Friday, April 8, 2011

Card Week, Part 5 and a Sponsor Giveaway

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I always say it, just because it's a card sketch doesn't mean you have to use it for a card. This design in particular is incredibly easy to adjust to a layout and you have plenty of room to add several photos and lots of space for journaling. We've got two one-page layouts to share with you today based on the card sketch that show just how easy this sketch is to use for a layout. 

Card Sketch #5


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


"A Perfect Day to Spend Time With You" by Katrina Hunt
SuppliesPatterned Paper: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (We Are Family collection); Alphabets: American Crafts Thickers and Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker (We Are Family, Max and Mollie, Beatrice collections); Twine: The Twinery (Baker’s Twine in Honeydew); Border Punch: Martha Stewart;  Ink: Cat’s Eye Chalk Inks; Adhesives: Scotch ATG, Glue Dots, and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Photo Editing software: Lo-Fi

I was going to make a card, I really was. Then I started thinking and that usually gets me into trouble! I went a totally different direction and made a layout. The layout follows the sketch somewhat, you just have to look at it. There are a lot more elements on my layout than the card, but just think of the picture being the “message” and the kites being the “swirl” and then you will definitely see where I got the layout from the sketch.

Variation 1 - Layout not card
Variation 2 - One of the center papers is a rectangle with a border, not a square
Variation 3 - Added more elements than just the swirl, including the houses, trees, and kites.
Variation 4 - Message is a picture and the title is above the picture

I had fun with this one, it came out totally different than what I had thought of, but I like it!

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"Jackson and His Pack Pack" by Allison Davis
Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Studio Calico; Alphabets: American Crafts and Jenni Bowlin; Word stickers: 7Gypsies; Tab sticker: Studio Calico

I pretty much kept to the same proportions as the card sketch for my layout but did make a few adjustments.

Variation #1 - Instead of using two pieces for the top square on the sketch, I used a several different sizes of papers. It was actually one of those good mistakes. I measured my paper wrong and was left with a piece way too short. I decided to make it work and ended up happy with the way it all turned out. I love it when that happens!

Variation #2 - I used a picture in place of the message on the sketch. I still have somewhat the same strips as on the sketch.

Variation #3 - I added my title and journaling in place of the flourish on the card sketch. I love using things the kids say as the title on my pages. On this one I used the way Jackson says backpack (pack pack) in my title.


To help the red letters stand out I added hand stitching to the middle of them.

Variation #4 - To finish the layout I added three embellishment areas. One is a group of three stars right next to the title. The second one is stars, a tab sticker, and some work stickers above the photo.


The third one is another group of stars, an apple cut from patterned paper, and some more word stickers just below the journaling.


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My Unibind PhotoBook Creator book and a giveaway.

These is no doubt that kids say some pretty funny things. I know in our house, it seems like the boys say something everyday that makes us laugh whether it's the way they phrase something or pronounce a word. When I realized just how easy it can be to forget those silly and adorable little phrases, words, and conversations, I started to record them. I would write them on old receipts stuffed in my purse, share them on my blog, or write them in a notebook at home. 

I figured it was finally time to compile some favorites of my oldest son's silly sayings into a book. 


I used the 4 x 6 hard cover and printed the title of my book onto Sticky Back Canvas. Before I added the canvas to the cover, I frayed the edges a little.

The first page of the book is just two short phrases that sum up what the book is about.


I used card sketch #5 as the inspiration for my design. I used the same block with rounded corners and then moved the strip across the middle behind the block. I followed this same design for each page of the book but switched up the colors of the block. 

Each two-page spread in the book contains a picture on the left and the quote on the right. What I love about the 4 x 6 book is that you can just stick your pictures in. No cropping, no designing, super simple. I, however, did add some design to the book since I wanted to include quotes from my son. I used the Sticky Back Canvas for each quote page. I love the texture of the canvas and the fact that I could stick it to the back of the photos without making the pages too thick. 

Here's a look at the inside pages:
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I encourage everyone with young kids to make a book of their funny sayings. Like I mentioned before, they are so easy to forget and it's amazing the joy they bring to you when you do remember. Just the other night my husband picked up this book and chuckled the whole way through it. 

It's Sponsor Giveaway Time!

