Saturday, April 22, 2017


I came across the photo in this layout while organizing a few things. I set it aside because I knew that it had to be a focal point in a layout. The photos brings back such fond memories of my son . Goodness knows it was much easier to take candid photos of him when he was younger.  Now that he has grown into a fine young man and is finishing his first year of college, it is harder to take precious photos like this one.

The layout was inspired by the April sketch at The Sketch File. Kathy and I have been using the sketch to share a layout or card each week. We hope to inspire a few other crafters to use the sketch for a project or two and to share the project with us at The Sketch File.

Here's a look at two versions of the sketch:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April Sketch Update

I have found myself reaching for flower punches regularly. I think that this must be a sign that spring is here! It has been very spring like here for weeks. Our red bud trees are blossoming right now and there are daffodils everywhere. I think these signs of spring and the April sketch provided just the right inspiration for this card. I had fun mixing up the patterned papers and adding small detail, like the textured flower center. What about you? Are you feeling inspired by something around you? Maybe you will feel inspired by Kathy's sketches and will use them to create a project. Please take a moment to visit with us at The Sketch File and to post a project or two with us. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Introducing the April Sketch

It's April already! It's also time to introduce the April Sketch at The Sketch File. I decided to use the sketch and create a card with a few dragonflies. I also used a monochromatic theme.  The dragonflies were punched from a piece of cardstock that I got from a tissue box.  I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but they are shiny and almost reflective. The sketch has multiple layers and as always you can use any shape and feel free to rotate, flip, enlarge, or shrink the sketch. Please take a look at the sketch and if you are feeling inspired, we'd love to see your creations.