Over at Pencil Lines the fabulous Lisa Day is the guest designer ;) I tried my hand at this month's sketch, #173:
I created this page for Matthew using lots of old, old stash. It is amazing how good it feels to use up stuff I HAD TO HAVE 2-3 years ago (or longer) that just last year would have been fodder for yard sales. No more! This year is about being frugal, getting the most for my dollar, using up what I have, and not buying for the sake of it. The only paper that I used that was NOT from my scraps was the background paper because I needed a 12×12 piece. EVERYTHING else is from my scraps ;) Very happy about that!
Paper – KI Memories, Jenni Bowlin (diecut), Bazzill, Scenic Route, American Crafts
Journal Spots – Jillibean Soup, Teresa Collins
Sticker Strip – Heidi Swapp
Rub-ons – Making Memories
Punches – EK Success, Martha Stewart, Stampin' Up!
Alpha Stickers – EK Success, Doodlebug
Pen- EK Success
Here's the sketch:
I already did one layout for this challenge but I really wanted to stretch the sketch to two pages. Alot of scrappers love sketches but many sketches are single pagers — for busy scrappers who love alot of pics on a page or matching facing pages, sketches just don't seem to work all the time.
An easy way to stretch a sketch like this one from a single pager to a double is to identify “stretchable” parts, like the strips on this sketch. These are things you can either repeat or stretch over to the other page of your two page layout to create a cohesive layout. If you're not immediately seeing how to stretch a sketch to two pages, rotate it until “stretchable” parts appear.
My sister gave me these school pics of my nephew a few months ago and those class pics are always difficult to scrap–they take up so much of the page, it is difficult to embellish, plus do you really want a WHOLE page for that class pic? Don't know if there is a way to get around that third problem but for the first one I just kept the embellies on the class pic page minimal, repeating something from the main page to help bring it all together.
I've been hoarding this Imaginisce paper for a few months and it was just perfect for these pics because I could cut out the little “Kindergarten” word block from the paper and use it on the page.
Patterned Paper – Imaginisce
Cardstock – Bazzill, Stampin' Up!
Baker's Twine – Raffit
Buttons – Polka Dot Whimsy
Journal Spots – Jillibean Soup
Grid Paper – Prima
Pen – EK Success
Apple Diecut – hydrangeahippo
#5 – Sassafras Lass
“Q” – Joann's
Alphas – Carolee's
Ink – Colorbox
Pencil – October Afternoon
Thanks for looking ;)