Would you like to be able to make your own hard cover books from the comfort of your home with this awesome machine? 

We are giving away a Unibind PhotoBook Creator today! 

You'll get the PhotoBook Creator and it also comes with layout software and a hard cover photobook! To be eligible for the giveaway leave a comment on this post and we'll randomly select a winner. You have until Sunday and we'll post the winner on Monday.  
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81 comments:

Linda said...

I love your book!

Michelle McClure said...

Each day is always so inspiring on this site. That book is priceless. Did you design the quotes using the software program? I like how you reduced the color of the quotation marks and typed over them and varied the font and colors. I wouldn't have thought of that. Lovely work as always.

Donna H said...

I just love your book with all those precious memories. You have inspired me to make one of my grandson's funny sayings. He says everything is "much more better". When it is cold he says he can feel the 'coldness' but when it is hot he says he can feel the 'hotness'. Makes me smile telling you these.

Elisabeth said...

Wow! This book is fabulous! I love the idea. I have already lots of quotes from my 5 year old and would love to win the bookmaker to do the same.
THanks for the chance to win

Nicole said...

Your book is so special... love how it's so colorful and all the pictures are precious!

Pam M. said...

Love the book. Great way to remember all the wonderful things your child says. Children say so many things that make us laugh. Can you keep adding to the book as they come up with more sayings?

Michelle*G said...

Love todays LOs from the sketch! And that mini book is fabulous! I love the canvas and the layout of it. Too cute!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE your book! I want to make one now. My DD is three and is cracking me up daily!

jengd said...

Wonderful projects! Amazing that such a great variety comes off of one sketch. Love the whole idea of the quote book too.

Jodi said...

oh my goodness, what a fabulous giveaway!! I have LOVED everything you have done with these photobooks... SO inspiring. I love checking you sight, and so does my daughter!! Thanks for the inspiration everyday!

Tiffany said...

Love your book and would love a unibind!

Tiffany

Musings by Me said...

Your book is so adorable!

Erica said...

The LO's are awesome! I totally see the sketch in there Katrina! =)
Thant book is amazing, I sooooo want one. I could do so much with something like that! Thanks for the chance to win one!

Jenny Lilac said...

I LOVE your album of the funny things you little boy says! So adorable!

sunny-wyatt said...

Your book is great. I too write down little things my dd says but I have never made a book. Would be a great win to get me motivated.

RT said...

I had to laugh at the title on Allison's LO - my youngest calls it a "pack-pack" also!

Brittney said...

Oh my goodness, that mini album is adorable. I had a great time reading his cute sayings =)

~Just B said...

That book is SO cute. I really need to do something like this with my son's funny phrases while I still remember all of them!

Heather K said...

What a treasure, that book is priceless. You have shown so many fantastic ways to use Unibind, I hope I am lucky enough to win one and make special books like you.

Samantha T. said...

LOVE today's inspiration. My youngest also carries a "pack pack" when we drop his older brother off at school. I never thought to capture it on a layout. Thanks for reminding me that it's an important memory, too.

Karen Fink said...

A quote book.. something EVERY mother could make!!! Great inspiration.

Scrapthat said...

Love when you show the card sketches used on LOs! Great job!!
OMG Ali...I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Album!! I've been around long enough to remember when you shared alot of the quotes on your blog! It's an ADORABLE book!
I want to make one! (or three or four or five!!) My DD would love to have one all her own...I KNOW she would! (She looks at the albums at least once a day!)

Stacy said...

I LOVE this idea of a quote book! Great ideas!

sandyh50 said...

What a darling book! Cute idea.

AmyBug said...

Oh the pages are too cute. The sewing is great and that is awesome how the papers turned out even though it was different than you intended. And the quote book is fab. I love the "I love you seven." I constantly write down funny stuff and stuff it into a book. It's fun to look back on. :)

Jill Sarginson said...

I love the way you stitched those alphas Allison - what a great idea!

And that book of sayings! LOVE it! I've been keeping a record of funny things Abigail says and it's been on my to-do list for almost 2 years! This has motivated me! :)

Great reveal this week ladies!

