Bella’s 1st Birthday – ScrapMuch? Sketch-y Friday Reveal

Hello October. Hello Fall.

Hello first Friday of the month, which means it’s time for ScrapMuch? Team A’s double page reveal for this month. So without further adieu, I do believe it’s time to share what I created this week (and it’s pretty stinkin cute if I do say so myself!).

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This layout is of yes, my sweet girl Bella’s First Birthday celebration. The entire page uses the Bella Blvd Riley collection, as well as some Bella Blvd enamel dots. I also managed to sneak in a Heidi Swapp Minc chipboard embellishment that was gifted to me by a friend at this year’s Teresa Collins Vegas event because it just worked so purrfectly! I chose to outline the letters in the title just to help them pop off the page a bit better. I’m not so sure Bella was happy about this celebration, but I’m sure she’s long forgotten it. I wonder what her wish was…

Here is the sketch we had to work with this week:

So now it’s your turn. Hop on over to the ScrapMuch? blog to see what the rest of the team has created for your inspiration this week. I hope you feel inspired enough to join in and share your creations with us. As always, when you link up you have the chance to win a fabulous ScrapMuch? prize too!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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February Stuck?! Sketches

Just a quick post for now to get my two February layouts for Stuck?! Sketches submitted just under the wire. There isn’t much time left to play along with these, but a good night of creativity like I had last night and you can get in on it too! I’ve taken a new look at how I approach these challenges and it’s making me personally feel good. I’ve also streamlined which sketch sites I will play along with, and to quote Ali Edwards, “It is ok”.

So here is the February 1st sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

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Most of this layout is from Simple Stories 24/7 line. Wood hearts are Studio Calico; flower and feather are Bella Blvd.; button is American Crafts; heart pin is Little Yellow Bicycle; playing card was from a Williams Sonoma Christmas cracker (yes, really!); stamp is Tattered Angels and ink is Stampin’ UP! Chocolate Chip.

And here is the February 15th sketch:

And here is my take on the sketch:

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I returned to my stash for the bulk of this layout and it felt great to use papers I’d been hoarding for the “perfect” picture/sketch/whatever. The patterned paper is all Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante (circa 2010); title stickers are Basic Grey with a Pink Paislee @; washi tape is both Tim Holtz and Bella Blvd; flower is Bella Blvd.; chipboard medallion, quote and sequins are all Teresa Collins; brad is Amy Tangerine; pearls are Melissa Francis; white pen is Signo roller ball. What I love about this layout is how I was totally comfortable to mix lines, manufacturers, old, new, essentially everything. I was scrapping for so long trying to keep in same line/manufacturer/new.

It felt good to be in my room playing again. I even finally threaded my sewing machine and stitched on my second layout! And now I want to sew on EVERYTHING!!!! I do have some layouts to post that I didn’t get uploaded in time for old challenges, but I still like them, so I’m still going to post them. They were all created in the last month while I was re-evaluating just what I wanted to do with my craft. I’m pretty satisfied with the answers I came up with.

Thank you Laura for 2 great sketches and the opportunity to play along! I’ll be around to catch up on blogs and comments soon!