Tuesday 4 September 2012

FINAL DAY: It's a Sketchy Challenge!!

Hi all,

I decided to make my finale the September "It's a Sketchy Challenge" over at the Canadian Scrapbooker magazine!!  I have never submitted anything so I am going to submit this time!! And maybe if I get my ducks in a row, I'll submit a couple more layouts for their Spring Call, due October 15th. This is my layout that I came up with!
Materials Used: Harmonie 'Shabby Love" collection, SU textured crumb cake, Lilybee ABC stickers, Mr Huey's white & warm calico, Jolee's boutique Inspiration Francaise embellishments, MME on the Bright side accessory sheet, BG Indian Summer alphabet stickers, SU paper piercing pack with co-ordinating mat & paper piercer, Prima & Petaloo flowers, SU pearls, Unknown eyelets, So Facile pearl lace, SU pink pirouette ink, Unknown hat pin, Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink, SU trinkets, SU bitty buttons

Here's the sketch for the challenge (click to find out more details):

It's funny how the stars align because I had just printed this photo and as such it was top of mind.  I recently bought some Harmonie paper and embellishments.  They worked out perfectly!! This page celebrates my great grandmother (Baby J's great great grandmother) 's 100th birthday... yeah, an amazing day.  Not only that but I am lucky enough to have another great grandmother whom turned 97 three days later!!  Needless to say it became a big family affair where by I saw family I hadn't seen in years... decades, even.

This picture was top of mind because of my grandfather's passing and how looking at all the old pictures we were never sure who was who as they were never labelled.  (Run on sentence, maybe?)Although I still don't put a lot of names in my scrapbooking, I decided it was appropriate to do so in this formal family picture.

I wanted to give this picture a soft but vintage, old feel.  As such I stuck with the pearls and light distressing.  Check out that pearl ribbon/lace... I got that from the dollar store awhile back for 29 cents!! I grabbed up about 4 rolls, I believe!! What a score!! The trick is how to stick it onto your page.  And I have to tell you that I think the best way is to get out your needle and thread. I come up the back through the paper, around the lace between the pearls but going back down through the same hole.  This is what I mean:
I also got out my SU paper piercing pack AGAIN! I would have sewed it but being in between the renovations of having a new child enter this world, I have not gotten my new sewing machine up and running... (On the list though!!) You'll notice the double piercing of the lines on the outside and inside edge of the pink Harmonie paper.
I also decided to give it a bit of a rougher, old feel by using the Stampin Up cutting tool, which is retired.  You can do the same by straightening out your scissors and gently running them along the edges of your paper to your desire.  Don't worry about rips, that's what you are looking for some times!
And finally, I thought I would share an organization tip. Since I am an 'edge-a-holic', I cut up the Stampin Up sponges in 6 pieces. Then whenever I want to edge something I can grabbed the ink and the corresponding sponge.  I make sure to label them (ok, not always) so that I don't use the wrong color.  I then tuck it away in a close drawer as this one gets used often!! Just adher those labels using one quick staple!
So, with that - A BIG PAT ON THE BACK TO ME - 30 days of paper projects = COMPLETE. And I got my inspiration back, as well as tackled some goals I had.... and finally managed to clear some amazing milestones off my desk!!
There's a big promotion going on at Stampin Up for the month of September only where by if you spend $50 you get a roll of ribbon for free. It's a fabulous deal so check it out if you are interested! See the "Shop Now" on the left and always pop me an email for any questions.
Have a great day!


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    1. Dear sister - thanks for the comment... and hahahahahahahhahahahahaha. Was this the comment Mom thought she did?

  2. Great sponge idea! The layout looks great. Can you believe you did it? 30 days! I am off to work on my last post now.

  3. Thanks for playing along, Cathy! Love the distressing and the pearls - and that's a brilliant idea with the sponges!

  4. You rock...so jealous that you accomplished so much!