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

How have I not found you before??? I love making cards from sketches, and have a long list on my blog roll, but somehow I've never found yours until I got the note on facebook from Unibind Photobook Creator. I'd love to win the UPC, but either way I'm a winner, because I have a new cardmaking blog to follow! Thanks!!! Becky G. in GA

http://camelliacottagedesigns.blogspot.com

scarthur said...

Love those pages!!! Love the stitching on yours Allison. That book is amazing!!!

mollybnvb said...

What a cute book and idea. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for the giveaway.

KarlaW said...

I really love the idea of hand stitching the letters to make them stand out. I absolutely LOVE your book! You (and Drew) will treasure it forever. The PhotoBook Creator is amazing!

Miss Kathy said...

Your mini album is adorable. So need to make one for my grandkids. Thanks for a chance to win the PhotoBook Creator.

LeAnne Smith said...

OMG... I love these books! You've given this Pre-K room mom a wonderful idea! The ABC book will be such a beautiful gift to give the mom's at the Mother's Day Tea the students are hosting next month!!

Thank you so much for the inspiration you give us! (and a chance to win one too!!)

Laura J said...

OMGoodness, where do I start??? I LOVED the layout with Jackson's PackPack...awesome & so precious. The stitching on the felt letters...fantastic!!! I'm so doing that!

Then there's the book of Drew's sayings...visually awesome and captures great stories...I just love it!

Jennifer Cowan said...

Seeing what you have done with this machine has me really really wanting one. Do they have them at Scrapbook Generations? I have so many ideas of what I could do.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

COScraps said...

Wow I love the book...I would love to to be able to do books like this. Thank you for sharing yours. What an awesome product and giveaway!
Connie O.

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

Allison, that book is too (or two?) cute for words! I love it and it such a great way to remember the darndest things kids say! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

Good work on all the layouts too! I love how you both turned the card sketch into a layout!

TerriB said...

I love the book.....I have created one similar for my son and all of the things he says. What a great way to remember all of those special moments.

nanapatty said...

Oh my, what a wonderful giveaway. I enjoyed reading all of Drew's quotes which made me smile. I think the "I love you seben" is my favorite!

Anonymous said...

That book idea is so cute I wish I could remember all the cute things my 6 year old said when she was little but I have twin 2 year olds that this idea will work perfectly for. Thanks for the chance to win!
fisher05-at-live-dot-com
Megan

Caroline said...

That has got to be the cutest stinkin book EVER!!

Lori G. said...

It was good to see you last week in Springfield. Too bad the weather was crappy until we left on Saturday.

I love your book! I'm really thinking this Unibind PhotoBook Creator could come in handy at my house! I could make photo books myself instead of using one of the photos sites. With children in middle school and high school, I could see this useful for all the sports/music books too.

Thanks for giving me the chance to win!!

Patchi said...

That little book of sayings is adorable! You just reminded me that I forgot to write the latest thing that my little one said: he wanted to "dress up like an umpire, you know with the cape and the pointy teeth". I was laughing so much!!

Liz in MO said...

Love your page, esp. the studio Calico stuff. Too cute. I haven't really liked the card weeks because I don't do cards, hum, well going to go back and copy the card sketches now. Who woulda thought!!!

Erica Hettwer said...

Oh! That book is adorable!!!

Darcy said...

I, too, have random pieces of paper everywhere with stuff my girls have said or done. How awesome is that to have it in one place?

Abbey said...

Great pages and I'm fascinated by the book making tool concept!

Christa Allgood said...

Great give away!! I have wanted one of these since Scrapbook Generation's big birthday bash!!

Julie B said...

I want in on this give-away! What a great tool to have! And I love, love, LOVE the book you made. I'm totally stealing that idea when my son starts talking.
Thanks for the chance to win!!!
Julie B

Janelle H. said...

I love all the ideas you and your team come up with every week. The quote book is fabulous - what a great giveaway opportunity!

debbie susee said...

I am very intrigued by the new book binding systems with glue in stead of coils. Seems so easy and forgiving.
Love your sayings book. How creative you are. You will be so happy that you have that all recorded.

Lisa P said...

Great layouts. I love that they were created from a card sketch. Great little book too!

pagecropper said...

I love your book. I made many layouts of the things my kids said when they were small. Such precious moments should never be forgotten.


Angela

Kristina said...

