Sketchy Saturday

I managed to squeeze out 3 sketch layouts this past week despite being busier than usual 🙂  I used sketches from Citrus Twist Kits, Studio Calico, and Life. Paper. Scrapbook.  I made the Citrus Twist Kits layout this past Monday when it unexpectedly snowed (again!) in Dallas.  It was my first official snow day EVER, and I loved it!  If there weren’t so many car accidents, I would want more snow days just for hibernation purposes.  I felt like I was playing hooky from school even though I was given permission to stay home.

The sketch from CTK can be found here, and here’s my interpretation:

Kensington PalaceEverything on the layout is from the February Main Kit except the letter stickers (OA Flash Alpha in Meringue) and mists (OA Sprinklers in Carbon Copy and Token).  I love the lace trim that came in the kit.  The buttons were also fun to use since I don’t embellish with buttons very often.  The photo is the outer facade of Kensington Palace in London.  We decided to visit the museum on a whim as we walked by while touring the Kensington Gardens.  The Palace was home to many members of the Royal Family including Princess Diana.  There was an exhibit with several of the Princess’ gowns and other outfits when we visited.

The second layout, using this Studio Calico sketch, is about the Tower Bridge.  It’s one of the most beautifully ornate bridges I have laid eyes on.  I love the blues and gold that color the bridge.

Tower BridgeThe paper on the left and also fussy cut under the title is from Chic Tags.  All the vellum elements are from Studio Calico.  The enamel dots are from various lines including Twine + Ink, Freckled Fawn, and My Mind’s Eye.  I love the mix of colors and sizes of the dots scattered across the page 🙂  The hearts are stamped using a Lawn Fawn clear stamp set.  The background paper is from Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm”.

The March Sketch Challenge from Life. Paper. Scrapbook is sponsored by Scrapbook Circle which is a kit club I considered joining before deciding on CTK instead.  The photo is another from London and was taken at the Tower of London–one of my favorite tours from the entire vacation.

Our Funny YeomanThere is so much history that took place at this castle…a lot of it quite gory.  It’s also home to the Crown Jewels which are magnificently displayed throughout several rooms and halls.  I’ve never seen so many large diamonds and other gems in one place before!  The title is in reference to our tour guide (or “yeoman”) who kept our entire tour group of 50+ people entertained with joke after joke.  He definitely made the tour worthwhile!

Sketch Layout: Snowed Under (Life.Paper.Scrapbook)

Here’s another sketch layout! I made this one for Life.Paper.Scrapbook’s January sketch:

LPS January Sketch

Snowed Under

Instead of following the sketch exactly, I tried to do a loose grid design across the center of the page.  I did, however, follow the sketch in my photo placement although the size of my photo is slightly larger than specified.  I also used some scraps from my last layout since they’ll be in different albums.  Yay to not wasting paper!

The picture is of our car under a couple inches of ice and snow.  My fiancé and I were more than surprised to find our car in this state when we came back from our trip to Europe late last year.  We had parked the car in an outdoor lot of a hotel since it was cheaper to park there than at the airport.  Neither of us had ever lived in an area with snow, so we had no idea what to do.  I used an old gift card while my fiancé used keys to chip away slowly at the ice.  We did not have gloves with us and, soon, our hands got too cold work properly.  Good thing my fiancé thought to seek help at the hotel where we were loaned an ice pick (at least, I think that’s what the contraption is called) — much more useful than a gift card and keys!  We were able to clear the ice from the windshields to drive home safely.  If we ever travel during the winter again, we’ll be sure to park in the indoor lot!

For this travel album, I’ve decided to use the Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm” collection.  You’ll find bits and pieces of the collection on every page for probably the next month at least 🙂  I will also be scrapping all the pages for this album in reverse chronological order (shocker!)….Really, the only reason I’m doing this is because my photos just so happened to be organized this way in the folder….Hope it works out!

Now, your turn!  What’s something crafty you did recently that’s out-of-the-box for you?


Background Paper:  Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm” Pretty Painterly

Chipboard Stickers:  American Crafts “Remarks”, Amy Tangerine “Cut & Paste”

Wood Veneers:  Two Peas in a Bucket Exclusives, Studio Calico

Date Stamp:  K&Company Smash

Letter Stickers:  Dear Lizzy “Lucky Charm”

Other Patterned Papers:  Scraps from various collections

Layout Share: Have an A1 Day!

I made this layout for a Life.Paper.Scrapbook sketch challenge.  I actually just discovered their website yesterday and was excited to start participating in their monthly challenges!

The layout I made is another one for the “Breaking Bad” self-guided tour I took with my fiancee a couple of months ago in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I love “crumpling” the washi tape a bit for a more distressed feel.  I got the inspiration from Melissa Stinson through a layout she made for Citrus Twist Kits earlier this month.

Have an A1 Day!


Background paper:  “Confident” (Amy Tangerine–Yes, Please)

Accent papers:  “Poolside” (Crate Paper–The Pier), “Blue Dots/Stripes” (Simple Stories–Say Cheese), “Pictured” (My Mind’s Eye–Chalkboard Studio), “Feathers” (Echo Paper Paper Co.–Here & Now)

Embellishments:  Journaling Tag (Chic Tags–Everyday Life II), Printed Chipboard Shapes (Dear Lizzy–Polka Dot Party), washi tape, Amy Tangerine & BasicGrey letter stickers, Studio Calico & October Afternoon mists.