I am so excited to share my layout this month because I also designed the sketch!!!
Here is the sketch I designed and used, you can also find it and the link to post YOUR layout to win prizes on the Stick it Down Blog. As a creature of habit I stuck to the lovey hearts and cute theme of the month. I love that this sketch allows you to use up your supplies like washi or ephemera or scraps of paper that we have laying around without having to dive too deeply into new supplies or needing to buy new things! I hope you utilize this opportunity to use up what you have too!
Here is my layout, I kept it pretty simple. I knew as soon as I was looking through photos what I was going to do. Right now the whole "then and now" challenge thing is huge on social media. "Post a photo of you 10 years ago and then now." Since my husband and I recently went on a date I knew we had a now picture... and since we had just started dating 10 years ago I knew it would be easy to find a "then" picture! Ha.
To create this layout I cut a giant heart out of pink ombre paper and then simply chopped it half. I then cheated and used the other half to cut out a vellum piece. I did this because I *knew* the washi would not stick to the glitter base for the heart. Once I adhered the heart to a large piece of glitter cardstock, I hand trimmed around the heart for the matting. I didn't really care or want it to be perfect.
Once my heart was set, I literally got out my "love" themed washi box and just went to town. I started with the center and worked my way up angling and adding washi as I pleased. Some ends I tore, some I cut into banner shapes.
Once I was pleased with the result, I sewed around the heart (sloppily) to make it look messy and imperfect. then I added a few embellishments and decided that the photos needed to have the rose gold matting also.
Finally I added the 2009 and 2019 letters from Making Memories Alphabet set and the "Now and Then" title from a Recollections alpha set I had stashed away!
I hope you enjoyed my layout and process! Please feel free to share yours with us on the Stick it Down blog for some prizes and giveaways!
I am this year off with bang so far two weeks in and my planner is up to date and I am already scrappin' events as they happen! WHOA!
For my first layout I have been generously allowed to stay a part of the Stick it Down Design team! I am still on the Single Page Layout team, but I also have been desinging a several of their double and single page sketches, YAY! So, for the first layout of 2019 I used the Stick it Down Sketch found here.
I kept this layout as simple as I could so that I could focus on the pictures and story. If this layout looks scary to tackle, let me help you. Pick 4 pattern papers and cut them into 4x4 boxes. Then cut the boxes in half diagonally. **HINT: don't use paper that has / needs direction. Stick to simple patterns where you can turn the image and it won't effect the pattern!
I used the Simple Stories New Year kit for 2019. Once I decided to tear the countdown off the edge (because I didn't want the whole background to be the whiteish paper) I realized I would have to change the sketch and flip it the other direction. So I shrunk the obvious 4x4 boxes into 3x3 boxes leaving space for my edge.
I cut my boxes just a smidge smaller than 3x3 so I could have a border around them and used that lovely holographic paper behind the triangles.
I then placed my photos on gold shiny foil paper for a matting and voila. I added the 2019 with MAMBI glitter letters and numbers and then kept it as simple as possible by adding in some jeweled stars and shiny enamel stickers.
And that my friends is my 2019 New Year layout! I hope you play along with us on the DT and post your layout to the Stick it Down blog for a chance to win some prizes from our sponsor Cheeky Studio.
Happy New Year, this is going to be a fabulous year!
Happy December! I am here today to share with you my layout from the Stick it Down Single Page Sketch. When I saw the sketch I was puzzled, I wasn't sure how I was going to pull this off. So I looked at the other design team layouts and thought I would follow suit and use a cut file. As I cruised through the Silhouette Store and added about 12 wreath files to my cart it had then occurred to me that a few months back my friend sent me a home decor image of someone who folded papers around tied twine to form a wreath for a decoration. So I went with that in my head and came out with this:
I absolutely love how this layout turned out! I may even frame it for the holidays and then add it to my album after! For this layout I cut strips from multiple paper packs ranging from 2.25-1.25 inches wide and then varied the height of the flags from 2-2.5 inches long. I then laid the papers out how I thought I wanted them to go.
Once I was satisfied with the basic layout of the papers, came the hard part. I didn't feel like they popped enough off of the light background so I used an old school technique and inked each flag. First I had to decide which flag was to be flat on the page and start there, and work in sections. I would add pop dots to the back to add dimension and then added in a third height by doubling the pop dots.
Once the wreath was complete I simply used a bow template and enlarged it to make a BIG paper bow. I used gold glitter washi for the center and then decided to add glitter Stickles around the edge of the bow. Once I began the with the Stickles I couldn't stop. So I added simple clear glitter around each of the flags for some fun and festive sparkle and shine.
