Scrap Retreat – Sketch Inspired

Earlier this month the Scrapstorian Design Team (Shar, Brande and Cheryl) and a couple of our closest friends (Rosa and Nikki) got a chance to scrap together and oh was it fun!

As the design team member who lives out of province, it isn’t very often I get a chance to sit down and get creative with the rest of Scrapstorian or our friends – so when it does happen, I love every single little scrapbooking second of it! We used to annually, at least but sadly not in the last few years, attend one of our favourite scrappy chick’s retreats in Canmore, Alberta (shout out to Stephanie!)  – well we got back to it this year and holy heck we will never let that much time pass between retreats again. It was like a cold, yummy glass of embellished water after a 4 year long scrap retreat drought. Ahhh

Throughout our weekend of scrapping, our wee group of besties will often challenge each other to use certain projects, techniques, scrap lifts or sketches. One of the sketches we played together with this retreat was the June 1-2018 Let’s Get Sketchy Challenge:


Rosa (our good friend and always welcome and encouraged Scrapstorian honorary design team member) and I both tackled this sketch during the weekend. I was draw to the stars, circle and double photo format to no one’s surprise.

For my take on the sketch I used the amazing Jillibean Soup – Bohemian Brew Collection that I won as a gift from the amazing Jillibean team. I absolutely love this set. Huge heartfelt thank you to Jillibean! Not only is it as cute as all get-out with its little VW Van all over the place and the best puffy stickers; the colours include a deep navy blue and a deep burgundy burgundy – I love scrapping with these colours especially when popped with teal (my favourite-ist colour). Love!

I was all about the layers with this layout and made sure to journal pen stitch each layer’s edge so I would have some messy pen already on the page – I find this helps me feel more comfortable journalling. The already messy pen stitch is sort of permission for my messy pen writing in some way! Here is a look at my take on the sketch:


For Rosa’s take on the sketch she started with a kraft background, added sweeping strokes as background with Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink, Distress Ink and the layered some coordinating yellow/white patterns from her stash.She then tucked in a stars & circles cut file in black and titled with a chalkboard styled phrase. To finish it off, Rosa journal pen stitched the edges and created some additional texture with Ranger Ink, Enamel Accents in black. Here is Rosa’s take on the sketch:


I love that in the end totally without even knowing it, both Rosa and I used Ranger Ink, Enamel Accents and journal pen stitching on our pages. Great minds scrap alike!

More posts on our creations from the retreat coming soon.



  1. Love your take on the sketch. Thanks for joining in with us this month at Let’s Get Sketchy.

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