Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sketch Week, Part 5

Today is Guest Designer day! Who could this mysterious person be? She's awesome, my best friend in the whole world, and my sister, Stacey.

I've encountered what is no doubt the busiest time of my life so far. Stacey immediately stepped in wanting to know what she could do to help. I swear, if it wasn't for her I would have never made it through the last month. When I asked her if she would be up for contributing to Sketch Week she was so excited. Then when it actually came down to making the layout she was so worried. Worried that she would let you guys down. Stacey doesn't give herself enough credit for her creativity. At all. I absolutely love the layout she created and I know you guys will too!

The sketch that has been used as the starting point for all five layouts this week.


Layout #5 - The Best Job I Ever Had
by Stacey Atchley


Everything on the layout is from the BasicGrey Curio collection.

Variation #1
For those of you that are a little leery of trying out those hills on the sketch, this layout is for you! Stacey substituted angled strips on her layout for the hills on the sketch. On this sketch those hills aren't in anyway part of the photo design. Meaning that if you change the hills you don't have to adjust the pictures and if you change the pictures you don't have to adjust the hills. Because of that you can do anything you want in place of those hills. Maybe three straight strips or five strips or blocks of patterned paper, etc. There are endless possibilities!

Variation #2
So far this week each layout has showed a different arrangement of photos, and Stacey's layout follows that pattern. She added a 5 x 7 and then built the remaining pictures around it. She did have to crop an inch off the 5 x 7 so that all the pictures lined up correctly. I mentioned yesterday that arranging those photos is a lot like a puzzle. I think the easiest way to start is with one photo, preferably the largest, and then build around it, like Stacey did. Let that larger photo whether it's an 8 x 10 or a 3 x 5 be your guide for the rest of the photos.

Variation #3
Since the hills where replaced with angled strips Stacey decided against using the trees. They probably would have look a little out of place on the straighter strips. Instead she added circles next to the journaling, the bottom left photo, and the left page.

One thing to take note of, on a scene type of layout it looks fine to have an embellishment or two far away from the rest of the elements on the page. On a regular layout, not so much. This doesn't really apply to this sketch because the trees on the left page are right next to the journaling which is right next to the title and the photo block. Everything is grouped together. However, on a few of my layouts this week, (Flowers for Mommy and Visiting London) some of the embellishments are spread out across the whole page. Since it is a scene layout it worked. You would just assume that a scene will stretch across the whole page. If you would have spread elements out like that one a non-scene layout it would have left weird gaps and would have been a little distracting. Of course this doesn't apply to all layouts. That's the beauty of scrapbooking, there isn't a right or wrong way to do it!

Day five is your last chance to get in on the BasicGrey and Sketches for Scrapbooking giveaway!

Check back on Monday when I'll be posting the winner of the giveaway and the date for October Sketch Week. Have a great weekend! :)

I never know when people ask me questions in the comments section and I answer them if they come back and see it. I'm going to post the questions and my answers on Monday so I know you guys are seeing the answers. I did notice that a lot of you were asking about the flowers on the "Flowers for Mommy" layout and the cars on the "Visiting Londay" layout. They are all from BasicGrey. I probably should have listed everything in the supply list individually. Usually if I make my own embellishments I'll mention it in the post. :)

147 comments:

Sue Bone said...

Great layout Stacey

Christine said...

i love it :)

Melanie said...

Fabulous LO, Stacey! You and Ali look so much alike :)

I really like how you have b&W photos with color. And the strips instead of hills is a fun change.

Amy said...

Great layout! Love the angled stripes and the mix of b&w with color photos!

lesley said...

You have nothing to worry about, Stacey...it's fabulous!

tape said...

Ooo, I love how this LO pops! Great job, Stacey. :)

Julie said...

Stacey...you did a wonderful job! Love your layout!

Stella said...

I really like the way you mixed up black and white with color photos. I really don't do that often enough.

dawn said...

Stacey you did a great job and it was a nice surprise to have it be you. I love the strips and the b/w pictures. You are just as talented as your sister hope to see more pages done by you in the future. So sweet of you to help Allison out.

I just got an email from Archivers saying they have all the products from this week new in stores now. I'm excited might have to go shopping.

