Thursday, April 9, 2020

March winners!

I apologize for the delay in announcing winners this month. I'm an "essential" employee and I have been very busy. Thank you to everyone who played along with our sketch challenges last month. Without further ado, here are our March winners!


 


and our randomly selected prize winner... Leanne!

Congratulations everyone! Please email Ashley at StickItDownChallenges@gmail.com

Monday, April 6, 2020

April double page team!


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Sharon 





You have until the end of the month to play along with any - or all! - of our sketch challenges. Just post a link to your creation in our sidebar. If you share on social media, be sure to tag #StickItDown.

  One randomly selected winner will receive a prize from Handipaper Etsy shop! We'll also choose one winner from each sketch to be a guest designer!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Antonia takes on the April double page sketch!

Hi everyone, it’s Antonia here with a quick blog post to talk about sketches.

This month’s double page sketch is one that I made for the SID blog. I wanted to show you a number of ways I used this sketch to encourage you to allow sketches to inspire your creativity, rather than limit it.
The first layout is the one the sketch was based on. Accordingly, the two are very similar, practically identical.
The second layout is a double layout in one of my ‘days out’ albums. The layout follows the sketch closely with the background papers and the positions of the embellishment clusters, but there is a marked difference here with the photos. On the left side, the single large photo is replaced with a collage of smaller photos. On the right, the two small photos stacked in a column are replaced by three photos arranged in a block.


The third photo is the least faithful interpretation of the sketch. The sketch here is flipped, by the way. These are two single layouts, but they both form parts of the same story. The main inspiration here from the sketch is how the photos are arranged on the pages – even though they are quite large photos, they allow the viewer to see the beautiful background paper. Even though the two layouts have completely different papers for the background, there is some cohesion achieved by using the same papers for layering and matting on both sides. There is no large title on these pages, instead more journaling was introduced – these changes were made to suit the purpose of the scrapbooker: to tell a story with words, as well as with photos.


The fourth photo goes back to follow the sketch a bit more closely: the placement of the background papers, the embellishment clusters, the large title and the journaling. The main difference here is the number of photos used on the right-hand side.


The last photo is a little challenge I set to myself. Why not use a double sketch for a single layout? As I only wanted to use two photos for this layout, I decided to just use one half of the sketch. I wanted layout 4 and 5 to look very similar, as they tell the same story, but for different people and in different albums. So, I used the same sketch, the same papers and similar embellishments for these layouts.

I love sketches, because I find them so very orientating. They come very handy when I have too many papers and embellishments to choose from, and my brain becomes incapable of making too many decisions… I am quite a stick-to-the-rules sort of person, so it took me ages to allow my creativity to guide my layouts, instead of making a perfect copy of a sketch. But now that I am able to allow my mood to take me to whichever direction it fancies, I would like to encourage you to embrace your creativity and use those sketches to suit your purposes!

Thanks for stopping by the SID blog today! You can see me talk a bit more about sketches and layouts in my process video HERE.

Don’t forget to keep popping back for loads more inspirations from our lovely and talented design team throughout the month! Happy scrapping, Antonia.



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April sketch reveals!


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Process video HERE & stay tuned in for tomorrow's post featuring Antonia!



You have until the end of the month to play along with any - or all! - of our sketch challenges. Just post a link to your creation in our sidebar. If you share on social media, be sure to tag #StickItDown.

  One randomly selected winner will receive a prize from Handipaper! We'll also choose one winner from each sketch to be a guest designer!

Friday, March 27, 2020

March guest designer... Kitty!


Hi, I’m Kitty, and I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I am happy to be guest designing for the March card sketch at Stick it Down!  I began making cards about 15 years ago after a friend invited me to do some stamping. Making cards is a way for me to bring joy to others. If my cards can put a smile on someone’s face, that makes my day! 

My card-making style would be considered “cute” and I especially enjoy animals, nature, and cute characters.  My three cats (Honeydew, Kiwi, and Snowie) provide lots of inspiration as well. I craft on a budget and don’t always have the latest and greatest in crafty products. Happily, I have a supportive hubby who occasionally treats me to new goodies to give me a boost - thank you, Brian!



The March sketch inspired me to make a winter holiday card. I make my Christmas cards all year long as it helps take the pressure off in November/December, especially since I enjoy contributing to holiday card drives.

The adorable gingerbread boy image is from Bugaboo Stamps.  I coloured him with markers, added Star Dust Stickles to his icing, and fussy-cut so I could pop him up on foam tape. The patterned paper is from Crate Paper, and I layered it on green and then red cardstock.  Behind the gingerbread boy, I stamped some flourishes (Inkadinkado).  I stamped a sentiment (Your Next Stamp) on a kraft scrap and adhered.  Lastly I embellished with red and green gems.

Thank you to Ashley at Stick it Down for having me as your Guest Designer!  Wishing everyone a joyful day!

Check out Kitty's blog HERE