Friday, November 12, 2010

Sketch Week, Part 5

I am so very excited to introduce to you all today, Guest Designer Carolyn Wolff!

I don't think Carolyn even knows this but, she is one of the reasons why I started doing the Around the World post on my blog. I was looking through the gallery at Two Peas in a Bucket and saw a page of hers that used one of our sketches. It was so eye catching, detailed, and just all around great. How could I not share it with others? I know that you will instantly fall in love with her style, just like I did.

How long have you been scrapbooking?
I have been scrapbooking for about 9 years. I knew the minute I finished my first page that this was going to be a life long hobby for me.

Why did you start scrapbooking?
I have 3 children and I wanted to make memory albums for them. I thought when I first started that I would just do things like Christmas, birthdays, school photos, etc. I realized that each of my children did so many things that I wanted to capture. Let's just say that they have very thick albums.

What is your favorite "go-to" scrapbooking supply?
Wow, that is a tough one. I would have to say that my Vintage Photo Distress Ink is probably something I grab for each and every page. I also really like to add stitching so my needle and embroidery floss is a close second.

How often do you use sketches?
Since I discovered them I would say that I don't do a layout without them. They are the perfect starting point!

What do you love most about Scrapbook Generation's sketches?
I would have to say that my favourite part of these sketches is how they draw everything to the center of the page. I also love how they incorporate lots of photos but never make the pages feel cluttered.

What else can you tell us about yourself?
I have a soft spot in my heart for each one of my kids. They are the center of my life and they make me laugh every day. I have a super supportive husband that loves me, no matter what crazy things I get myself into. I LOVE hockey! My son Jason is a goalie and I never miss a game. We also have seasons tickets for our local OHL team and my hubby and I have a standing 'date' every Friday to attend the games.

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


Layout #5 - This is so Cool Dude by Carolyn Wolff

Products used: Pattern papers, stickers, die-cuts - Bella Blvd; Cardstock - Bazzill; Alpha stickers - Basic Grey; Chipboard - Scrap FX & Technique Tuesday; Mist - Tattered Angels; Brads - Making Memories; Buttons - unknown; Brown ink - Ranger; Sanding tools - Basic Grey

Layout details:

• To create the patterned paper background sheet, I hand cut the border from the paper.

• I used my sewing machine to add blue stitching to the pattern paper. It helps to define the space and pop it off the white background

• I arranged the photos very similar to the sketch. I added 2 smaller prints to the 4x6 spot on page 2. I also sanded the edges of each photo to help them stand out on the dark blue background. I always mat my photos.

• For the title, I used a variety of products......chipboard, stickers, pattern papers, etc. This creates a focal point on the page that helps to describe how Jason was feeling when we were on this trip. The arrow points to the photo of the artist doing his work. Jason was so fascinated by this.

• For the other embellishment areas, I added some buttons, die-cuts, stickers etc to tie in the theme of the page. I used foam adhesive on the stickers in the lower right corner of page 2 to create some dimension on my page and help balance out the title.

• I wanted my journaling to be present, but not stand out. I chose to used white for the journaling strips, but I added the square brads to help pull some of the yellow from the photos on page 1 over to page 2.

• I applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to all of my pattern papers, cardstock (not the dark blue), stickers, die-cuts etc. I love how it softens the entire layout and pulls everything together.

Thank you, Carolyn, for sharing your layout with us today!

Today is the fifth chance for the American Crafts and Sketches for Scrapbooking giveaway.

And...don't forget, the deadline for the December Guest Designer is Monday, November 15 and the deadline for the Scrapbook Generation Publishing Creative Team is Monday, November 22. You can read all about the Creative Team requirements here.

Have a great weekend!

134 comments:

Karen Fink said...

Just gorgeous!!! The background paper is awesome. Great guest designer.. I love this new feature to sketch week.

Jody B. said...

I love your layout Carolyn. The backround paper is fabulous. Congrats on being the very first Guest Designer.

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

WOW she is pretty amazing, I love that she matted the photos &sanded their edges to stand out more against the drk paper. Great LO Carolyn!
Staci

dawn said...

