Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sketch Support NSD blog hop

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

If you are following the blog hop from Sketch Support and have traveled from the blog of the fabulously talented Tammy Tutterow, I'm the last stop of the day. If you are starting here you might want to go back to Sketch Support and start at the beginning so you don't miss the other blogs. 

Two-page Sketch #12

 If you would like to print this sketch visit Sketch Support for the full version with the measurements and placements. 


Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket, KI Memories, and Pink Paislee; Jewel flourish: Prima; Alphabets: Cosmo Cricket (surprise) and American Crafts (visit); Border strip: Doodlebug; Word sticker: October Afternoon; Paint: Ranger

Variation #1 - I used smaller photos in place of the 5 x 3 1/2 photos. Almost all of my photos where vertical so I couldn't get the 5" width out of them. I still went with the same rectangle group of photos on the right page, I just used smaller sizes.

Variation #2 - I ended up removing the background rectangle. A lot of times I like to keep the papers to a minimum to help the photos stand out. (I get in trouble for this at work sometimes!) With Jackson's plaid outfit I was having a hard time finding a paper that didn't look too busy. I finally decided that removing that piece would be the easiest solution for me.

Variation #3 - I went with only a small scallop strip in a smaller area on the layout instead of stretching all the way across the layout.

We each are answering the simple, yet fitting question for National Scrapbook Day: Why do you scrapbook?

Because I have always loved creating things. Speaking for myself, a life without creating would be boring. Writing, scrapbooking, designing, making home decor, taking pictures, making cupcakes, even making a list of the things I want to make is a delight.  I can already see that Drew is going to follow in my footsteps. I recognize that same look I had when I was thinking, "What can I make next?" He always has to be making something. For teacher appreciation week he wanted to get his teacher a Nintendo DS. When I explained to him that I don't think that's the direction we are going to go, he said "I know what to do! I'll make her one!" And he did.

Because it's a great excuse for "Mommy Time". Let's face it. Kids can be exhausting and every Mom in the world needs some time to herself. After a long day I love that I can escape to my Mom cave/scrapbook room and get an instant relaxed feeling when I open (and shut) the door.

Because I love that I'm documenting our life. Mike used to think that my scrapbooking and picture taking was ridiculous. Now that he sees just how quickly the boys are growing up, how much they change, and how much we forget, he understands and fully supports it. At first, Mike was convinced that the boys wouldn't care about the pages I made or the stories I told but he soon realized that he was so wrong. Just the other day all four of us cuddled up in bed and looked through scrapbooks and we all had a great time.

It just wouldn't be a blog hop with a giveaway! At Sketch Support we've got "The Ultimate Scrapbook Generation Kit Club Sampler" and here I've got a similar giveaway. The winner will get a collection of some past kits from my two kit clubs, Boy Crazy and Hall of Fame (details below) and a copy of Sketches for Scrapbooking!

March Hall of Fame Page kit - includes the materials to create a two-page layout with My Mind's Eye products, a color photo of the layout, and directions.


April Hall of Fame Page kit - includes the materials to create a two-page layout with Echo Park products, a color photo of the layout, and directions.

February Boy Crazy kit - includes the materials to create a two-page boy themed layout with BasicGrey products and a sketch.

March Boy Crazy kit - includes the materials to create a two-page boy themed layout with My Mind's Eye and a sketch.

April Boy Crazy kit - includes the materials to create a two-page boy themed layout with My Mind's Eye and a sketch.

That's three sketches and the materials to make five two-page layouts!

To be eligible for the giveaway leave a comment and I'll announce the winner on Monday. And if you've hit every blog on the hop and left a comment or you've completed the scavenger hunt make sure you head over to Sketch Support to let us know! 
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117 comments:

shanna said...

I scrapbook for the creativity and because it can be therapeutic. It's great to relive the memories of certain moments by creating a page.
Happy National Scrapbooking Day.

Joanne said...

Thanks for a fun hour while I was doing the blog hop :) Just two more blogs to visit that didnt have their post up but will do that in the morning :)

Paper Doll said...

I liked reading you reasons to scrapbook and I loved your layout, especially the photoblock on the right page.

