Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Confession: The April sketch was super hard for me.

I guess this is why the challenge is a challenge, and why it's a good idea to use sketches every once in a while to stretch yourself creatively. Right?

The difficulty ran in how to choose photos, but the bonus was that I didn't have a lot of photos or "events" to choose from. In the end 947,368 soccer photos really doesn't add up to much when you are just hoping to highlight the actual event on a layout.

With that, as a reminder, the April sketch:

And this is what I came up with:

(Jenni Bowlin Studios paper, Jillibean Soup paper, Crate paper chipboard elements, Studio Calico date stamp, EK Success Bumpy road punch).

As always, I used my month stamp set from Studio Calico for the title. I am so glad I have this set, to be honest. It creates unity in my project and I see myself using it for years. I mounted it on pop dots to add some dimension to the top.

I've used that Crate paper chipboard dandelion like this before, and I can't stop. I had to punch two holes in it with my Cropadile and tie some brown jute. Had to.

I tied more jute around the empty space on the layout and added another chipboard piece, which was also mounted on pop dots to separate it from the sheer calendar.

I have a punch that matches the shape in Becky's sketch, but I just got my EK Success Bumpy Road punch, and I just had to use it. I just love it! It's so quirky. It's a great addition to my punch collection.
And that's it! I'm later than I hoped but earlier in the deadline. I consider this the grey area, which still makes me a winner! lol. Ack. You know how life goes. And my girls are throwing some amazing curve balls lately. In fact, we had to have an "emergency" pow wow date night the other night, because I was at a serious breaking point. And after two Appletini's and some conversation with my sweet hubby, we got some ideas and some issues ironed out, and we headed home to brave another day with our spawn. lol. Love those kids.
Anyway, today is the 19th, which means you have one more day to post your layout to the challenge post if you want entered in for a prize! The deadline is midnight on the 20th MY time. That might mean a whole extra day if you are a European or Aussie friend.
Have a great one!


  1. It'll be one *less* day for your European buddies! Hurry and submit, scrappers!

  2. Great Layout. I love how you "struggled" with this one... I think not. It turned out so fabulous!!!

  3. No, my European and Aussie friends have more time. As long as it's the 20th on my blog, it can be the 21st at their house.

  4. Your layout turned out awesome Davinie! I LOVE how those yellow dandelions look against the red polkadots, and the jute is fantastic!

  5. Yep your right Davinie. It's the morning of thursday the 20th right now which means I have a whole day (your time) to submit. I feel like a time traveller living down here sometimes hee!

  6. I love sketches when I need a jumpstart on my scrapping. I do have a hard time with 2-pagers though because I don't normally scrap 2 pagers. Maybe that makes it harder for you as well?

  7. Davinie - I love the papers you used, and I can't see how you possiby could have struggled when you produced such a lovely result! I've been admiring the date stamps you've been using since the beginning. I think I might need to look into getting a set too. Finally, yes, as an Aussie, I have taken advantage of the "extra" day to get my challenge in, LOL, in fact I often do!

  8. I've been playing catch-up this week! Here are some of my latest Project 12 layouts:
    I'm so glad you're doing this BTW! It helps me keep a re-cap of each month so I'll remember what we did, and I can go back and add in the pages from the events later when they're done.