This is awesome. Love the colors and especially the title is eye catching. What a neat place this is to see artists at work. I've visited your blog Carolyn and love everything I saw. Congrats on being the guest designer you did a wonderful job. Hope to see more from you.

Arjanne said...

Really cool page!

Scrapthat said...

Totally cool LO! Love all your little bits and pieces your title is fabulous! Love the inkyness of it...really adds to the theme too! TFS...Great work!

Anonymous said...

Great job Carolyn!!!! Can't wait to see more of your beautiful work.

Christina Hoffman

Lynette said...

Stunning layout Carolyn. I love your eye for detail and design.

Tiffany said...

Love the background paper. Great ideas!

Anonymous said...

Great layout, Carolyn. I enjoyed seeing your layouts when we took Allison's online course. It is also fun to see layouts with the older boys. As others stated, love the background paper.

Linda from KS

Katrina said...

Great job, Carolyn! I really like the sort-of woven look of the background paper you used. I'm in awe that you cut it by hand!

Mom2TwoBoys said...

Awesome layout. Never would have thought to make a background paper like that. Beautiful.

Amy said...

Great take on the sketch! Love that background paper!

Erin said...

Wow!!! This is fantastic! I can't decide if my favorite part is the background or the title. Great job!

Karen B said...

WOnderful! Love how everything goes so well together!

Rosanne said...

Terrific layout Carolyn!

LauraJ said...

Great job Carolyn! Love the look of this layout...great colors and details. I really like the matting of the photos on the blue cardstock...makes it so crisp & clean looking!

Tammy said...

How fun! Love her take on your sketch. I love the white dot accents on "dude" - makes the letters really pop! Great job.

tape said...

Wow, awesome page!

Sharon said...

Wow! Amazing layout! I love the colors :)

JodyJane said...

WONDERFUL! Carolyn did a beautiful job! Love the background paper and stitching. Fun subject!

Michele Mc said...

Congrats on the opportunity to be guest designer, Carolyn! This layout is amazing! I have two little girls so I really enjoy seeing more masculine layouts - love the color combo and the 'grunge-y' look to this. The beauty is that with the sketch and your own personal techniques, I can pull so many of these ideas and use them on even the girliest of layouts (stars, stitching, the cut out edge of the background paper). Great job!!

Christel said...

Love the way you did the title, journaling, the colors, everything really. Great layout, Carolyn! :)

April said...

Wow, what an amazing page!!
- April W

joel & ginny said...

Looks great, Carolyn! I especially like the stitching! Big congrats to you!!!

Ann said...

Beautiful layout Carolyn! I really like the look of the matted pictures!

Janelle H. said...

Carolyn - another great layout with great colors and a "wow!" background paper. I loved all your layouts from Sketch Support (I was the one who always converted to 8.5x11!!) Hope to see more of your pages in the future!

connie said...

beautiful LO! love how you sanded around your photo's. I will have to try this.

Megan B said...

Great job on this layout Carolyn and congrats on being a guest designer! Love the way you added the colors with the black to pop your photos!

LouAnn said...

Great layout Carolyn. I love your background paper and how you sanded the photos to make them pop.

sunny-wyatt said...

Awesome layout Carolyn. Congrats on being the first guest designer. They chose well!!!

Shari said...

Great layout. I liked what you did with the background paper. Love the photos.

Mary Bez said...

Carolyn, love what you did with the background paper....totally reminds me of burlap and fits so perfectly with the layout. I look forward to seeing more from you!

Lisa and Eddy said...

Great work! Love it!

Lisa C. said...

Great layout! I love how you sanded the pictures and used a dark mat. And the stitching really stands out!

Miss Misi said...

She did a great job!

Jingle said...

I love this layout!!!

likearose said...

Wow Carolyn! What a great take on the sketch and what a perfect background and look for these photos of your son.

Steff said...

Love what you did with the background patterned paper, Carolyn! That's fantastic! Great layout!

Rebekah said...

I really love the background paper and the sanding around the edges of the photos. Great LO.

MeganL said...

Great layout Carolyn. Loads of inspiration. This has been a great sketch week.

Sue Bone said...

I love that hand cut border - a great detail.

Yvonne said...

Great job Carolyn! I love the background and the pictures just seem to pop off the page.

Kristina said...

