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.


Family Layout – Sketchy Thursdays

This photo was given to me by Larry’s Aunt. It was taken at Aunt Beth’s Retirement party. Though she’s in the photo, you can’t see her…she’s the one hidden behind the baby. 😀 Larry’s father is playing the guitar and his dear Aunt Hazel who passed away May of 2010 is on the far right. I tried my best to take a clear photo of this layout because the photo itself is blurry. For this page, I used Sketchy Thursdays’ sketch 9.1. Here’s my take on it:


Bazzil cardstock
Daisy D’s Beacon Hill papers
Maya Road trim
Webster’s Pages storytellers alphas
Eyelet Outlet Button shaped brads
Acrylic paint
Distress Ink


Helmar Adhesive runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Zap Dots


EK Success label punch
Fiskars border punch

Here’s Sketch 9.1 by Sketchy Thursdays:


Little Dear layout – Crate Paper and Sketchy Thursdays

So far, this month has been filled with so many fab challenges that combining a few of them only comes naturally! This next project was particularly fun due to Sketchy Thursdays’ current sponsor for their 8.11 sketch. Paper Secrets is offering a $25 Gift Card to their store, so of course I had to play along! I decided to go with Crate Paper for the layout and they have a color challenge currently posted on their blog. The 3 color pallete of sand, khaki and denim blue was a bit challanging for me with the dual neutral and though blue is my fave color, the photo was so navy blue heavy, I didn’t want to add to much of it to my lo. However, we were able to add another neutral to the pallete (black, white or Kraft) which really helped me create a better blance in my project. Here’s what I came up with:


Crate Paper Neighborhood pp
Crate Paper Toy Box pp
CP Neighborhood diecut
CP Neighborhood diecut sticker
CP Toy Box diecut stickers
CP Toy Box alpha stickers
Making Memories brads
paper doily
Folk Art acrylic paint
DMC embroidery floss


Helmar adhesive runner


We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy

Here’s Sketchy Thursdays’ wonderful 8.11 sketch:


If you’d like to create your own layout based on sketch 8.11, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to use Crate Paper products and the CP pallete for their challenge, CLICK HERE.

Smile & Laugh Layout – Sketchabilities sketch

Sketch #52 at Sketchabilities was a lot of fun to work with! I really liked the layers and how different elements appeared tucked behind the photos. As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew I wanted to use the fab Webster’s Pages Let’s Celebrate papers with it and knew exactly which photos I wanted to use. Lucky for me, Scrapbookers Anonymous has a challenge this month to use journaling blocks/spots/cards on your project, which worked well with what I had in mind for this sketch. 😀 Here’s what I came up with:


Webster’s Pages Let’s Celebrate papers
WP Let’s Celebrate Trim
WP Let’s Celebrate Journaling Cards
WP Let’s Celebrate Fabric Ticket
WP Spring Market Princess Petal
WP Pinwheel florette
Viva Pearl Pen


Helmar adhesive runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Zap Dots

Here’s the fab sketch I used:


If you’d like to create a layout for the Sketchabilities challenge, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to play along at Scrapbookers Anonymous, CLICK HERE.

Webster’s Pages is also having a challenge and all you need to do to enter is create a layout, card or project using their Let’s Celebrate line. You can find details on their August challenge HERE.