Hiya scrappy peeps! Suzanna here today for my first Ambassador, or guest designer post! I have been eagerly anticipating this day since January when I had the pleasure of meeting Gia. This kit is just stunning! And to have these goodies from Alexandra Renke, all the way from Germany, in the kit and the kit be the price that it is is just amazing! You have no idea! Anyway, I digress.
This first layout I have to share with you is a sketch based layout! Those of you who now me and know my work now that sketches are my thing. I first got into the scrapbook design world through sketches, I have been on a number of sketch team and now create my sketches. Sketches really make "easy work" of scrapbooking. And the best part about them is, they are open to interpretation. If something doesn't fit with your photo or your patterned paper, move it. Make it work, it's not set in stone!
As Theresa did yesterday with her sketch inspired layout, I too cut out the ribbons of color from one of the Renke papers. I played with a white background but I felt as though the colors didn't pop they way they could and should. Hence the black background. Also like Theresa (great minds think alike, don't you think?!), I used my sewing machine and stitched in some extra color and movement with a varigated yellow/orange thread.
I used a few elements from the Travelers Notebook kit to compliment the traditional kit. While I love the Renke papers, I really needed some colored patterned papers for the layers that I love and the sketch calls for behind the photos. The pink notebook paper die cut from Maggie Holmes and a cut apart journal spot from Pretty Little Studio were perfect supplementation!
These words from Heidi Swapp are sublime, don't you think? I did add some extra subtitles to my layout. While I omitted the circles, I do have the two clusters of embellishments that are called for in the sketch, this "wander" Minc word being the focal point of one of them. I ran the word with a copper/orange foil through my Minc so as to add some simmer and sparkle, like the reflection of the water.
Both clusters include the wood veneer butterflies as well as butterflies that are fussy cut from another one of the Renke papers. There are plenty of fussy cutting opportunities with this kit if you are a fussy cutting fiend as I am! The wood veneer butterflies are coated with gesso to change the look to work with the white borders around my photos. A couple of the butterflies were then layered in Vicki Boutin's art crayon using a water brush.
The gold letters included with the kit from Love + Lemon are fantastic however, to work with this particular layout, they needed modifying. To have used them as is, they would have over powered the size of the photos I chose to use. So to scale them back a bit, I fussy cut the letters as well, leaving a thin border around the edge.
That, my friends, is my take on the sketch this week and my first Clique Kits post! I hope you are inspired to play along with this month's sketch challenge! If you are of the process video watching tendency, be sure to head over to my personal YouTube channel and you can see how this layout came together! Here is the direct link to this particular layouts' process video; youtu.be/iCaQOjBSaso THANK YOU for spending some time with me today! Be sure to come back next week for some more Meadow inspiration!