Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Scrapbooking Global January 2019 Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Scrapbooking Global blog hop. I'm so excited to be guest designer for this months hop!

The theme this month is based on a sketch, shown below. I love sketches and use them often as a starting point for my layouts. Sometimes they end up looking very similar, sometimes they look nothing alike. But they do serve a purpose. It's so much easier to start a layout with something to use as a starting point. That's how I look at a sketch.

I will admit that I found this a bit more difficult than I thought I would. Normally I choose my photos first and then my sketch based on my photos. This time I was given the sketch and had to choose my photos based on the sketch. But once I decided on a photo all was good. It did, however,  end up going in a very different direction than I intended it going.

Here's a look at my contribution to the blog hop.

Let's talk about the borders first. I had this image in my head of stamped borders but wanted to step it up a bit. I decided to create an ombre look with some stamped images on it. I'm so happy with the way it turned out.

Here's how I did it.

  1. I measured 2-1/2" inches in, on both sides of a whisper white 12x12 and used temporary adhesive and a piece of grid paper to mask the inside of the card stock.
  2. Then I used a sponge brayer and crushed curry ink to brayer on some colour. I made a point of always starting on the inside and working my way out. This caused the border to be a bit darker on the inside and gradually get lighter as I worked my way to the outer edge. I continued to add layers of ink until I was happy with the colour. Then repeated the same process on the other side.
  3. Then I chose a couple images from the Bloom by Bloom stamp set and stamped them down both sides. 
  4. Once I was happy with the way they looked, I removed the masks in the centre of the card stock and any adhesive left behind.

To finish off the borders I added a strip of the narrow washi tape from the Pick a Pattern washi tape package. I think this really makes the borders pop. 

The focal point is where everything changed from my initial intentions. I had several wallet sized photos left from my daughters grade 11 year. I thought I should do something with them instead of just throwing them away. My initial thought was to do something for her school album but I normally use an 8x10 for their school album so I decided to do something for our family album. I used three of the exact same photo and fanned them out. It's hard to tell unless you look closely at the tree stump. 

Grade 11 was a big year for my daughter and I wanted that reflected in the journaling on this page. I didn't want it to be a simple layout mentioning her grade 11 year photo. I wanted to really tell the story of the struggles she went through and how she accomplished her goals. The title doesn't necessarily speak to the photo, but it does to the story. And for me the stories are the reason I scrapbook. 

Now that I've rambled on and on, be sure to hop through the other blogs to see what they created using this sketch as their starting point. You are sure to be inspired!

To visit Cheryl's blog simply click the next image.

Thanks so much for stoping by. If you are not yet a member of the Scrapbooking Global - Stampin' Up! group on Facebook, be sure to join for lots of scrapbooking inspiration.



Libby Dyson said...

I love that Botanical Butterfly DSP and you have used it well in this layout. Thanks for sharing Sherry

Vicky W said...

What a great layout Sherry. TFS

Sharon Dalton said...

I am surprised that you found this sketch a lil more difficult than you expected...
Sometimes a simple sketch throws our mind into oblivion because there are not too many design elements. Love the simplicity of your design and the great step by step photos.
Thank you for being Jan's Guest Designer, I do hope that you will get the exposure that you so deserve..
Cheers Shaz

Susan Hurley-Luke said...

What a special page this turned out to be. I love your borders. Thanks for sharing your thought process too.

Jessica Brigden said...

I love how bright and cheery your Page is!

Shel Anderson said...

WOW! Amazing layout!

LOVE the makes the whole layout pop! Thanks for the inspiration.

Kris McIntosh said...

This is such a beautiful page. I love how you used sponging to create the central panel from the sketch. Thanks for sharing your hints and tips. Absolutely love this page.

Cynthia McQueen said...

I love the creativity you put into this page with both the fanning of the photos and the ombré ink. Nicely done! And she is lovely!