BONUS February 2010 Sketch Challenge

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When I think of February, I picture freezing breezes and wishes of snowflakes. That is what I was hoping for when I asked the girls from our Challenge forum to create a project based on my sketch. The results are so amazing that they will give you chills!


I love how Kel R created this great layout titled "Ice, Ice, Baby," but didn't keep the colors strictly blue.  Because of that, the layout has quite a warm feel to it. Instead of using a decorative edge background, she cut out an opened frame and attached it with brads. Simple pearl swirls give this layout a delicate look while the glittered word "Baby" is so sassy! I love her play on words and that decorative edge on her snowman paper is lovely. Rather than journal on her background, Kelly wrote on a diecut. I like that idea which really comes in handy if you're prone to mistakes while writing with a pen, or if you can't see your penmanship on your darker-colored background paper(s).


CollegeScraps created a truly beautiful layout appropriately titled "Priceless." She stayed very close to the original sketch, only changing the position of the title, which is printed chipboard. What really catches my eye is her use of lace. Here's what she says about it: "I have been challenging myself to use ribbon lately and found this sketch so easy to add ribbon (well in this case lace)." I really like how her lace bow takes the place of my swirls. To create that beautiful floral background, she cut out half of a fancy square shape with her Cricut, and then traced it to make the full shape and cut it out. So that her journaling would show up on her background, she painted her background with white paint.


4_320Michelle P created two projects based on my sketch. She made a desktop frame using the sketch by taking a standard CD case and popping out the CD holder on the inside. She then cut and adhered all the papers and embellishments, and gave it as a gift.

On her layout, titled "Cinderella Look-a-like," she stayed close to the sketch's frame, but changed my vertical photograph into a photo strip. Genius! She then extended her strip all the way to the right of the page to allow the name "Cinderella" printed on the background paper to be used as part of her title. She cut her swirls out of metallic paper using her Home Décor Cricut cartridge, which perfectly frame her title and guide the eye to her journaling and flower embellishments.


This card by Chicky6363 is just fabulous. I love how she elongated the sketch to fit her horizontal card. Her sentiment and bird image take the place of my vertical photograph and the paper lace went where I drew space for journaling. Clever! She kept most of the weight of her composition to the right, much like my sketch, but she kept her swirls to a minimum and put all the emphasis on her beautiful flowers, which are so fitting for her paper combo and spring-like bird. We all know birds fly away in cold winter!


For my layout, titled "Grateful," I rotated the sketch horizontally and then flipped it 90 degrees to the left. Did you know you could do that? Just go into your photo editing software, pull up an image, and click on Image at the top, then Image Rotation. Specify how you'd like to rotate it, and you've got a new sketch! For my layout, I started off with a beautiful printed background but it was just too much, so I added the vellum to frame my photo and mute the background a bit. The vellum also gave me a great place to tuck my journaling. I cut the greenery out of Making Memories printed paper and adhered with silver brads, which look like the center of the blossoms. A silver glitter button in the middle of my flower and a BasicGrey bling bug complete the layout.


These layouts are not only beautiful, but also innovative. I hope you have fun with this month's bonus sketch and challenge yourself to think outside the box!


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