You know I'm a big fan of sketches. For me, they're one of the best ways to get albums completed quickly and beautifully. So, I've been keenly following several blogs for interesting sketches. This month, I noticed a fab sketch (and challenge) on the Purple Pumpkin blog and tried my hand at it!
This is the sketch:
This is my take on it:
I'm pretty loyal to the overall design, but as usual, just following a plan isn't as easy as it's cracked up to be. I had a terrible time wrangling my Silhouette. The shape design feature not longer includes circles (kind of wishing I hadn't installed that last update...) and as usual, it didn't cut all the way through the cardstock. Not a problem on the oval, but I did spend quite a bit of time using my Xacto knife to cut the title.
I used many older products on this page; things that have been waiting in my stash for years. You might recognize the patterned paper as something that was popular in the early part of this century, but I was delighted how it mimics the wall H is leaning against and even has the same colours! It was obvious I had to go with a light blue/green/dark blue colour scheme, even though when I originally looked at the photo, I thought a cream/blue/red colour scheme would work well.
The monogram letters are also an older product. I remember buying them at a scrapbook club when H wasn't even a year old yet. And even though the purple stands out a bit too much, the blue and green letters seemed to be a perfect fit with the papers and the sketch.
The dinosaur assortment, in lieu of flowers, isn't quite as old. You may recognize these embellishment's from the Abbey Road collection from My Mind's Eye. They fit a boy's page better than flowers and support the journaling--which is about my son playing with his dinosaurs.
I'm very happy with how this page has come together. It's a great addition to my 2009 album.
Thanks for putting out the challenge, Purple Pumpkin!