Today is challenge time over at the Everything Scrapp'n Store Blog. This month it's a sketch challenge. We're using this Pagemaps sketch.
Each of the designers has a different take on the sketch - visit each of them for inspiration. Then head on over to the ES Blog for all the details & show us your take on the sketch for a chance to win this great card making kit. Contents: Six 6x6 sheets of coordinating Sassafras Lass & Heidi Swapp patterned papers, Two Sassafras Lass 6' scalloped borders, Copper Stickles, and some yummy Prima flowers
The thing I like about sketches is that you can still be as creative as you'd like. Some of us are very literal in our interpretations matching each shape & element. While others, I'm in this category, will turn it, twist it, enlarge it, etc & basically put their own spin on it. Both of them are right, fine & A-OK. Remember there are no rules in scrapbooking....
So, without further ado, here's my take on the sketch. Can you even recognize the sketch? Here's my thought process on this... I turned it on it's side & since I only had 1 photo I enlarged the circle & brought it up as an anchor to the photo & place for journaling/titlework. The curve of the circle defined the curve in my floral flourish (say that 3 times fast lol). I love the look of the embellishments by Prima that have the stems & leaves attached to the flowers. I didn't have any in my stash so to create a similar feel I improvised a bit. I cut several 3" branch image from the Prima paper using my Making Memories Slice - Breast Cancer cartridge. Then cut each of them off, bent them a bit & attached them to the flowers for more detail & texture. I was in the mood for using border punches & boy did I use them! I like the look of all the different shapes layered on each other.
I'm sure you recognize the gal in the photo with me; I met Noell Hyman from Paperclipping when I was at CHA. I feel like I know her so well already since we chat, email, I watch her shows, & when you look at peoples scrapbooks you get a personal glimpse into their lives.
Have you tried Zva Crystals? They are a great alternative to Prima & they cost a whole lot less. I like the pearl ones. The flourish I used in this layout is called "Night Blue" I thought it was black when I went to use it. It actually seems more grey than blue to me but looking at it sideways you can see the dark blue shimmer. This pack retails for $3.50 & I cut it into 5 parts to make the flourish.
These packs of floral bling from Basic Grey are super cute & super affordable at $1.80 each! Heather has several styles in stock so check them out in new products.
Supplies for "Live": Cardstock (Bazzill); Paper: (Prima - Tropics Blooming Love, Prima - Tropics Celery Splash, Prima - Tropics Sweet Apple, Prima - Tropics Waterfall); Flowers (Prima - Essentials Tropics & Prima - Black Shelf w/6 Bottles); Bling (Prima - E Line Pearls & Gems; Basic Grey - Pearls Vinyl Fleur Aqua, Zva - Symetrical Flourishes Pearl Night Blue ); Border Punches (Fiskars, EK/Martha Stewart & Stampin' Up) Flower Centers (Prima - Tropics Pebbles)
A money saving tip that I use over and over again (including both of these layouts) is always buy the sheet of paper in a line that has striped borders. Cosmo Cricket is famous for these & now many other companies including these by Prima & Basic Grey are including them in each of their lines. You get a bit of each of the paper or complimentary designs that coordinate back to the other patterned papers.
I promise these are the last of the CHA photos I'll be scrapping I'm almost finished with them. I think this is the only photo of the 4 of us from ES who went so even though everyone but me looks great in it I am still scrapping it because it tells the story and the story was I was exhausted and boy do I look it. This photo had me stumped for a while now since the background of the photo is earthy tones & we're all wearing pink I was having a hard time finding papers to show it off. Basic Grey Nook & Pantry worked really well.
Supplies for "Sigh": Paper (Basic Grey - Nook & Pantry Bundt Pan, Basic Grey - Nook & Pantry Rolling Pin & Basic Grey - Nook & Pantry Measuring Cups); Border Sticker (Basic Grey - Nook & Pantry - ); Alpha (American Crafts - Thickers); Ribbon - Michaels $1 Spot); Thread (Coats & Clarks)
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will take up the challenge & try your hand at the sketch. Remember to post it on the Everything Scrapp'n blog by 11:59 pm on Sunday, November 8th to be included in the drawing. Have a great day!