One-page Sketch #15
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"It's a Wonderful Life" by Janice Daquila-Pardo
Supply list - Cardstock: American Crafts, DCWV; Crochet thread: Coats; Ink: Iced spruce Distress Ink by Tim Holtz for Ranger, VersaFine; Mist: Iridescent gold Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels; Patterned papers: BasicGrey; Pens: Gelly Roll by Sakura (gold), Uni-bal Signo Broad (white); Ribbon: Big Lots (diagonal stripe), Renaissance (white); Stamp: Ditto by Studio G; Staples: Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Stickers: The Girls' Paperie; Tools: Silhouette cutting machine
Our cat, Oliver, is fascinated by everything about Christmas! He loves to be around the tree and in among the presents and wrapping paper. I started with the photo of him camped out in front of the classic Christmas movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," which I obviously stole to use as my title. Then I found a few other darling shots of him in full holiday mode to complete the concept.
I followed the sketch pretty closely, but I did make a few adjustments:
• Rather than making the two background pieces 7 inches tall as stated in the instructions, I made mine 7.25 inches tall because I knew I wanted to add the tree at the bottom, and I wanted to ensure that it would overlap the other pieces.
• I moved up the background pieces an inch so that the mistletoe wouldn't have to "hang" too far from the top and the tree would have enough room.
• Obviously the Christmas tree at the bottom isn't in the sketch!
• I replaced the trailing leaf elements with the mistletoe and made it hang from the top of the layout instead of the top of the patterned paper. I crocheted my hanger instead of stitching it.
• I went with two rows of Christmas ribbon beneath the photos in place of the strips of patterned paper. It fit my theme better, plus I wanted to echo the ribbon from the bow on the mistletoe.
• I also left out the little word sticker elements at the left and right of the page. I figured that my page was busy enough without them!
I have so enjoyed being the guest designer this month and working with these fabulous sketches. Sketch Support's designers and sketches really inspire me, and your kind comments warmed my heart. Thank you!