Saturday, April 16, 2011

2 Layouts with Monthly Sketch

Hi Everyone - Lowri here

This month our theme is "Travel and Treats" and we have had a couple of really great entries into our challenge! The prize this month is a guest spot on the Design Team and the winner will receive a package of goodies and your work will be featured on our blog, online gallery and facebook page.  I have re-capped all the information (including a copy of the sketch) on how to enter at the bottom of this post.

We have 2 layouts to show you today using the sketch. One is from me and we have one from our upcoming Guest Designer Michelle Hernandez who very generously offered to create a new layout just for us! She has some great work on her blog and those of you who love fresh and bright colours are going to really enjoy our feature this Sunday!

Layout - Michelle Hernandez
This layout was created specifically by upcoming Guest Designer Michelle Hernandez.

I love how she has used the photos. Such a great way to showcase a large number of pictures which we all gather while traveling! There is so much detail to look at in this LO and the inking really gives the white space some texture and interest.
Make sure you check into the blog on Sunday for some more great work from Michelle.

Layout - Lowri McNabb
Now - I don't normally do LO's but I liked this SKETCH from Tanya so much I thought I would give it a go. I am such a novice - I didn't even really give it a title - so we will call it March 2011!!  The photos are a series I took of my kids and their 2 cousins on my Father-in-Law's birthday - I am going to frame the LO and give it to him.

I have used one of the latest collections from Cosmo Cricket - Social Club. You can find the whole collection in the online shop. 
I have used a piece of "Jazz" paper for the base and then strips of and "Manhattan" and "Blue Eyes" to add some colour.  I am really pleased with my leaves border (see below..)

I used the 6x6 paper pad and scraps of larger paper to punch out some leaves and glued a base layer onto a strip of paper using Glue Dots. I then used foam squares to add some dimension and bent the leaves for extra texture. Her are some close ups of the details.

I have used the Bling Bling, Buttons and Butterflies and Doilies to create these flowers. The embellishments match perfectly!

Challenge Information
We are running our "Travel and Treats" Theme until the end of April.  Once again - this theme is designed to be VERY broad - we want to see anything and everything to do with travel or treats! This theme also encompasses Easter - so put on your thinking caps and start creating.
What about....
  • a LO based on your holiday trip
  • an Easter card
  • a project using some supplies you bought on holiday
  • some little treat bags you made for your kids
Here is our sketch for the month from Tanya Leigh to help inspire you. I LOVE the fact that this is a multi-photo layout - and remember that the sketch can be interpreted in many ways - as a card, you can rotate it, use it as a cover for a mini-album - your imagination is the only limit! During the month we will see what wonderful projects the Design Team come up with using the sketch.

Special Prize for Challenge Winner
This month the prize for the Challenge Winner is very special!

You can win a Guest Spot on the Design Team for a month.
You will be sent a package of goodies and asked to write a blog-post or two to feature your creations on the Artfull Crafts Blog and we will also feature them on our webpage and facebook page. (Don't worry if writing is not your thing - we can help out with that!)

Your entry to the challenge can be either along our theme of "Travel and Treats" OR it can be using the sketch OR of course it can be both!

To enter the challenge - send a picture of your project to the Design Team. You can send us as many entries as you like. We will be featuring all entries later in the month. Did you see the entries for last month's challenge here? There were some beautiful creations and congratulations to Valerie on winning!

Any questions - please leave a comment :-)



  1. I had no idea the sketch was for a contest! I just had to try it because I liked it so much. :) LOOVE your leaves border, the title and the wonderful B/W photos- that is a knock out page!!

  2. It's the first time a Guest Designer has created something for us - so we are excited too!!

  3. Great layout from Michelle, love how she used so many photos.
    Lowri, your LO is fab! Love the leaves, what a great idea.

  4. WOW~! Lowri, love your layout!! you should sooooo do more of them! I'd love to see one of your family for next months theme, so get cracking girlfriend! ~ Shirl