Dear Dino

Do you struggle with mixing feelings and facts when you tell the story in your scrapbook? I sure do. I find I go all feelings or I go all facts. I can’t seem to find that  balanced mix of both. Hmm. Well, Ali Edwards to the rescue (she does this a lot for me and doesn’t even know it!) …. write a letter for your journalling!

Ali has this amazing technique of writing a letter as her journalling. She has written Dear Fall, Dear Teacher, Dear 16-Year-Old Me and so many more letters. Pop over to her blog at Ali Edwards Blog and search the word “dear” to see all her letter awesomeness for yourself. I love the idea and it is really working for me! Yah Ali!

I used this ‘write a letter’ technique on a recent layout I created based on the Let’s Get Sketchy (LGS) February Sketch Challenge. This sketch features the angled design that LGS is so famous for and makes my scrapbook pages sing. Here is a look at the sketch:


Great right? Now here is a look at my take on the sketch – and yup, I flipped the sketch on its side. Doing so looked better for me with the photo and pattern paper I chose for the layout and allowed me to use the angled strip as my journalling anchor.


I love the layered embellishment cluster on the sketch on the sketch and want to preserve this even on the flipped version. I found some great wood veneers in my stash – a mixture of Simple Stories, We R Family and Evalicous, On Our Way. I couldn’t resist a close up – this little American Crafts, Crate Paper – Cool Kid dino I fussy cut from one of the pattern papers is just too cute for words!


Oh and back to the “write a letter for journalling thing” – here is a split screen close up of the letter I wrote to my nephew (who I call Keiki) in place of the journalling I would have used on this layout. I did type and print this letter to get it to fit on my layout as I imagined it, I struggle making my writing small.


Between Ali’s writing a letter trick and the Let’s Get Sketchy February Sketch Challenge, I am super pleased with this layout. Its a pretty near and dear to my heart photo from an awesome trip to the Badlands in Drumheller, Alberta with my nephew and my sister (his mama) a number of years ago so I am glad it worked out so well.

Pop over to Ali’s blog for story inspiration and to Let’s Get Sketchy for sketch inspiration!


Dear Supplies, thank you for your awesomeness: Bazzill Cardstock (Admiral)Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher StaplerTombow Mono Multi Liquid GlueAmerican Crafts, Crate Paper – Cool Kid CollectionSimple Stories – We Are Family, Wood VeneerBo Bunny, That’s Life Wood Shapesand Evalicious Wood Veneer, On Our Way



  1. Brande…this is colorful, fun and fabulous…I need to just journal more! Love the tip though! Thanks for joining us at LGS!

  2. Your layout is amazing! I love the way you flipped the sketch to accomodate your photo better. Thank you for joining us at LGS!

  3. Cool! ! ! ! All the color choices and the arrangement of the woods are very nice ☆ ☆ ☆Thanks so much for joining us at LGS!

  4. Awesome layout… well done on getting all your journaling on there. Thanks for playing along with us at Let’s Get Sketchy

  5. Wowsers. Look at all that patterned paper awesomeness. Awesome take on the sketch. Thanks for joining us at LGS. Deb xx

  6. Yup totally totally love this page, knowing all things contained in the pic is just a bonus but its so fun, the dino is so damn cute! Like seriously B you tell a story every damn time you scrapbook! I just love your stuff!

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