Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sketch Week, Part 2

Day two of Sketch Week features enlargements and adding more embellishments to the layout.

The sketch that is the starting point for all five layouts this week.


Layout #2 - Flowers For Mommy


Supply List - Cardstock: Bazzill: Alphabet: Doodlebug (flowers), BasicGrey (for), and Pink Paislee (mommy); Everything else: BasicGrey (Pyrus)

Variation #1
Sometimes is just plain old fun to throw in a really, really big picture. I don't do it often but it's an easy way to mix it up and really highlight a favorite photo. I used and 8 x 10 cropped down to an 8 x 9 for the whole photo block on the right page. Because the enlargement was cropped to the same size as the combined size of the four photos on the sketch there weren't any adjustments needed.

Variation #2
On the sketch the group of photos is framed with a 1/2" of paper around the photos. On the first layout I used a solid paper but on this one I used a pattern. The hardest thing about framing your photos with a patterned paper is that the pictures can sometimes get lost in it. To help mine stand out against the pattern I add a smaller frame of cardstock around the photos.

Variation #3
Yesterday I mention that I liked to create scenes on my pages and today I did the same as yesterday and took advantage of the hilly design of the papers. I substituted flowers for the trees and even added a few extra.


With the photos all grouped together in the center they instantly grab the attention so adding more flowers wasn't going to take away from them. You can add so much to those hills (you'll see just how much later this week) without overshadowing the pictures.

I also added little pieces of grass at the end of each stitched stem by cutting slits along the top edge of small rectangles of green patterned paper. After I had those cut I roughed up the ends and inked them to define the edges and help them to stand out.



Day two means it's your second chance at the BasicGrey giveaway! :)

157 comments:

AmyBug said...

I LOVE the big picture. I like to use enlargements so this is great to look at the sketch that way. Cute stitching!

Denise B. said...

This is definitely one of my favorite sketches. Loved that you incorporated a large photo.

Linda E said...

Love the big picture. It's adorable and gives the layout such impact!

nanapatty said...

I, too, like the large photo. I have never used one that large but am going to have to try it. The extra stitched flowers and the large photo make the layout pop!

Jody B. said...

Love how you used one large photo in place of several smaller ones. I never would have thought to do that. Thanks for the idea.

momtotucknlexi said...

Loved your color choices again and also liked how you incorporated a larger photo into the sketch. Keep the ideas coming! Thanks

Christy said...

I too love the big picture! So simple and pretty!

Scrapthat said...

Very cool! Nice to see the one big pic Ali!!
I like that this made the LO a 4 pic LO...I don't have a problem with doing a pic heavy LO (you've totally solved that problem for EVERYONE!!) but 2, 3, and 4 pic LOs are tough! TFS!

dawn said...

I love this sweet layout. The colors are great. Such fun flowers and stitiching. I started on a layout yesterday using this sketch and am loving it. Hope to have it done today. They are sweet when they pick flowers for their mommy's!!

kimmcc69 said...

Once again a wonderful layout. How cute is that picking flowers for mommy. Love the colors you picked for the page.

Anonymous said...

I have a picture of my son w/a flower he picked for me. Totally going to have to try this layout.

Kristi B

Laura J said...

What an awesome layout...your pictures are amazing! I really love the sequence of him picking the flowers and then placing them in your hand! I'm also really loving the papers you are using!

Christine said...

love it just as much w/ the big picture!

LouAnn said...

I really like how you used a large picture in place of the smaller ones. I have lots of 8x10 studio pics that this would work well with.

holly b said...

Oh, the big photo is perfect. I have some 8x10's that need scrapping. I find embellishing to be the hardest part of a layout, so thank you for the ideas.

Luv2talk said...

It's all in the details and your LOs always ROCK the details. Your handstitching is amazing. It adds so much. Can't wait to see tomorrow's LO!

Heather K said...

What a great way to use an enlargement, and I agree, sometimes it is just fun to throw in a big picture.
Great layout and I love the flowers.

Steff said...

Love those flowers, Ali! You are so good at making your own embellishments. I wish I had your talent!

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Love the big photo and the close-ups of that fabulous Basic Grey!

RacheT said...

I don't think I would've ever used a big picture - thanks for the inspiration!

AndreaFriebus said...

The little snippets of grass are just genius!!

