Reluctant Model – layout for Sketchabilities #104

For my example of sketch #104 at Sketchabilities, I picked a photo that was taken of Matthew shortly after we got home after a haircut. He was tired and didn’t really want his picture taken at the moment, but I really thought he looked cute with his new cut, so I asked him to smile for one. He agreed to just 1…AFTER I’d taken this picture. lol I scrapped the photo of him grinning broadly a few weeks ago…this is actually a pic a took just seconds before that one. 😀

Reluctant Model

Here’s a close up of the top right cluster:

reluctant model detail 1

Close up of the bottom left cluster:

reluctant model detail 2

Karan’s awesome sketch #104 for this challenge:


Creative Embellishments Funky Alphas
CE Chunky Alphas
CE 3/4″ chipboard gears
CE 1″ chipboard gears
CE 1 1/2″ chipboard gears
CE Punchinella panel
7 Dots studio papers
Webster’s Pages trim
Tim Holtz ticket, clip and film strip ribbon
Prima camera shaped paper clip
Acrylic ink
Tattered Angels glimmer mist
Prima stamp
Unity Stamp co stamp
Stazon ink



Every Wall is a Door Art Journal Page for SKWAD September Inspiration Challenge

Each month, Scrapbook Kits with a Difference offers 2 challenges. One is an Inspiration challenge and the other is a lovely sketch. For the challenges, you can choose to create a scrapbook layout, card, mixed media project, altered art, etc. You are welcome to create whatever you’re inspired to make! 😀 For the Sept. Inspiration Challenge, I decided to go with an art journaling page. I saw the door, the pink wall, the bricks, and took it in another direction. I had trouble deciding which quote to use. I had narrowed it down to either “Every wall is a door” by Ralph Waldo Emerson or “Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door” by Coco Chanel. Both had their merits, but they send different messages. Since Tracy Weinzapfel is the artist who first got me interested in starting to art journal, I put it to a vote in her facebook group. The Emerson quote won unanimously and I’m glad. I like the positive wording better than the more negative approach of the other quote. Here’s what I came up with:


Watercolor art journal
Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos
F-C Design Memory Craft PITT artist pens
F-C Design Memory Craft Big Brush Stampers pens
Webster’s Pages Storytellers Alphas
Stazon ink
Unity Stamp Co stamps
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Prima Mask

September’s Inspiration Image:


I Miss…Moments Like This – Layout for Once Upon a Sketches and Paper Secrets

Today is the first day of the Paper Secrets Birthday Bash celebration! There will be games, challenges and prizes all weekend long! So stop on by for some crafty inspiration, challenges and fun! 😀

For this year’s event, I have the honor of starting things off with our first challenge. I created this Tic-Tac-Toe board for the challenge:

All you need to do to enter is select 1 row, column or diagonal line of boxes and use those items on your project. You may choose to create a layout, card, mini album or altered art piece. Then upload your NEWLY created project to the PS Gallery with the KEYWORD “TTT” by 11:59 pm PDT on Tuesday, April 3rd for your chance to win a $20 e-gift certificate to the Paper Secrets Store!

For my example for this challenge, I decided to combine the challenge criteria with the sketch and journaling prompt at Once Upon a Sketch. The current theme is “I miss…” so I created this layout about how we miss cuddling with Matthew as he napped as a baby. Out of all of our children he loved to cuddle the most and often napped in one of our arms. Though Christian is still a tot, he rarely ever wants to do that and doesn’t tend to sit still long enough for it to happen. Madison is the only other child that liked to cuddle until she fell asleep, but that was only until she learned to walk at 10 mths. For the Tic-Tac-Toe part of the challenge I selected the first column from the board (patterned paper, border punch and chipboard) and here’s what I came up with after I rotated the sketch counter-clockwise:


Authentique Genuine pp
Authentique Genuine diecut alphas and stickers
Dusty Attic lasercut chipboard
acrylic paint
Faber Castell Gelatos
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist


Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots


Fiskars border/edge punch

The fab sketch from Once Upon a Sketch:

This is how the sketch looks rotated for my layout:


Simple Moments – dt layout for LCTS and an announcement

For my take on the Let’s Capture These Sketches #115 by Natalie Roy, I went with some gorgeous Bo Bunny Welcome Home papers, sticker and chipboard. The “misletoe” is by Prima and the flowered trim is by May Arts (the blue lace w/sequins is from my stash). The fabulous corner flourish is by Dusty Attic and can be found in the STTG store HERE. I painted the DA chipboard piece with white acrylic paint and misted with Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Frost and a bit of Olive Vine. Here’s what I came up with:

This is the gorgeous sketch #115 we got to work with:

TFL! To play along with this sketch challenge, CLICK HERE.

Stay True To God, an amazing scrapbook store, is having a HUGE 20% off Dusty Attic 3-day sale in my honor and is hosting a $25 gift certificate giveaway on my blog. For details on the sale and giveaway, see my blog post HERE.

I’m also super excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position on the STTG Design Team and look forward to working with them! Be sure to check out their sale this weekend and the giveaway on my blog that is mentioned above!

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