Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sketch Week, Part 3

From mess to trouble and now to monster. I think today's layout is the perfect way to end the Jackson and his toddler behavior layouts.

The sketch, from Sketches for Scrapbooking, Volume 7, that is the starting point for all the layouts this week.


Layout #3 - My Sweet Little Monster

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Supply list - Cardstock: Bazzill, everything else is Jillibean Soup

Variation #1 - While going through my pictures I couldn't help but to smile at one particular picture of Jackson. He looked so sweet yet had a little mischievous look in his eyes. I immediately knew that I wanted that picture to stand out and what better way to achieve that than enlarging it.

I could have added the 5 x 7 in place of the 6 x 4 on the left page of the sketch but that would have left me with a smaller space for my title. Most of the time that wouldn't be a problem but with the alphabets I was planning on using and the title idea I had, it just wasn't enough room. I decided to use it in place of the 6 x 4 on the right page of the sketch. It cut my journaling width down but I could make up for that with height if I needed to.

Variation #2 - Creating your layout as a mirror image of the sketch is a great way to change the look and you can achieve a big change without having to change a lot on the layout. My reason for flipping the sketch had to do with the 5 x 7 that I added. Jackson would have been looking off the page if the 5 x 7 had been on the right page. On a photo that stands out that much I try to have them looking towards the middle of the page. When they are looking off the page it can be a little distracting. I don't worry as much about stuff like that on smaller photos.

Variation #3 - Instead of using the two 6 x 3 photo as suggested on the sketch, I used six smaller pictures. This was not only a way to include more pictures on the layout but also to accommodate the 5 x 7.

Variation #4 - On the right side of the page I switched the horizontal 4 x 6 to a vertical 4 x 6. The biggest adjustment I had to make was to the photo above it and that was a minor change. I used a 2 1/2" square photo in place of the 2 1/2 x 4 1/5 photo suggested. I also used a 2 1/2" square photo for the other two on that page.

One of the good things about using a vertical 4 x 6 is that it gave me a larger space for my title. That worked out great for me since I was planning on a longer title.


I used the same corrugated alphabet set as I did on the last two layouts. This time I wanted to add a little color to them. I could have painted them like I did on the last layout but I really just wanted to add a touch of color. To do that I hand stitched an outline around the edges of each letter. Two of the letters had spaces that were a little too small for two lines of stitching for the outline so I just did a single stitched line in the middle.

Variation #5 - A fun idea for adding a different look to strips of paper is to turn them into wavy strips. I used my BoBunny flex ruler to make the wavy strips. I tried to keep them somewhat proportional to the strips on the sketch. If you don't have a flexible ruler you can always cut them free hand or lightly sketch the wavy lines with a pencil.

Variation #6 - I ended up moving one of the embellishments to a completely different area than it is suggested on the sketch. The top embellishment on the left page of the sketch just wasn't working with my pictures. On the sketch it fits nicely in that little corner between a horizontal and vertical photo but since I used three pictures at the same height the embellishment in that area looked a little out of place to me. I ended up moving it to the bottom of the left page.

Day 3 = third chance for the Jillibean Soup and Sketches for Scrapbooking giveaway!

103 comments:

Tiffany said...

Love the mirror image. So clever, as always!

cate said...

I love the wavy strips of paper for a different texture and movement on the page.

ruth said...

Creative as always!

tape said...

Aww, what a little cutie! Love the stitched alpha.

Anonymous said...

Love the photos and love the layout. I bought the Bo Bunney flexible ruler but it seemed a little stiff when I attempted to use it this week. Possibly I don't know what I am doing????

Linda from KS

Patricia M. said...

I love the paper, it is so much fun! Of course your creativeness brings out the best in any paper! Another awesome LO. Thanks for sharing :)

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

Love the black and white photos and your stitching on the word "monster" - great page, as always!

ScrappinKaren said...

Another great layout! Love this variation - the strips are perfect!

Anonymous said...

This one is so cute! I like the wavy stripes. Pictures are so cute too, I have a little monster of my own.

Jennifer D

Erica said...

If you hadn't mentioned it I wouldn't have noticed the different stitching on the letters! I love these variations and the paper choices are great with the black and white photos!

Kelly said...

love the wavy paper and the TITLE! LOVE LOVE the title! love the stitching, the varied font and different textures!

joel & ginny said...

Love the wavy stripes!

Heather K said...

What a fun page and what a different look for the same sketch. You really make it so easy to stretch your sketches into so many useful pages.

Diane Iversen said...

