Two-page Sketch #22
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"51 at Apple Hill" by Christine Chain
Supplies - patterned paper: Echo Park, American Crafts, Imaginesce, Authentique; letter stickers: Bella Blvd; stickers: Bella Blvd. and American Crafts; brads: My Mind's Eye (Lush); ink: Tsukineko; other: pop dots and embroidery floss
1) The first change I made was that I included an extra photo.
I always crop, edit, and resize my photos in PSE before I print them. This time I made the height of all my photos 4" and then I played around until I liked how the fit on a 8"x4" block. Originally I had them arranged differently, so I had my two group photos separated. Then I realized that if I wanted one of my kids to be in the center photo, I was going to have to cut their face in half to have their photo on two pages. That's why I love playing in PSE first!
2) I used the pumpkin and apple stickers from American Crafts instead of a flower up near my title. I layered a phrase sticker from Bella Blvd on top.
I added the cloud behind them because I thought a little blue would help the colors pop.
3) Again I swapped out the flowers (and used more pumpkins, apples, and a scarecrow).
I used a few more phrase stickers from Bella Blvd. I'm so glad I got these! The phrases were perfect for this layout! I also omitted the swirls. My paper and pictures were busy enough and I think the swirls, as pretty as they are, would've been too much on this layout.
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"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Shari Thurman
Supplies - Patterned paper and Chipboard embellishments: Echo Park; Adhesive: ATG by Scotch; Ink: Colorbox Chalk Ink (Dark Brown); Thread: Coats and Clark
Variation #1: I adjusted some of the measurements of some of the strips to make it work with my pattern papers.
Variation #2: My title is smaller. I wanted to use one of the titles that came with my paper collection, so I matted it, stitched around the edges and embellished with chipboard elements.
Variation #3: I moved my journaling spot and adjusted location of my embellishments.
Variation #4: I wanted to use some supporting photos, so I replaced one of the 4x4" photos with four 2x2" photos.