Monday, May 4, 2015

The Memory Nest MIM Sketch #39 - No More Snow!

Hello my Scrappy Friends!  

HAPPY MAY!  Can you believe it is MAY already!!???

Pretty soon we will be halfway through 2015! 
- where does the time go?!!

I hope you have lots of good scrappy FUN 
planned for this month! 

To help you along, I am sharing the FIRST Challenge for May from 
The Memory Nest Blog!

Here is the Sketch for
  "Make it Monday" "MIM" #39 Challenge:

I LOVE the simplicity of this sketch - There is not all that much to it - so it can easily be interpreted and transformed into so many directions - or you can follow it exactly, and have a Super Cute layout in your hands in no time!

But then there is me  - and my "need" to put EVERYTHING on the page!!  So the "Challenge" that I found with this sketch is its beautiful simplicity, because, as you all know, I am "all about the STUFF!"
(Many a scrappy friend has advised me to "step away from the page" while I sit there staring at it and try to figure out what else to add, and where to put it! LOL! )

As you can see, this Sketch only shows 1 Background Sheet, 2 Photos, 3 smaller pieces of paper under the photos, a Title and 4 embellishments.  I held true to the paper count for the sketch, 
BUT - I kind of  "embellished" on the embellishments!

So, without making you wait any longer - here is my take on the sketch:

I KNOW, I KNOW - enough with the SNOW!! But since we had SO MUCH of it this winter - I've got LOTS of pictures, and these are 2 of my FAVORITES!  It is actually the same photo, but I just enlarged and enhanced one of them.  This is my oldest son Nick, playing in the snow with our 2 Portuguese Water Dogs, Maggie and Valentino.  The close up photo on the right is silly Tino with his nose all caked with snow ( as he had been snorting it! ) and his mouth wide open! 

Maggie has her back to me in the photo, and Tino is mid jump! I just love the movement I was able to capture in the photo, as these 2 are always in perpetual motion!!  It is a little hard to see the 2 dogs since they are both black.  One of my new favorite embellies is "FLAIR" - and I added the "SNOW" flair that came with this collection along with a wooden snowflake and a coordinating red button.

I used a punch along the edge of 2 of the 3 papers.   I love this Fiskers edge punch - it looks like the edge of notebook paper and with a little distress ink on the edges, adds a little more interest to the layout.  I also loved all the little banners on the sticker page of this collection.  I decided to mat them and then outline them with a fine tip black marker to give them dimension, and then added them to the layout, along a piece of string with foam dots - to add a raised layer, also adding a coordinating chipboard element and a brad too!

Here is another close up showing the edge punch, and also how out outlined the bottom arrow sticker  from the sticker sheet, as well as used the black marker to create "stitching" on the top flag, and some "squiggles" made with the white gel pen on the teal flag - that I also added some chipboard elements here as well.

In this photo where you can see the outlined banners, and how I also outlined the month and year letter stickers as well.  You can also see the white squiggles added on the center teal paper too.  I think one of my favorite papers used on this page is the wooden pattern on the base page. This sketch really allowed the base page to be a "star" in the layout too!

Here are the items that were used in this layout:
Fancy Pants  - 
Timber Grove Collection 12 x 12 pack 
Timber Grove Sticker Sheet
Timber Grove Button Set and Flair
American Crafts Snow Wood Veneer
Ranger Distress Stains:
Fine Point Black Marker
White Gel Pen
3D Foam Dots

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I really hope that you find some time to play along with us at The Memory Nest Blog, and enter this first challenge for May - you can even WIN a prize!! 

((HUGS)) ~ Sherri