Wow, I can't believe my first DT month has come and gone. Thanks so much to all of you who played along with my first set of sketches. And kuddos to those who used them more than once. It was fun scanning the 3 Sketches gallery all month long. So which lucky CC member wins for October? That would be ... Adele! Congrats and please e-mail Jamie to claim your prize.
Speaking of winners, I'm sure you all want to know who won Cara's Storytelling challenge. The prize goes to Lynn B! Thanks to everyone for giving the "beginning, middle, and end" technique a try. I love journaling and am so happy CC is challenging us to keep it front and center on our pages. Stories + pictures make history. Be sure to keep the stories coming — you'll notice my November sketches make room for lots of journaling.
And now for the November sketches reveal:
My husband completed a 5K at his alum this past September, and the colors in October's Golden Rule kit were perfect for my one-page sample. I loved using just a sliver of Crate Paper's Geometry; the diagonal helped bring attention to my focal point. And the B side of Cosmo Cricket's Kite Strings was just what I needed for the journaling block (as were a lot of the B sides in this kit!). I mixed up my title with letters from two kits (CC kits always mix well, don't you think?): the rugged Jillibean Soup's corrugated alpha from Golden Rule and the shimmery, Honey AC Thickers from November's Festive Feast.
Lately I've been obsessed with flower variations and drawn to all the "make your own" flavors, so I gave one a shot here. I cut out a circle using a punch and then cut out the petals on angles using scissors. I then layered it with a smaller scalloped circle punch and topped it with a metal charm (even used some fiber to add some flair), using pop dots to create dimension. The buttons came from my stash and the border outline was done on my sewing machine but feel free to use a stamp OR just your pen.
OK, I admit it. I love natural colors on my layouts, so yep, November's Festive Feast was made for me! This particular hike was very special to me ... so special that the long journaling is very personal and thus has been blurred out (sorry but you'll have to use your imagination!). Now, you could always swap out the long journaling for more pattern paper or photos but I would love to see you give long journaling a try.
The larger photos are exactly how I wanted to remember the day (don't be afraid to enlarge your prints). I needed to be on top of the world that day surrounded by serenity and wanted my two-pager to convey that emotion. Finally, all the kit embellishments and add-ons were great subtle additions to this cardstock-heavy page: buttoned flowers, 3D stickers from Imaginisce, and Cosmo Cricket tiny alphas. And I converted the stripped sheet from Imaginisce to a square because I needed a block of something eye-catching to fill up my journaling area just a bit — those stripped papers give you so many options for elements. And from my personal stash, I added a digi element (the Recorded stamp) from Emily Powers.
So do you sometimes think bundles of pattern paper can't possibly match when you are deciding on what to use? Think again. I LOVE how my card sample shows off mixing things up, especially various textures. All these scraps from October's Golden Rule really do work together! Plus I distressed all the edges with ink (my favorite thing to do).
Contest rules: each month we will post three sketches — a 1-page layout; a 2-page layout; and a card. You may create as many projects as you wish using one, two, or all three of the sketches for the month.
When you have created your layout(s)/card from the sketches, you MUST:
• Upload it to the 3 Sketches section of the CC Gallery under Contests and Challenges by the last day of the month.
• Include "(month) sketch" in the title.
• Provide a URL link of that project in the thread for that sketch on the Message Board; posting the project image in the Message Board thread only does not meet the rules and won't be counted as an entry.
One lucky winner will receive a fun prize from CC! You must e-mail Jamie in order to claim your prize.
I can't wait to see what sketch-inspired pages and cards you create this month. Have fun!
And stayed tuned till the end of this week for my other creations with the November kits. I had a blast with them and plan to play with them all month long.
Sketch designs by Linda Dias.