Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Ol' Kentucky Home

The Challenge:
This is my first of six reveals with Sassy Lil' Sketches. I'll be posting a new layout on the 4th Tuesday of each month, so be on the lookout. Today's layout from the design team is based on a sketch by Cherie Averill.

The Prize:
There is a new layout sketch and two new card sketches released each week, along with DT samples, so be sure to check out Sassy Lil' Sketches if you want some design ideas. If you made your own project based on a sketch, just link it to the bottom of the post for a chance to win some great prizes. There will be two winners chosen each month. Here are the two sponsors for August:

Paper Sponsor

Digital Sponsor

Layouts must be uploaded below by September 5th, 11:59 P.M. EST to be eligible for the August random prize drawing.

My Layout:
August Week 4 Sketch - My Ol' Kentucky Home
Kevin and I visited his family in Kentucky during the week of July 4th this year. I wanted to capture the down home feel of life in the country so I went with a quilt theme. I made a patchwork quilt with diagonal pattern of red-yellow-green-green-yellow-red. For half of the quilt, I choose photos with the color I wanted and enhanced them, and for the other half I used patterned papers. I then machine stitched the squares, hand sewed tiny buttons on each corner and added a border to complete the quilt. 

Quilt squares

To tie in the quilt theme to the title, I added some buttons tied with twine for the Os. 

My Title

The Variation:
My main variation from the sketch was that I used the background squares for the photos, and I used the one photo space for my journaling. I turned the 4 x 6 photo space into a post card and wrote a note to Kevin's parents in Kentucky as the journaling spot. I made a little postage stamp and stamped a postmark stamp on top of that. I had to research postcard stamp prices since I don't usually send postcards, it is 29 cents. 
My Journaling
The Paper:
I have to say that this is the first time I used anything from Simple Stories, and this collection, "100 Days of Summer" was perfect for the antique look I wanted. One thing that is different about them is that the papers and page protectors come in varying sizes, so you can just slide a picture into a pocket and cut out a title to put in another pocket and not have to scrap anything if you just want a fast page. I just used it like a regular piece of paper because the colors and style matched, but it seems like an interesting idea. 

Page Protectors
Stop by Sassy Lil' Sketch if you get a chance. I hope you are inspired to make some layouts and interpret sketches in your own way. 

Take care and happy scrappin',


Kelly B Rutherford said...

Love your take on the sketch!!! Awesome LO!!! I am a Kentucky girl myself!

Lynn said...

great layout! Your stitching adds so much. I love the Simple Stories lines, especially this 100 Days of Summer. I used it on a ton of layouts this summer.

Patrice said...

I love this layout - such lovely color and texture!

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