Here is the bow template I used. I just made it the size of my 8.5x11" paper in word and printed it out. Then I easily fussy cut it out of the red grid paper and assembled.
Once the Layout was dry I added in the year and the banner title. I played around with some enamel shapes and rhinestones but I didn't think they added anything to the layout so I took them off... I know I am shocked too!
And that is my layout and process for the December Sketch. You can see the sketch below and participate by making your layout and adding it to the blog here. Be sure to post it for prizes and giveaways! Can't wait to see what you make!
For this months Single Page Sketch on Stick it Down I decided to really think out side of the usual. As soon as I saw the sketch I was slightly confused by what I was going to do, then I saw a bag of 2018 confetti and "ta da" so here is my take on the sketch you can find here on the Stick it Down blog.
For this layout I started with the Simple Stories "Congrats Grad" paper pack, I didn't like the bottom where it said "way to go" (I thought it would be too clashy with the giant 2018) so I tore it off. I love to tear my paper and have that rough edge, I fall back on that technique a lot. It makes me look "whimsical and creative" while still being a straight arrow ;) I used another 12x12 paper with stars and dots for the top but it felt too busy so I tore that one too and added my go to grid paper in the center.
I used a very basic font on my Silhouette and created the "2018" and the shadow and cut them from a complimentary glitter paper from The Paper Studio Glitter paper pad. I love this paper and use it a lot, it does not flake, it is easy to cut or punch, and it adds just enough shimmer for me!
Instead of using the banner as the sketch shows, since my inspiration was a packet of confetti I decided to make a shaker banner. I used the bottom of my graph paper and drew out an outline and then used my fuse tool to trace the banner. I stuffed it with some micro beads, congrats / grad confetti, seed beads, and glitter, and adhered that over the top of the "2018."
My daughter was promoted with a high GPA and they provided her a cord to honor her status and I wanted to incorporate that into the page so I took some similar colored embroidery floss, braided it and frazzled the ends beyond the knots and voila. I wrapped and used micro glue dots to adhere this to the number 1. I love this ultra personal touch on the page!
Finally, because I cannot just leave a page "flat" I punched some stars from the glitter paper and adhered them with foam dots and found a stash of rhinestones to make the top of the page more interesting.
I am loving that I am keeping up with current events and getting the stories down when they are fresh versus trying to catch up the past stories. I will get there, eventually, but this is really keeping me happy!
Thanks for stopping by!
For the June Sketch Challenge I decided to break the mold and do an all out "magical" layout. I pulled out all of the tricks in my book here and I really love the end result. I need to get out of my comfort zone more often because pages like this really make my heart happy!
I am providing a link to the sketch here for you to play along!
For my layout I turned the sketch 90 degrees because the photo I chose was not vertical. Once I make a move like this I tend to muddy the whole sketch and do my own thing but I stuck to the basics pretty well!
I used a 12x12 piece of Cricut acetate from their "Pastels and Patterns" pack that had some light blue circle images imprinted on it. I whipped out my sewing machine and alternated between a standard stitch and zig zag stitch to adhere the acetate to the base pattern paper. Before I closed it up I added in some shaker items: sequins large chunky glitter and micro beads. I originally wanted to pop up the hexagons but the dimension the shaker base provided allowed me to just adhere everything pretty flat and keep my eyes happy. I used the We are Memory Keepers "anywhere" hexagon punch to punch the hexagons out of The Paper Studio Glitter paper pad. After lining everything up I decided to break the rules and add circles in with the hexagons, I used random circle punches and blue tinted mylar paper found at Michaels in the specialty 12x12 single paper selections.
Other than the entire page being a shaker page, the real magic of this page is using my new LifePrint photo printer to add a still photo to my layout but when using the app allows the photo to play a video. I LOVE THIS PRINTER! I typically add video to my layouts using QR codes, and I love the option of having videos saved and documented with the stories... but this is a whole new ball game! If you are interested I used the BIG 3.5x4 photo photo printer (here is a link if you want more info). I also have the 2x3 one (here is that link) and I can see myself using these two printers A LOT!
Here is a close up view of the mylar bubbles overlapping the layered papers. You can also see the stitching and the shaker contents behind the photos here.
I added a scrap of acetate behind the Thickers title "Bubbles" because I loved the different opacities and how well they seemed to be working together on this page!
I used up the last bit of scraps to create cohesive to the matting of the main photo banners and layered them behind the 2x3 base photos and used a standard date stamp to add the date.
Thank you for looking! B