Friday, October 15, 2010

Sketch Week, Part 5

Today is guest designer day! Let's see, this woman not only taught me how to scrapbook but also how to tie my shoes, how to make the best peanut butter cookies in the world, and how you shouldn't color on your next door neighbor's house. If you haven't figured that big brain puzzler out yet, I'm talking about my mom.

I'll never forget the day she became my boss...and today I got to become hers. I love it! And she'll never admit it but I think she was a little nervous about being a Sketch Week guest designer. Of course she had no reason to be. She's one of the best scrapbookers I know and doesn't get enough credit for it. I probably shouldn't have said that last line, I'll never hear the end of it.

The sketch that has been used for all five layouts this week.



Layout #5 - "We Adore Him" by Debbie Sanders


Supply list - Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; Butterflies and flowers: Prima; Alphabet: Pink Paislee; Border punch: EK Success; Jewel: KaiserCraft

So let's say you aren't into the big swirl of small elements going across the page. Well today shows how you can still create a simple, beautiful, well embellished layout with the same sketch. This layout has a completely different look than the sketch but you can still see where the idea came from.

• Variation #1
The biggest difference on this layout is the lack of the big swirl across the page. Instead, she used butterflies, flowers, and her journaling space in place of the three biggest circles on the sketch.


You would think removing that big swirl would almost make the layout look a little plain but it's doesn't at all. This is perfect for the more simple scrapbooker, a beginner, or just someone who doesn't want to mess with all those circles. You can see on her layout that just using those three big circles as embellishment areas totally works.

• Variation #2
This layout is also another great way to get by with only needing 4 x 6 photos. They aren't quite 4 x 6 photos but they can easily be cropped down from a 4 x 6 without losing a lot of the picture. For the two photos on the left page she used 4 1/2 x 4 and on the left a 4 x 5 and a 5 1/4 x 4.

This is also another layout of proof that you can always use the photos you want to fit the sketch. Just like other layouts this week, this layout has a vertical photo. Trust me, it's easier to make the sketch fit you than make you fit the sketch.

• Variation #3
The journaling would have worked on this layout as it is on the sketch but I love that she moved it to complete the visual triangle of elements on the page. I think a lot of times people tend to think that the visual triangle has to be made up of embellishments but it doesn't at all. Embellishments work great for making up the triangle but there is so much more that can be included. For example, on this layout the colors of the elements make up the triangle. Two blue flowers and the blue journaling circle make a visual triangle and that's not the only one. The two cream colored butterflies and the cream colored "Adore" in the title make up another.

• Variation #4
One of my favorite parts of the layout is the decorative strip across the bottom in place of the striped strip on the sketch. It's add such a beautiful look to the page and fits perfectly with the pretty butterflies and papers.

She also did a great job of adding some simple finishing touches to the layout. The jewels accenting the decorative strip and the stitching above the 12 x 6 strip. Both of them were perfect details to add to the layout without being overwhelming or distracting.

Don't forget today is another day to win a copy of Sketches for Scrapbooking!

The winner of yesterday's book is...

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...
I LOVE the swirly fall leaves. I cant sew/stitch but thanks for the inspiration, maybe I can do faux stitching or something else!

You can email me at alidavis1919@hotmail.com with your shipping information and which volume of Sketches for Scrapbooking you would like.

Have a great weekend! Check back on Monday for the Sketch Week wrap up, the start date for November Sketch Week, and one more giveaway.

94 comments:

Sonya said...

Your Mom rocks! I love the patterned paper background.

Anonymous said...

I agree 100% with your comment, "She's one of the best scrapbookers I know".

The page is beautiful.

L said...

Wow. This is one gorgeous layout! I love the way the punched embellishment echoes the patterned papers.

kgbell said...

What a great page! I like how your mom used the pattern paper as the background. Thanks for another great sketch week. I am sad that it is over....

ruth said...

So beautiful! I love the blues & white. :)

Christel said...

Beautiful layout! Love what your mom did with the border punch. Soooo pretty! It's been another great sketch week. I look forward to November's...

Anonymous said...

Great job Debbie! Very beautiful layout!

Christina Hoffman

Anonymous said...

I love those gorgeous butterflies! The two visual triangles are so evident in this layout...simple yet stunning at the same time. Great page Debbie!

Keitha F.

Gretchen Lindsey said...

The border punch is really cool! Great way to substitute for pattern paper. What a great way to end sketch week.

Kapoor's said...

I love the colors!!! Awesome layout!

Stephanie said...

I love that punched border!

Jody B. said...

What a beautiful page Debbie! I love those butterflies.

