Alex – Once Upon a Sketch

Once Upon a Sketch is a unique site that pairs journaling with sketch challenges. The current journaling requirement is to write at least 2 sentences about when and why you started scrapbooking. My title is Alex (my first bio son) and the journaling reads…When my “Baby” became a big brother. The journaling strips clarify further and say…Once Madison was born and Alex was 3 1/2 and I was pregnant with Matthew, I figured it was about time for me to start Alex’s Baby Book.

I originally wanted the photo we took at the hospital when Madison was born, showing little Alex holding her propped with a pillow and trying to feed her a bottle with the other hand (with Larry’s help of course), but wasn’t able to find that photo. So, I went with a photo of Alex as a baby…it’s actually a reprint of the photo I used on the very first scrapbook layout I ever made. The intro page to Alex’s Baby Book. 😀

This week, the challenge on The Paper Variety is to include a family member’s title or the word “family” on your paper project. Here’s what I came up with for the challenges:


Prima Londonerry Papers
Prima Londonerry flocked rubons
Prima Londonerry chipboard
Prima Londonerry flower
Prima Londonerry mini alphas
American Crafts Gold Glittered Thickers
2 different Maya Road chipboard Alphas
Golden Rod Stiokles


Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots


Martha Stewart Doily Lace border punch

TFL! To view the sketch used for this layout or enter your take on the challenge, CLICK HERE.

To enter The Paper Variety’s current challenge, CLICK HERE.

The Thickers on my project were provided by Firefly Expressions since they are the featured product this coming week. The scrolls under the layered chipboard circles is a gold glittered Thickers piece that I cut in half and reversed. I then layered 2 prima chipboard pieces on top and then added a gold glittery circle from the same set of Thickers on top of that (right under the flower). For great deals on Thickers and other scrappy goodies, CLICK HERE.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Suzanne
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 14:08:39

    What a sweet layout! Love the photo, title, and journaling. you nailed this challenge! thanks for sharing with our The Paper Variety “family” this week 🙂

  2. patricia Cugnod
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 15:54:29

    elegant page…

  3. Gerry Van Gent
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 15:58:32

    Doris, you created such a cute and adorable page! Beautiful journaling! Thank you so much for playing along at OUAS! Hugs ~Gerry~

  4. patti hamil
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 21:00:21

    What a lovely layout, and what a gorgeous photo!!! Love the journaling too. Thank you for taking part in our challenge at OUAS!

  5. Sandi T
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 22:26:47

    Oh this is just so precious! What a beautiful lo. Tks. for playing along with us at OUAS!

  6. vicky varvadouka
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 03:27:26

    Beautiful precious baby layout!!!Thanks for sharing it with us at OUAS!

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