Allison, thanks for a great, simple week. I have to admit it was a different from your usual style. I will use this sketch a lot. Just so you know I always go back and read the comments and look for your answers. I love watching how many comments you get. Have a great weekend. Keeping my fingers crossed to be a winner!!

Erica Hettwer said...

Stacey, this rocks! I love your choice of angled strips over the hills. I hope your guesting becomes a regular part of sketch week! :D

Sonya said...

I love how Stacey did her journaling strips!

ruth said...

Stacey, you did a FAB job! I love you take on it!

AmyInKy said...

Your sister did not disappoint. Great sketch week! You are wonderful advertisement for BG!

mytwoandras said...

This is a great lo. It really shows how you can use the sketch and change it to work for your pictures. I like the straight lines of the pp on this one with the circles as the accent. Thank you for giving us a chance to win the BG prize.

Theresa Grdina said...

Wow....this is a great layout. I love the strips instead of the hills....and the paper??? It's fabulous!!

Laura said...

Who would have thought of using straigh papers for hills. Great idea Stacey! It has been a great week of ideas. Great layouts and and the Basic Greay Paper is beautiful! Your sketches are so helpful in making pages easy to do. Thanks for sharing with us!

Anonymous said...

Yea,Stacey. I love the layout. It was nice to see another option for the hills. Most of all I love how you love your little nephews. How lucky for them. I am going to use your title but use grandchildren photos.

Linda from KS

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Stacey you rocked this layout sketch! I love it and am so impressed you stepped in to help your sister, that is amazing!

KGBELL said...

Wow Stacey! I would love to see more of your work! I love how you changed the hills and the pictures of you and the boys are awesome. Being an aunt is the best!

anet said...

Stacey - I love what you did on with this sketch! All week I was wondering about the hills, wondering if you could change the hills. Thanks for showing me you can! Love it!

JodyJane said...

Way to go Stacey! You did a Fab job! I love the colors and the grouping and using angeled papers instead of hills was really nice! come back often. We still love Ali and would like more examples! hint hint

Gretchen LIndsey said...

Another fabulous sketch week! Stacey your layout sent it out with a bang. Great job!

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

Love Stacey's take on the sketch! What wonderful photos!

Anonymous said...

Great interpretation Stacey. Another great sketch week. Shame they only come once a month.

Kathy R

Laura J said...

I guess good layouts runs in the family! :-)

Great job, love seeing a variation on the hills, it works really well!

Heather K said...

I love this variation, you would never know it is based on the sketch. Your sister did an amazing job. Thanks for another amazing sketch week.

ShellyJ said...

i think this one is my favorite. love the strips!

LouAnn said...

Great layout Stacey! I really like how the hills were replaced with the angled strips.

Anonymous said...

Great job, Stacey. I love the stripes on the layout. Thanks for another great sketch week.

JJD

Scrapthat said...

Excellent work Stacey!! And Ali is right if you were worried about your variation you DON"T give yourself enough credit!! It's excellent! I love the butterfly with the sentiment cluster and the journal cluster I love how you still added the straight striped strip too! Very nice frame up!! GREAT LO...TFS!

momtotucknlexi said...

Stacey- no need to worry about your layout. It is wonderful!! Love how you substituted the strips for the hills.
Michelle
PS- You're right... being a Mom is the best "job"

Tiffany said...

Stacey, I love love love the angeled strips! So very cool!

AmyBug said...

I love Stacey's layout. The title is fun, the mix of b&w and color photos is great, love the angles of the fun strips, the elements are really cute and nicely placed and great photos.

KarlaW said...

Stacey doesn't need to worry at all. Her layout is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Is she kidding? I love Stacey's layout. It's awesome! Tell her she's got to get out of crazytown!! She rocks (it must run in the family).
Slobodanka

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

I'm going add my new fav paper line is Basic Grey. I'm always afraid to use pattern paper sometime because I don't know to mix them up. You have inspire me to go for it and make it work as Tim Gunn from Project Runway would say. lol

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

I'm going add my new fav paper line is Basic Grey. I'm always afraid to use pattern paper sometime because I don't know to mix them up. You have inspire me to go for it and make it work as Tim Gunn from Project Runway would say. lol

Robin W. said...

I love how the angled strips lead your eye right to the photos!