I'm off to scrap with my mom and sister today. Happy NSD everyone!

DanaMK said...

What a beautiful page! I love it! The bling flourishes and all the hearts are so sweet. And I loved reading about your reasons you scrapbook.

Sonya said...

I love this layout! Happy National Scrapbooking Day and what an awesome giveaway- thanks for the chance to win!

joel & ginny said...

Thank you for sharing your sketches!

Nicole Michelle Gray said...

I scrapbook because I love feeling creative. It's like quilting takeing random scraps of paper making them into a super cool layout.

Amarilys said...

LOVE your layout! you are so talented!

I scrap to preserve my family's memories which I think is very important. I also love the creative process and playing with paper and glue! :)
~Amarilys

Linda said...

I love the layout with Aunt Stacey and Jackson. I love your attention to details.

gmlindsey said...

Totally can relate to the husband comment. He used to wonder why I enjoyed scrapping so much. Now, when he looks at my pages or sees the boys looking at their albums, he'll say: I forgot how little they were, or they get that look on their face from their grandpa. Makes it all worthwhile. Also, getting to spend time with friends cropping is a great stress relief! Thanks for the blog hop!

Jenny said...

Your layout really showcases your photographs. Love it.

I scrap for the creative outlet and to record all the fun our family has together.

Aphra said...

LOVE this new sketch! And your layout is wonderful.

I scrapbook to relive and preserve our family's memories. :)

Thanks for the chance at a fabulous giveaway!

Carolyn Wolff said...

Allison, your layout is beautiful, as always. I love all the details and different size hearts.

Lona said...

Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us. I know how much time and effoprt it must take. I can say ditto to the reasons you scrapbook. You sum it up micely!

Lisa F. said...

Great layout and sketch! I cannot thank you enough for sharing your talent with us through creating these sketches! Your sketches have become a go-to for me when I do not know what to do with my layouts. Thank you so much!!

Lisa said...

Allison, I love your sketches, they rock! This layout is so cute too, I love the papers you used and the hearts! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your talent with us!

Sue Bone said...

A very cute baby and a cute layout.

dlhfks said...

You never disappoint, you layouts are always incredible. Thanks for the morning of inspiration.

Ashley Horton said...

Your lo is absolutely adorable Allison!! Thanks for the Blog Hop...I had so much fun visiting everyone's pages and seeing their lo's!!

Jenn said...

Beautiful color choices for this layout! Thanks for the fun hop!

Mary Bez said...

Allison, your are such an inspiration for me....I use your sketches for about 80% of my layouts!! Thank-you!

I scrap to document my family's history, it is a wonderful creative outlet for me and I really enjoy hanging with my scrappin' buddies. Plus I love, love, love shopping for supplies!!

scasa said...

I just recently discovered your blog and Sketch Support. It's my #1resource for sketches now.
I scrapbook because I want to document our lives. I also like some mommy time.

scrapcreator said...

Beautiful layout! I love the ink around the edges of the pictures and the bling swirls.

Your sketches truly support me as I scrapbook my memories. Thank you!

mustangkayla said...

Beautiful layout!

AmyBug said...

Oh I like the papers you chose and the way the pictures really stand out with the dark edge. I'm assuming that is the paint that was mentioned.? Nice! :)

Tammy said...

I am so in love with this LO!!! It all just works so well together!

I also want to say thank you to you and all the DT. When I am in a scrapping funk you and the girls can always pull me out. The work you all do is simply amazing to me and inspires me so much!

Karen said...

I love your layout. The talent scrapbookers have is amazing.

kimmcc69 said...

Great pictures and I love the hearts.

Dawn said...

GORGEOUS LAYOUT!!!! I love everything about it!!

Kim M said...

What a gorgeous layout!

scrappycass said...

I love this layout! I love the papers you used, the colors and the pictures are so cute!

Steff said...

Love how you've used this Cosmo Cricket line---simply beautiful!

mimisimon said...

Another great layout.

