Happy New Year CCers! Like many of you, I'm always ready to start the new year with a new lease on scrapping and can't wait to get in the groove with challenges, crops, organizational projects, and photo selection! And January is going to be a blast at Coordinates Collections. We'll have CHA previews from our very own DT (don't those videos from the showroom floor always make you feel like you are right there?), a crop at the end of the month (maybe some of us will get snowed in!), and the new PCC project comes to life! If you plan to play along with PCC, try and come up with a strategy to keep it in mind all month long. I'm going to keep a special journal so that I can jot down the events and everyday things I may want to record on my monthly PCC page and I'll probably just print my photos at home, so I can keep up with getting the pages done.
But before we jump into 2011, let's first send out our congrats to the December 3 Sketches winner — Scrappy9. Thanks for playing! Please e-mail Jamie by 1/15 to claim your prize. If you haven't already, please give all December entrants some love in the gallery! And here are the January 3 Sketches to get you going in 2011!
This month, all three samples are from the sold-out January Sleigh Ride kit. For those of you who snagged this one, you are going to LOVE it. The Echo Park and Fancy Pants papers go so well together you'd think they were the same line! For my one-page sample, I used both sides of the Echo Park Blizzard paper (made it nice and easy!). Then since both those patterns were fairly light and subtle, I wanted to add some splash. Red was the perfect accent. Really helps my focal photo pop! I matted the photo with the Fancy Pants Hot Chocolate line and then I used a strip of the Echo Park border that had a nice bold red for further accenting and color linking across the page (plus I inked all those pieces with red). And then when I felt like the page needed just another touch of splash — the Bazzil red gem jumped right at me! So I added it to my journaling spot, which uses some Fancy Pants graph paper with another strip of Echo Park, again to tie it all in. And you will just adore the three alphas and word stickers on the alpha sheet. I already want more of it!! The pom-pom string was the perfect final touch and goes great against the dark blue cardstock.
I know I'm not the only one behind on photos (these are from 2008)! But I have waited and waited for the perfect papers to go with these unique and very colorful winter pics from an event we went to at the historic Sleepy Hollow home of Washington Irving a few years back. The Sleigh Ride kit was the answer! I'm so happy with how this turned out. The light blues, grays, and white from the Echo Park papers with the neutral dark brown of Fancy Pants really allow my pictures to take center stage on a two-pager. And my border across the bottom helps the two pages stay connected with the sharing of patterns. And the red strip adhesive border from Echo Park was a nice added touch. Adhesive strips make borders so quick and easy!
And I fell completely in love with the Fancy Pants journaling paper ... the accents fit my sketch so well! It's exactly what the page needed. Now I know I already said it, but I adore the Echo Park letters. They are vintage yet retro. Mixing them was quick and fun. Finally, I diverted from my sketch a tad and added a splash of the swirly bling from the kit.
A thank you card was just what I needed to make this time of year. I plan to send it to my godmother who sent me a beautiful pearl necklace for Christmas. The background of my card is from my own stash, a premade card from Recollections. The rest are scraps from Sleigh Ride. I misted and punched out the scallop circle behind the sentiment and those little Echo Park letters fit my square just as I wanted. I'm so glad that I still have so many more scraps with this kit. I want to use every last piece!
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 from the 3 Sketches section of the gallery into 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 (you need not include the image in the thread; just a URL is required).
One lucky winner will receive a fun prize from CC! You must e-mail Jamie within two weeks of winner announcement in order to claim your prize.
I can't wait to see what sketch-inspired pages and cards you create this month. Have fun!
Sketch designs by Linda Dias.