Tuesday, 14 May 2013

A Reason to Smile

There have been many times throughout my scrapbooking life when I have been oh so grateful for the sheer number of inspirational sketches that are available, especially when I sit at my table with my photos and paper in front of me and my mind is absolutely blank. Sketches have many times given me the boost I need to get started on a layout, as well as many ideas on what to add for that finishing touch. Thank goodness for sketches!

Today I am over at The Memory Nest sharing a layout I did for this month's Sketch Challenge.
This picture was taken one October morning when it was raining cats and dogs, absolutely pouring down sheets of water right at the time, of course, when we needed to leave for school.

The paper I used for this layout is from American Crafts.

One of my favorite details on this page is the subtitle: "you make me happy when skies are grey". This sentiment was on the bottom strip of the patterned paper, alongside the UPC code, and because it fit so beautifully with the story on this page I added it as the subtitle.
The stars that highlight the bottom of the photo are also from the bottom strip of the patterned paper. The chipboard flower and cloud are from October Afternoon.
The title on this sketch was written on its side, and while I often find this to be a bit challenging and outside my comfort zone, I followed along and am really happy with how it turned out. My title is a mix of letters cut with my Silhouette (font: Kristin ITC) and Thickers from American Crafts.
Be sure to stop by The Memory Nest today to see what others have created based on this sketch. I don't know about you, but I always find it interesting and inspiring to see how differently people can create when they are following the same source of inspiration.

18 comments:

  1. Love your page. So glad that we connected, Rachel!

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    1. Thanks Leslie. This month's sketch challenge really gave the boost I needed to use this photo. Thanks for hosting these challenges every month - I love them.

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  2. What a couple of CUTIES. I like your scrapping style on this alot. I just started following you via bloglovin
    stopping by from Angel's Any Thing Goes Linky Party at Sew Crafty Angel
    Carolyn @ iamthecraftylady.com
    I hope you will stop by for a visit!

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    1. Welcome Carolyn! Thank you for stopping by. I have visited your blog - love the quote and title page and the crafty gallery full of incredible sketches.

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  3. Lovely! www.craftykards.blogspot.com

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  4. Very sweet page! Love how you incorporated those circles! Thanks so much for linking up at purplemailbox.com :)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comment on my layout. I look forward to linking up at purplemailbox.com again soon.

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  5. I love seeing all the projects that come out of Leslie's challenge.
    Great work!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Thanks Lanaya. I agree, amazing work comes out of Leslie's challenges.

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  6. Oh I love this layout, the quote and the papers and of course the beautiful photo. Love it all!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Leslie.

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  7. Stopping by from LLL - awesome layout!!

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into Paradise TGIF Link Party.

    I hope you will come party with us next week and see if you were featured! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

    Have a great week!

    Hugs! Cathy

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Cathy. I am happy to share at your link party.

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  9. I love your page, and the adorable photos. Too cute. Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent.
    XO
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy. This was a favorite picture of mine that I was happy to finally scrap. Thanks for stopping by each week and for all your lovely comments.

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