Love the wavy"ness" and the crimped title. Awesome! Jackson is adorable. :)

April said...

This is awesome!! I love that you were able to use so many photos without anything looking crowded. Amazing work!
- April W

Aphra said...

Ok, this one is my favorite. LOVE the wavy strips, the mirrored sketch, the amazing photos, and the Monster Soup line. LOVE that stitched the alphas. Really? That is cool!

PamS said...

Beautiful layout. I like that you used a 5x7 on it. Your sketches are wonderful.

Sharon said...

I love the papers! They look great with the black and white photos!!!

connie said...

love the wavy stripes and the stitching on the letters.

Nicole Michelle Gray said...

I love the wavy background you made.

dawn said...

I might have to pick this one as my favorite now, this is soooo soooo awesome!! Love the paper, it's one of my favorites of theirs, love love the title and how you stitched on the letters, the wavy lines are so fun!! You amaze me everyday Allison!! Jackson is like my Summer she is the sweetest but she turn into a monster so quick when mad then right back to sweetness again!! He is so cute!! Have a happy day.

Manhattan Mandie said...

LOVE the monster paper for toddler pages! I have a photo of my 19 month old with that same mischievous look on her face!

nanapatty said...

These photos are priceless! Chalking the edges gives them a small frame that brings attention to each one.

LeAnne Smith said...

Awesome layout! Love the B&W photos and how you changed up the sizes. And I always like how your stitching jazzes up your embellishments and would love to know if you've played with the Sew Easy that's out there now? If so, is it a must buy??

Laura J said...

I absolutely LOVE the stitching on the corrugated alpha! Really enjoyed seeing how mirroring the sketch really switches up the look.

Arjanne said...

Love the wavy patterned paper! I wouldn't have thought of that by just seeing the sketch!

CodyandTraci said...

This layout is so fun, and looks so different. I love it. Thanks, Traci

Stacy said...

Adorable! I love the stitching on the letters and the papers are awesome!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

love it! I really love the stitching on the corrugated alphabet. I'm going to buy me a crimper to do that with my alphabet. thanks for sharing.

Scrapthat said...

Great LO but I can't believe how grown up Jackson is looking! He's adorable!!
TFS!

Janelle H. said...

Love the stitching, the wavy strips, and how you did the mirror image. I also need to try more with black and white photos - I like that look!

Sarah said...

What a cute monster you have Allison!
I love the wavy lines, and the stitching on the letters. And here was me thinking I was the only one who was funny about placing photos so that the person doesn't look off the page...
Thanks for another great sketch this week!

AmyInKy said...

Love the title work on this one. I have that line and you are making me want to use it RIGHT NOW! :)

Penny Peck said...

This lay out excited me. I saw the paper at the store on Saturday and loved it but didn't know what to do with it - thanks bunches!

Jody B. said...

This is my favorite layout so far this week. I love the colors of the patterned paper, the wavy backround strips and the stitched corrugated letters. Awesome layout!!!

patti said...

Love your use of the Bo Bunny Ruler! Love your little monster, too!

Rebekah said...

Love the wavey lines & Black & white photos.

debbie susee said...

Love that you made the photos black and white so it doesn't matter what color patterned paper you use. I need to do that more often.

janet said...

love the wavy ruler lines, love te black and white photos, love the mirrored take on the sketch, love your stitching on te alphas, oh heck, I LOVE the enite layout...
thanks for sharing!

Julie said...

Love it! Great work. Really inspiring

Karen Fink said...

The wavy strips of paper give a great flow to the layout. As always, another keeper!!

Luv2talk said...

I love that a few simple embellies can add to the theme without being 'cheesy'. Nice job.

Erica Hettwer said...

Great idea to stitch the alphas! I'm going to have to try that. :)

Lara said...

love the waviness thanks for the great ideas!

Erin said...

Love, love, LOVE the photo collage in place of the three pictures!! Too cute and a great way to change up the layout.

M said...

Like all your examples of how to use the sketch with different size photos and changing the orientation to give the layout a completely different look.

Shannon Hager said...

What sweet little boy!

Scrappinwendi said...

I am now going to stich on my corrugated letters. I always get a new idea from you whenever I look at your layouts. Thanks: )

JLC said...

Love the wavy strips! The waves really add to the title and mood!

L said...

I don't always think about flipping the sketch. And I'll have to investigate the flex ruler!

Lulo

Brooke Gale said...

I love the wavy strips of paper. What a great look!

Karen B said...

Beautiful pictures of Jackson! As always, wow!!

Judith said...

