Saturday, April 14, 2012

"Meet the Creative Team" blog hop

If you are following the hop from Sketch Support, I'm the end of the line. If you are just starting here I recommend going to Sketch Support and starting there so you can enjoy the whole hop.

I've always loved one-page layouts but I would be lying if I didn't admit that my heart will always belong to two-page layouts. One of the main things I loved about this one-page sketch is that I saw immediate potential for a two-page layout! 


I used the general idea and design of the sketch and then extended it to cover two pages for my layout.


"A Day With Jackson" 
Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; Embellishments: My Mind's Eye; Alphabets: Jillibean Soup (jackson) and Lily Bee Design (a day with); Punch: EK Success (scallop circle); Embroidery floss: DMC; Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink; Sketch: Sketches for Scrapbooking, Scrapbook Generation

I saw this sketch as a great opportunity to use a lot of photos! I kept the design of the sketch exactly the same on the left page while moving everything to the right edge. Then, to complete the second page, I just repeated the pattern of four 2-1/2 x 7-1/2" columns. 

For three of the columns I included three photos so I ended up with a total of 13 photos on the whole layout. The last column was filled with a 2-1/2 x 7-1/2" strip of patterned paper. I also moved my journaling over to the right page. 

When it came to the details and embellishments, I used a chipboard frame to highlight one of my favorite photos on the page. 


For the remaining embellishments I used a common theme that consisted of pre-made embellishments from My Mind's Eye and a few extra pieces that I added to some of them. 

Here's a closer look:



I'm sure you've noticed that we are all answering the same questions during the hop. We figured this was a great way for you to get to know us better!

How long have you been scrapbooking? It's been about six years now. I started scrapbooking soon after we opened Scrapbook Generation. I didn't immediately start in, but was definitely curious. It was hard not to be when constantly distracted by pretty papers and glitter!

Why did you start scrapbooking? Most of it had to do with Drew being born. I had a sweet little baby that I couldn't stop taking pictures of! Plus, I have always enjoyed creative activities so it was only natural that scrapbooking would come after having a baby.

Some of it also had to do with my dad's death. I realized that I could probably count the pictures I had of him on one hand. I would have given anything to have a scrapbook full of pictures and stories of him!


What is your favorite time of day to scrapbook? Whenever my boys can join me! Usually that means after school and on the weekends.

How often do you scrapbook? Almost every single day. I'm one of those lucky people that scrapbooking and creating is my full-time job.

Where do you scrapbook/what does your space look like? Last year at this time I was scrapbooking on my bed. Now I'm so lucky to share a room with my boys. I have my big table to work on and they have a small table to work on. They've also got a couple of shelves with all kinds of art supplies and activities.

My favorite times in that room are when all three of us are in there, singing along to music and making stuff. It's a small room and we might be a little crammed in there but it's so enjoyable I don't think any of us care!


When I'm not scrapbooking you can find me... baking cupcakes, chasing after the boys (not an easy task sometimes!), watching documentaries with Mike, helping with homework, listening to Drew read books, removing marker "tattoos",  planning birthday parties for the boys, and lately I've been playing the piano a lot.

What is your favorite thing about using sketches? The time that they save. It's so nice to have what can sometimes be the hardest part, the design, all figured out.

What is your favorite sketch from Sketch Support? Two-page Sketch #26.

I hope you've enjoyed the "Meet the Creative Team" blog hop! Surely you're not tired of giveaways yet!

Today, I'm going to giveaway two copies of Sketches for Scrapbooking, volume choice is all yours! To be eligible, leave a comment on this post. I'll randomly select two winners and post them on Monday! Don't forget to check back and see if you won!
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142 comments:

tape said...

Love your sketches and pages! Thanks for the chance to win.

Michelle said...

I am really enjoying your sketches. I don't really scrap much lately. But I do save them for when I do have time. Thank you for the inspiration. I love how you made that sketch a double! The stitching on there is great too!

Stephanie M. Hasty said...

hello allison! love the lay-out and design and jackson is just adorable!

Jennifer said...

Love how you made yours into 2 pages. Adorable pictures too!

Lisa said...

