Monday, August 19, 2013

Sketch Week, Day 1

It's time for my favorite week of the month, Sketch Week!

This week I'll so happy to have a few of my Sketch Support friends joining in during Sketch Week! This week you'll also get to see layouts from several scrapbookers! It's going to be a fantastic Sketch Week!

If you are new to Sketch Week here's a little run down of how it works:

Each month I'll be using the free download sketch that you can find in the Scrapbook Generation online store. (On the third Tuesday of the month we introduce a bunch of new sketches both as individuals and as groups of sketches that you can download for a small price. We also offer a free sketch each month. I'll post all information for the new August downloads tomorrow.) Today you are getting an advanced look at the free sketch since it is the sketch we are using for Sketch Week.



I'll be posting layouts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and will have links throughout the week to more blogs sharing layouts based on the free sketch.

This month the free download is a one-page sketch.


Scrapbook Generation's Free August Sketch
*available for download on Tuesday, August 20


"Time For School!"


Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Simple Stories; Stickers: Simple Stories; Alphabet stickers: Simple Stories; Brad: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink
This sketch was a great fit for the beginning page of our school album for this year. I kept the journaling super simple and just listed the details like the year, the school they go to (I smudged that out so it can't be seen. It's the one that looks blank.), and what grade they are both in. 

Variation #1 - I didn't want to crop my photo down to a 4 x 4" because I would be cutting too close to Drew and Jackson. I liked the picture better without cropping it down.
Variation #2 - Since I ended up using a larger photo I adjusted the photo mat to fit. I did the same proportions as the sketch suggests with the first mat 1" larger (5 x 7 for my layout, 5 x 5 on the sketch) and then the second on 2" larger (6 x 8 for my layout, 6 x 6 on the sketch). I also added a smaller mat to frame the yellow. I did that just to get a little bit of the navy color on my layout. 

Variation #3 - Because I had a larger photo and a larger mat I extended the background strips to the edges of the page. So little of it was showing if I didn't change it from the sketch and I wanted those background strips to be seen. 

I also added an extra strip to the bottom.
Variation #4 - The two smaller photos on my page are different measurements than the sketch suggests. 
My mom got me an Instax camera and both of my boys love having their picture taken with it. They think it's so cool that the picture pops right out of the top. On the first day of school they both requested that I take a picture with the Instax camera. I was delighted that these little instant pictures were so perfect for this sketch!

Variation #5 - Instead of the large heart on the picture I used a chipboard pencil, a crayon sticker, an apple sticker and a few word stickers.



More Sketch Week Layouts!

Today there are two blogs to visit with layouts based on the August sketch. I love everything these two girls do and am so happy that they are joining in on the Sketch Week fun!

Jennifer Larson

Here's a little sneak peek of Katrina Hunt's layout that she will be posting tomorrow:


Look at all those layers of paper!

Sketch Week Giveaway

This week the winner of the giveaway will receive their choice of one of my online classes (Sketch Support, 6 x 6 Paper Pads, or Photo Arrangement Replay) or one of the sketch bundle downloads (Halloween, Fall, Christmas, Winter, Love, Spring/Easter, Birthday, Girls/Mother's Day, Boys/Father's Day, 4th of July, or Summer).

To be eligible you can leave a comment each day. If you just comment one day you have one chance, if you comment on two days you have two chances, and if you comment each day you have three chances. (If you comment twice on one day, only the first comment will be eligible for the random drawing.) After Sketch Week is over I'll post the winner of the giveaway on Monday. 

Be sure to check back often:

Tuesday (evening) - to get the information and links to the new August downloads
Wednesday - to see layout #2 for Sketch Week
Friday - to see layout #3 for Sketch Week
Monday - to see who won the download giveaway

29 comments:

carol said...

Great sketch!! Makes my fingers itch!

Ruth G said...

I love this! The photos are priceless and the papers you used are great! The "cork" letters are a fun touch! Thanks so much for sharing! I can't wait to get my hands on this wonderful sketch!

Katrina Hunt said...

uh, as usual, you rocked it!!! Love the apple!! Hugs, Katrina

Lynette said...

Awesome sketch...always wonderful to see what you do with it Allison.

Scrapthat said...

Totally Awesome!! Love this sketch and WTG Mom having that first day of school pics already scrapped!! Woohoo! :D
PS Hope all is well with both boys being in school now (hope you aren't too lonely!)...sending hugs!
:D

Anonymous said...

I am always so happy when a new sketch comes out! Can't wait for my new book and Simple stories papers to get here!

wteagon said...

I love this sketch. I have been thinking of a layout to feature the few back to school photos I took and this seems like a good one. I'm looking forward to seeing all the creative variations you and the team come up with!

Linda E said...

Great sketch! Love your inspiration layout too!

Debbie P said...

Fabulous sketch and the layout is amazing! Love both!

Julia said...

Love this sketch and I love what you did with it!!!

GLOANN said...

Another great sketch, Allison. I'm working this morning with one of the sketches from the 6x6 class and having so much fun with it and the entire class. Love your LO here and Katrina's and Jennifer's.

justasiam said...

Another fabulous sketch, as always!

Casandra Bennett said...

Love this sketch! Getting ready to create a baby girl mini album, and this would be perfect for one of the pages. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Miss Misi said...

Adorable! Hope they have a great year.

dlhfks said...

Cute sketch. I can't wait to use it.

thearthurz said...

Love your layout! Love how you added "just the right amount" of school related product. Amazing as always!

dawn said...

How awesome that you got these fresh new school pictures on a layout already!! Not sure too many of us moms are that quick!!

Love this layout and the fun pictures and of course the papers for it. I have an insta max on my list too, those are so fun to use.

Excited for extra sketchers this week and seeing what all of you share with us.

Kimberli said...

I LOVE this sketch and your LO is adorable!! I plan to use my back to school pictures for my LO using this sketch like you did - its perfect so no need to change it!

shutterbuggin said...

Awesome layout as always and such cute boys. I like how you enlarged everything to fit your photos. Can't wait to download it and try it

julie in sweden said...

I love this time of the month too. A great sketch that will be very versatile. Cute pictures of the boys. I can't believe that Drew is starting school.

Lara said...

Yeah! I love this time of the month! Thanks so much for all your great ideas!

Janelle H. said...

Your sketch week is always my favorite week of the month too! Love your boys' pictures!

ruth said...

Always super cute! I really love the notebook edge on your strips.

JLC said...

A back-to-school example is a perfect way to kick off sketch week! Love the clean lines.

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

I'm so amazed how you can whip up a sketch... I just love them all and can't wait to use some of newer ones.. thank for creating and sharing them with us..

Steffanie said...

Sketch week is my favorite week of the month! Your sketches are so easy to use and I always love what you do with them! Thanks, Allison!

janet said...

LOVE Sketch Week! Thank you once again for a free sketch and for the inspiration. Having a blast with other creating with your 6x6 class. Awesome stuff. Now off to do some blog hopping. Thanks again Allison and SG. You all ROCK!
Smiles ~ Janet

michelle norstrom said...

great sketch! it has my creative juices flowing!

momtotucknlexi said...

I love how you used the smarty pants line for this cool back to school layout of our boys. I just bought a whole bunch of this line from the SG online store- yay! I enjoyed the story on your blog of the power of the tshirt to a kindergarten boy. Thanks for sharing...
Michelle