Is it really already March? As much as I have loved all the snow this winter, I think I am just about ready for green grass, sunny skies, and being outside without freezing. Perhaps that's why the layouts for my March 3 Sketches feature summer vacation pictures. The bright and playful patterns of the Party Time kit were just the inspiration I needed to pull out some old vacation pics (that and the fact that I am a couple of years behind!). In a few short months, my family's annual trek to the Jersey shore will be here (and by then, I will probably have had it with the heat and humidity).
Before checking out the March sketches, let me congratulate pink (Ruth) for winning February 3 Sketches! Ruth made some last-minute entries and her efforts paid off! Please e-mail Jamie by 3/15 to claim your prize. Thanks to all who participated. I especially loved all the cards.
Here's some inspiration for March!
The primary colors of the Party Time kit are so perfect for boardwalk and theme park pictures. All the colors blend together and make the page fun. What do you think of my clever way to use the bingo chip? It just so happened that one of the numbers matched the date of this event! And the game piece was another great take on the theme. And you will surely fall in love with the Maya Road pleated ribbon; it's been awhile since I've embraced ribbon on my pages. This stuff is so different. Love the flair!
Just like it's been ages since I've truly played with ribbon on my pages, it's probably been just as long since I've used paint and foam stamps. Remember them? I have so many in my stash but they have been neglected for years. The Jenni Bowlin paint dabber in this kit brought my letters back to life. And dabbers are so much better than foam brushes! I'll probably use the paint on the mini book that came with this kit, too.
Journaling is a must for me on pages, so I'm always excited to see journaling pieces in the kits. Love the big circles that come with this kit but with so much going on in this two-pager using the whole circle would have been too much. So just cut it in half!
And don't be afraid to pack your pages with pictures! I really wanted to capture a night on the boardwalk with my siblings, parents, niece, and nephews. I certainly didn't use all the pics but I wanted to use enough to tell the story. I'm happy with the result.
Sometimes cards just need to be simple. Little things like stamping and gems can do the trick. I just used some cardstock scraps here from last month's Blue Skies kit, my new Fiskars stamps (love them!), and Prima bling.
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. You don't need to create your entries with a CC kit; anything in your stash is OK.
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 "March 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.