Thursday, January 21, 2010

One More Sketch

Here is my layout from the last sketch for the week, one our CT member Juliana made for us!

I loved this sketch and pretty much followed it just as it was. The Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses line was perfect for this page about Quinn's new stocking this year. Actually, that line is good for just about any photos! For my journaling, I used my sewing machine to stitch journaling lines. It was quick and easy to do following some light pencil lines I drew and ties in with the whole "handmade" idea of the page. I used some of the circle stickers from the sticker element sheet and topped them with some of the transparent buttons from the button package for the circles on the sketch.

Here's a few close-ups of the details:

Next week the rest of the Creative Team will be sharing their layouts from these sketches following different themes. Be sure to check them out!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Spectacular Sketchapalooza!

This week the ACOT Creative Team is doing an awesome sketch-filled reveal! We used 3 layout sketches and a card sketch to get some creativity flowing following 3 themes: Boys, Adult Women and Holidays.

Here is my layout from today's reveal using a sketch provided to us by Becky Fleck at PageMaps:

I loved this sketch and the layout came together quickly. The Christmas Magic line from Fancy Pants is one of my favorite Christmas lines, so I was lucky to be able to use it for my reveal.

As soon as I saw the paper with the large ornaments, I knew I wanted to cut them out, and the circles in the sketch were the perfect place to "hang" them using some baker's twine. I used a few strips from the strips paper for the middle and some of the buttons from this line for the other circles (I seriously LOVE these buttons!). I thought the name of this line was perfect for this photo, and used Christmas Magic for my title and in my journaling.
You can check out the other layouts the CT did using this sketch here.

Tomorrow I'll show you the cool sketch our own CT member, Juliana, did for us and the fun layout I did with that. It's got lots of pink and is one of my faves! :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy 2010!

Well, now that the holidays are over, I'm back into the regular swing of things. We had a really great Christmas and are looking forward to a new year full of family, fun, learning and creativity!

I had to share Quinn's new stocking, even though it's a little late for Christmas crafts. I am still just so excited with how it turned out! While looking through some of my mother-in-law's Christmas decorations, I found a cute stocking and Quinn just so happened to need one- she still had a small pink baby one, but Santa brings bigger things now. ;) It had a Christmas tree with buttons decorating it, but I wanted to make it more personal like one I had growing up. We removed the buttons and tree and headed to JoAnn's, where Quinn picked out green felt for a large Q. I traced a big chipboard Q I had in my scrappy stash on the felt, cut it out, then used a blanket stitch to attach it to the stocking. I had to Google "blanket stitch" because I can never quite remember how to do that. When I took the original tree off, it tore the fabric a little, so I added the row of red ribbon which covered it up perfectly. I put the original buttons back on over the ribbon and, as Quinn would say... TA-DA!! A cute, new personalized stocking all her own! It was fun making it together (I loved her encouragement- "you're doing a good job, Mama!") and I love that it is something special that she can have to remember Grandma by each Christmas.

One more note... the ACOT Creative Team is putting together something really exciting for later this month. I can't wait to share it with everyone, so stay tuned!
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