Love that you made it a 2 pager!! (I'm a 2 page scrapper) But hate the fact that now I really want your 1 page sketch books!! I have vol 1-8,( I'm addicated to your sketches never scrap with them now!!) but now after the hop, I see how a bunch of the girls made their layouts into 2 pagers!! I fell a purchase coming on....

Linda said...

I have been a fan since I first visited Scrapbook Generation several years ago. This layout did not disappoint. I love seeing your layouts.

I viait Sketch Support daily. Thanks for the blog so we can be inspired.

I have 3 blogs in the hop that do not have the sketch today. I will try later but hope that doesn't keep me from being entered in the huge drawing.

Darcy said...

I love your sketches. Thanks for hosting the hop!

sixtyschild said...

I found that 2 links didn't work, Virginias and Melissas and neither showed the sketch either. thanks for hosting and the opportunity to win such fabulous prizes. I liked the blog hop ( except having to go back to sketch support website to re link up) I love your inspiring LO Allison. love that you did 2 pages as well. great colours, photos and products. Nice reading your story too Have an awesome day!

HeatherK said...

Your sketches are amazing and your creative talent is fantastic. I love your sketches and use so many of them on my pages. Thanks for all you do to make scrapping so fun. What a great two page layout.

GLOANN said...

You never disappoint! I've loved your scrappy style since way on the old CK board. That's where I first learned about you.

Jennifer said...

I love how you turned it into a 2 page layout.

SunnyNP said...

Absolutely gorgeous as usual! Thank you for these sketches- it makes scrapping so much more fun for me!

blupixy said...

Love your sketches! Love that you turned this on into a two pager and got all kinds of photos on this one! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

Sindi J said...

I'm new to your sketches but I'm finding that I adore them all! Thanks for sharing with us!

Scrapthat said...

Great page (naturally!) and how is it that your boys just get cuter and cuter?!
TFS Ali...I'm loving this sketch too BTW. :D

Patricia said...

Beautiful layout! I really like how crisp and clean it is and how many photos you used!

Scraphop said...

OK, I am blown away that you have only been scrapping for 6 years!! As usual, your layout is a homerun!

Mary Bez said...

Wow....again I am amazed by your talent, Allison!! Thanks so very much for all hard work you do with Sketch Support, the Sketch Books and your store!! You provide more inspiration that you will ever know. Thanks also for the chance to win the books.

Marcia Scantlin said...

I love this sketch and all the examples from the blog hop. Love how you turned this into a 2 page spread with lots of pictures.

dlhfks said...

I love every page you create, and this one is no exception. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and your sketches. It is truly appreciated.

PattiM said...

Awesome, lo!

Hugs,

PattiM
{Pattie's passion}

I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!

reen said...

I always love your layouts! Great idea to stretch out the sketch to add all those photos, they're awesome.

MousEarz said...

Colors on this one are awesome...the kraft with that bright red is just perfect. You are the sketch queen!

Sarah said...

Love the extension to 2 pages you did, and the amazing details in the embelishments! Your sketches and class is great, can't wait for the 2nd addition of the class!

Beth Hallgren said...

I'm a huge fan of your site and sketches! Thanks for all the great inspiration :}} The polaroid frame is so cute!

Angela said...

I am really loving that MME kraft paper! Super cute! But not as cute as that Jackson! Adorable!

Shelley said...

Fabulous LO. I love how you stretched the sketch. Great PP & adorable pics.

Lynette said...

I must admit and confess that I also lean toward two page layouts. Yours is awesome...I love all the little photos and the embellishments.

Julie B said...

How do you do it? Each of your layouts is better than the last! I am so impressed and inspired by your creativity. Thank you so much for sharing it with the rest of us!! And thanks for the chance to win!

Lora Zimmerman said...

I absolutely love your layouts and sketches, I've always tried to use sketches but it wasn't until I found your site and joined your sketch kit club that I actually was able to use a sketch and love the results. I recently bought sketch book 8 and am totally addicted and want more. thanks for my very first blog hop it was so enjoyable and will give me days of things to look at. thanks for the chance win.

Nichol said...

Love all the photos of the little guy in you LO. Great take on the sketch

LindaR said...

I especially liked the framed picture. Thanks for the inspiration, and the chance to win.

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Miriam Prantner said...

