Happy November, everyone! I’m a little bit later posting today due to all the Halloween festivities going on around here yesterday! November is going to be pretty exciting around here with our charity crop just around the corner. If you’ve not signed up yet go and see what you’re missing.
This month I’d like to introduce the fabulous Shimelle Laine as our special guest! Thanks for being part of The Studio this month, Shimelle. If you’re not already familiar with Shimelle’s work, go and check out her website. There’s a ton of inspiration over there! Shimelle is also going to be providing some spaces on one of her online classes for our charity: extravaganza later this month - watch this space!
So now, onto the challenge! You can use as many (or as few) parts of the challenge in your project as you’d like. We’d love it if you use all 3, but you don’t have to!
- Use the sketch provided
- You layout and journaling should be based on something you hope or wish for
- Use glitter in some way on your page
Yes, you heard me right. Use the sketch! This month Diana from Sketchy Thursdays has provided us with a special sketch for The Studio challenge! This woman has some serious sketchy talents – check it out:
Thanks, Diana, for sharing your awesomeness with us! I love this girl!
I have yet to collect the prize from Jay’s Crafts, so I can’t tell you what it is yet! I will share as soon as I can.
Here’s what the DT have done with this challenge – there’s some beautiful work here!
Special Guest ~ Shimelle Laine
In my head I like to do minimal but I so rarely get there on the page any more! This is pretty sparse for me and I had to walk away before I was tempted into adding clusters of embellishments around the stitched corners! I love how this sketch gives you more room for journaling than you might notice at first, because you can fit quite a lot inside the die-cut paper edge, and I preferred the look of that paper covered with writing rather than left stark and white. I have most of my photos printed at 4×6, so although I cropped them significantly, my photos are still larger than those in the sketch, which was fine for the size of paper I had on hand. As for glitter, I do love things that sparkle, but I must admit there are days when pre-sparkled things like glitter Thickers sound much more appealing than walking around town with glitter on my nose. Just some days, mind.
I followed the sketch pretty closely but flipped it over – it seemed to work better that way for my page. The leafy vine up the side was something I doodled in front of the TV and decided to cut it out and adhere it to my page.
I used glitter alphabet and accent stickers from Making Memories, and my journaling is simply stating that I hope my son remembers to always enjoy the little things in life. I don’t very often make themed layouts but, I have to say, I love how this one turned out!
I really loved using that sketch : )
My glitter addition is in the form of spray glimmer mists and I’ve also added stickles to the little tree at the bottom.
I’ve added hidden journaling behind the photo saying how I really hope that Louis remembers all the silly little things we all do together.
My journaling says:
For years, my wish was to have you back in my everyday life.
Who says wishes don’t come true.
My sister, my friend
I really loved the simplicity of the background paper. I wanted to help the floral and ivy springs stand out. I used Glossy Accents over the design to help them stand out without drawing to much attention to it.
First off, I’d like to say . . . WHAT AN AWESOME SKETCH!! This was so much fun for me to do!! I love working with sketches because there’s so many different things that serve as inspiration. I knew which papers I was going to use . . . SEI Moravia! The colors are awesome. They shouted FALL to me. I love that the leaves on the large piece of patterned paper are FELTED!! They add a lot of texture to the layout which you really can’t see from a picture on the internet. Then I found some pictures. Nice fall weather, leaves and a little girl are a perfect pair.
After looking at the sketch, I knew I would incorporate the following things: the 3 photos, the strip of patterned paper, and the little rectangle of paper off to the side. I also knew that I was going to have to find something that could lend itself to be the bracket shape that is on the sketch . .. how I love a good bracket!! I cut the pattered paper to 11 x 11 and then cut a 4 inch strip of plaid paper to add as the background to my pictures. I sanded the edges of the pics and then adhered them in a topsy-turvey sort of way to play off the falling leaves in the pictures. Then I found a bracket shape that I had and covered it in Tim Holtz Crackle Paint ( I love this stuff!!). It looked weird to have the background pattern paper peeking through so I added a strip of a different color. I think it adds a nice touch to the layout. Before adhering down the bracket, I tucked in the two journaling strips. Then I added expoxy embellishments as well as some bling.
Can’t wait to see your interpretations on this awesome sketch!
And finally, our November Guest Designer ~ Flora!
See, I told you they were beautiful layouts!
You have until 30th November to enter your layouts for a chance to win November’s prize! To enter your layout for a chance of winning the prize you need to upload a picture to your blog, gallery or the gallery here at the studio. Then post your link to Mr Linky in the sidebar! We’d love it if you came back and posted here too, but as long as Mr Linky has your link you’ll be in the running for the prizes! If you are struggling to upload for any reason then you can email me your layout and I will post it up for you.
We will also be selecting January’s guest designer from the entries to the November challenges. The rules are the same as always:
1. Join in with both September challenges (1st and 16th of month)
2. Come and get chatting in our community
3. Drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a few sentences about yourself and a link to your blog
Finally, don’t forget to sign up for the Charity: extravaganza taking place 13-15 November! There will be challenges, prizes and more all in aid of a very deserving cause. Click here for details! There are prizes to be won already – see this post for how to win!
We’ll be back in a day or two with the October prize winners and the December Guest Designer winner. See you soon!