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:

Materials:

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

Adhesives:

Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Tools:

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.

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Super man?

Inspired by the song Superman (it’s not easy) by Five for Fighting.

This one is for Alex’s album, but has one of the same photos as “Fall Attitude” in Madison’s album.

The morning started w/me trying to get Alex to change his shirt before school, but he really wanted to wear this shirt. It was Madison’s first day of Kindergarten at the “big kid” school and she was soooo excited…until we got there. Then she was just terrified. I had Alex, Madison, Matthew and Christian who was just 2 months old with me and I was trying to figure out how to escort her in w/all of them when Alex asked me if he could please take her. I was so relieved! He was our hero that day. Later I was thinking how appropriate that shirt was after all. 🙂

That same day, he had show and tell at school and he took his stuffed animal (Yoshi) to school, so I got a couple of pics of him at the bus stop.

This layout is for a challenge at Back Porch Memories to use a song title. The song Superman (it’s not easy) by Five for Fighting immediately came to mind not just because of his shirt, but also because the lyrics say “it’s not easy to be me” and that he’s only a man, etc. Alex is a fantastic older brother so it’s easy to forget that he’s only 9 and still vulnerable himself. It’s also based on a sketch provided by sketchabilities for a challenge on Sketches in Thyme.

I used Webster’s Page Wonderfall on this lo, along with some of their trim and sparklers. Prima pearls, Tattered Angels Shimmer mist, Maya Road chipboard butterfly.

To check out the sketch or to enter the challenge, CLICK HERE.

{F}all Attitude

This is a layout I made based week 17’s sketch on The Paper Variety.

On the first day of school, Madison was so excited to finally be going to “big kid” school…until we got there. Then she was terrified. Christian was only 2 months old, and I had him, Matthew and these two with me in the car. I was trying to figure out what to do when Alex asked me if he could take her in and show her around. Phew! My hero! 🙂 He told her school is all about your attitude. If you act confident, tough and smile a lot, everyone assumes you are confident and fun to be around and they won’t mess with you…therefore, my title. For this lo, I used the Wonderfall diecut paper, and floral bouquet. The storyteller alphas are from beautiful. The brackets are from the Wonderfall diecut sticker sheet.

If you’d like to take a look at the sketch that inspired me or enter the challenge, CLICK HERE.