Great photos and I love the wavy strips.

shelley said...

Love this layout. Very cute.

Kristina said...

I always love the black and white pictures with the colorful layouts. I never think to print my pics in b&w. And as always, love the stitching, too!

Cynthia B. said...

I love the big collage photo, and the waves across the pages are so fun!

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

Another great layout! I love flipping sketches because they go twice as far that way :) I also love your squigally strips. Thanks for the chance to win.

Steff said...

I absolutely LOVE how you stitched around the letters! So cute!

mmspiker said...

Thanks for explaining the inspiration and process of your projects, that is more helpful than just seeing the finished product.

kimmcc69 said...

The hand stitching is a great added touch. I wish I could hand stitch that neatly. Great job on this layout.

nina said...

Love it - what an adorable layout! I really like the wavy background and the blue mat really makes the pictures pop.

Anonymous said...

Love this layout of Jackson! :)..

Ashley L.

Anonymous said...

This is just too cute!!

Jakki said...

i love the wavy strips.

rt said...

Beautiful - as always!

Arianne said...

Love the b&w photos with the colors of your dp!

Amy from KC said...

I love how the wavy strips look on this layout. Sometimes I get in a bit of a rut with paper strips, and this could really help me break out of it!

Sue Bone said...

So cute, love the stitching on the corrugated alphas.

Megan B said...

love the title work and the wavy background papers and those cute little monsters tucked in the layout.

Hannah Clark said...

Love the title! The whole thing looks fantastic!

reen said...

Jackson looks so "grown-up" in this layout. Once again, I really like your color choices.

Merri Lynn said...

Such a cute "monster". Great looking layout and great fun I'm sure reliving the memories.

Anonymous said...

Love the wavy strips...could use those on my beach pages. Great layout as usual.

Kathy R

LouAnn said...

Great layout! I think its my favorite one so far this week.

AmyBug said...

I like how the black and white photos pop with the bright colors & the mirrored use of the sketch. Those alphas are so awesome!

MarciaD said...

Thanks for the idea using the corrugated (SP?)letters. Love the stitched look. Thanks for doing this feature every month.!

Tammy said...

Those pics are so cute and I love the paper. Never would have thought to stitch the alpha, great idea!

Christel said...

Cute pics! :) I really like how you did the title and the wavy strips of patterned paper.

Melanie said...

Love it! The colour on the white letters is very cool.

Melanie said...

This is my fave layout so far! Love the enlarged photo and the wavy strips of paper!

Kate aka stinkydudette said...

Love the flow of this layout!! And those colors too! Fun!

Karina said...

Beautiful and so inspiring layout !!! Thanks so much for the inspiration !!!
Karina

Beatrice said...

I love the bright colors, the super fun color combination and of course the cute little monsters:-)

Sonya said...

Love the B&W photos with the brightly colored patterned papers!

Yvonne said...

I like the 5x7 of Jackson. I have some of this paper that I bought at the last retreat and I have been trying to figure out how to use it.

Carolyn Wolff said...

I just love this collection. Brilliant idea to stitch on those corrugated letter.

Lisa G. said...

I love everything about it. What a cutie pie!

Michele Mc said...

Oh my goodness... I love these photos...what a cutie!


Loving the color combo, the little monster and the wavy strips (another technique I must try). Cool stitching on the title too!

MegL said...

Oh I love this. I just got a BoBunny Flex Ruler a couple of months ago. So cute.
Thanks for the great ideas!

Annelies said...

Love the idea of the wavy strips!

Samantha T. said...

What a great use of monster soup! Love the curvy lines on this one. I'm going to have to try that variation to some of your other sketches, makes them look completely different!

anet said...

My favorite so far. I love the black and white photos and the blue.

dlhfks said...

I love the wavy lines. I am off to scraplift this for a beach page.

Ann said...

Love all the b&w photos and your stitch work on the title.

Lisa said...

Your boy is so adorable! So many fun expressions. Love the wavy lines. Brings such character to the layout.

lesley said...

Again, I say brilliant! I love the "flip" of the sketch and the color combination in the paper.

Shannon Marie said...

what a cute little monster!!

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

gr8 lo, love the wavy strips you used in the background, & your little monster is very sweet!

Staci

Amy13 said...

Love how the waves give so much movement to the page.

Julie G said...

amazing layout i just love everything about it. and well we all know cute little monsters

Raimi said...

I love how you used the pattern paper on this one...I have 4 little monsters at my house.

scrapinbabygal said...

I have to get this ruler!! You waves absolutely rock!! And the title work is wonderful

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