Great job! LOVE the background... so detailed, but subtle at the same time as not to take away from the photos.

kroller said...

There are so many things about this page that I love...the background, the cluster of stars, the cute saying as an embellishment...It's great! Thanks for sharing, hope to see more from you.

Amy

L said...

I love how you used the yellow brads to bring that color over to the other page! A good reminder that we don't always have to use paper to accomplish this!

Lulo

Heather K said...

That is an amazing page. That background paper is really something unique. Thanks for another great sketch week, I already have a layout in the works using this one.
Heather

nina said...

Wonderful layout! Great guest feature too. Now if only I can get everyone out of the house so I can try this sketch out... :)

Lara said...

Wow love the layout! Your right I do like Carolyn's style. I love boy pages as well. Very Cool!

Erica Hettwer said...

This is awesome! I love how she handcut the background paper!

Joanne said...

Great interpretation of the sketch Carolyn!

Luv2talk said...

BRAVO!

It's always fun to see what someone else can do with one of the sketches. GREAT JOB!

Jen said...

Well done! This is a great LO!

Anonymous said...

LIke the majority - it's the background that caught my attention too... and the font for "Dude"! Super cool!!

Paula in Ontario

racheT said...

Love the background paper! Thanks for sharing!

mmspiker said...

It is so interesting to see what the guest designers come up with. Carolyn you go girl!

AmyInKy said...

Great pick for guest designer!
I just LOVE the hand cut border on the background paper. Very cool!

AmyInKy said...

Great pick for guest designer!
I just LOVE the hand cut border on the background paper. Very cool!

shelley said...

GREAT lAYOUT. LOVE THE BACKGROUND.

Fifi said...

Really love the title and it's a great sketch

cowie28 said...

great guest designer...can't wait to see more! Excellent added feature!

Penny Peck said...

Neat lay out and tells a great story - thanks for sharing your talent!

irockpaperandscissors said...

Love that paper in the background! It gives the project just the right amount of visual texture!

Stephanie said...

such a cool layout & subject! love it!

debbie susee said...

Love it! Guest designer well chosen.

M said...

Wow! Good choice. Definitely an awesome designer!

scrappingmom73 said...

Thanks for such a great give away!! Loving this site!

Amy13 said...

Beautiful layout! Love the background paper.

*The_Fisher_Family* said...

You picked a great guess designer Carolyn did a great job with this sketch. Thanks for sharing all these ways to change one sketch.
Megan

Cindy Leggett said...

Beautiful layout.

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

What cool pictures! And the layout compliments them perfectly! Awesome job!

CodyandTraci said...

Great layout. It is no wonder why she was chosen. Thanks, Traci

debbi said...

Carolyn - you did a great job with this sketch. I especially love the way you mixed up title and the attention to detail like the hand-cut edge and the tiny yellow brads.

Julie said...

What an AMAZING "older boy" layout! I love it!

Merri Lynn said...

I liked the background paper--very unique. It's great to see that other people are so enamored with your sketches--as I am. Keep up the fantastic work.

Judith said...

Great choice for guest designer. Love Carolyn's interpretation of the sketch.

CreativeChretin said...

great layout Carolyn!

Vanessa said...

Great layout Carolyn!! To highlight a great sketch!

Deanna said...

Great sketch and Carolyn is an amazing scrapbooker! Woo Hoo!

KarlaW said...

Great Carolyn. Thanks for sharing.

Mandi said...

Love Carolyn's layout! Congrats on being guest designer!

Scrapbook Generation said...

Great layout, Carolyn! What an enormous amount of work went into cutting out that border...very distinctive. Super job as a guest designer! -- Debbie Sanders

Beatrice said...

Love it- what a great boy layout:-)

QuartetDesigns said...

Great job Carolyn! I like how you sanded the edges of your photos. I've never tried that. Thanks for sharing!

Ann Jobes said...

Great layout, Carolyn. Love how you walked us through your design choices. Thanks!

Paper Doll said...

Awesome. Way to go Carolyn! Your layout is eye-popping ... so I'm gonna lift it. (Guess who?) Really!

Michele

Anonymous said...

Great ideas Caroline. Love your title too.

Kathy R

dlhfks said...

