January’s Sketch for Practical Scrappers

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It’s a new month, a new year for that matter, and we have a new sketch for you to use over at Practical Scrappers.

It’s another wonderful one! For the past many months the incredibly talented Liz Chidester has provided the Practical Scrapper Design Team – and you, our readers – beautiful layout sketches. I know I have created some of my favourite layouts using her sketches. She’s decided to step down to pursue other endeavours and we will all miss her on the team. Here is my layout and Liz’s last sketch for Practical Scrappers.

Snow Much Fun - a layout for Practical Scrappers Continue reading »


SWAT Drill #20 – A Sketch with Feathers!

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Happy Saturday everyone! It’s time for another drill over at SWAT and today it’s one that’s bound to ruffle some feathers.

Okay, I couldn’t resist! We’re challenging you to use the sketch provided along with feathers! I purchased some Bella Blvd feathers a little while ago (tried out for their design team but didn’t make it so now I have a ton of Bella Blvd product in my stash) and knew this challenge was the perfect opportunity to use some of them up. Here’s a look at my layout.

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September Layout Sketch at Practical Scrappers

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Happy Friday! Today’s giveaway can be found here.

Every month I look forward to working with Liz Chidester’s sketches for Practical Scrappers and this month was no different. Here’s my layout.

The Teacups a layout for Practical Scrappers

I used some of the new Stampin’ Up papers that I won recently. Most of the papers are from I Am Me with the dark blue grid pattern coming from Soho Subway. I also dug into my Gossamer Blue kit for the embellishments and the stamping (except for the little hearts at the end of the journaling – those are old Bella Blvd stamps). Continue reading »



LGS September Week1 – Celebrating 70.

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Even though there’s a party going on around here, I’ve still got my regular commitments to honour.

Today is Monday which means there is a new sketch up over at Let’s Get Sketchy. And since it’s also the first Monday in September, it’s Team A’s turn to share our layouts with you . Here’s mine.

Celebrating 70 - LGS September 2013 Week 1 Continue reading »


Monkey See Monkey Do – A New Layout for Let’s Get Sketchy

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Welcome to August! With the new month brings all new sketch challenges over at Let’s Get Sketchy. Team A is always up first which is exciting for me as that is my team! Here is the fun sketch we are using this week.

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As soon as I saw this I was reminded of Glitter Girl’s latest challenge which was to use border strips on a layout. I have a fairly large collection of border strips so I decided to take on her challenge and see what sort of a dent I could put in that particular stash. Here’s what I came up with.

layout for Let's Get Sketchy August 2013 week 1

Behind the photo I have layered border strips from 3 different packs as well as 3 paper strips (you know, the ones that gather at the side of your trimmer when you cut down your 12×12 papers?) There’s some Teresa Collins, some K&Co and some s.e.i. borders  in the mix. You might think that mixing so many different manufacturers from different years wouldn’t work but I was pleased to find similar colours in these packs. They all ended up playing quite nicely together!

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The journaling speaks for itself but I do want to comment on how I created the space to place it. The background paper (Simple Stories) already had text on it so adding hand writing directly on top wouldn’t have worked. I could have added a journaling box but I didn’t want to add another box to this layout. I’d picked up a pack of Simple Stories labels in all sorts of colours so I decided to layer several here in colours that I pulled from the layout.

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I then used those same colours in the title.

For some reason the photo I took of the different border strips I’d used isn’t loading properly so I will work on it on my end and if it decides to cooperate, I’ll put it here. Wish me luck!!

While you wait, I hope you either go and create your own layout using this sketch or spend some time visiting the other blogs of Team A for their takes on it. Leave me a comment – if you dare – confessing what your oldest border strip is. I think those K&Co ones of mine might be going on 3 years old. Yikes!! Not sure what I was saving them for but it feels good to finally use them.

Have a great week!