Thursday, March 24, 2011

One-Page Week, Part 4 and a Giveaway

While this sketch already has a background (the 11 x 7" rectangle) there is still a lot of space open to add even more of a background or design. You can make it bigger, add more, use a pattern behind it, or even remove it.

The four layouts today show some different ways you can play around with the background. 

One-page Sketch #4

You can download and print this sketch by clicking on the one-page sketches link found under the "printable sketches" tab on the right sidebar.

"Thanksgiving" by Suzanna Lee
Supplies - Cardstock: Core'dinations and Bazill; Patterned paper: BoBunny, Basic Grey, and Cosmo Cricket; Alphabet stickers: Basic Grey; Punch: EK Success; Buttons: Favorite Findings


I used extra mats behind both the main piece with the 4 x 6 picture and the background itself just to pop them a little bit. I also used small punched edges alongside the vertical strips for some extra pizazz. The main background piece is some Core'dinations cardstock that I sanded to give an extra splash of color. I also used small labels for journal spots to label each dish instead of the three down and the bottom. I also chose not to journal, what more does one need to say about food?! LOL!!

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"You Are My Sunshine" by Shari Thurman
Supply List - Pattern paper, Element stickers, Journal Cards: Echo Park Paper; Other: machine stitching

I love how sweet Cooper looks loving on his Meme after a nap. On almost a daily basis we hear, "I need some lovin'."

I stayed true to the sketch, but I did add some layers. To the background I added a large pattern, but tried to balance the busy pattern by using it with solid papers. I omitted one of the 3 x 3" photos and replaced it with a journaling card. I then stitched along the photos.

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"We Are That Family" by Christy Arthur
Products - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Crate Paper; Fabric paper and pen: American Crafts; Mists: Tatterned Angels and Studio Calico; Stamps: Tim Holtz and Studio Calico; Fabrips: Studio Calico; Alphabet stickers: October Afternoon

Description: I love these pictures of our family, normal and crazy, with the self timer at Chuck E Cheese. I also loved the silly upside down photo of the girls in the roller coaster ride, it is what they do a lot right now! So, when I saw the sketch that had several pictures in a line, it seemed perfect.

• I used three 4 x 6 photos instead of the four 3 x 3 photos in the sketch.

• I used several strips of fabric paper to layer for the background instead of using one page of patterned paper.

• I used a stamp on top of the fabric paper instead of the additional 4x6 photo.

• I moved the clouds to the left side.

 I misted a negative image of the cloud and then layered the clouds I misted on top of each other. I then stamped the stitch stamp on top.

• I added several small strips of paper to the bottom left and right below the stamped date.

• I moved the journaling to the middle instead of towards the top.

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"Caught Red Handed" by Allison Davis
Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; Alphabets: American Crafts (red handed) and Prima (caught); Border punches: EK Success and Fiskars; Stickers: Creative Imaginations; Paint: Making Memories; Embroidery floss: DMC

Jackson coloring on things he shouldn't is a common event in our household and this story is one that I wanted to make sure I got on a page. When Jackson told us, "I not do it. Drew do it." we were laughing hysterically. He's just not old enough yet to put together the fact that he was literally caught red handed.

Variation #1 - The biggest change I made to the page is the background. Instead of using the 11 x 7 rectangle, I used a die cut paper. It is quite a bit larger than the suggested piece on the sketch but since it's a background, there were no adjustments needed to anything else.

With so many companies making die cut patterned papers, using them in place of a background on a sketch is so easy. It's a time saver and with the decorative edges it can add an eye catching detail that a simple square or rectangle might not do.

Variation #2 - The pictures that I had to use on this layout just weren't going to work as 3 x 3. If I had printed 4 x 6 photos and tried to crop them I would have been cutting out too much of the picture. My solution was to use wallet size photos cut to 3 x 2 1/2".

Variation #3journaling for this layout so I moved it to fill in the space left in between the pictures on the right. I only had three supporting photos for this layout so it worked out perfectly. Love it when things work out like that!

Variation #4 - To go with the "Caught Red Handed" theme I painted Jackson's hand and stamped it onto cardstock. He loved this part! (Plus maybe it helped to teach him that it's fun and Mommy is happy when you do this on paper. Not so much on the walls.)

I cut out the hand print and used it in place of the sun and clouds on the sketch. It was a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be so I tucked some of it under the 6 x 4 photo. 

Variation #5 - I used a small 1/4" strip on the right of the picture instead of the 1/2" strip and then used a border punch on the left side. I also added an extra striped strip to the left.

Variation #6 - I used a combination of a border sticker with the word "caution" on it, a scallop strip, and a 1/4" striped strip along the bottom instead of the 1/2" striped strip.

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Sketches for Scrapbooking Giveaway

Yesterday we announced a giveaway for our "fans" on Facebook in celebration of hitting 1,000 likes on our page. Well now I think we should do one here for our followers too. I'm going to draw a name from our followers (you can find the follow tab near the bottom of the sidebar) and will post the winner tomorrow. The winner will get a copy of Sketches for Scrapbooking, volume choice is all yours. 


Linda said...

The layouts are great.

We discussed the antics of Jackson at the weekend retreat so I was especially excited to see the layout. I love the paper (same as in our class).

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Allison, I have the same title with the same hand on a layout of my little one, but she was caught red handed with her hand in the cookie/candy jar with chocolate everywhere. She was too young to talk yet but it was hilarious and something I wanted to remember!

Kristy Hansenwi said...

I love checking out what everyone does with all the special layouts here. thank you for sharing and a great giveaway. KSH

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

love all layouts! thanks for sharing!

michelesscrapycreations35 at yahoo dot com

Scrapthat said...

Fabulous work ladies!
Ali I love how you used Jackson's hand print on the LO! that makes it extra special.

dawn said...

I enjoyed all the layouts again today. Love all the variety of them. Allison that is so cute of Jackson's hand, nice way to remember the size of his hand at this age too. He will love looking at this when he's older. Thanks for the giveaway, I really want your newest sketchbook.

mthata said...

Wow! Loving all you can do with this sketch. Today, I learn something to adjust the pattern/background paper on a sketch. Love, love this site. I've learn so much in the last few months. THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

One of the first thing I do every morning is check out this blog to see the wonderful layouts that is posted. A free sketch book is a wonderful giveaway. I would love to be a proud owner of one.
Sandy from Missouri

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Here is my take on this sketch this week!

Leslie said...

When you first posted this story on your blog it brought back memories of my 2 oldest children when they were very young I got out of the shower to find that my 4 yr old had covered my 18 month old in Destin! So much fun aren't they? Love the layout :)

connie said...

I love all the LO's.

molitva said...

Can I mention again how much I love your 1 page layouts? Thank you so much, ladies of Sketch Support!

Mary Bez said...

Yeah! A chance to complete my collection!! Thanks for the great website, I enjoy and is a source of endless inspiration!

Annelies said...

Great layouts! Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

Scrapenabler said...

Great layouts, such great inspiration!

Great giveaway also!

Rebekah said...

I am just loving this Sketch so much! These pages today are so inspiring! Hope I win the giveaway! :)

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

Love all the variations...what a precious layout of Jackson...Gotta love those little white lies :0)
I just finished up a layout using the bones of sketch #4.... if your interested here it is...


Lisa G. said...

Great all the variations! Thanks for the chance at a giveaway!

yougotmel said...

I love all the variations of designers....your sketches are AWESOME.