Friday, November 25, 2011

Sketch #23-11

Welcome to S:CY Everyone!
We have a brand new 12x12" layout Sketch for you to enjoy.
Again, I worked at creating a multi-photo layout sketch for you. It's one that features space specifically for 2 slender pics... maybe ones that you've cropped smaller to pinpoint some aspect of each photo... There's also room for a larger "focus" photo where the eye can rest. That pic can be smaller than 4x6, as seen in the Sketch. The journaling area here is shaped, allowing for more creative license in that area as well. The accents suggested here are florals, but anything goes, it's up to you!
Lets talk about titles... Do you like fun ones? "Plays" on words? Maybe headline style, eye-catching titles? One word "attention-grabbers?" How about deciding on size: Big & long?? Smaller, mini-sized or somewhere in the middle?? Will your title be sideways, border-grazing,  or right-across-the-top as far as its' placement goes?
A title "area" is not suggested on this sketch.... I have purposefully left it up to you.
As you can see, this sketch provides LOTS of options. We'd love to hear what you think of this week's Sketch and we're excited to see what you'll create with it!
Sketch #23-11 created by
 S: CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald


We have a selection of DT members' layouts for you to enjoy, of course! Each one uses Sketch #23-11 as inspiration.
The DT Members' layouts span the seasons but I have noticed some fun colour palettes that are carried through several of them. We have a summer-y palette... an autumn-style one and a Christmas-y coloured one, too!
How fun is this? It was totally RANDOM!
Let's have a go at sharing that inspiration, now, and have a peek at what they all came up with!

"First Swim Meet" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member Heather Bridges Topich
Journaling reads: "You were SO excited- you finally got your hand marked for the 4th meet of the summer. You had your cap on from pretty much the moment we got to the pool... even though you would have to wait through 27 other events. You only had to stop twice on your lap- a huge accomplishment! Coaches Kevin and Jenny were so thrilled. You finally got to play with the big kids! SO proud of you, Bella!"

"HOW many did you have?" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member Patchi Moussatche
"Joy" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member Jennifer Cassista
"Merry" layout created by
S:CY Design Team Member Rita Barakat
"My boy" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member Renee Hagler
 [Notes~ Renee mentioned that "This is Pink Paislee paper and embellishment ("Old school" collection.  My absolute fave for boy layouts.  Classically cool.)" She also told me that the bling came from her stash.]
"Miss Priss: Tootsie" layout created by
 S: CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald
[Notes- I used the BasicGrey "Pyrus" collection for this layout
and reversed the sketch left to right.]

"My Brother, My Hero" layout created by
 S: CY Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko  
This week marks the end of November here at S: CY. Thank You to Carla Robinson, our November Guest Designer. We love your style and what you created with the sketches this month, and hope you come back to "Guest" with us another time! A hearty "Thanks" to you, Carla!
**Don't forget to pop over to Sisterhood of Scrap, a Forum that Carla owns/manages. There, you will find friendly scrappin' folks waiting to welcome you to a community that is both supportive AND creative! Lots going on there, so  be sure to check it out. ALL are welcome at SOS.  :o)**
The end of November also means that we end our current year here. Hard to believe, but 2011 is complete for us now... the S: CY Admin and Design Teams will take the month of December off from Sketches and creations on the Blog. We'll be back; in full force -- in January 2012!
I promise that I WILL be writing up a blog post or two, though, in the month of December, so be sure to keep us on your radar! One S:CY Blog post will be all about our Design Team Members' scrappy-favourites, so STAY TUNED.
Remember to be CREATIVE this season... it's such great stress management in a busy time, and so much fun, too!
See you soon!!          
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Card Sketch #9

Hello everyone!
Welcome to Sketches: Creatively Yours!
Today we have a new Card Sketch for you from Ann, our Senior Designer.
The sketch boasts space for blocks of patterned paper with a central embellie- a graceful oval shape is suggested.

As you will see, our Design Team had many different interpretations and came up with some beautiful cards using this Sketch. Let's have a look!

Card Sketch #9 created by
 S:CY Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko 
First, we have the pleasure of sharing an interpretation of this card sketch from our November Guest Designer, Carla Robinson.

"Holiday Greetings" card created by
S: CY November Guest Designer,
Carla Robinson

 [Notes: Carla told me that she received the darling snowman
 image that she used on her card from a stamped image swap. She added that "t
he paper is Bo Bunny 'Winter Joy.'  I inked all the papers with Pinecone  

(brown) ink. Sentiment is by Stampin' Up."]

"Thinking of You" card created by
 S: CY Card Crew 

Design Team Member Lindy Rabenstine
"Thankful for You" card created by
 S: CY Card Crew
 Design Team Member Michelle Hodges
[Notes: For this festive Thanksgiving card, Michelle told me that she used the colourful Bella Blvd. "One Fall Day" collection. She said: "I fussy cut the pumpkin and leaf. I added some black and blue bling to the flowers and a orange bling to the title strip. Very fun sketch!!"]
"It's Been Forever" card created by
 S: CY Design Team Member Renee Hagler
[Notes: Renee used Tinkering Ink patterned paper, a digital stamp by Mo's Digital pencil, markers by Copic, cardstock by Recollections and Prism, and a rubber stamp by Michael's for her card creation.]