What a great way to end the hop! Love this double pager! Love how you used the sketch to start the grid for the next page. Looks fabulous, and I have really enjoyed this hop!

Stephanie said...

Fabulous layout, as usual :) Thanks for the chance to win!

latoya said...

super layout! very inspiring...

Sandy T said...

Allison, I love your conversion to a two page layout! I love all of your sketches, they have given me new inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Love the angle of the photo. Marsha

Tracy said...

Always love your pages!! Thanks for all your hard work with creating your sketches!!

Jennifer said...

I love using sketches to help me with my scrapbook pages. I so appreciate the hints on how to incorporate different patterned papers. Also a fan of 2 page spreads!

Lona said...

Thanks for such great inspiration. Your sketches have transformed my scrapbooking.

Kelli T said...

I only use Sketches for Scrapbooking now. I can't imagine completing a page with out. thank you so much for posting them online. love the website.

Life in the Heavrin house said...

Thank you so much for all of these wonderful pages! It's been fun!

Fred said...

I always enjoy your layouts and sketches and today's sketch is not exception. Thank you for all the inspiration!

Sue said...

I love how you added all the photos! Thanks for so much inspiration!

Jennifer Cowan said...

I figured you have been scrapping for a way longer... learn something new every day :)

justasiam said...

I so love your site and refer to it many times. Because I scrap 8.5 x 11, I resize the sketches that I want to use and they usually still work great because the design principles are still inherent in the design. I would so love to win a volume (or two or all) of your sketches.

blsd2scrp said...

thank you so much for this really great hop! all the blogs were extremely awesome and very inspirational and motivating! I truly have found that I love sketches the most of all the scrapping techniques I have tried! thank you for this time!

wteagon said...

I like how you created your own add on that looks like the award. It is very cute and looks very easy to recreate. I also really like how you framed an extra picture and added a caption to it. I love seeing the beautiful and inspiring sketches daily from all the lovely ladies. Getting to know them through the blog hop has been fun. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

mimisimon said...

Love using your sketches and seeing the pages you have done. Thanks for all your lovely inspiration!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

What a great blog hop! Thank you ALL for all the inspiration. I love the use of the frame on your layout!

seashell said...

i've had so much fun looking today! and getting so much inspiration from this blog hop i know what i will be doing tonight while everyone is at work! thanks!

Alycia T. said...

Love how you stretched the sketch to a two-pager, and that chipboard frame is adorable!
Thanks for the chance to win - the blog hop has been such fun!

Charlene F said...

What a cutie!! love your sketches. thanks for posting them on sketch support.

Steffanie said...

Love how you stretched this into a 2-pager! Your details are awesome and I especially love the frame on the right side! Too cute! Thanks, Allison!

csewy said...

I really like your layout..great colors, paper, title and the fact that you made it a two page layout! Thanks for the fun blog hop!

Jenny said...

Allison...your sketches are brilliant and I can not tell you how many more pages I'm getting done since I found you! Your extension of this sketch just sparked ideas for the birthday party pics I just took today! Thank you for your inspiration!

Unknown said...

Darlene R.

Thanks for doing this, it was so much fun!

Jimjams said...

I have had such fun on this hop - you have a talented team! Another great interpretation of the sketch from you - a very clever way to extend it to a DLO. TFS

Tammy said...

LOVE how you made this a two pager! I love everything about this LO, especially the chipboard frame you used on the one pic of your son!

Stephanie M said...

I love your sketches. thanks for the inspiration!

Heike said...

Great to see another two page take on a one page layout. Thanks for all the sketches.

~Denise said...

Love your layout!

LauraB said...

Thank you Allison for your inspiration and sketches! I've really enjoyed your blog over the years and getting to know you thru it and your creativity! Thank you for the opportunity to win a prize!

Nancy said...

These posts to meet the team have been great!
Love the way you extended the sketch--great idea :)
Thanks so much for the opportunity to win these awesome sketch books--just what I need to 'light the fire' and get me scrapping, like you say, it's so wonderful to have these photo memories to look back on :)

Barbara said...

This has been such a fun and inspiring hop! Thanks for showcasing your DT's wonderful work and the chances to win some fabulous prizes!!

alisonm said...

Allison, thanks for introducing me to all these talented ladies, I have gotten so much inspiration!