Jakki said...

the sketch just keeps getting better. its cool getting to see different ways you are using it

Jac said...

I love the addition of flowers, instead of trees!

CodyandTraci said...

It is so fun to see how diffrent each layout can look. I better get started on my version:) Great work as usual. Thanks, Traci

Amy from KC said...

I love that Basic Grey has a paper line that perfectly matches Drew's hair!

Those little bits of grass at the base of those flowers are fabulous. For me, the challenge of this layout is fitting my pictures exactly inside the mat with no uneven edges. I do better when they can stick out all over the place. Does that make me an "outside of the box" person? ;)

Jean said...

I really like the idea of using the enlargement. Also loved the little pieces of grass -- what a simple idea to use for outdoor photos.

Cindy Leggett said...

Love the flowers. The different shapes are so cute. Do you use DMC floss to stich on your pages? You are convincing me, I need to give it a try.

Jennifer said...

Love your layouts. Sketches are my favorite thing to use when scrapbooking. And the chance to win Basic Grey is great. Thanks!

Rebekah said...

I really like the big picture on the left, but I have a hard time coping my photos as small as the others are. I love the flowers though!

wifenavy73 said...

CUTENESS!! I love how you changed it up and used a big photo instead of small ones.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the inspiration!
lg from Switzerland
Manuela

Jen said...

I love the great big photo with the three smaller shot! Nice!

Wendy F said...

Another gorgeous layout! Don't you just love when your boys give you flowers from the yard? It's one of my favorite moments being a mom!

Susan said...

Another stunning layout ~ thanks for the inspiration!

Robin W. said...

I like how using lighter colored paper for the hills made such a difference in today's layout. I love the flowers too!

connie said...

I love the big picture.

Amy13 said...

Your stitching always looks so lovely. And the sketch look so different today. I was thinking this would be a tough one to modify, but there it is. Can't wait to see the rest of the week.

Kassie said...

It's the attention to detail that can overwhelm me, but it's also what makes your layouts stunning. With your instructions and close ups, you make the seemingly unattainable possible. Thanks, Ali!

JLC said...

With the small print of the photo frame, the photos "pop" visually as though it was solid paper. The flowers are too cute.

April said...

Wow, this is amazing!!! I love every little thing about it...
- April W

debbie susee said...

Love your hand stitching. It adds so much charm to your layouts.

Valerie said...

The papers on this page match those pictures perfectly. Again, very well done.

4guysandagirl said...

Love this version!!! You are one very creative chicka!!! :)

Erica Hettwer said...

Awww, I love this and thank you for the reminder about the pics I have of Mickey giving me flowers. :)

Amy said...

Love the large photo and the flowers! Another great layout as usual!

Bonnie said...

Such a great layout, using the larger photo as your focus!! Your such an great designer, Thanks

Rojoscafe said...

I love the look of this layout. The colors are so pretty and the photos are too dang cute. Never would've thought of getting the close up pics of that cute little hand.

anet said...

Love, love, love the flowers and especially the grass! Great layout.

Miss Misi said...

Cute and I love enlargements!

carissahall said...

Super cute flowers! and what a handsome boy :)

Laura said...

I love the flowers and the grass. It amazes me how you come up with all these ideas!

ruth said...

I love this!!

mmspiker said...

How did you happen to capture this moment? What a great way to document a treasured moment.

Samantha T. said...

Such a sweet LO! Love the flowers and the large picture substitution!

Danielle said...

I love this sketch so much. The photos really stand out with this design.

Karina said...

I really LOOOOOVE this sketch !!!

Thanks so much,

Karina

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Loving this! I love how you used a white background but it does not appear stark at all! I love the addition of the flowers!

shelley said...

Love the big picture!!!!!!!

Merri Lynn said...

what a wonderful layout of your little "cutie" and his flowers for mom

Beatrice said...

very cute- love the enlargement:-)

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

Great layout! I love the flowers and the stitching you did on them. So cute!

tape said...

Aww, love the flowers, photo, and the memory!

Kathy Rollender said...

Love the use of the big picture!

CreativeChretin said...

i love how you make flower masculine!

Therese said...

I love that you make your own embellishments. With your inspiration, I have begun to try my hand at this. Great way to save money and use my stash up!!!

Anonymous said...

I love this layout! So cute.

JJD

Anonymous said...

What a dufference a big photo makes. Great layout.

