September 2011 Sketch Challenge

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Article Courtesy by Maegan Hall


Why reinvent the wheel? This month I challenged myself once again to use one 12"x12" sketch  on a 12"x24" layout and card as well. I'll be honest, though; I actually started with the 12"x24" layout and shrunk the sketch to 12"x12".

This sketch allows a lot of photographs, but don't be fooledbecause the photos need to be trimmed down quite significantly if you like that nice white space framing the photo collage. It took me awhile to find photos that I could crop down so much and several attempts to make it all fit and look nice. I tried a lot of embellishments up near the tag and nothing looked right.

For the two-page layout, I was able to add a lot more journaling and emphasize the amazing photos. There was no cropping necessary, because these are all 4"x6" pictures. Instead of embellishment overload, I chose to use journaling blocks as design elements. The change of color in paper decorates the page just the same as any sticker.

For my card I used scraps that coordinated and just glued them down. This card was really fast! The longest part was applying the rub-on and threading the sewing machine. I love the pinwheel look this card has. I also really like how the green title pops with the green background paper. I didn't plan that; it's just the scraps I had laying around. Don't you love it when that happens?

For this month's sketch, why not try to stretch it even further by rotating it and see what projects you can create with that! This sketch allows for lots of coordinated paper scraps, so check your stash before cutting into a new 12"x12" sheet of paper.


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