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Your reasons for scrapping are very similar to mine. Growing up an Army brat we traveled a lot and there was not room for the extras, so no scrapbooks, all I have are retold memories so I wanted to make sure Caitlyn had more. Thank you for this blog hop, it was so inspirational!

Erin said...

As usual, terrific layout!! Really love your placement of the jeweled flourish!

LatteLover said...

Beautiful Layout!(and I agree about the "mommy time" excuse- it is sooo true!)

Joanna said...

Great layout. I scrap for myself because I enjoy it, and to help remember the event.

BrendaB said...

Wonderful page! I love the way you adjusted the sketch in order to fit vertical photos.

Leslie said...

Allison, your layouts are always amazing. This is another perfect interpretation of a wonderful sketch. Thanks for sharing and for always inspiring me.

Sandy said...

What a darling baby! Love that head of hair. The babies in my family are all bald!

Janelle H. said...

Thanks for another great sketch and page layout - as well as setting up the blog hop! What fun it has been!

Tulip Scrapper said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us. I honestly do not know how you can come up with such incredible sketches day in and day out.

Cassie said...

Thanks for all the fun on the blog hop! I love your layout!!

Jen**SugaredSongbird** said...

I've always loved your clean style layouts, and am jealous because I can't get such a nice line of ink outlining my photos like you dol- I'd love to know your technique!

Scrapbooking for me is about sharing my family's stories (and sneaking in a bit of pretty paper)

Thanks for the super awesome giveaways!

Andi said...

Wonderful layout! I thoroughly enjoyed the blog hop and seeing all the different takes on the sketch.

Jennifer said...

I love your layouts and use your sketch books all the time. I've created some of my favorite layouts from them. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your talents.

LouAnn said...

What a great layout to finish up the hop with. I'm hoping to scrap today but the hop may be the extent of scrappy time today.

Nancy M in NJ said...

Love your sketches, Allison! I scrapbook so that I will remember the stories of my life... have a great weekend :)

Colleen said...

Allison, Love the sketches. Thanks so much for sharing them so generously with us! I scrapbook for my kids; to document the every day for them to look back on.

Mathew said...

I scrap to get the pictures out of boxes and out of the computer. Happy NSD!

Melissa said...

I LOVE your sketches & layouts! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us! I scrap to capture memories & to get creative!

Cindy said...

Wonderful blog hop!! You finished it up with style. LOVE your layout! It's been so fun to see why everyone scrapbooks. So many of us scrap for the same reasons. Thanks Allison!!

www.cpmemories.blogspot.com

photochic said...

Beautiful layout! Love the paper! I scrap because it's a creative outlet for me. :)

Jacqui said...

I scrapbook to get "me time". I also think everyones lives are so busy at the moment, we go from one thing straight onto the next. It is great to preserve memories

KarlaW said...

I have so many reasons I scrapbook, preverve memories, creativity, special bonding time with my 13 year old daughter who loves to scrapbook as much as me, special time with my friends who scrapbook.

susan ott said...

Love your blog and layout. The photos are adorable, and I like the way you used only one big square.

Kim E said...

Beautiful LO, love the bling and the papers!

Yvonne said...

There are dozens of reasons that I scrapbook. I think I left a different answer on each blog. I like all the pretty little things I get to use to make something that hopefully me grandkids will enjoy when they are older.

Hiroko said...

Cute & beautiful LO! Love the colors!

debbie susee said...

Absolutely love your sketches! Keep 'em coming.
debsusee@yahoo.com

Peggy said...

I enjoyed reading all the reasons you like to scrapbook and can relate. Now that my wonderful husband of 40 years has retired, I can add one more - a little quiet time. He's glad I have something I can enjoy and will help out whenever I ask. But, the best part is how much he seems to enjoy what I create. I owe a lot of that creative process to you and your team. Thank You!

Scrapthat said...

As always an adorable LO Ali!
I started scrapbooking as a creative outlet but I do it now for the sake of my little girl so she will know the stories behind the pictures and I hope she will FEEL how much I love her too.

Chanel's Owner said...

another great layout! Loved that you did a blog hop! Enoyed it!

Andrea said...

