Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blinged out Sketch - My Everything Scrapp'n Design Team Work

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 PanBasic 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!


Mary Jo said...

Beautiful layout! Hope you're feeling better ;)

2 Worlds said...

beautiful layouts Suz, the first one is my favorite

Lisa said...

I love that layout of you and Noel, Suz! All those beautiful flowers. :)

laterg8r said...

beautiful layouts :D

Michelle said...

Super cute pages! I love the border papers out there too. You make me want to go scrap right now!

Wife2TJ said...

Your welcome! Glad I could help. Everyone on the gypsy message board have been super helpful to me as well :-)