Amanda said...

Love the kraft paper and all of the cute cute cute pictures! Great job!

Sonia said...

Allison its been great meeting your Creative Team. The layouts were all so different and I enjoy seeing the individual layouts. I would love to win the Travel Sketchbook. Thanks for giving us a chance to win!

remus79 said...

Love how you added a 2nd page.

Angela L. said...

You are the amazing "Queen" of scrapbooking and sketches!!! I am a HUGE fan of yours and your talent just inspires me in SO many ways! I am always so thankful that I can scrap now and not feel so lost or stressed out ;-)

Tulip Scrapper said...

I love how you turned a 1-page sketch into a 2-page layout with LOTS of pictures! I really need to get that MME paper . . . I'm really loving it here.

Tara said...

this is my first blog hop and i loved it! i like that i've found a bunch of new scrapbooking blogs! thanks!

christine said...

I love your layout - all the photos and clean lines! Thanks for the chance to win.

Nicole said...

Your layout is gorgeous! I can't even begin to tell you what an inspiration your sketches and your work are to me. Thank you for all you do!

Courtney said...

Thanks for the blog hop! I've bookmarked some great inspiration. I love that you made a one page sketch into 2 pages.

Jac said...

Gorgeous layout...as always!

ZoezMom said...

Oh Allison, you did it again! Took a great sketch and gave us more inspiration than we know what to do with! Thank you for all you do!

Christie said...

Love you layout! The sketches are awesome and such huge time savers!

Ashley Horton said...

There is so much to love about this layout, Allison! I love how you extended it to create the double page layout and the stitching in your title letters is great! I love the way you framed to one photo on the right side of the layout! Thanks for all of your great inspiration and letting me be a part of this amazingly, talented Team!! :)

Toby said...

I love all the pics! And just like you, I really love the one-page layouts! I need to try these multiple pic layouts more!

Uniquely Me said...

I love your sketches, and thanks to you (and sketches), I am caught up with my scrapbooks!!! I am looking forward to using your newest one tomorrow!!!


Thank you <3

JoAnn Heinbuch said...

love the sketches and your little jackson...keep them coming...

jhibbs said...

Loved your extension to a second page and the singling out of your favorite photo - you are an inspiration to all of us and have surely helped me to get a lot more pages done by using your sketches! Thank you! Janelle H.

Dana L Cheney said...

I Just love love love your work. I love that you use so many photos, they are such an inspiration, not to mention the fact that your boys are absolutely adorable. I love your sketches they are so unbelievable, I get so much done because of them! Thank you.

LouAnn said...

I love this layout and how it has so many pictures on it. What a great little frame to highlight that one picture.

DanaMK said...

I love, love, love how you extended this sketch to two pages and how you did it! What a great layout for lots of photos of the same thing but you can't just pick one! And I really like how you added the frame and tilted your favourite picture.

skeeteror said...

Love the way you turned this into a two-pager and were able to include so many photos! I also love the way you used a frame to highlight a favorite pic! ~Bev~

Nicole B said...

My favorite page on the hop! This hop was so much fun. I hope the DT has plans to do more in the future. I saw many awesome blogs and added many to my favs. And I have decide that when I grow up...I want to be a member of the design team!!

Sue Bone said...

Another fab layout. Love the stitching on the alphas

Sarah said...

I absolutely LOVE this layout! I love the kraft fun days paper on the white cardstock, and the amount of pictures on here is awesome! Love that you framed the one picture with the polaroid frame! Awesome! Thanks for the inspiration, and the chance to win!!

Noey said...

A very handsome layout!

Tamytha said...

Allison, I love your layout. I love that you made it into a two page layout (my personal favorite, too), but I especially love all the photos of your little one. That's what I love most about your sketches. The focus is on the photos, not the stuff. Thanks for a chance to win. The blog hop was great!

Ruth said...

Allison you are so brilliant at sketches, I am so happy that I discover sketch support and SG, totally awesome!

Anonymous said...

LBoregon

Great layout! I'm with you, I love the 2 pagers with LOTS of photos.

Karina said...

What can I say ? As always, WONDERFUL LAYOUT !!!

Thanks for the chance to win !!!

dawn said...