Beatrice said...

Very sweet- love the soft colors and elegant embellishments:-)

dawn said...

Hello Debbie,

Was so hoping you'd be on today!!! I love this beautiful layout. The colors of papers are so pretty and go well with the butterflies which are so cool!! Thanks so much for being part of this week and hope to see you here again.

Allison, so sad this week went by too fast and with this new puppy we have I didn't even scrapbook. Hoping too this weekend using this sketch. Thanks again for such a fun week and all your hard work. I can't wait till next month. Have a great weekend.

Congrats to the winner!!

Heather K said...

I just love grandma photos. I have so many of my mom with my sons. This layout is beautiful, your mom did an amazing job. It has been another wonderful sketch week. Thanks for all your hard work.

LouAnn said...

Beautiful layout. Love all those blues.

JLC said...

Although simplified, the variations add to the elegance. Love the bling along the decorative strip!

Megan B said...

simply beautiful! I love the butterflies and the punched border with the gems in the centers. Thanks for another amazing sketch week! :)

Christina said...

Love that butterfly-gorgeous!

Laura J said...

Beautiful layout! I love how it shows such a different take on the sketch...by removing all the circles, she was able to use much more elaborate patterned paper...what great insight on adapting the sketch!

Anonymous said...

Like mother, like daughter! Beautiful layout! Love the border!

K in PA

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

no offense Ali, but I think this is got to be my fav this week... it is so beautifully put together & not using all those circles is a bonus (I am a lazy scrapper) those circles are too much work for me...tee hee...your Mom is a fabulous scrapper!! You learned from a great teacher it seems! :0)

Arjanne said...

Really cool layout. Love the big butterfly!

anet said...

What beautiful blues and greens! And how lucky you are to be able to share your passion with your mom!

Michele Mc said...

Now we know that you got your talent 'honestly'! This page is beautiful! So simple and elegant. Perhaps most importantly, your sons are lucky that they will have these special relationships with family captured in such a beautiful manner.

Thanks for all your efforts on another EXCELLENT sketch week! Always so sad to see it go by...

janetk said...

love, love your Mom's layout...
love the colors of the papers and the awsome accents!
Kudos to Moms everywhere and their ability to teach (even scrapbooking) better than anyone!

Tiffany Grant said...

I just love this sketch! So adaptable!

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

How wonderful to have a mother/daughter scrapping duo!

reen said...

Very elegant layout, I adore it.

Scrapthat said...

Oh my gosh! This is a stunning LO!! My favorites this week were Ali's blue and orange LO and this one!! I LOVE the papers and how you simplified it! LOVE your border and the bling (so my style!)
What a talented bunch of gal's you SG girls are! TFS!

wendy said...

absolutely beautiful!

Lisa and Eddy said...

Great work Ali's mom ;)
It's nice to see the sketch in a different "style", shows how versatile they are!

Karina said...

Your mom rocks!!! I love her scrapbooking style , very elegant.
Thanks again for this wonderful week and for another excellent sketch!!!
Karina

Melanie said...

I *heart* sketch week! There is so much variation and inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us :)

KarlaW said...

Good job Ali's Mom!! Thanks for sharing.

Christine said...

awesome, I love it!

Janelle H. said...

What a gorgeous layout! Thanks again for another great sketch week!

Bev said...

I love this layout your Mom did!!
It is very pleasing to the eye.

Sue Bone said...

That MME paper reminds me of early BG. Love the border punch too.

CodyandTraci said...

Talent runs in the family. Your children are very blessed to have so many people preserving history so beautifully for them. Thanks again for sketches week! Traci

Erica Hettwer said...

Your mom did an awesome job! Love the guest designers! :)

connie said...

Your mom did awesome!! Love the butterflies, flowers and sparkle!

Stacy said...

You guys are one talented family! Great job on the sketch! Cant wait for the next sketch week!

Miss Misi said...

She did a great job...very pretty!

Manhattan Mandie said...

WOW-za! Your mom's layout ROCKS!!!! It's soooo beautiful and I love they way she altered the sketch! The butterflies are GORGEOUS!!! Wow! Just W O W !!!!

holly b said...

This is beautiful. I love the colors. It seems simpler, but all the details are still amazing. Thanks for another great week!

scrapinbabygal said...

How beautiful and elegant!

Jennifer said...

Love the colors and the use of patterned paper.

Luv2talk said...

Another difference, your mom doesn't seem to have the penchant for a white CS base like you do:)

Thanks for a great week. I've already lifted this sketch!

AWESOME!

nanapatty said...

1 great sketch + 5 wonderful layouts = awesome scrapbooking and inspiration.

tammed said...

