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

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.

LGS Aug TeamA Week1

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!


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.


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!

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

  1. I adore your layout! Fabulous take on the sketch! The grass & the clouds are the perfect touch to such a fun layout! Bravo Alison!

  2. Chelsea says:

    I love your use of border strips, what a fab take on the sketch. The journalling is great too!

    • daydesigns says:

      Thank you Chelsea. When I first pulled out the pics that was not the journaling I had in mind but I do love it!

  3. Tone-Lill says:

    This is super fun and so cute. Love your take on the sketch and that you have used your old papers too. Love it!! 🙂

  4. Carla I says:

    Great job Alison – love the grass/clouds! Have to love using up the stash – – I dug out some oldies for my take on this sketch too!

  5. Bev Code says:

    amazing fun colours and strips and great take on the sketch

  6. I love everything about your layout Alison! That text paper looks fabulous as a background, and I love how you wrote your journaling on the tags!

  7. I love it! I love the grass and clouds!

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