Kassie said...

Way to go Stacey! The sky is the limit for this sketch!

Janelle H. said...

I love the angular take on this layout - but without Sketch Week, I would probably never have come up with the idea myself! Thank you Stacey and Allison for another great week!

Lisa and Eddy said...

Great lo...love everything about it!

CodyandTraci said...

Love this version Stacey, Sketches week always goes so fast, if only someone else who was super creative did one, then all of us devoted fans would have 2 sketches weeks;) Traci

Megan B said...

Stacey did an AWESOME job with this sketch! I really like the strips of papers she used behind her photos.

Luv2talk said...

I've always been a sucker for BG fonts. Love how you can 'mix & match' the BIG version with the little version.

Shannon Hager said...

What a great guest designer! I love the colors and I love the topic! Great pictures!

Beatrice said...

I love how she changed the hills into strips- it really make the entire layout more versatile:-)

Christy said...

what a great way to still use the layers of pp but change the hills to strips! love it!

Jody B. said...

I love the strips on the layout in place of the hills. Great layout Stacey!

debbie said...

Great layout. All layouts this week have been great and show just how versatile sketches can be.

Bonnie said...

Great layout Stacey !! Talent must run in your family !!! I love the papers in this Curio line, they just seem so soft and dleicate, I cannot wait to see them in real life...

Miss Misi said...

She did a great job! Cool twist on the hills.

marianne in md said...

Nice to see your take on the sketch, Stacy. That's a clever way to do it.

Anonymous said...

No worries, Stacey. You rocked the sketch, girl! Way to mix things up a bit.

I really enjoyed sketch week this time around and I'm sad to see it come to an end. Great job, ladies!

K in PA

Donna O'Bryan said...

How clever to use angled strips, I like those as much as the hills.

Christa Allgood said...

Great job Stacey!! I would feel more comfortable creating this layout with stips than with hills.

Danielle said...

i love the theme of this layout. great job!!!

Melanie said...

Great layout Stacey! Love the strips of pattern paper!

Rebecca H. said...

Thanks for the great layout Stacey!

Paper Doll said...

Bravo Stacey! The colour pictures really pop against the black and white pictures. When I look at this paper in the store I think ... that's for gramma's birthday. But here it is on your layout looking young and fun and perfect!

Jakki said...

and the posibilites are endless. love what stacy did and i was totally caught up in the wholw hills thing until you put up her strips. love it.

Stacy said...

Great job Stacey! I love how you put a whole new twist on the sketch! I am totally going to try the strips!

scrapinbabygal said...

Stacey did a wonderful job with the sketch!! I just love the angled strips and the mix of b/w photos. Such a beautiful LO!

mmspiker said...

Who knew straight strips could be substituted for curvy hills? I'm still learning how to interpret the sketches into my own style. Thanks for the tips.

connie said...

Great LO! Like how she used stripes instead of hills.

Linda E said...

Great job, Stacey! I love the layout and the sentiment behind it.

AndreaFriebus said...

Beautiful interpretation Stacey!! It's fabulous!

kimmcc69 said...

Great job Stacey! Love how you changed the hills. What a great sketch week.

Rebekah said...

I am so going to have scraplift the tittle to this layout! I've been trying to find a way to write about being a mom and it's the perfect start! Nice job!

Jean said...

Great layout, and I love the topic! Looking forward to using some of the ideas when scrapping this weekend!

Lara said...

wow cool how you modified the hills and used angle strips. Love your ideas!

Scrappinwendi said...

I think Stacey did a great job! I like how she used the angled strips instead of the hills. For those of us that are afraid of using the Bo Bunny flexible ruler, the angle strips are easier! So sad that sketch week is over but it was great while it lasted!

joel & ginny said...

Congrats to Stacey on her beautiful LO! Sisters are the greatest!

Jen said...

Love this variation! Hoping to be brave enough to try the hills, but I really like this take if I chicken out!

Trisha M. said...

Stacey did a wonderful job! It is great to see someone elses take on the sketch. Hopefully we will see some more LOs from Stacey as well. You girls are so creative

April said...

This is a fabulous layout! Stacey, you did an amazing job. :)
- April W

Marlene said...

Stacey, you did an amazing job! LOVE your take on the sketch! I hope to see more of your work.

