Hello Crate Paper friends! It's Emily, and we're still celebrating the Happy Holidays Blog Event, today I've got the December Sketch Challenge to get your weekend started right. In keeping with the holiday giving going on this week, the prize is a $40 gift certificate to www.twopeasinabucket.com! I hope, even with the busy holidays, that you'll find some time to create a layout, card, or project inspired by the sketch.
The same rules always apply:
- You have until midnight (MST) Friday the 24th to work on the sketch. That's one week.
- Projects must use at 50% Crate Paper products, new releases are not required.
- Sketch can be a layout, cards, tags, or other project.
- Scan/Photograph your project and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Winner will be selected based on quality or invention of work and I'll announce them and share some other entries on Monday the 27th.
This month's sketch was inspired by a stack of presents under the tree. I told you last month that you'd get some typographic elements too, a column for journaling, and a multi-word title work well with this sketch. Lots of spots for pictures or replace some of the blocks with embellishments. I hope you have fun with it!
I was looking through my digital elements and realize I had a photo cluster from www.designerdigitals.com that was almost exactly the same design as the stacked blocks in the sketch. Instead of putting individual photos in each frame, I used one photo and was able to cut out the distracting elements in the photo. I mirror imaged the design, so the feel is very similar. I also shrunk the design down, the photo cluster is actually a 4x6! I used the Snow Day collection, I love how the Candy paper looks like lights on the tree! My photo had lots of red and purple, colors that weren't dominant in this line. However with the nice neutral grid of Flakes, I was able to add some fun colors that didn't clash.
Anne Jo featured her hometown harbor in the winter, in her note to me she said how she's been taking lots of photos with her iPhone lately, and the snow just makes everything look new and different. I love the idea of her layout! All the snowflake elements in the paper, the rub ons, and the chipboard easily support her theme. We used the same kraft colored grid of Flakes, but created totally different looking pages.
Please take some time this holiday season for yourself and join us. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!