Sketch Challenge

Write it down, I made time to blog! (Okay, well, I’m writing it down … The point is I was starting to think it would be Halloween before I got a chance to update things around here.)

A few weeks ago, the ever talented Cathy issued a sketch challenge to fellow scrappers. The sketch was great but very linear. I joked that it would never work for me because I’d have to measure and I don’t know what that means.  😉  Shar, whose layout I have for you, said her measuring process goes like this:

“iI have a built in ruler; squint one eye, stick tongue out of corner of mouth about 1/2 inch, size things up and slice! lol.”

Ha. No wonder we get along!

Here’s the get-your-ruler-ready-sketch:

Studio Calico sketch

I started out with some Studio Calico paper and gelatos, but no ruler!


Unfortunately, that plan fell apart when I tried to stitch over the lines and had my (old) sewing machine threaded incorrectly. (Good idea on paper, though, right? Pun entirely intended.)

I restarted with a similar idea. Using Stampin’ Up! text paper as a background, I cut out squares and rectangles resembling the sketch with a design I drew using my Silhouette software. I coloured some of the pieces with distress inks before adding them back. I also used gelatos again to add colour to the background. I filled some spaces with stickers and accents, just to add some whimsy.


Supplies: Stampin’ Up! paper, Amy Tangerine for American Crafts stickers, Heidi Swapp washi tape, American Crafts ribbon and Thickers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Faber Castell Gelatos, Creative Memories pen

Shar’s photo was taken purely for Facebook purposes and since, as I’ve said before, I don’t keep her albums at my house, this little taste of her fabulous layout will have to do:


Check out Cathy and Catherine‘s takes on the sketch too.

We’re planning a challenge soon, to share with you the three different processes we each go through when starting a layout and I promise it will be up before summer ends!  🙂  You’ll just have to come back to be sure.

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