It’s hard to believe the dog days of summer are behind us and the crisp fall days lie ahead.
With the start of the new month, it’s time for the ScrapMuch? team A reveal! We had an amazing bunch of submissions last month, both in quantity and quality! Wow! In keeping with routine, the first sketch of the month is a 2-pager.
Here is the sketch we had to work with:
And here is my take on the sketch:
This sketch was great to work with the multitude of photos I have from the Harvard Pilgrim 10k run I did 4 years ago. The race began at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA and ended on the 50 yard line in the stadium. It was also on July 4th of 2010, so I got to experience a lot of Independence Day festivities afterwards too! That was my second stadium run that year; the other being the Soldier Field 10 Mile in Chicago, IL. This was also my unexpected retirement run. As in, I haven’t willingly run another kilometre since. The day was hot and humid, I developed GI upset early on in the run and opted to not push it, and that my goal wasn’t a decent time, but just for the experience to finish on the turf of my favourite team. That being said, I did get to run through the inflatable helmet like the players do, and I cued up my iPod to Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train when I entered the stadium; the same song the players run in to.
On to the layout. As you can see I made a few modifications, but I’m still happy with the end product. It’s also very clean and simple, and the focus for me is in the journaling on the tag behind the photos on the left side page. I used the quote on the lower right as my jumping off point for the journaling. I wanted to address why that was my final run, and force myself to think deeper about life (yes, really). The quote reads: “All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.” ~James Thurber
I’ve also used a collection of products on this page and even dug into my beloved Scenic Route stash for the word strips and polkadot and grid paper. I thought it was fitting and well worth using. Thankfully, red, black and kraft are neutral and generic and work so well together no matter the manufacturer. Years ago when I took one of my first Ali Edwards workshops she said that was her go-to palette to have on hand, and I’ve since followed suit and agree.
I’d love for you to hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog and see what the rest of the team has created with this sketch. Don’t forget if you play along and share with us you will have a chance to win an awesome ScrapMuch? prize! Check out the ScrapMuch? blog for the deets on our monthly sketch challenge!
Have a creative weekend! See you again for sure in 2 weeks for my next reveal!