Monday, February 9, 2015

The Memory Nest Make it Monday #34 February Sketch Challenge #2

Hello everyone!  It is time for another Sketch Challenge from The Memory Nest - this is the 2nd challenge for the month of February.  I really hope you will play along with us - not only will you create what I am sure will be a FAB-U-LOUS Layout - you could WIN a GIFT CERTIFICATE to THE MEMORY NEST too!

I thought I would do something a little different on this blog post / sketch challenge. I want to take you along with me, and give you a little insight on how I go about interpreting a sketch, and designing a layout.  I hope you continue to read through my creative process:

Step (1) First UP  "THE SKETCH"  - Yes, its "ALL about The Sketch, 'bout The Sketch, - No Trouble!"  (Okay who else has "All About the Bass" running through their brain now?? - sorry about that!)

But that is what a Sketch means to me -  "No Trouble" or "Less Trouble" Scrapbooking!  They really help me to complete layouts, and to make some headway with all of the photos that I take, and memories that I want to record!  AND - when you play along with a Sketch Challenge, you get a chance to WIN something too!

Without further ado - let me show you this AWESOME Sketch, that was designed by Leslie Germain.

I decided to go along with 2 photos as shown in the sketch.  That's the cool part - I could have easily have selected 3, or even turned the 2 photos into 4 - as long as you can look at the sketch, and look at your layout and "see" the sketch design in you project - I feel that it is all about how YOU "Interpret" the sketch.

Step (2) - I pulled out my box of printed photos, and started looking for (2) 4x6 "landscape" sized photos as shown.  Well, I wasn't that successful, as one of the 2 photos that caught my eye was "portrait."  I decided to use it anyway, and just trim it down a bit, and since, as I said above, sketch challenges are all about "your" interpretation of the sketch - YES - you can do that!!

Step (3) Next, I try to find my color scheme for the layout.  To do this, I usually try to work off the colors in the photos.  (Although, sometimes it is all about the paper that is "calling my name" at the moment! - or that I just bought and really want to use!)

In this case, the 2 photos that I picked had very vibrant colors. I began to dig through my drawers and boxes of "MISC" pattern papers and "KITS" to see what would look best.   I came across one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE Paper Collections - Marrakesh, by Basic Grey.  I originally made a mini album with this paper line for my cousin's engagement party, many years ago - and had quite a few papers and scraps left - many of them in the correct square shape needed for the sketch!!  BINGO!!   
*As an ADDED TIP - I usually place most of the papers/elements on the base page BEFORE I glue them down, and sometimes even take a picture of the page with my phone - A. to get a different perspective and  B. to look at when it is time to reassemble and glue down.

Here is my take on the sketch!

As you can see, I used 4 different patterned papers, along with the soild orange background and blue base paper
 - I love the Orange and Blue combo!
I added the journaling on a small tag 
- to which I added a "Hidden Mickey" to, too!
I also searched my "stash" for coordinating embellishments /gems/fibers Et cetera, to add to the layout too.

And here are some close ups for you too!
I layered stickers on top of the chipboard elements from the Marrakesh Collection, and even added a green pearl embellishment on top of it! The blue word "Adventure" - as well as "Epic" are from Heidi Swapp.

I love to create hidden pockets behind photos by adding 1/2 inch 3D Foam Dots to only 3 sides of a Mat, in this case, I left the top open, and inserted an embellished tag, which I journaled on both sides about our trip.
I hope that gives you a little insight on how I approach a Sketch or Sketch Challenge, and that it motivates you to give it a try and play along with me sometime!

Here are the items that I used for this Layout:
Base - "Around the Block" - #00237 - Ride the waves
Basic Grey Marrakech: 5 different pattern papers, Element Stickers, and Chipboard Elements
Powder Puff - Marichino Cherry  and Blue Moon Chalk Inks
Heidi Swapp - Words Hs01109 and HS 00654
Tim Holtz Tag Die
Queen and Co -Twinkle Goosebumps
Various Assorted Bling/Brads/fibers and cardstock

* I am also linking this post and layout to the latest Paper Issue Blog Challenge!  "Perfect Pairing" - 2 of my favorite colors - Orange and Blue -and a "Perfect Pair" - my husband and I celebrating our 30th Anniversary  - at Disneyland! Hop on over  and Check it out too!*

As always, THANK YOU for stopping by and feel free to leave a little "Bloggy LOVE" if you have a minute!

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri


  1. Love reading about your process!! Great song btw and how cool that you sometimes snap a phone pic to get a different perspective. I do the same thing as you - place as many products down before glueing, allows you to make changes. Sometime I just lift edges and add adhesive if I am afraid I won't be able to place it the same way. LOVE your layout and how you used the sketch! The colors and products used are amazing!!! They bring out the colors in your lovely pictures!!!

    1. Thanks Leslie! YOUR sketch really was a GREAT inspiration! Thanks for the bloggy love <3

  2. So enjoyed reading your post and learning that you make pages pretty much in the same way as I do. The photo is nearly always the main focus for my colours too. I love the balance your two different photo orientations give to the page and the vibrant colours and patterns of your papers are stunning.

    1. Thanks for the kindness Jane! I just love the colors too! So sad that they discontinued this line... I wish I had purchased more!!

  3. WONDERFUL take on this sketch...that paper /embellie collection scream life!-so vibrant and this!

  4. This is gorgeous! LOVING the colors and the photos!!!!!

    1. Thanks Julie :-) I thought they were a "Perfect Match!" too!

  5. Love reading about how you create a page....very similar to how I work. The paper you chose for this page is just gorgeous and I love the little journalling tag tucked in behind your photo, what a fantastic idea.

  6. LOVE your page! The colors, the patterns, the pictures!


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