Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Once Upon A .... Sketch

Hi there,

I've had a bit of time on my hands lately so I've had heaps of fun exploring the online challenge sites. I hadn't participated in Once Upon A ..... Sketch for a couple of months so I thought I'd give their latest challenge a go. I like their sketches as journaling is an essential part of the criteria and I think it's really important to include journaling on our layouts. I'm so glad I did this challenge cos I had sooo much fun creating this layout!

The theme this month is "The Journey..." and here's the sketch.


Apart from using only one photo, I stuck to the sketch reasonable closely. I will often use multiple photos but this photo was such a great shot that I wanted to display it on its own. My daughter is sometimes reluctant to have her photo taken but on this day when I pulled my camera out after she got her licence, she jumped into the back of the ute on her own accord to pose for the pic! She was so excited!

Here's my layout:


I have two red-hot favourite stamps at the moment and this checkered one is one of them. It's from Stamp In Style and I love that I was able to really feature it here. I added texture paste through a TCW stencil over the top of some of the stamping and I love the subtle, transparent effect it created.

Here's a close-up:


I just love those silver balls! They're actually quite old - like 20 or 30 years judging by the packaging. They were in a bag of odds and ends my mum gave to me and they were just sitting around on my desk. I'm on a mission at the moment to actually use all those loose bits and pieces on my desk and I just love how these turned out. I'll be using those again, I'm sure.

I created a bit of a compass effect to the left of the photo using a chippie clock and cardstock strips. Apart from being decorative I was trying to include a bit of symbolism about my daughter's journey. The clock shows passing time and the compass shape indicates the new roads and directions ahead of her - no pun intended!

I enlarged another photo of her P-Plate and incorporated this into my title.


And here's my journaling:


If you like to include journaling on your layouts, hop over to Once Upon A ..... Sketch and give this month's challenge a go. There are some very talented ladies featured and the prizes are awesome!

Happy Scrappin'!

Heather


27 comments:

  1. The excitement is JUMPING off her face......like your thoughtful em bellies & I see why that stamp is such a fave, too:):):)

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  2. This looks wonderful Heather, and you can see the excitement in the photo.. and it is huge for them and for the parents who now have to watch them drive away on their own.. I always find it hard for many months when they are out.. so good to hear the door open at night and know they are home again!!

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  3. This is gorgeous!!! LOVING the photos, the layers and loving those silver beads!!!!!!

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  4. Oh WOW Heather that layout is amazing! love all the details and I could look at it for ages! how cool is that stamp! love your take on the sketch too. xxx

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  5. Oh my...just look at that joyful face...another step towards freedom for her and possibly a bit of anxiety for you. Love the black and white mixed media background and those little treasures from Mum's stash make the perfect finishing touch :)

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  6. Lol! That photo immediately put a smile on my face Heather! What a gorgeous fun layout you've created. Love it! Scary stuff when they start driving around on their own, but at the same time also nice for us not to have to take them everywhere anymore. :)

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  7. Heather what a great photo. I love your stamp too and the texture paste worked well over the top, there are so many little details to look at on this layout, its amazing. Totally understand your journaling.....

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  8. love your take on the challenge, fabulous details :)

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  9. Love the lace, ribbon and background. Fun picture! She's a doll!

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  10. Gorgeous photo, gorgeous page!!! You can see how excited your daughter was after getting her licence. Such a huge step for them and so scary for you.. Been there!! Even after many years it is still a worry, but I guess that's what parenting is all about! Looooove this layout Heather, so many interesting things to see. Love your background and I can see why that stamp is one of your faves! All of it is totally gorgeous!!! ox

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  11. Wow Heather! I absolutely love this! Fabulous background work. So fun and great design!

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  12. P is also for Priceless... That moment when you realise you are allowed to drive on your own...Her happiness shows on her face, a brilliant photo. I love that checkerboard stamp it is stunning and the gesso over it is so subtle. The title is so clever and I love your handwritten journalling. Congratulations to your daughter too. Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS this month.

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  13. Wow, what a fabulous page, Heather!! I can see why you like this checkered stamp so much - it totally rocks this page!! I love how you cut a close-up from the photo as part of your title and adore your journaling in your own hand about this happy moment. Thanks for joining us for the October Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge! I hope you’ll stop by our Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page to share your layout there. ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

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  14. Fabulous layout Heather!! So much fun... Great colours & gorgeous photo!! Love your background work with the stamping and texture paste. And those silver balls really do add a great touch to the layout :-)
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog... I was super excited to be published as a Design Diva Finalist in SC!!

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  15. What an awesome photo and such a great memory to capture! I love the design for this and how cool are those baubles?! they are awesome!!!

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  16. I love this Heather! The background work is fabulous! And your journaling beautiful :).

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  17. Such a cool moment to record (and I know how scary it is to let them go too). Your page is beyond awesome - that stamping is fabulous!

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  18. Gorgeous page Heather! Just love the stamping, the stenciling and the big bold title. But I mostly love the fabulous symbolism you've incorporated. This has all just come together beautifully!

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  19. Absolutely love everything about it... especially those little balls and how you've blown up part of the photo to make the title

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  20. I love how this layout in one way has a simplified design, but still is so jammed with details. And that photo is priceless :-) Fabolous page!
    Thank you for joining us at OUAS in October!

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  21. fabulous layout. I love the idea of a t-design and can't wait to try it out

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  22. He he her excitement certainly comes across big time, so well deserved!! LOVE the little silver bells and the masking/stamping. Cool with the big red alphas, just pops! Thanks ever so much for sharing your page with us at OUAS!

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  23. Gorgeous layout! I know it's hard when they grow up and gain their independence and we have to stand back holding our breath and watch. The details in your layout are terrific. Love the moulding paste over the stamping! All the little extras make the page fantastic! Drop by sometime! Would love a new scrappy friend! All the best! :)
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  24. Congratulations on your gorgeous LO being featured on the Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

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  25. this is such a cool LO! so many interesting details on it! love the loudness of your page!
    thank you for joining us at OUAS!

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  26. Oh Heather what a great layout this one is! Just so fun, and your "P-Plate" title is absolutely inspiring - LOVE this. Such a fantastic slant on the challenge too - very original. xx

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  27. Hi Heather, wishing you a huge congratulations for being named a Top 5 Designer Pick for the October Once Upon A...Sketch challenge with your stunning layout!! How exciting. ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

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