, that we were allowed to explore. First, we went on the main tour and then took two of the specialty tours. No photos were allowed inside, so Phil took extra time to capture the stunning stone work and detailed architecture on the facade. Meanwhile, I returned inside for one more tour of rooms not available on the main tour. Between the two of us, I think we had it covered! Spring 2011"

Monday, October 3, 2011

Sketch Support Guest Designer

For the month of October, I am the Guest Designer over at Sketch Support! This is pretty exciting stuff for me, seeing my work on one of my very favorite blogs. Allison posts a new sketch every week, rotating between cards, 2-page layouts, add on embellishments, and 1-page layouts. Then the Design Team takes it from there with daily posts on how they interpreted each sketch.

In the meantime, here are a few sneak peeks at what I'll be contributing.





My cards and layouts will show up every Saturday on the Sketch Support blog, and of course, I will also be posting them right here.