I LOVE this book. I have a piece of paper I keep in my planner that I write things down my 2 year old says. I've never figured out how to put these in my scrapbook, all the random things, but this little book would be perfect! I would LOVE to try my hand at the photobook creator!!

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

Oh this would make an awesome 40th Bday gift for me... thanks for the chance to win!
Love the layouts made from the card sketch & Love the book you made Drew! Awesome!!!!

Staci
staci412 at optonline dot net

Jessica said...

What a cool book and giveaway. I have three small children and that would be a great way to preserve some of their work!

Also, I had a chance to make a card this week using the sketch. You can see it here: http://jessica-createandshare.blogspot.com/2011/04/one-stamp-three-ways.html

Jody B. said...

Lovin' the photo book. So cute. And I also love the one page layouts you both made from the card sketch. So inspiring.

Amy from KC said...

I remember some of these quotes from your blog stories about funny things Drew says! It is so neat that you have them all together in a little book. It would be pretty neat to have one of those Unibind machines...

The Mancilla Family said...

Love the sketches! Would really love a Unibind machine! Thanks for the opportunity

jackie said...

I would love to have one of these to make mini books! Oh, the ideas!
Thanks for the chance to win!
hugs!

Paper Doll said...

What a great idea, I've often used pictures the boys have made for me on my scrapbook pages ... they don't do that anymore ... sniff:(

Þorbjörg said...

The book is awesome! I'd love to be able to make these :D

Great projects as always, sketchsupport is reallt an inspiring place :)

Joli said...

I would love to make these books with my kids' school work!!!

JodyJane said...

This is Wonderful! All the moments to capture, this looks so easy and simple to use.
Jody, IA

Anonymous said...

Now THIS is an awesome prize! Thanks Ken and Unibind for sponsoring this month!!!!
HappyScrapn

Marcia said...

Love your idea about keeping the funny things in a book. When they are happening you think you will always remember but time goes quickly and you don't.

Lisa G. said...

SUPER GREAT IDEA!! Love all the memories! :)

Amy said...

That little book is freakin awesome! I like so many others have A TON of scrap papers with quotes written down just waiting to go somewhere..hard to scrap them w/o pics to match. I will have 2 add this to my "need to get done" list LOL LOVE your layout too, those letters rock! Katrina-love that pic and all those layers....another great day ladies!

Linda said...

I love this idea and thanks for the encouragement to make a book! We should all do it because those days are so fleeting!

BrendaB said...

I wish I had records some of my kids' saying when they were little. You always think you'll remember, but time passes and you forget a lot of the little things. Your book is precious!

Cynthia B. said...

Wonderful project, Alison! I wrote down some of the funny things my kids said when they were toddlers...but they're stashed in a journal in my chicken scratch. Thanks for the chance to win a Unibind. Seems like an awesome tool to create keepsakes that will last forever.

Glenys said...

He is so adorable! The book is awesome!

momtotucknlexi said...

Love your silly qoute book! I have recorded in a notebook some of my son's over the years but have yet to do anything with them...This is such a great idea!
Michelle Bittner

Penny G said...

1. So smart of you to do this now b/c we DO forget!
2. Your stuff is always so adorable, as are your boys.
3. This Unibind Photobook Creator wants to come live with me! It sounds amazing!!
4. Thanks for the great work always and the fun giveaway!!
- penny{scraps}

Andrea said...

Wow, that book is just so cool! This site is great!! I actually met Jennifer from the design team today!!!

Jenn said...

Have you tried using this machine to bind scrapbook papers and layouts? Does that work? Or does it need to be thinner? Still, great book!

Mary Bez said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity for the Unibind PhotoBook Creator. You have some great give aways!!

Karen B said...

What an amazing give away. Your blog is the first I check every day. Thank you!

MMarie said...

Thanks for the wonderful idea! I've been collecting kid's quotes but haven't been sure how to showcase them.

Geri said...

What an awesome giveaway! Love your blog and can't wait to play with the new sketch!

ruth said...

Cute book!

Luv2talk said...

My son carried a 'pack pack' as well. LOL

The book is adorable and the "Love you seben" is priceless. Loving "all the colors" (because he's an 'artist' is also too cute for words.:))

Thanks for sharing these wonderful projects.