Kristina said...

I like the variation on the "hills" so it makes this layout even more versatile! Love, love, love this blog!!

Shannon Marie said...

Stacey did a great job! I like the angled paper as a replacement to the hills.

kroller said...

Tell Stacey she did an awesome job! I love her take on the hills too, it's a great way to make your sketch go further. It is so cute. Thanks for sharing.
Amy

debbie susee said...

Two very talented girls in one family. Thank you Stacey for sharing with us. Love your style too. :)

Misty R. said...

I love the adaptation without using the hills.

tampatha said...

I love this layout! I think I would be a little hesitant about the hills but you did a great job with the angled strips!
--Tammy L

Manhattan Mandie said...

What a cool idea for a layout! I love the angled papers too! Great job BOTH of you this week!!!

Anonymous said...

This is such a neat idea to get that effect!! The layouts have been awesome!!

MaryBez said...

I am so going to copy this layout...but will need to edit 24 years of pictures for mine:)

Amy13 said...

Love the variation with the strips of paper. And your sister's layout is so touching.

judybob3 said...

Awesome job Stacey!! Love it!! :)

scrapinmo said...

Very nice layout, Stacey! Thanks for sharing some of your talent.

Christina said...

Love the strips-I have to admit I was nervous about attempting the hills.
I just love sketch week-it is so nice of you to do this each month for your blog readers!!

Therese said...

I love the variation on the hills that Stacey did! What fun to have a sister/friend that shares your passion. Great guest designer.

Wendy F said...

Beautiful layout! Love the theme of this one. Thanks for sharing!

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

Awesome job Stacey! I love how you changed up the hills to angled pieces of paper.... love it.

Stacey Atchley said...

I could get used to this! Thank you all for saying such nice things, and thank you Ali for trusting me enough to let me do this...it was so much fun! I must say, it's a lot of pressure trying to take the stage with Ali's beautiful work. I felt like "New Kids on the Block" trying to perform after the "Beatles"!

Anonymous said...

I saw this in the store this morning and I must say that Stacey is just as talented as you are. Heck, it runs in your whole family!!! Great Job Stacey!!!

Christina Hoffman

Mom2TwoBoys said...

Love the hill variation here. I can't wait to get started on a layout with all of the beautiful BG supplies. I hope my local SB store gets them in soon:)

Christel said...

Great layout, Stacey! :) I love the angled strips of paper and the way you used a 5x7 photo. This has been a fun sketch week. Lots of different possibilities with this month's sketch for sure. I look forward to October...

Diane Iversen said...

I saw this layout in the store last night. Yay! It's fabulous! Definately using this layout soon. :)

Samantha T. said...

Awesome take on the sketch, Stacey! Love the photos too!

M Salazar said...

Love the alteration from the hills, it'll work with ANYTHING! Can't wait to try it with photos that don't necessarily lend themselves to a theme. Great job Stacey! You have my vote to be a guest designer again.

Sharon said...

Awesome layout Stacey!! I love how the waves were switched out for stripes :) Thanks for the great week!!

JLC said...

The angled strips of paper really add to the versatility of this sketch. Incorporating B&W photos with colored is a great visual.

CreativeChretin said...

creativity runs in the family, huh? Great job Stacey!

Tracey Randolph said...

Stacey....no worries! I love your layout variation with the strips of paper! Sketch week is awesome!

Merri Lynn said...

Stacey is indeed very talented--great layout and I love the pictures.

Kirsten said...

Love the variation of the straight strips! Very versatile.

Laura said...

Great job Stacey! Love this layout too. It gives a whole different feel than the previous ones. Thanks for an awesome sketchweek!! I look forward to this every month!

Nicole Michelle Gray said...

Great guest designer.

holly b said...

Must be the genes... your sister is super talented too! I like the variation and the mix of color and b/w pictures here. Thanks for a great week!

Leslie said...

You should not feel nervous Stacey. You did a great job! It's fun to see your relationship with you little nephews.

Yvonne said...

I would never have thought to change the hills to angled strips. I love the layout.

Anonymous said...

Stacey I think you did a fabulous job. I really love how you switched it up a little by changing the hills to strips of paper. I would have never thought of that. I also love the combination of the b & w photos with the colored photos. Really great. I think you both have done an amazing job with this sketch. I love them.