Thanks for doing the blog hop. I got so many great ideas! Thanks also for your wonderful sketch books! I discovered them at a scrap retreat and couldn't wait to get home to order them! They have been a lifesaver and timesaver to me since I got them!!! Wish I had time to do some scrapbooking today,but no such luck! Was able to do the hop while watching Derby coverage!!!!

Preston, Courtney and Callie said...

LOVE your pics. So sweet.
Scraping is the best for memories later down the road.
Thanks

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

Thanks for blog hop! i had fun checking out everyone's layouts.

michelesscrapycreations35 at yahoo dot com

jackie said...

Thanks Allison ! You are always so inspirational !
hugs!

Mandy said...

Your LOs are so inspiring. If I ever feel a lack of mojo I come and flick back through your blog and ...YAy! I'm flowing with ideas again. Thank-you ,
Mandy

cowie28 said...

I agree it's totally a great excuse for "Mommy Time". Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and I love your creativity!

tape said...

Thank you for your fabulous sketches! Happy NSD!

em said...

thanks so much for the creative ideas!!! happy NSD!!!!

Michael said...

I love all of your layouts! Your sketches have made my scrapping so much easier and more enjoyable. Thanks!
kboso@columbus.rr.com

Michele said...

Love this layout. I am so glad I discovered you and your sketches...my scrapbooks thank you...lol

chelove98@hotmail.com

Tracy said...

I love your layout! Thank you sooo much for sharing your sketches with all of us! I found about you from 2Peas and I am sooo glad I hopped onto this bandwagon!

COScraps said...

Love the LO! My husband thought the same about scrapping at first! My oldest turns 10 this weekend and I have been so far behind. Ever since I got your sketch books (only have 3 so far) I have gotten so much more done. I have done far more collecting those 10 years than scrapping but am finally in a "groove" thanks to you! Happy NSD!!!

scrapstampcrazy said...

Nice layout. Love how you created flourishes with rhinestones.

Rebekah said...

All of your answers are the same as mine - it's great mommy time & great to be documenting our memories for future generations to see.

Megan D said...

Wonderful layout! I loved hearing about your scrapping!

HeatherK said...

I couldn't agree more that Scrapping is a great excuse for Mommy time. Two boys can be exhausting.

cherrie said...

to spend time with my friends and have fun at the same time.

Erica said...

Beautiful LO, Allison! Thanks for sharing your reasons for scrapping, I share them with you!

tcmoniz said...

Gorgeous layout! I scrapbook because it combines my need to be creative with my love of taking photos! I also love being able to share pages with my family and friends.

Patchi said...

Gorgeous Lo! This was such an inspiring hop! I'm loving it all!

Liz in MO said...

Love your layout. elizabethanndawson@ymail.com

Susie said...

wonderful layout! great blog and wonderful blog hop

dawn said...

Hi Allison, love your layout. What fun to have a blog hop today. This weekend is so busy and filled with motherly duties so I have no time for scrapping or blog hopping. IT's the first NSD that I've missed in 5 years. Just wanted to say hello and thank you and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY. Tell your mom the same thing, she is a wonderful mom. Tell your sister and aunt good wishes to them too and hugs for all of you. Hope it's a great day and please tell us more about yur cupcakes next week.

alwayscharlie said...

That is one absolutely adorable baby and I luv what you did with your layout!!

mthata said...

Just an adorable layout. You are uber talented and so generous to share this talent with us. Thank you! You have made scrapbooking so much easier and fun.

The Mancilla Family said...

ANother great LO and sketch! I loved this blog hop!!!! SO much inspiration! I love to sb for my kids (and us). We too love looking through the albums and remembering!

csewy said...

Another amazing layout, love all of yours...super inspiration!! I love to scrap for my family, especially my 15 month old granddaughter. Thanks for all of the neat sketches!

DeeDee said...

I love the sketch books. I want order a monthly kit....but...can't decide which one! I love them all!

debbi said...

I scrapbook to preserve our family memories and share them with my four grandchildren. They love looking at Gram's book about them! Scrapbooking must boost my endorphins because it almost always makes me happy.

Cynthia B. said...

