Thursday, 31 March 2011

Got Sketch? 114

Besides doing the layouts for the Club Sketch sketches, I also created a card for the new Got Sketch? 114.  This is how my card turned out:

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper | Patterned Paper Cosmo Cricket (Circa 1934) | Clear Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Round & Round) | Banner Die: Papertrey Ink | Circle Die: Spellbinder Nestabilities | Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart | Ribbon | Rhinestones: KaiserCraft | Circle Punch: Paper Shapers | Ink: Stampin'Up (Basic Black)

If you would like to see the sketch and other fabulous creations based on the sketch, hop on over to the Got Sketch? Blog.

I'm off to Bungendore for a photography retreat tomorrow and will return on Sunday. I wish everyone a fabulous weekend.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Off to a Flying Start

Now that I've got the scrapping bug again - which hopefully won't be a temporary thing - I decided to make another layout today. I was inspired by the cover of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine, which was created by Christine Middlecamp. Quite a tough act to follow, but I had a go.

You know how in my last post I was preaching that I like to use papers from different manufacturers on my layouts... This one only features Echo Park papers. In my defence, they are from different lines.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Patterned Paper: Echo Park | Alpabet Stickers: American Crafts + Echo Park (Springtime + Sweet Summertime + A Walk in the Park collection) | Border Punch: EK Success | Scalloped Circle Die: Spellbinder Nestabilities | Stamp: Cats Life Press | Markers: Sakura + Zig | Ink: Stampin'Up (Pacific Point) | Floss: DMC | Circle Border Die: Papertrey Ink | Circle Punch: Paper Shapers

I don't really like the journaling, but I didn't seem to be able to find an appropriate journaling tag to use. Must find a better way for that in future. Firstly I wrote the journaling in pencil, but than wasn't able to rub it out completely.

For those of you who still have the day ahead, enjoy. For me it's time to find my pillow!

Club Got Sketch: Sketch 2

Yesterday the second sketch for Club Got Sketch was presented. This time it's 2-pager. When I first saw the sketch, I immediately got thinking which pictures to use, as it includes 8-9 photos. After a bit of browsing through my iPhoto library I decided to use the beach photos I took in January.

With so many pictures I like to set them up in Photoshop first, so I have them in the correct size and know how wide the margins around are going to be. This makes it easier once I print them to put them into place.

The next big challenge was to decide which papers to use. I find it important that the papers compliment the pictures and don't overshadow them. The pictures must maintain the focus and the papers should blend in. Before cutting anything up I slide different papers under the pictures to make sure they are what I'm looking for.

I ended up using some quite old papers from Cosmo Cricket's Snorkel collection. I believe these papers were released in 2009. I combined them with the more recent October Afternoon Seaside collection papers. Currently I'm all for mixing up manufacturers and collections as I'm not being endorsed by anyone and I have no obligation to use just one manufacturer on a layout.

Remember a while ago I did a poll to see if I should store my patterned papers by colour or manufacturer? I stuck with manufacturer, but I think I'm nearly ready to make the switch. Just need to plan it out and do it. I'll keep you posted on this subject.

Now back to my layout. Once again, I can't show you the sketch, but I think it's pretty obvious what it looks like.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Snorkel collection) + October Afternoon (Seaside Collection) | Chipboard Elements: Cosmo Cricket (Snorkel Collection) | Chipboard Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts | Journaling Tags: Creative Café | Markers: Staedler (blue + red) | Banner Die: Papertrey Ink | Twine | Pinking Scissors

Well, I hope I've inspired you to get crafty too. Let me know if you did. Thank you for your comments and visit.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Card Patterns: Sketch 107

It's been a very long time since I've played along with any sketch challenges, but last night I did. I created a card along the Card Patterns latest sketch: Sketch 107. For the card I used some new papers from Crate Paper which I received free from Blue Bazaar with my order. Isn't that nice!

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper | Patterned Paper: Crate Paper (Portrait collection) | Ribbon: Vandoros | Dies: Papertrey Ink (Medium Scalloped Border, Limitless Layers, Mat Stack 4) | Pearls: KaiserCraft | Clear Stamps: Papertrey Ink ( Filliable Frames Additions 1 + Mat Stack 4 Collection) | Ink: Stampin'Up (River Rock + Soft Suede)

Today I was unfortunately struck with another migraine. I didn't really have time to stop, so I quickly took two paracetamols and continued on with my day. I'd planned to create a layout today, which I managed to complete despite the migraine. The layout is for the next sketch of Club Got Sketch, to be revealed on Monday.

Enjoy your Thursday. I'll be back soon.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Club Got Sketch Pre-class Sketch + Sketch 1

Yesterday the Club Got Sketch class went live. The Got Sketch? contributors created their layouts last week, which Valerie used as some additional inspiration for everyone taking the workshop. I cannot share the sketch with you, but I can show you my layout.

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper |Patterned Paper: Scenic Route, October Afternoon (Seaside + Thrift Shop), Basic Grey (Marakech) | Border Punch: Fiskars | Tab Punch: McGill | Dies: Papertrey Ink (Doily, Butterfly + Limitless Layers) | Clear Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Delightful Doilies) | Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts | Pearls: KaiserCraft |Ink: Stampin'Up (Delightful Daffodil + Pacific Point)

Last week before the class started, Valerie gave all those that signed up a taster with a pre-class sketch. I was able to create a layout along that sketch today.

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Patterned Paper + Butterfly Die-cut: Echo Park (Springtime Collection) | Border Punch: Martha Stewart | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Tea-dye Duo) | Ribbon: Vandoros | Foam Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts | Corner Rounder: Zutter | Die: Papertrey Ink (Limitless Layers) | Envelope: Maya Road | Rhinestones: KaiserCraft

I didn't want the journaling to be in the way of the overall design, and decided to put it in an envelope. The journaling reads: Nothing is more sweeter than a picture of the three of you together, but you always seem to make it a real challenge for me.

Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Club Got Sketch

A couple of weeks ago I promised you a layout. Unfortunately I've been under the radar as I've been suffering from severe migraines. Yesterday I visited a Chinese doctor and had my first acupuncture treatment in an attempt to resolve my physical issues. I'm not sure if it would already have any effect, but I feel significantly more energised. Let's hope it's all uphill from here.

Next Monday, March 21st Valerie Salmon is starting an online class which will last for eight weeks, where you will create eight layouts along her sketches. You can win a free spot to this workshop by leaving a comment on her blog.

I've already created a layout for the first sketch and I can tell you it's gorgeous. The layout that I promised you is along sketch 112. You can view and download this sketch with examples on the Got Sketch? blog.

Here's my layout:

Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Bascis Paper | Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Offbeat) | Clear Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Calendar Basics, Fillable Frames 4, Friendship Jar Fillers) | Ink: Stampin'Up (Chocolate Chip + Baja Breeze) | Punches: Martha Stewart | Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts | Rhinestones: KaiserCraft | Computer Font: Avenir

I've used quite old papers by Basic Grey for this layout as I wanted them to compliment the pictures, and I didn't want to convert them to black and white. These seem to be the perfect fit. I guess there is a reason to hang on to old lines, as you never know when they come in handy.

My other layout is still work in progress. Not sure when I get a chance to finish that one, as Ruben's birthday is coming up in a couple of days.

Until next time.