Inspired by Sketchabilities 107

Sisters in scrap (and life) Shar and Brande here, sharing our experience working with Sketchabilities Sketch #107. Both of us really liked this sketch on first sight. The sketch provides a lot of room for poetic license, as do all Sketchabilities sketches really – that’s why we like them so much!

Here is the sketch:


brandeLooking at the sketch for the first time, I knew I liked it but I didn’t have an instant photo in my mind for what would work best. Scrolling through the amazing Design Team Reveals for this sketch though gave me all the inspiration I needed and more. There are a few layouts in there that have that masculine feel I struggle to achieving but was aiming for on this layout. Thanks to Sketchabilities Design Team members Baerbel Born, Doris Widder, and Kristin Greenwood (please swing by and check out their great personal blogs too). I need a masculine feel for a scrapbook I am starting for my fiancé. He grew up in Zimbabwe and has some amazing photos from his childhood, but there are very few. It’s a little nerve-racking to scrap something so special but that’s also why it is so important to scrap it. So I was feeling a little pressure for my inaugural page but thanks to Sketchabilities I think it worked out great.

PS: I did make some photo quality copies of all these rare photos just in case I got a little crazy with the gesso, mists or something during a layout and had to re-do.  😉

Supplies include: American Crafts Textured Cardstock Smooth (white), 7gypsies Antiquaries Postale Collection (letters and pattern paper), Tim Holtz Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon and Metal Cogs, Heidi Swapp Stickers (&) and Colour Shine Black Velvet Mist, EK Success Inkadinkado Cog Stamp, VersaMagic Chalk Ink Midnight Black,  and some washi tape from my inventory

sharI loved this sketch! Loved the layering… just happens I had the perfect picture to work with!
I have to say having a variety of pictures at home printed in 5×7 and 4×6 selections really makes life great when these challenges comes up!

Using a cardboard like paper I inherited from Cheryl (can’t recall product), I added Distress Ink from Tim Holtz by rubbing the ink pad horizontally across the paper, followed that with HS Black Velvet and Tattered Angels Gold Mist … all complimented by a Tim Holtz stencil using Jumbo Java and finished off with a wonderful stamp I got from my sister! The background is awesome!

I chose Bo Bunny’s Camp-A-Lot collection, to play off of G’s face in the pic – way to cute to ignore – layered and chalked the edges. I added in a Bazill Basics Star and using Jumbo Java and Tattered Angels Mist to get the metallic colour in the upper corner, then one of my go tos CTMH Waxy Flax and a Tim Holtz COMPASS COIN! (Did I ever mention I love this man and his embellishment collections?! Like, seriously! Make more, make more, make more…)

And here it is! Sketch 107 Happily Complete!



  1. Brande to saw it worked out great is an understatement – what a FAB layout. Perfectly balanced with the splatters and the cluster, this layout does justice to that great photo from yesteryear – very special. Shar I love your stamping and splatters and you have used my favourite Tim Holtz stencil too which works perfectly with this layout.

  2. awesome masculine page, I always have some trouble scrapping masculine layouts! great work.thanks for playing with us at Sketchabilities

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