Kathy R

Yvonne said...

When I saw the sketch yesterday I thought, "How lovely". But I absolutely love this one.

Anonymous said...

I love this layout.

Linda from KS

Amy Powell said...

I really like the enlargement and flowers :)

Scrappy Jean said...

Love the sketch and layouts and also the Basic Gray.

Tammy said...

So fun to see a big photo! I don't print them much, but love to see ideas for when I have the perfect enlargement. :)

Anonymous said...

The flowers are such a neat touch. Sandy from Missouri

likearose said...

Love the hill effect in these sketches!

I just found out I'll be in Springfield next week to see Alan Jackson with my mom. A stop by Scrapbook Generation is definitely on our list. Can't wait!

One of your fans in KC.

Judith said...

Love this interpretation of the sketch.

ShellyJ said...

Love the enlarged picture!

JadeCook said...

I love the large photo and the flowers are so cute! love all the stitching!

Kelly said...

Love the journaling strips on this design.

Rebecca H. said...

The flowers are "growing" out of the grass! I love this idea!

KGBELL said...

I agree with many others, love the large pic! I love how you use so many photos in each layout. Can't wait for tomorrows!!

Tammy said...

WOW, now I really like the large photo in this sketch, I will definitely be doing that!

Stella said...

What a sweet photo! I love the way you used one big photo as the focus of the photo grouping.

Penny Peck said...

As usual, amazing! See you Saturday.

Carolyn Wolff said...

I think the enlarged photo is brilliant! Sometimes I don't have lots of photos to work with and this would solve my dilemmas! Great layout and amazing paper!

Marlene said...

I love the idea of using a one large photo instead of 4 smaller ones.

Paper Doll said...

Love the big picture ... it really draws the eye. What a cutie! I've been looking at this line of paper ... not really sure how to use it, but you've made it young and fun. So I'm off to the store to get some ... or maybe I'll wait ... you never know. I'm feelin lucky! (lol)

Mom2TwoBoys said...

So now that you've taken care of teaching us all about how to make amazing layouts...when do the photography lessons start:) Once again your style and pictures are beautiful!

Colleen said...

Love the stitching on the flowers and the big photo.

Lisa and Eddy said...

Great layout...and what a cutie pie! ;)

Barbara said...

What a fabulous sketch! I just love the possibilities with this one! Just love these wavy/rolling hills!!

Anna said...

What a sweet picture! I love the hills and your stitching is always fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

Nicole D. said...

I can't wait to try these hills this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration!

Christel said...

I'm lovin' these new Basic Grey patterned papers and these hills! I'm thinkin' of using them for a winter layout - rolling hills of snow. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

LeAnne Smith said...

I just love the roughed up patches of grass! Too cute!!

mytwoandras said...

This is a great lo. The little pieces of the BG give the lo a nice bright look. Thanks for a chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Ok - This one is just ready for a scraplift! I have the perfect story to go with this layout. Great job!

Happyscrapn

Anonymous said...

Love the large photo on this layout! Great idea! Thanks for sharing! Love the flowers on this page too! Beautiful!

K in PA

Theresa Grdina said...

I love the rolling hills on this layout!! I would never have thought of that....Now I can scraplift!!! Great sketch and lo!!!!

Kim said...

Grrr....my computer ate my comment, starting over...

I love what you did with the flowers and how you did the grass. You always manage to think up the most clever embellishments, that grass is soo cool.

Melanie said...

Love the large photo in place of the little ones. Very versatile.

Nicole Michelle Gray said...

Love the use of flowers on a boy layout.

Hannah Clark said...

Lovely! I can't wait to see what's next!

Stacy said...

Sweet layout! I am lovin the flowers!

julie.schellin said...

LOVE! I find myself returning to your Sketch Week posts for inspiration.

Avril Tanner said...

I totally love the idea of the larger photo and switching up to the flowers! So cool! I can not wait to see the rest of the layouts for this months sketch week!

Gloria W. said...

I absolutely loved the stitching as the stem for the flowers. Beautiful layout!

Gretchen Lindsey said...

The stitching is so neat. I love the big picture. A very cool layout.

Laura said...

I really love the big picture idea. I have some pictures that I absolutely love and really want to highlight and this is a great LO for doing that.

Are the flowers hand stitched or machine stitched? Also, are they chipboard or regular pattern paper? Thanks again! Can't wait for tomorrow!

