A Perfect Day Layout – Once Upon A Sketch

Once Upon a Sketch is a fabulously inspiring challenge site where I’ve often visited, but never participated. They offer gorgeous sketches with the focus of your project being the journaling, so their challenges always have an added journaling twist. Though the vast majority of participants submit layouts, you can also enter a card or altered project and use a quote for the journaling. The current challenges promts the journaling with “A Perfect Day is…” and must be at least 2 lines long. Mine reads, “A perfect day is every day that I watch you with our children. You are a wonderful father and I get to fall in love with you all over again.” So true. It never ceases to amaze me how much I adore watching him with playing with the kids or snuggling with them when they’re babies. I have tons of photos just like this one when each was a baby, taking a nap with their Daddy. 😀

Since I had some leftover scraps from my last WP layout using Let’s Celebrate, I decided to use them on this layout. Here’s my take on the sketch:

Materials:

American Crafts cardstock
Webster’s Pages Let’s Celebrate pp
WP Storytellers Alpha stickers
WP pinwheel florette
WP Let’s Celebrate fabric ticket
My Mind’s Eye Lush 2 journaling spot
Queen & Co. rhinestones
Tattered Angels Shimmer Mist

Adhesives:

Helmar adhesive runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Zapdots

Tools:

Martha Stewart Doily Lace edge/border punch
Martha Stewart butterfly punches

This is the lovely sketch for the challenge:

TFL!

If you’d like to play along with this Once Upon a Sketch Challenge, CLICK HERE.

Last set of Layouts from the Scrapbook Challenges Event

***Warning – This post is photo heavy*** In order to get the rest of the layouts from last month posted quickly so I can move onto this month’s reveal at Let’s Capture These Sketches, the last 4 layouts from last month are all in this one post.

I had a lot of fun working with this next sketch. I ended up rotating it 90 degrees and using 2 photos instead of 1. I also relocated the title to suit my layout. Here’s what I came up with for Sketch SS03:

I used the Pink Paislee Daily Junque line and used the patterned paper to create a nice scalloped border and the flower I pieced together. Fun line to work with. 😀 Here’s the fab sketch I got to use:

For the next one, I went CAS again. The sketch already was pretty clean, but I straightened out the wavy lines and added a bit flowers and glitter. Here’s my take on Sketch SS12:

For this one, I stuck with Crate Paper’s Emma’s Shoppe. The border punch is by Martha Stewart. I added stickles to my flowers. Here’s the sketch I worked with for this one:

Next up is a departure from my norm once again. One of my goals for this year is to scrap “real life” so not just the happy moments but real life stuff that happens. So, I scrapped about what happened this last Winter and how we found out Matthew had Lyme Disease. I used sketch SS07:

Simple Stories Destination papers and Life Documented stickers. G45 metal flower, paper flowers and brad. Maya Road trim and Pink Paislee green alphas. Here’s the sketch I used:

This last one I did for fun. The sketch looked really interesting and had a lot of possibilities, so I really liked working with it. I decided to go with Matthew being…well, Matthew! lol This super photogenic little guy poses for pics, but then when he’s had enough starts making funny faces. I guess he was quite distracted by the baby, cuz I managed to get tons of fab photos before he started sticking out his tongue and being goofy (normally it’s soon after the first pic). I scrapped most of the other photos, so I figured I might as well scrap this fun photo too. 😀 Here’s my take on Sketch SS14:

October Afternoon 5 and Dime papers, stickers and chipboard. Here’s the super fun sketch:

TFL!

Simple Man – Layout for Helmar and Punky Scraps

At the beginning of July, Helmar posted their gorgeous challenge sketch by Lydell Quinn. I knew right away that I just HAD to work this sketch! Now that I’ve completed my dt work for the month, I’ve had a chance to play around on some other challenge sites this week and have been cruising through some of my faves to see what they have posted.

Punky Scraps is a very unique challenge site and they post 3 challenges a month. This month, one is to use tissue paper on your layout. As luck would have it, I just received some fab 7 gypsies tissue paper that I was planning to use on a project this month! So, I figured this would be perfect to combine w/the Helmar sketch challenge!

A couple of weeks ago, Larry’s Aunt gave me a few photos of Larry’s father that I’ve been dying to scrap, but really wanted to make sure I created something Larry would love. Larry’s father passed away a year before he and I met, so I never got to meet the man who was, by far, the greatest influence in Larry’s life. From the stories I’ve heard, Larry is very much like his father and this particular photo is very special to me because, not only is it the only photo I have of the two of them together, but it also shows them doing something together that they both love. His father taught him to play the guitar, fish, hunt…not to be afraid of hard work. He taught Larry to enjoy the little things in life and what really matters. There’s a particular song that always comes to mind whenever I imagine the two of them playing their guitars together, so I used it as the title of my page. Here’s what I came up with:

Materials:

Pink Paislee (Helmar Preferred partner) Butterfly Garden Cardstock
7 Gypsies Birdsong tissue paper
Pink Paislee wood alphas
Prima decorative border
Graphic 45 staples envelope
G45 staples trims
G45 Staples flower
G45 Staples metal flower
G45 Staples metal buttons
Distress Inks

Adhesives: Helmar Acid Free
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots
Helmar adhesive runner
Helmar Zapdots

Here’s the fabulous sketch I got to work with:

TFL! If you’d like to play along with the Helmar challenge, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to play along with the Punky Scraps challenge, CLICK HERE.

In case you’re not familiar with the song, I’ve embedded a youtube video below:

True Colors – Layout for Stuck Sketches

A lot of factors came into play when making this layout. It started with finding this fab sketch on the Stuck Sketches site, then reading this post on the Cosmo Cricket blog that really spoke to me. It was only too relevant to what was going on in our lives the moment I read it and struck so incredibly close to home I was smiling yet in tears as I read it. Over the last week or so, I was thinking about scrapping a page for my son, Alex, who is also 9. At first, the song F***’ing Perfect by Pink kept coming to mind, but he seems quite a bit young for that one. Then, True Colors by Lauper came to mind last night and I knew I just had to scrap this layout. I went with the most recent photos of Alex that I have printed except for the 1st day of school photos. The baby is in his lap, but if you really know Alex, it’s only fitting that he would be. 😀 Since I was inspired by a post on CC’s blog, I went with a blend of their papers. Red and black are his favorite colors, but he also likes some greens and ocean blue. I added a twist to the sketch from Stuck Sketches, but attaching a sleeve of sorts to the back of the strips under the photos so I could slide journaling strips under each one listing some positive traits my son possesses. I used a different color of ink to write on each strip. Here’s what I came up with (this is with the journaling strips fully inserted):

Here’s a view w/the strips pulled out slightly:

Here’s a close-up of the strips:

Here’s the sketch I worked off of from the Stuck Sketches site:

Materials:

Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 12×12 cardstock papers
CC Circa 1934 diecut stickers
CC Salt Air 6×6 paper pad
CC Social Club 6×6 paper pad
CC Tiny Type alphas
Webster’s Pages Storyteller Alphas
Paper doily
Tattered Angels Shimmer Mist

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrapdots

In case you’ve never heard the song that further inspired me for this layout, I’ve embedded it here. I picked this version from youtube rather than the official video, because it also includes the lyrics. TFL!

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