Janette H.

ZoezMom said...

LOVE what Stacey did in this variation! This is great, love the color choices and the strips of paper.

lpaigeb1984 said...

how pretty!!!

heatherbalz@comcast.net said...

I just have to tell you that I love your pages. Your sketches are great. I can't wait until I can get some!! Everytime i check your website it makes me want to scrap!! Please keep doing what you are doing!! Love, Love, Love, it!!

Jac said...

And once again....another fantastic variation! This week has definately sparked my creativity and pushed me to look at things from a different "angle".

Marcia S said...

Very clever how you substituted the strips at an angle. I wondered how I would be able to cut the hills - now I don't have to! Great layout with the black and white pics mixed with a few colored shots.

goldyfish said...

Great Job Stacey. I would love to see you show more Lay outs. You should do Friday's on Allison's sketch week. That would be one a month. What do you think Ali?

Rojoscafe said...

Great job Stacey! And she was worried??? This is an awesome layout and I love the angled strips. So far I've been to "chicken" to try the hills. :)

dlhfks said...

Love the change to strips of paper! This is a great sketch.

Susan said...

You are both very talented. Thanks for sharing with us!

Anna said...

Great layout. I really like the combination of colored and black and white photos.

Penny{scraps} said...

Wow - Sketch week went so fast! Love how they all turned out - love the strips on this one - GREAT LO's!!

Fred said...

Wonderful take on the sketch! I love the topic too.

Penny Peck said...

Good job Stacey. Allison - I love the VIsitng London lay-out - makes me want to take a road trip so I can copy your lay-out!

Anonymous said...

Wow... she did do a great job! Everything goes together so nicely.

Tammy said...

Stacey your LO is awesome, I had thought of using strips but not angled strips, I am totally lifting that idea, if you don't mind!!

MeganL said...

Oh I like the strips. Very cool change and it really brings my eye in right to the photo group.

Anonymous said...

This looks like a perfect way to use some left over paper. loved this layout.

Sandy from Missouri

Bettyann said...

Oh, I love this variation. The "Curio" paper colors are great, PLUS I have to say the hills DID intimidate me, so I love seeing the variation with straight edges instead, but also that they have the angles toward the pictures. Thanks so much!!

Colleen said...

Stacey did a great job! Love the strips.

Kim said...

This week was awesome as usual, loved every day of it. Your sister did a marvelous job on her layout. I love the way she layered the strips and cut them at angles, so clever and creative. Seems talent runs deep in your family. Thanks for another great week.

RacheT said...

Beautiful layout Stacey!

molitva said...

thanks for the great ideas this week! I'm hoping to find some time to get to work on the next LO!

wendy said...

Your sister also inherited the scrapbooking gene! Great layout.

M said...

Good job Stacy

mothtalk said...

Another fabulous layout! And the strips take this sketch from one with many possibilites to one where the possibilities are endless!

Amy Powell said...

Stacey did an amazing job! A guest designer was quite fun!

Arjanne said...

Love the transition from hills to stripes! Great job!

Steff said...

Love the angled strips---such a great variation! Thanks, Stacey!

Cindy Leggett said...

super cute

TerriB said...

Stacey - what a creative alternative design. This is something that I would had never thought to due based on the original sketch - but I LOVE it! YOu have really openned my eyes up to other possibilities for my layouts.
Allison - Thanks again for all of the wonder layouts this week. I look forward to this week each month.

~ Kim ~ said...

Great layout!! Love the pp strips instead of the hills!

budletsmom said...

I love this LO it is nice to see someone else take on your sketch - I like it with the diagonal cuts of paper and I love the topic of this LO.

Michele Mc said...

I think Stacey has nothing to fear because she did an incredible job! Creative talent obviously runs in the family! The slanting strips lead the eye to the most important part of the LO - those precious pictures. Looks like the boys have an amazing aunt in their life. Hope we see more of your work, Stacey!

COScraps said...

Awesome job Stacey! Loves the strips.

The Mancilla Family said...

Great title! Love the placement....LOVE sketch week! I've learned a lot via the MCC course too! THanks!

janetk said...

LOVE the tile and the black/white to color combo, great layout!