Sketches Are My Favorite Things

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I do love sketches.  You may have noticed that I have linked a sketch with most of my vacation layouts.  When you are trying to scrap 250 photos, it is nice to not have to think quite so much.  (Yes, yes, I could put more photos on a page… and I will.  However, I really like 1 and 2 photo layouts.)  As I have said before, sketches also get me out of my comfort zone.  I purposely choose sketches that are different than my typical style.  You can’t learn if you don’t try new things!

There really are a plethora of sketches available online.  Of course you could be like me and stalk Pinterest in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep.  There are plenty of scrapbooking sketch boards to look through there.  Most large online scrapbook stores offer forums that have sketch challenges or have sketch challenges on their Facebook pages. I am not affiliated with any scrapbooking businesses, so I won’t post them here.

For those of us in the blogosphere, there are a number of sketch blogs that should keep you busy for years.  I am going to link a few here, in case you don’t want to go blog hunting on your own.

The Scrap Our Stash Challenge Blog features a sketch each month along with examples of how designers have used it.  A random winner is drawn each month to receive a gift card.

Sketches In Thyme features a sketch 4 times a month with prizes provided by sponsors.

Sketch Savvy is a blog I’ve mentioned in a previous post.  It’s currently my go-to for fabulous sketches.

For this layout I used a sketch from one of my favorite scrappy stores.  I chose it for two reasons.  First, it is nothing like what I would come up with on my own.  Pretty much any time you see a white cardstock background, you know I’ve used a sketch or taken the idea from another scrapper.  Additionally, it eats up scraps!  Every piece of paper on this layout is a scrap.  You know how I love to use my scraps.

Universal Love

The process was super quick on this one.  I found 6 pieces of paper that went together fairly well from my scrap pile.  Then I cut each one down to the same size (roughly 3×4) before using a corner chomper on them.  It did take some fiddling for me to decide which pieces were going to go in which position.  Then I cut the banners from the remaining scraps.  I don’t have a banner punch, so I had to cut the banners by hand.  From there I added some twine, stickers, and flowers.  (Yes!  I finally found a project that used those tiny little flowers!  It’s the little things that excite me.)  The only daunting task for me was getting the twine tied around the brads at the top.  I may have had to count to ten a few times as the twine slipped and refused to behave.

Universal Studios tip:  Make sure you have your tickets purchased and with you before you get to the park.  The line for buying tickets can be awfully long in the morning.  They will let you into the park before opening, but will stop you shortly after you get inside.  We were able to do a little shopping before the park officially opened.

 

A Little Cotton Candy

If I haven’t mentioned it before, I have an allergy to dairy.  Honestly, it’s not that big of an issue when I am eating at home.  (Cashew milk is the best!)  Eating out can be tricky.  Dessert can be darn near impossible.  So when we went to Universal, I was looking forward to some cotton candy.  Now I knew the cotton candy was going to be a bit bigger than normal, but holy cow!  I had not imagined that it was half the size of an adult.

Luckily, my niece offered to help me out.  There was seriously no way I could begin to tackle that thing by myself.  I took a picture of her holding it, because I wanted to document the enormity of it all.  It’s bigger than her torso!

A little cotton candy

I actually really love this photo, even though it isn’t the best quality.  It has two of my absolute favorite things… my niece and heaps of sugar.  It also clearly shows some of the whimsy of Seuss Landing.  The bright colors do make this area a bit magical for me.  I grew up reading Seuss and admiring his imaginative illustrations.  For me, it was important to create a layout that did the photo justice.

Looking through my Pinterest boards, I stumbled upon sketch #153 by Susan Stringfellow.  If you haven’t seen her work, it is AMAZING!  I was able to trace it back to the Sketch Savvy blog.  Before writing this post, I didn’t know that blog existed.  Now I am obsessed with it!  I have admired her work for years.  You may see a ton of her sketches pop up here in the future.

My favorite part about this sketch is that I could use my scraps.  I keep ridiculously small scraps that any normal human being would throw out.  I was able to sort through those tiny bits of paper and match the colors to the ones in Seuss Landing.  (Hello branding strips that I kept just in case I ever found a use for them.)  I was also able to use up a few larger scraps to place behind the photo.  This is going to be one of my “go to” sketches when I’m feeling like eating up some scraps.

Once I had my strips cut, I placed them willy-nilly along the side and glued them down.  Next came the stitching which is far from perfect.  (Perhaps I shouldn’t have been making the holes while sitting in front of the television?)  There is no such thing as a straight line in the world of Seuss, right?  Then I needed a bit of embellishment.  I pulled a couple more scraps and used my Sizzix to cut the circle and heart.  Then I added in the chipboard stars.  (I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love chipboard stars.)  Lastly, I finished off with a few enamel dots and confetti hearts.  With all of the different patterns in the papers, I felt that was plenty of embellishment.

stacked heart

This is one of the few layouts that went together really quickly for me.  I didn’t have to languish over placement of anything since it’s supposed to be whimsical.  Everything is a bit off kilter, which suits my style and skill perfectly.  Even the little embellishments were placed with minimal fuss.  The end result is exactly what I wanted.

Travel tip (since I am trying to help out anyone visiting Orlando):

If you plan on going to both Universal and DisneyWorld, consider a split stay.  Since we were only visiting Universal 1 day, we didn’t stay at a Universal resort.  However, if we had planned on going 2 or more days, it would have been much better to have stayed in a Universal hotel.  Universal guests get into the parks an hour early to visit the World of Harry Potter.  They also get to use the express line for most rides.  If your family likes rides, this is definitely the way to go.