December 2010 Sketch Challenge

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Article Courtesy by Patricia Folchert

This month I am happy to share my “Good Fortunes” sketch with you.

This sketch was inspired by an evening out at our new favorite Chinese restaurant.  I wanted to use our fortune cookie fortunes from dinner and thought it would be fun to work them into my restaurant-themed layout. The paper-pieced takeout box was an irresistible addition for me; I love to create playful paper piecings. I also could not resist the bright color combinations of the yummy new Pasta Fagioli paper line by Jillibean Soup.  Whether you want to add your own paper-pieced takeout box or not, this sketch can be interpreted in several different ways. The proof is below; check out the delicious examples our group of designers came up with for this challenge.

The first example is from Jeanette Giancaspro. It highlights photos of her lovely daughter.  Picking a favorite feature of your child is a great layout idea, such as Jeanette did with her daughter’s eyes. Add in a delicate mixture of flowers and pastel colors and you have a real keeper.

This tropical sensation is from Rachel Myerson. Observe how the colors really pop on the neutral khaki background and notice how the stitched border adds a nice finishing touch.  Five delish photos and

a journaling box allowed Rachel to capture some of her favorite vacation memories for years to come.

This “Material Girl” layout was whipped up by Sandy Zech and features some super cute photos and three handmade layered button embellishments. In addition there are lots of patterns working together to create a playful layout full of fun suitable for material girls of all ages.


And finally, my crazy concoction is infused with bright color patterns, four photos, three fortunes, memorabilia, a flower sprout and the paper-pieced takeout box (it even has a recycled handle to make it more authentic). This is an easy base for any event layout, allowing for an event photo and three detail photos.

“Good Fortunes”  Layout Materials List: Jillibean Soup Pasta Fagioli Patterned Papers (Italian Seasoning, Romano Cheese, Shell Macaroni, Clove of Fresh Garlic, Meatballs, Blended Bean)s; Pasta Fagioli Journal Sprouts; Alphabeans Letter Stickers in Roasted Red; red organdy ribbon; gold gemstone; recycled takeout box handle.

So there you have it, one sketch and four delectable recipes for maximizing your creativity. Give it a try in your “kitchen” and share your fabulous dishes with us here at!


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