Wonderful page! I noticed her work in the sketches class, it definately stood out. Great job!

AmyBug said...

Carolyn, Fantastic layout. I love the title work and that background paper - wow!

Kassie said...

I love the backgound! I've never seen anything quite like it!

ShellyJ said...

How cool :) ... great page!

Stella said...

Love what you did with the background paper! I would NEVER have thought of doing something like that!

JadeCook said...

I really love the background paper! Great LO!

Carolyn Wolff said...

A big shout out to everyone who has left a comment! I am blushing :). I was so nervous, being the first guest designer and having so many people view my layout. Thanks so much for making me feel so welcome. I totally enjoyed the experience. I can't wait until the next sketch week and a new guest designer.

Jennifer said...

What an awesome boy page! I love what Carolyn did with the background paper.

csewy said...

Awesome layout by Carolyn, love the look of the background paper...love the woven look!!Congratulations to Carolyn on being the first guest designer!!

Manhattan Mandie said...

W O W ! This layout is beautiful! Love all of the details!

Scrap Happy said...

Love all the detail in this lo!!

Teri said...

Very nice layout Carolyn!

Michelle said...

I love how the background paper was utilized! Awesome guy LO!!! One to lift :)

Cheryl said...

Love the background paper idea on this. Great job!

Hannah Clark said...

It's beautiful! I love that background paper! Fantastic!

Colleen said...

Love the way you did the background paper. I love the fact you added a guest designer feature as well. Can't wait for next month already!

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

Love the subtle background against the bold colors! What a great sketch week!

Tammy said...

Wow, this layout is amazing, I absolutely love that background!

Melanie said...

Awesome work, Carolyn! Your details are amazing :)

Kate aka stinkydudette said...

Absoulutely love the background! Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

Annelies said...

Great layout! Goes perfect with the theme of the pictures!

Arianne said...

I think this is my favorite of all the LOs you made with this sketch; totally {heart} all the black!

Kirsten said...

Oh my gosh, that is a brilliant LO! The texture in the background, wow!

Mom said...

These colors are fantastic. I also like how all the embellishments add to the entire layout but do not detract from the photos.
All week's layouts have been a real motivator and inspiration.
Thank You!

Tracy Pea said...

LOVE all the little details packed into this layout!

jennifer from springville said...

Love your layout!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Penny{scraps} G said...

Love the linear feel and the bold color palette! Great job!!

Molly said...

I love all of the detail work to this layout! wow!!!

Samantha T. said...

Love the detailed look of this layout. Thanks for the inspiration!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

LOVE IT!

Veronica said...

as always, great layout Carolyn! Love what you did with the sketch!

Laura said...

I love this layout!! GReat job Carolyn.

kimmcc69 said...

Keep the guest designers coming. It is great to see how others can easily adapt your sketch to their photos.

Carol said...

Great sketch and awesome layout!

Carol B
ciaoitalia200(at)gmail(dot)com

Melanie said...

Wow! I love your layout!!! Amazing work on the background pattern paper!

lesley said...

I love this new feature of Sketch Week. Showcasing someone else's work gives me even more insight to all that can be done with one simple sketch. Awesome work, Carolyn!

Anonymous said...

I love all the sketches/layouts & the guest designed did not disappoint. Very classy look! Kristi B

Izzy said...

Great layout and interpretation of the sketch.

janetk said...

AWESOME guest designer- love everything about the sketch and Carolyn's adaptations...when and where can we see more of her work--ha! LOVE it!!!! Thanks for sharing to the both of you!

Kim M said...

So nice to get to know more about you Carolyn. That layout is so beautiful, you did a wonderful job with the sketch.

Izzy said...

I so enjoyed sketch week. Wonderful work, all.

Melissa Elsner said...

I love Carolyn's work and this layout is just awesome.. all that cutting! Wow!

Shannon Marie said...

i really like the background paper Carolyn used!! she did a great job with the sketch!!

Jen said...

very nice!!!

holly b said...

Awesome job, Carolyn! I too think I almost always start with a sketch these days.

Kapoor's said...

Great job! I really like the layout.

nanapatty said...

I see why Carolyn was the first guest designer for the blog. The layering of the embellishments is fantastic.