"Merry & Bright" Christmas Card created by
 S: CY Senior Designer
Ann Seleshanko 

[Notes: Ann used Bazill cardstock, Imaginisce paper, a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp, her Copic markers, Baker's twine and Tim Holtz Distress ink to create this card.]
"Happy Birthday" card created by
S: CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald
 [Notes: I used the "Curio" collection by BasicGrey for this card. The card's base is Close To My Heart cardstock in "Terracotta." The ink used on CS and pp edges is CTMH's "Chocolate" and the greeting is stamped in CTMH's "Desert Sand."]
Thanks for coming to visit us, everyone. Hope you've enjoyed the card variety represented here today!

Thanks to Ann for the beautiful and versatile Card Sketch, and a big Thanks to our November Guest Designer Carla Robinson for the card she created this week! A warm TY to the the S: CY Design Team for once again sharing your talents with us here. You make me feel so proud!


Now for the question: "What will YOU create with this sketch??!"


Don't forget to pop over to Sisterhood of Scrap,  where you will find friendly scrappin' folks waiting to welcome you to a community that is both supportive AND creative! Lots going on there, so  be sure to check it out. ALL are welcome at SOS.  :o)


Here is some special information for our readers and followers:
Be sure to try out any of the S: CY Sketches... and leave a link in our "Comments" Section, below... because... Guess what?? We'll be using the link(s) you share to visit your Blogs and Galleries, leave some love and take note of what we see and love for very near-future S:CY DT and Guest Designer opportunities here at S: CY!


So... don't be shy about sharing! Here is our link: http://www.creativelyyourssketches.blogspot.com/


Tell all your friends!   All are welcome to come and play!!
Just be sure to indicate the sketch you have used and when you do that, please link back to the Sketch right here at S: CY.

See you soon! Thanks for popping in! 

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembrance Day 2011

November 11, 2011... Here in Canada it is Remembrance Day.  This is a day when we show "remembrance for the men and women who have served, and continue to serve our country during times of war, conflict and peace" (Veterans Affairs Canada). We are thankful to them all, and especially to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country and what we stand for.  
THANK YOU.

The Guard of Honour (a member from the Royal Canadian Navy at left and from the Royal Canadian Air Force at right) at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Remembrance Day, 2010

Welcome to Sketches: Creatively Yours, everyone!
Today we have a new sketch to share... Hope you like it!

Sketch #22-11 created by
 S:CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald
 
"First Swim Meet" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member 
Heather Bridges Topich
Journaling reads"You had some trepidation at first. Okay, you really did NOT want to do swim team. You spent much of the first practice NOT in the pool. So, we took it slower, letting you work your way up to doing laps in the pool. Miss Jenny kept encouraging you, and you became more willing to just dive in. I think you were excited to wear your team swimsuit and cap, and you did exactly as you were told when you were in the clerk of course. You paused a few times in your 25 free that first night, but YOU FINISHED IT after not thinking that you could. We were so proud. You amaze me, Zachary. Great job, little swimmer!" [Note~ Zachary is Heather's eldest child. I asked! ;) ]

"Howl-o-ween" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member Cheryl Casas
Cheryl created this LO using a Scraps of Darkness Kit.

Christmas layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member Maggi Harding

"Summer Hike: Fairmont" layout created by
 S: CY  Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko

"Sand Dollar" layout created by
S: CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald
Journaling reads: Daniel, in grade four, your school’s teachers helped their classes do a study of different aspects of Grand Pré, the National Historic Site. Your class was tasked with exploring the Tidal Mud Flats so vital to that area. The creature you were asked to focus on was the Blue Mussell. You drew it, too, and talked about its’ special features. Your class did a montage of a tidal mud flat on the wall, complete with the students’ drawings and 3-D representations of some of the creatures found in a Tidal Mud Flat. You can see it in the background of this photo. Here you’re holding one of the papier-maché Sand Dollars made by your class. This exploration was such an amazing way to learn about and explore a topic! You also had a class trip to the Historic Site in late spring.
~Daniel, Grade 4, Spring 2010

Thank You, S: CY  DT members so very much for the varied and interesting interpretations of this new Sketch... Makes me really happy to see all that you've created with a sketch and some embellies, plus your wonderful memories!!


Come back and see us next week for some more 
S: CY goodness!

Remember: We have some extra special info for our readers and followers! Be sure to try out any of our Sketches...and leave us a link in our "Comments" Section, below... because... Guess what?? We'll be using the link(s) you share to visit your Blogs and Galleries, leave some love and take note of what we see and love for very near-future S:CY DT and Guest Designer opportunities here at S: CY!

So... don't be shy about sharing! Here is our link:http://www.creativelyyourssketches.blogspot.com/
Tell all your friends! 

Just be sure to indicate the sketch you have used and when you do that, please link back to the Sketch right here at S: CY.