Hi Allison,
This was fun to read, too bad I'm just now seeing this hop, no time to hop around. Maybe I can come back tonight. I love that you scrap with your boys and in their room, how sweet.

LOVE LOVE this layout and that you made it a 2 pager. I remember this day/photos of Jackson, glad you used them already.

You know I'm your fan already, have loved your sketches before even knowing who you were. Was beyond happy to find your blog one day and even more excited that you started SS blog, you are an amazing inspiration to us all. Thanks for always thinking of us and making scrapping easier and fun.
Hope to hop some more later if not will do it tomorrow when kids go back to school, it's been a busy, loud and crazy week with them home.
HUGS

Linda said...

Good news, the last 3 posted and I was able to visit all blogs. Enjoyed seeing all of the ways to use this sketch.

S said...

Great layout with all those snaps - I am a wee bit envious that you are so proficient with two page layouts - thanks for sharing those sketches with us, and for showing us how to get two pages out of a one page sketch. Oh, I have so much still to learn!

Rodriguez Family said...

Allison - thanks so much for the inspiration - your sketches have actually changed my scrapbooking life. I can now get so much more done (which isn't really much but SO very much more than before). Your pages inspire me the most, ALWAYS. There is something I really love about them and I spend a lot of time tryng to figure it out so I can emulate your style. I think its the small amount of patterened paper and the perfect little details. Your class helped me figure that out, but it makes me a little sad as I love love love patterned paper. :) Thanks so much for all the inspiration - sketches and pages both. I can't wait for tax season to be over in couple days so I can start to use all the great inspiration you and your team have been putting out therethe last few months!

Sincerely,

Heather Rodriguez

Pokey Puppy said...

Thank you so very much for all your time and hard work for us. I have found each and every one of your posts inspiring and fun. I have used your sketches for many of my layouts and always find your take on them helpful. I also appreciate that you explain what you've done and why. It has really helped me learn and advance. Being a full time mom has been the best part of my life and I know that "free" time can be precious. So, I appreciate you sharing your valuable skills and time with us.

Christy - www.hokiecoyote.com said...

Looks like they saved the best for last. Love your layout.

Terri said...

Love that you made it a 2 pager. Your son is adorable

Tammy said...

Love how you created a 2-pager too! I'm in love with square photos right now so this really caught my eye. I love this sketch and after going through the hop and seeing so many fun examples, I'm going to give it a go myself today! :)

Unknown said...

This page just draws you in!

Beth said...

I LOVE the sketch books and I cannot wait to use them more and more this summer - once school is out!
I LOVE the page you created by expanind the LO to be a double instead of a single page. I love how many pictures you can fit on ths page and I will be lifting it and using it for Colorado vacation pictures.
Hope I am lucky enough to win!

Anonymous said...

Love the LO...Thanks Allison! I will definitely be scrap-lifting this 2 pg LO!
Connie O.

Et said...

Great layout. I love the polaroid.

Deanie said...

Awesome! Everything about it is! Thanks for sharing.

GrafixGirl said...

Loved the blog hop! ...it was great to see everyone's take on the sketch. Fan your work especially - all the layering - wow!

CodyandTraci said...

I am a 2 page girl myself, and I love how even your 1 page layouts easily adapt for my needs! Great job choosing the TEAM this season,what an amazing group!

Cathy A. said...

Love sketch support...sure am glad you started scrapping a few years ago. thanks for the chance to win your sketch book.

Moongirl said...

I love the double you created! Great grid. And that wonky frame is adorable. I have to tell you that I love sketches and yours are my favorite! They fit so well with my style and use lots of large photos, and that is important to me. Great hop with lots of great ideas.

Devra said...

thank you so much you sharing your creativity! I love your LOs, and your sketches help me to be more creative!

lynda said...

Cute layout! I make more 2 page layouts myself also.

Judy said...

Thanks for your many wonderful sketches! I've been using them for inspiration for quite a while. Can't wait to try out this blog hop sketch - I have just the photos in mind.

momtotucknlexi said...

AD- you rock!! I have been scrapping now for 11 yrs but my best pgs have all been inspired by your sketches. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with all of us.
Michelle

Lisa P said...

Yes, I saw a two page potential too and I was so excited to see how many of the hop gals turned it into two pages. I think at least 3 or 4. I love that. Great job with this. Love the amount of wonderful small photos you fit on. Thanks for sharing.

