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!

Sketchy Saturday!

Today, I have two more sketch layouts to share from the Citrus Twist Kits and Studio Calico blogs.  If you’d like to play along, you can follow the links to see the sketches for the week 🙂  The first layout I’m sharing uses the 2/16 Studio Calico Sunday Sketch as inspiration:

Natural Bridge Caverns


It was really fun using a large-sized photo under a smaller photo.  The bottom half of the page uses paper from Elle’s Studio.  There’s also elements from Studio Calico (veneer hearts), Freckled Fawn (large turquoise gems), and Amy Tangerine (camera chipboard sticker) among others.  The pictures are from a large natural cavern near San Antonio, Texas.  The mineral formations were absolutely marvelous!  I couldn’t believe how large some of the stalactites and stalagmites were.  And to think they’re formed from minerals contained in slow-flowing droplets of water…talk about natural wonders!

The second layout is inspired by the 2/16 Citrus Twist Kits Sunday Sketch:

Mission ConcepcionAll the elements are from the CTK January Kits except the letter stickers.  The patterned paper strip at the left of the photo is composed of various triangles in different colors.  I decided to cut apart some of the triangles and layer them on top of the paper to create a dimensional effect.  These photos are from the same trip to San Antonio.  On our first day there, the fiancé and I were able to see two of the Spanish missions.  Mission Concepcion was the second mission we visited, and we specifically went there to see some of the original frescoes painted on the limestone walls.  The colors are designs of the frescoes are beautiful.  I just wish there was more of it to see!  Unfortunately, most of the frescoes are now gone due to natural wear through the years.

Thanks for looking!  –Tina.


Sketchy Saturday

I have a couple of layouts to share using two different sketches–the first sketch is from Studio Calico and the second is from  Citrus Twist Kits (the original sketch can be found by clicking on the respective hyperlink).

Pierre Herme

This layout uses the ultra-fun Dear Lizzy Ruffle Paper.  It was my first time using it, and I must say I’m in love!  It was a little difficult trimming the paper down to 10×10 due to the fragile tissue paper ruffles, but I managed 🙂  Tip:  do not try to trim ruffle-side up!  I found it cut much better in a paper trimmer when I turned the paper over to its plain cardstock side (duh moment!).  I added a white border around the ruffles using gesso and dirtied it up a bit with some Heidi Swapp Gold Lame and Mister Huey’s Opaque White mists.  I loved the way this layout turned out.  One of my favorites so far this year 🙂

Moments & a Sunset in the Tuileries

This second layout mostly used elements from Studio Calico’s “Printshop” line, which was featured in Citrus Twist’s January Main Kit.  The bright vellum pieces were really fun to work with.  I gave the silver washi tape on the left of the page a “ribbony” look by folding it in several areas.  The last thing I added was the hand-stitching along the bottom of the journaling and title.  The thread is a yellow/orange ombre–it’s one of my favorite things from the kit 🙂

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

Sketch Layout: & with a Pink Gun too (Citrus Twist Kits)

I used Citrus Twist Kit’s sketch for 1/19/14 as inspiration for this layout.

CTK Sketch 1:19:14


I didn’t have 6 photos for the event, so I just used the 3 I had in a vertical line instead.  The supplies I used mostly came from CTK’s December Main Kit with the exception of the letter stickers and ink splatters.  It was the last layout I made using that kit before un-kitting (is that a word?) and putting everything with my stash.

& with a Pink Gun too


The photos are from my fiancé and I’s first time going to a shooting range.  They gave us a brand new 22mm hand gun to shoot with.  It was a bit scary to hold a real gun in my hands for the first time, but the fact that it was a pink gun made it less intimidating  🙂  It’s said that women have better aim than men, and I guess the saying’s true since I was more accurate than both my fiancé and his male friend.  I kept the paper targets as proof in case they claim otherwise!  We had a wonderful instructor that made the entire experience safe and relatively easy.

Sketch Layout: French Fry Heaven (Citrus Twist Kits)

I’ve been subscribing to the Citrus Twist Kit Club for over a year now and have really enjoyed all the things that come in the kits.  I only get the Main scrapbook kit and find that each kit contains enough supplies to make at least 4 layouts with minimal stash additions.  Trina Craig, the owner of CTK, posts a sketch challenge every Sunday.  The winner of the challenge receives a $5 gift card to their store.  I’ve been trying to use my monthly kits to make layouts specifically for these challenges.  Click here for this week’s sketch.

This will be the second layout using my December CTK Main kit.  The first layout I made can be found in the CTK gallery here.  The original sketch has a sunburst design behind the photos, but I wasn’t really feeling sunburst-y at the moment so I went with a couple of paper layers instead.

Paper Layers

When I was satisfied with the placement of the papers and photos, I took them off the page and stapled them together so I won’t have to fuss with them again later.

Papers Stapled

Notice I stapled the patterned papers and the photo together.  I knew I was going to layer the second photo over this one so it wouldn’t show in the end anyways.  Two staples was all it took to keep everything together  🙂  Next, I worked on the background with some mists and stamping.  I was inspired by one of Anna-Maria Wolniak’s layouts where she repeatedly stamped a small image in different ink colors.  I chose three star-shaped clear stamps that came in previous CTK kits to do something similar but only using a couple of ink colors.

Star Background

To finish the layout, I glued the layers onto the background paper and added embellishments from the kit.  Here’s the final result:

French Fry Heaven

I actually made two mistakes during the layout process.  The first mistake was accidentally getting some roller adhesive on the right-hand side photo where the “YES!” die cut is.  I purposely put that die cut there to hide the mistake and created a tiny cluster around that area so it doesn’t look out of place.  The other mistake happened when I was trying to take off the “@” sticker next to the title.  The cork and underlying cardboard split as I was trying to remove it leaving only the cardboard backing.  I actually like the look of the plain cardboard so I left the “@” where it was without the cork veneer.  Just thought I’d share my clumsiness with the world and show that some accidents can be happy mistakes  🙂

All the supplies used on this layout was from the CTK December Main Kit or previous kits except the Bazzill white cardstock background, letter stickers, and Warm Calico Mister Huey’s.  Thanks for looking!

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.