Friday, March 1, 2013

March 1st: A NEW Sketch!

Welcome to Sketches: Creatively Yours! So happy you're here with us!
It's already March 1st-- and that means we are here to reveal a brand new Sketch and our Design Team's interpretations.

First of all though, I promised you all that things would be a little different at S: CY this term. So, a little explanation is in order! :)

How will things work?

We will draw for a prize at the end of EACH MONTH. There will be TWO sketch challenges every month, so that mean you'll have two chances to win the monthly prize.

A photo of the prize will be posted. :)

From now on, when a new  layout Sketch is posted on the Blog, you will also see an inspiration piece accompanying the Sketch.

These  two things, together, make up a "Sketch challenge" which will be described to you in words. 
1) Sketch 
2) Inspiration piece

What should you do for a chance to win the monthly prize?

1. Look at the Sketch and Inspiration piece. Read the challenge.
2. Check and write down the due date! It will be clearly noted in each challenge. (One challenge will be finished before the next one starts.)
2. Create a layout that fits the challenge.
3. Post your PAPER OR DIGITAL layout on your Blog and share it with us by the Due Date, using Mr. Linky. Mr. Linky can be found at the bottom of the post, but ONLY until the due date!
What does the Team at S: CY do?
1. After links are posted, the S: CY Team will visit every one of them to leave some "love." :)
2. I will send you an "I Played Along..." badge to proudly display on your Blog! :)
3. I will compile a list of all the links to LOs for each Sketch Challenge into a permanent link list in a post on the blog. Each entry will be numbered in the order it was received. This number becomes the number that will apply to you in the prize draw. (Example: If you are the third person to post your work, yours will be link #3 in the list.) Then, if, using, your number (ie: "3") is drawn, you are the winner!!
3. We will do a PRIZE DRAW using at end of the month. Draw dates will be announced as each month starts.

QUESTIONS? Shoot me an email at peteali@ eastlink. ca (NO SPACES).

**PRIZE this month is a beautiful Close To My Heart Stamp Set called "Tailor Made."**

**DUE DATE  for this Sketch Challenge is March 13th, at 12 midnight, Atlantic Standard Time (AST)**

**You will use Mr. Linky to post the link to your completed Sketch Challenge entry. Mr. Linky will be at the end of this post!

**PRIZE DRAW FOR MARCH will be March 31st, Sunday.

**REMEMBER- we welcome both paper and digital layout entries!

**International participants are welcome to enter the contest!

 Now.. without further ado... here's the  first Sketch Challenge for March 2013!
S: CY Sketch 2-13
Created by S: CY Team leader
Ali MacDonald

March 1, 2013
Inspiration piece

Source: Rona Collection
 March 1st Sketch Challenge 
DUE MARCH 13th at 12 midnight AST

Challenge: When you create your layout using Sketch 2-13, please use the photo above to provide inspiration in whatever way you see fit. This could be design, colour, shape, etc… J  Have fun!

On we go to see how our S: CY Designers interpreted this challenge!

First, we have our Guest Designer, Lynnette Nagle's interpretation...

"Reek Havoc" layout created by
S: CY Guest Designer
 Lynnette Nagle 
Thanks Lynnette... :)

And... next, the layouts of our S: CY Design Team!
"Mother's Tea" created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Heather Bridges Topich
Heather writes: "Love the sketch! From the inspiration piece, I took away the femininity of it and pulled flowery die cuts."
Journaling reads:
You worked so hard for a month on writing stories, drawing pictures, and reading poetry to get ready for the Mother's Tea in Mrs. Carlton's 3rd grade language arts. The morning was amazing! I am so lucky to be your mom!
"Our Beagles" layout created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Karen Zabuska
Karen writes:  "Fabulous sketch and inspiration. I absolutely loved working on it. Youmade me stretch to use B&W pictures and I can see doing this in the future -- so thanks."

'Presents" layout created by
 S: CY Designer
Patchi Moussatche
Patchi writes: "I rotated the sketch 180 degrees, to fit my photos. I also used the inspiration photo  for the bi-color scheme."  
"Welcome Baby Emory Jude"
mini-album created by
S: CY Design Team Member
 Elisha Pharr
(Warm S: CY congrats to Elisha and family on the birth of great-nephew Emory on Feb. 26th!!) 
"Young Men" layout created by
S: CY Senior Designer
Ann Seleshanko 
"A Folk Tail" layout
created by
S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald
From the inspiration piece, I took the rectangular shape of the lamp and interpreted it with a striped tone-on-tone metal element. I used the metallic dotted swirls to mimic the floral damask print in the lampshade.
Journaling reads: 
In the spring of 2012, as a grade six ELA and Art project, you retold a Folktale with partner Ryan. It was quite a detailed assignment, and required the creation of four puppets. You chose the “Lion” and the “Donkey.” Ryan did the “Warthog” and the “Fox.” (I was really glad we didn’t have to create a warthog!)  We sewed your puppets from scraps: a golden yellow t-shirt sleeve became the Lion and a grey sock, the Donkey. You worked the sewing machine, cut the yarn, and stitched on the manes with help. We stuck the eyes on using Glue Dots and you drew the lion’s face with a “Sharpie” marker. Both puppets turned out so cute, and from the look on your face, I could see how those puppets ignited your imagination! Great job, Daniel!
***Thanks to everyone on the Team for their interpretation this week!  An extra special thanks to March Guest Designer Lynnette Nagle for her "take" on the Sketch Challenge!***
We have a wee bit more "fun stuff" to cover this week before we sign off and let you get your Sketch Challenge creations done! 


The PRIZE  for MARCH is a beautiful C-size Stamp Set from Close To My Heart. The stamp set is pictured below.  Remember.... post a link to your completed Sketch Challenge for a chance to WIN this versatile and gorgeous acrylic stamp set, complete with its own snap-closed storage envelope and foam stamping pad. 
My Acrylix CTMH Stamp Set
"Tailor Made" 

S: CY Sketch Challenge Prize 
March 2013- View (1)

My Acrylix CTMH stamp set
S: CY  Sketch Challenge Prize
March 2013- View (2)
So.... Why not enter? Here's Mr. Linky. He will be here to accept your links until the Sketch Challenge due date of March 13th at 9 PM AST. At that time, all links will be gathered and saved by Admin, and then he will disappear.

**BE CERTAIN to get your links in before this date and time. :)**

Can't wait to visit those links and see what you will all create with our
S: CY Sketch Challenge this time!!
Have a wonderful week everyone!


  1. Lovely projects everyone! This team is off o a great start!

  2. I so love these projects. Thanks for the inspiration, Ali!

  3. Love that sketch. The DT example look great.

    1. Melanie, thanks for playing along with us. Your LO looks perfect, I just loved how you used the sketch to document such an architecturally beautiful place!

  4. Thanks for a great sketch Ali! Everyone did a great job!

  5. Hopefully I'll have time to play.. Since I am the one who encourage people to try out and didn't do so myself! cause I could not find the blog again after, Black and white is my favorite combo..
    Karen see good thing you listened to try out!
    Congrats to the team

  6. Such wonderful layouts! I'll have to swing by and play along some time soon! Very cool to see S:CY up and running again!