I love your sketches, thank you so much for sharing them with us. I cant wait to put our grandaughters pictures from the pumpkin patch on this layout. I love the stitching with the leaves. Thanks again

tape said...

This is so beautiful! Love the visual triangles, too.

MeganL said...

Loving all the variations. I feel like I learn new things every month. Thank you so much!

debbie susee said...

Gorgeous page! Now we see where you got your srtistic eye. :)

AmyBug said...

Congrats! Crystal.

Oh I love the border down at the bottom of the pictures, the one picture peeking up and the colors are gorgeous. Your mom did a fantastic job a guest for sketch week.

likearose said...

You certainly learned from a master! Love the border, butterflies and all of the details.

Kelly said...

gorgeous! Such a different take on the sketch.

Karen Fink said...

Another great layout. What a perfect way to wrap up sketch week :)

Kassie said...

Gorgeous! It came together beautifully! Love the embellishments!

MaryBez said...

Love this layout, my favorite colors!!

Samantha T. said...

Beautiful LO! The embellishments are fabulous.

Sharon said...

I love the punched border. A perfect touch on a simpler layout! WOW!!

mthata said...

Simply beautiful! I know where your talent comes from.

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

Well we know know where you get your awesome talent from Ali! Good job Mom!

mothtalk said...

Finally had a chance to check in this week, and love each and every layout! When I first saw the sketch I thought of using a diecut paper - but I would never have thought of those big swirls of stitches and leaves which I'm dying to try. Thanks so much for another week of awesome inspiration!

kroller said...

Such a pretty layout. Love all the sweet little touches and I still need to get some butterflies!

Jen said...

This LO is just gorgeous! And far less intimidating than all those circles! ;o)

Mandi said...

Gorgeous layout! I really love the color combo! Oh and p.s. I'm buying a Bo Bunny flexible ruler just because of you! ;)

Amy13 said...

This looks like a twist from your normal layouts...colors are softer, but I like it!

Susan said...

Gorgeous page ~ you are all very talented!

Kristina said...

So precious! I never think I can use jewels on a page with boys... Love it! Great job!

Wendy F said...

This layout is simply beautiful and very soothing! Love the blues! I'm happy to see this take on the sketch without having to use all the circles! Thanks!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

I love this layout! It is so elegant and joyful!

WOOHOO thank you for pickingme to win !!!!!!

Paper Doll said...

I would have been afraid that all that patterned paper would make a layout busy ... but it doesn't. It's beautiful and elegant ... and right up my alley.

Rebekah said...

Such a beauitful boy page!

Anonymous said...

I love the butterflies and the bling, those are some of my top favorites!!
Mandy

Anonymous said...

Your mom is very talented! Beautiful LO. - RacheT

joel & ginny said...

Beautiful LO! You are blessed to get to scrap with your mom, too!

Melanie said...

Beautiful layout with such lovely photos!

Lorraine said...

What a talented family I love doing your sketches thanks a bunch. Hugs

momtotucknlexi said...

Another great example using the sketch...thanks so much for sketch week!

April said...

What a beautiful set of pages!!
- April W

Penny{scraps} G said...

I love the soft blues and that your mom did this! Beautiful butterfly! Wonderful LO!

Barbara said...

Incredible! Love the soft colors and how you toned down the embellies to create such a beautiful layout!

Jennifer E. said...

What a great layout. How great to have a talented Mom to scrap with!!

ShellyJ said...

Another wonderful sketch week!

JodyJane, IA said...

Beautiful job "Mom". simply elegant, and wonderful subjects.
jody, IA

Lisa Marie said...

I love the paper ribbon strip, gorgeous !!
Ali, I recently purchased vol.6 and just love it. My pages are coming along a lot faster with your sketches !

Steff said...

Love the absolute beauty of this layout! Taking out the swirl simplified it but still kept enough to make it so stunning! Love this, Ali! An awesome sketch week, as always!

Cindy Leggett said...

I love seeing how someone else intreprets your sketch. Just beautiful.

Veronica said...

I think my FAVORITE thing is the border punch!! Love the Bling on it.
The entire LO is Beautiful.
Thanks for sharing "Mom" with us.

Anonymous said...

So how about sharing the recipe for the worlds best peanut butter cookies! lol

Happyscrapn

Scrapbook Generation said...

Thanks, everyone, for all the wonderful comments...I really enjoyed reading them! It was lots of fun to be part of Ali's blog this week. Maybe we'll try it again sometime! -- Debbie (MOM)

Tasha said...

So pretty! The butterflies are so gorgeous!