Beautiful page, as always, Allison! Thanks so much for sharing your work, and thanks for the wonderful giveaways as well. Happy NSD!

Julie B said...

Allison, your work is just amazing! Thank you for organizing this fun blog hop, for giving away some terrific prizes and for all the wonderful inspiration you provide!!

Jill Sarginson said...

gorgeous layotu allison - you have SUCH a way with 2 pagers!

Christina Hoffman said...

Allison, I love your layout! I bet Aunt Stacey loves that you include her in your pages. She is such a good aunt.

Melinda said...

So love the sketches....you have made my life so much easier when it is time to pack up and head to a crop.
I scrap to be creative...I love getting immersed in a layout and forgetting about the daily grind.

Christel said...

Great layout, Allison! :)

LeAnne Smith said...

What a great sketch and layout. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

I love losing myself in the memories scrapping brings and being able to share those with the ones i love.

Anonymous said...

As also another beautiful layout.
Sandy From Missouri

Darcy said...

I started out doing digital scrapbooking. Then my husband saw a "real" scrapbook. He said, "you have to do this." So doing it, I have been, for the last 5 years. We've added two more girls and I am. so. behind!

Karen G Bell said...

Scrapbooking is time with my friends,me time, and a time to record memories. I love looking at pictures and recording the story behind the pictures. My boys (5 and 2) love looking at them already and even my husband agress. He sounds a lot like Mike! He laughed at my hobby and now fully supports it and enjoys looking back at what we have done as a family. Time goes by too quickly and this is my way of making it pause. Thanks for another great Blog Hop Allison! Happy Mother's Day!

Patricia said...

Simply a beautiful page! Thanks so much for your inspiration!

tallyscrapper said...

Love all the colors in the layout. Looks so fresh and hip. Beautiful layout.

beccamom said...

Fantastic layout as usual! You and the DT are all so talented. I had a great time checking out all of the blogs and variations on the sketch. I'm motivated to try it out this evening. Thank you for the inspiration and for the chance to win an amazing package.

Katrina said...

Allison....so cute!!!! hope you are having a great day!! and thanks for letting me be on the team....I love it!!! hugs, Katrina

Christine said...

Allison, you have such a nack for picking the right paper to go with your pictures. Love the layout and that you still use bling with the boys. Enjoyed the hop and the scavenger hunt. Thanks.

Fiona said...

as always your layouts are the perfect blend of artistic creativity and design "balance" - I also love that you have two boys and still find a way to incorporate flowers and "girly" elements from time to time! I have two little boys and sometimes think it is hard to scrapbook and keep it "masculine".

thanks for the giveaways - I never win anything but who knows! maybe this time?

Lisa P said...

I absolutely adore this layout. I love your clean style yet so much to feast your eyes on. Thanks so much for your fabulous sketches and your incredible inspiration. Love your generosity in all the give aways.

CodyandTraci said...

I love your layout, but that is no surpris., I always love your colors, designs,embelishments, everything. Thanks, Traci.

melodydamom said...

hiya

i love your layout ;)

such wonderful photos ;)

tc from mel ;)

aussie_momma7@hotmail.com

Laura B. said...

Beautiful layout! Love all the detail that you use on your layout!

momtotucknlexi said...

Thanks for putting this blog together. It was so much fun. I didn't get to gather for a NSD crop this weekend with it falling on Mom's Day but it was fun to take some time and do your blog hop (I actually went through it twice...once really quick like a sneak peak and then slowly the second pass). My son, like yours, also seems to have the creative bug... the apple doesn't fall to far from the tree.

Michelle Bittne

Reel Girl said...

Gorgeous layout!

I scrap because I love this creative outlet and I love documenting my life!

Shelly

MaryAnn said...

I enjoy reading your stories about your layouts. I scrapbook because I enjoy it too.! I love paper, I would never make a good digital scraper because I love the paper and organizing the embellies too much.

Jingle said...

This is really a great layout!

Kim said...

LOVE your sketches! I used this one and you can see my layout here:
http://me-makimsplace.blogspot.com/2011/05/pool-fun.html
Have a GREAT Day,
Me-Ma Kim