Be True 2 You - Sketch 03 Layout



As promised, here's my layout based on Sunday's sketch. I had two wallet sized photos I wanted to use, and since I've been experimenting with mixed media more lately, I wanted to incorporate that as well, so this layout was born. The other goal I had in mind was NOT to use pink. {so I went with purple instead--ha! a girl can only change so much} 





Before I left my job because of my spinal fusion and FMS, I worked at a clinic right across from Hobby Lobby and Michaels. I used my coupons frequently and developed a huge stash (which is how I was able to open my Etsy shop). 

But nowadays we are living on a single income, and with Zae in the picture we are on a strict budget that doesn't leave much room for elaborate chipboard pieces, cutting machines, and embossing materials. I think of it as a challenge to create something without having to spend a ton. This layout is a prime example of using what you have on hand and still creating something you love. The frayed material was from a dress I purchased in Jamaica {they are REALLY persistent and I have a hard time saying no}. The dress was way too short on my shoulders, but it was a really pretty print so I saved it in a drawer and yesterday I pulled it out and cut out some of the purple and frayed the edges. The beaded ribbon was leftover from THIRTEEN years ago {I am not a hoarder except when it comes to crafting materials!} when my mom and I decorated some lampshades. 

I created this journal spot to match the one in my sketch. It took me about an hour! Next time I'm making a template, because getting the angles just right was a challenge, but it turned out better than I thought it was going to when I was busy snipping and re-snipping {I'll be honest, I had to make three or four versions of some of the pieces to get them to fit just right!} That said, I can't deny I was glowing with pride once I stuck that last piece on there -- sometimes it's the little accomplishments! What can I say? I'm easily amused!


I cut out the "2" and let the glitter fairy run wild. The blue flower is one I made using Prima and Recollections botanicals. I bought the stamens from the wedding aisle of Hobby Lobby. The nice thing about the botanicals pieces is that they already have a hole in the center, but if they don't just use a small punch. If you don't have a small hole punch, use a piece of foam (like the backing that brads are packed on) and use something sharp (I've used all kinds of things, even the inside of a pen) to pierce through the paper and into the foam. Then, take your stamens and fold them in half over a paperclip with one side unbent and use that to thread the stamens through the hole. Use the adhesive of your choice and done.

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  1. WOW! Beautiful layout Carrie! Purple is my most favorite color so this one really makes my heart skip a beat! Zae, as always, is too adorable for words! I love this sketch design very much! Thanks for sharing your beautiful boy and your beautiful talent with us! Lisa : )

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    1. Thank you Lisa, as ever, for your encouraging support and sweetest comments!

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