MaryBez said...

Thanks so much for including the big picture....I order many enlargements when I get pictures and love to see them incorporated in the sketches.

Brenda Johnston said...

Love how you enlarged the photo on the right--such a cute picture!

cards4ever said...

Cute layout.

wendy said...

I love doing the occasional layout with one great big picture!

lpaigeb1984 said...

Love the flowers!!!

Anonymous said...

I really like how you were able to use flowers on a "boy" page. I usually don't with my layouts, but now I'm inspired. Thanks!

~Julie V.

Melanie said...

LOVE the big picture! Your handstitching inspires me :)

Koren Leggett said...

love the use of the enlargement! have a few of those sitting around to use. thanks for the idea :)

cowie28 said...

I love the big photo and such cute flowers!!

DebbiB said...

Those flowers are so cute and really go along with the story - I love this one!

Sonya said...

This is a great LO- the large photo really stands out!

JodyJane said...

Oh My, this is perfect. I love the colors and the flowers are SO pretty. I really like how you stitched. Stunning!

Angie said...

gorgeous LO-I love love love all the stitching!

kroller said...

Our internet was out all day yesterday...how dare they on sketch week! Anyway I can actually see the sketch today and I LOVE the LO with the flowers and big pic. Such a sweet moment and sweet page. I love any opportunity to use flowers on a boy page!

joel & ginny said...

Love how you used an enlargement. Love the BG Bloomers, too!

Janelle H. said...

Love the enlarged picture on the one page and all the flowers! It gives a whole different look to the layout.

Shannon Hager said...

Love flowers are so cool! I love the rolling hills also! Very cute pictures!

Michele Mc said...

I always welcome more ideas for showcasing enlargements. Love this! Completely in love with the details on the flowers. Your work is just superb. And how sweet is the subject of the LO? What a special moment to capture!

KarlaW said...

I really love the big picture. I'm going to have to copy this layout!

Anonymous said...

More great ideas! Can't wait to do this one.

Ann McKuin (numberfool)

dlhfks said...

The stiched stems on the flowers is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen. Love it!

The Mancilla Family said...

great colors! don't know if I'm adventurous enough to make my own, but......maybe I can cut some out!

Shannon Marie said...

i love those flowers!!

~ Kim ~ said...

LOVE those flowers! And that big picture is awesome! I heart sketch week! :)

M said...

Another great layout. You put so much detail into your layouts.

MaryBez said...

Alison, love this variation!! I am always amazed at you talent. Thanks for the inspiration.

cards4ever said...

Great layout. I love the little snowman and the trees.

9isfine said...

I love the big photo. I wouldn't have thought to try that!

D's Place said...

Such a cute Layout, those are the awesome moments to remember.

Julie said...

I always forget to combine photos on sketches to use a large one. Thanks for reminding me!

Sharon said...

I love the flowers. I think this is my new favorite layout of all time! Thanks so much for sharing your talent, Alison!

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

love variation 2 - your son is a doll

Christa Allgood said...

The big picture is perfect!!

abbeyviolet said...

Love the flowers!

lesley said...

Love the flowers, and the large photo is my favorite variation on this LO.

Kirsten said...

I adore this sketch...my fave I've ever seen actually!

Lisa Marie said...

Awesome sketch and layout. I love the paper flowers and the mix of patterened papers. All works so well, just love it !!

Emily said...

What cute flowers!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

Love the flower!

Manhattan Mandie said...

I love the big picture too! I may have to lift that idea! The flowers you used are super duper cute!!!

tampatha said...

I love how you did flowers on a boy page! I always have trouble withe embellishments for mine! this is a great layout!
--tammy l

scrapinmo said...

Pick me! I would love to win BG paper.

Christina said...

I'm loving this week's sketch, so many possibilities!

goldyfish said...

Great LO. Love the stitching on your flowers. I would love to see you do a post on stitching on lay outs.

Penny{scraps} G said...

Wow - love the enlargement! Fab LO!

MeganL said...

I love this paper! Just got it today and hope to try a layout like yours. It's beautiful. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Arjanne said...

Love the flowers! Great page!

budletsmom said...

Another amazing version of the sketch I love how you combine different letter stickers I love the look but am too chicken.

janetk said...

the enlargement is just grand. what a way to change up the sketch!