Tracey said...

Such a fabulous blog hop!! Love the sketch and such amazing samples from the team!!

Your layout is awesome!! Love that you made a double!!

Cynthia B. said...

I knew that when I clicked on your page link, I would be seriously wowed, and of course I'm not disappointed! One-page or two, I love how your pages turn out! Great collection of photos you have here, and a wonderful way to document these precious memories of your son just hangin' out with you! :)

dawn said...

I did it Allison, went to each blog, holy cow my brain is a big mess of colors/photos/words/titles too many to remember now.

What I do remember is all the cute boy layouts, love this about your blog also, having only one boy in our family it's nice to see boy pages.

I enjoyed reading all the blogs and being inspired again by your amazingly talented dream team.

Thanks so much for the chance tow in your books and the big prize.

Thanks also for being you and how you encourage them all to use the sketch any way they want, LOVE THAT about you.

Laureen said...

You always did FAB layouts! Love to check your blog! Thank you!

Missy said...

I have no idea how you keep coming up with such creative sketches, but I'm glad you do! They keep me from getting stuck in a rut!

Bethany Rielage said...

I love how you turned this sketch into a two-page layout. Thanks for sharing!

debbi said...

I really liked this one page layout but I am even more excited to see how many photos I can fit on two pages! Cute page about Jackson.

Michele said...

Your sketches have made it possible for me to get more pages done, they are creative and easy to use. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

"Girl" said...

You rock Allison!!! Thanks for your sketches and inspiration!!!

Selenaintx

cutiephinphin said...

The LO is just awesome. I love those photos and love how you interpret the sketch. Will lift this LO as I seriously love it. I usually have so many photos that I wanna use on a LO. Thanks for the inspiration.

Laurel said...

Hi Allison, I LOVE that you've changed this to a two-pager and that it holds 13 photos! That's my kind of layout. Always too many cute photos making it so hard to narrow it down.

I too can't believe you've only been scrapbooking for 6 years. You've created something really amazing that has helped so many people create great layouts. Your sketches simplify the process and help us get to the fun part creating the layout. This save so much time and helps get more pages completed.

Thank you!

Mandi said...

I love your use of kraft.

Michele said...

I am never disappointed when I come to your blot and this time is no exception! Your sketches have been a scrappy lifesaver for me because I have so little time for it these days. Thanks so much for all of your time and effort - you provide infinite inspiration to me and many others!!

Ilse said...

Great LO, thanks for sharing!

scrappymo! said...

Love the way you made it into a 2 pager. I scrap 2 page layouts so alwayss appreciate seeing those layouts!
The kraft looks great...like the way the embellishments are kraft background as well!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

wonderful layout--love two pages.

Ines said...

what can I say, I just love your work, simple and clean

sharon said...

TOO cool, how you incorporated so many photos into your l/o, and did is so lovely--flows so nicely!!! Love how you added your embellishments too!!! Wonderful, all around and the colors are great. You were a super finale to ths fun perusal of blogs! :)

Amy said...

Allison,
I really enjoyed hopping thru the team today and getting to know them better. Found some great inspiration and of course, yours is one of my favorites. I still hit SS weekly and miss getting to be a part of it all, but know 100% it was the right thing for me this go around. Who knows about next time, kids will both be in school all day and I may just have to give it another shot! I was really happy that your mom asked me to do the card class b/c I was missing creating so much. 1 night a month and no stressing over having to have pics ready is a easier task for now. Although I'm certainly not as productive scrapwise w/o those deadlines LOL! Thanks again for all you do for all of us.

Virginia said...

Allison, awesome way to end the hop! loved your 2 page layout and I can certainly understand why you want to include as many photos of your son on your pages--what a cutie patootie!

The Mancilla Family said...

I LOVE your sketches!! You've made creating fun for me again! I've gotten so much more scrapbooked since I discovered your sketches! Thanks for the inspiration!!

ScrapsofMe said...

I love the way you stretched this into a 2 page layout. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Pam

gayla said...

I love sketches and Scrapbook Generations..two of my favorites!

Leslee said...

Love using sketches to jump start the creative juices flowing. They sure save time.