See you soon! Thanks for popping in! 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sketch #21-11

Here's a brand new S: CY Sketch created by our Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko. 
Today, we'll also show you many ways to interpret the Sketch because once again this week, we have a series of excellent Design Team interpretations. :o)
***Be sure to leave us a link to your creations using this Sketch or ANY OTHER S: CY Sketch. We are always looking to share new talent and may feature YOU on our Blog in a future post!! But-- you need to leave us a link so our Team can find our way to your FB album, Gallery or Blog to leave you some "love!" . Do it-- (Yes, I'm BOSSY! LOL)  Don't be shy!***

Happy Friday! Enjoy!

Sketch #21-11 created  by
 S: CY Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko
To start the day off, we have an interpretation of Sketch #21-11 created by  S:CY  Guest Designer Carla Robinson. Carla encourages ALL  S:CY readers and followers to come by Sisterhood of Scrap Forum where everyone is welcome and is encouraged to create and share. There's a great Gallery, loads of activities, chances to win prizes and RAKs... and lots of FUN! Be sure to check it out-- See you there!

"Little Grey Mouse" layout created by
 November 2011 S: CY Guest Designer Carla Robinson
And, onward we travel view to the creations of our S: CY Design Team~!

"Family Time" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member

Jennifer Cassista
"30 Days of Being Thankful" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member Rita Barakat
"I believe" layout created by
 S: CY Design Team Member 
Maggi Harding
Maggi has asked that we let you all know about the following: This layout was done with the beautiful Riddersholm papers from Denmark, available at the Flying Unicorn Flying Unicorn invites everyone to post their creations in their forum. For every project uploaded to the gallery in November, $1 will be donated to Women in Distress up to $1,000.   Check Maggi's blog for more details!  

"Happy Hallowe'en" wreath created by
 S: CY Design Team Member

Patchi Moussatche
"Haunt" layout created by
S: CY Design Team Member Cheryl Casas

 Cheryl created her layout with a Scraps of Darkness Kit. 
"Brotherly Love" layout created by
 S: CY Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko

[Photo Credit: Virginia Wong]
"Our Tree: 2009" layout created by
 S: CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald
Thanks to Jennifer, Patchi, Maggi, Cheryl, Ann, & Rita for your amazing and varied interpretations of this Sketch... Thank You, Ann for the creative "template" you made for us to use this week.... and thanks for your beautiful layout, Carla!  It's such a pleasure having you with us this month!

 Have a super week everyone.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Guest Designer!!

Hello everyone, today, despite the beginning-to-be-winter weather here in the Maritimes, I'd like to extend a WARM welcome our November 2011 Sketches: Creatively Yours Guest Designer... Carla Robinson!!
S: CY November 2011Guest Designer
 Carla Robinson
I met Carla through the Sisterhood of Scrap blog which is now the SOS Forum-- and have known her for a  few years now. Love her work.

Carla sent me her bio to share with you. Read on, and get to know her better... I guarantee she has some "good stuff" to share with us this month.
Carla, thanks for being with us!


Carla's bio:

Carla lives in Newfoundland, Canada, with her husband and four of the best teenagers in the world :-) She has homeschooled her children for the past 13 years. She loves making memories with her family as they enjoy hiking, playing games and spending time outside. This year she has taken on the challenge of caring for 3 additional kiddies during the week -- totally cutting into her scraptime! In her spare time Carla also likes to read, to sew and bake/decorate cakes.

Carla started scrapping over 6 years ago and STILL has lots of photos left to scrap :-) Her style is usually a clean look with the emphasis on the photos, though she has been known to "grunge" it up a bit. She scraps 12x12 layouts and not too much in the way of altered items.

Carla owns the Sisterhood of Scrap online scrap forum and is also a design team member for Lovebug Scrapbooking -- a scrapbook company in British Columbia. She "tries" to keep up with her scrappy blog, The Pursuit of Scrappyness and also her cooking blog, Cooking with Carla .

Here are some of Carla's favourite layouts...

"Love you" layout created by
 Carla Robinson

"In my cardboard box" layout created by
Carla Robinson
"Be yourself" layout created by
 Carla Robinson

...and a final treat from Carla:

"The hat makes the man" layout created by
 Carla Robinson

You're all invited to have a peek at Carla's blog, for more inspiration.

Additionally, the Sisterhood of Scrap Forum  managed and owned by Carla, always welcomes visitors and new members. **Please register first... it ONLY takes a second. (One nice thing about SOS is that spammers are absent!)**

SOS welcomes ALL ... here is a little more about this special place, from Carla...

"At Sisterhood of Scrap, you can find "sisters" being kind, uplifting, encouraging, helping you 'soar to new heights' in the craft and supporting you in the ups and downs of life, and giving each other a chance to shine. We are so thankful for our sisters, and the inspiration and creativity they share. We have new events each month -- lots of ways to get creative, have fun and WIN prizes :-) "

So, come one, come all, to Sisterhood of Scrap! I guarantee you'll love its friendly and creative atmosphere... and I bet you'll want to stay! (I sure love it there! It's my go-to place for scrap-happiness...)

Thanks for being with us here at Sketches: Creatively Yours for the month of November, Carla! Looking forward to the inspiration you'll be bringing along with you during your time @ S: CY.

Welcome to November 2011, everyone! Let's make it AWESOME!

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