Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Playing With Sketches

By nature, I am a clean and simple paper crafter, partial to linear designs.  As such, I find that I do not use circles as often as I could (or should), particularly large circles or circles that are a design focal point.  To remedy that, I set off in search of some sketches to shake things up a bit.

I found these two sketches with large focal circles and used a bit from each design to guide my page. The sketch on the left is from an unknown source.  It was posted on the Birds of a Feather Kit Co. site. The sketch on the right is from Kelly Purkey.

I loved the messy circles from the sketch on the left and I used those as my guiding principle.  Then I pulled in the strong horizontal element of Purkey's sketch, but flipped it to make a vertical strip.


This photo of my toddler learning to blow bubbles suited the sketches particulary well, I thought, especially the whimsical nature of the left sketch.  It was fun to do some messy sewing.


At the bottom of the page, I played with a fancier stitch. I used collections from Simple Stories for this layout, mostly 100 Days of Summer with a bit of Year.O.Graphy.

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25 comments:

  1. I love it, it's very fun! I didn't realize the circles were sewn until you mentioned it. What a special touch! Great idea to combine the two sketches.

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  2. I love the title going up the side and the sewing. Wish I could sew, or should I say wish I had the patience to deal with a sewing machine.

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  3. Fabulous layout. Love, love, love the stitching. I am now a follower.

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  4. love layout! i ned to do that too adding circles...

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  5. Good for you for going outside of your "comfort" zone, Izzy! I love the sewn circle. I'm too anal to sew like that, although I love to sew on my pages (but it's always in a straight line). LOL! This is such a fun page!

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  6. Great LO! I don't use circles enough either... and I'm never brave enough to machine sew on a LO. Yours is awesome.

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  7. You totally rocked it. I don't use enough circles either - but I am a sucker for die cut shapes.

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  8. Great idea in melding the sketches and the stitching is awesome! Very cute!

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  9. I love how you made this sketch your own! http://www.scrapyourcrap.blogspot.com/

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  10. love the example~you have a well understanding of your sewing machine LOL, awesome wok and adorable picture!!!

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  11. Awesome!!! LOVE your stitched circles!!! :)

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  12. I just love your layout Izzy! The stitching and the circle clusters are such a neat element to your layout!

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  13. Oh, I'm loving those stitched circles! Really brings the eye around the layout...beautiful!

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  14. Wow! Such a fun layout! I am loving the stitched circle!

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  15. WOW! I'm LOVING your layout! I love the simple stories collection and the way you have mixed the 2 sketches together! I am a clean and simple scrapper too - there are very few circles on my layouts either!! Your photo of your son is just so cute and perfect for this sketch! Thank you so much for the inspiration :-) x

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  16. Hey Izzy, just wanted to let you know I recognized you on my blog with the Liebster Award. Stop by for more info and to get your badge.

    http://kelseymel.blogspot.com/2012/01/its-major-award.html

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  17. Absolutely DARLING Izzy! I love those messy stitched circles. You did a wonderful job combining the two sketches.

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  18. Wooohoooo....look at YOU! circles...and messy ones too! Good job and pushing yourself to try something different...cuz it definitely worked! Fantastic layout! Adorable photo :)

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  19. Super cute!!! Loving your style! Thanks for the nice words on my blog, and for following ... I am also your follower! :)

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  20. Didn't know if you'd seen it or not, but noticed you'd won over on the Bella Blvd blog! :) At least, I'm pretty sure it was you ... not many Izzyb's around ... LOL Congrats!!

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  21. Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this!!!! I love love love love that photo, the colors ....and LOVING the stitching!!! :):):):):):):):):):):)

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  22. Hey Izzy...I also don't often use circles...but they seem to have a softening effect on a page....
    I love these skecthes though and your layout is great...
    Must try these definitely!

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  23. Oh wow, Izzy! You did an amazing job with these sketches! I love your cool and creative take on them!

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