The other day I was chatting with my dear scrappy friend, Jennifer from Live Teach Create, and she asked me if I wanted to do a start to finish sketch with her. Sometimes I struggle a bit working from sketches as I usually work without any sort of plan at all. But, it is always good to work outside of one's comfort zone and when she showed me this awesome Echo Park sketch from Kandis Smith, how could I say no?
To keep with the Echo Park theme, I pulled some papers from the This & That collection to go with this hilarious picture of me with my first cell phone:Oh, the irony of having the sketch pulled up on my iphone - LOL!
All righty...here we have all of the elements cut and at the ready:
But first, let's do some fun things with that background! Some white acrylic paint and a mask might just do the trick:
Oh yes! I like it!
While I impatiently wait for that to dry, let's get into the spirit of Camp Scrap with May Flaum and punch some butterflies out:
OK, paint is dry...now for some distress:
Let the layering begin! I am not totally loving the horizontal strip touching the edge, so a little curling up does the trick and adds a bit of texture:
Banner element is in place...let's add some fussy cut flowers:
OK, this is the point where I start to struggle with this. Things are just seeming to static and stiff. Hmmmmm....
I am in love with this Collage Paper from Pink Paislee and think it will be perfect for some layering. Perhaps that will soften things and add some more texture:
It's coming together...
Butterflies in place!
Things are starting to look a bit brown. Let's try some vellum to lighten it up a bit:
After some journaling and such...I decide to call it done.
But, it's just not quite right. I ponder, and ponder some more....
After a night's sleep, I head back to the studio and take another look. The space between the photo and journaling card is just bugging me. So, I pull up the photo and move it to the right. Then, add some more pen work and washi for contrast, as well as some more paper scraps...
Well, I do like it a bit more...
OK, I have tortured this enough and shall call it done!
It's not my most favorite layout, but I do love trying new designs and such!
A super fun sketch and a super fun way to work outside of my comfort zone! Thanks so much for the challenge, Jenn! Now, be sure you head on over to Live Teach Create to see the gorgeousness that Jennifer created using this same sketch. She rocked it out, indeed!
What about you? Do you like to work from sketches? Or, do they take you out of your comfort zone too?