Scrap Our Stash | August Cartoon Sketch Challenge

This layout was created for the Scrap Our Stash August Cartoon Inspired Sketch Challenge.  If you are interested in participating in the August “Carton” sketch challenge head on over to the Scrap Our Stash BlogSpot.

For this challenge, you will need to create a “FAMILY” themed layout using the sketch and the cartoon image as inspiration AND your title must include MIXED ALPHAS.  The sketch for this challenge is shown below.

For the challenge, I knew that I needed a mixed alpha, so I choose the American Crafts “Ella” printed chipboard Thickers. I wanted to include the “Lovely Day” chipboard from My Mind’s Eye “Now and Then” collection in my title and so I ended up with the mixed alpha title of “Lovely Day for Family Fun”.

I needed some family pics for this layout for the “Family” theme, so I went through my recent pictures and found these snapshots that were taken in my back yard from Christmas 2018. My sister Terri had gotten a new puppy and we all went outside with the dogs (my two yorkies, the new puppy, and two other dogs from family members that were visiting from Memphis TN and Sugar Land, TX). In the picture are me, my sister Terri, my niece Haley, my nephew Christopher, and my two brother-in-laws (Steve and Mike).

Using the “Ella” thickers as my inspiration, I selected two patterned papers .  A beautiful stripe from Lori Whitlock’s “Beautfiul Life” collection and a blue diamond patterned paper from the Teresa Collins “Family Stories” collection.

I was inspired by the crisscross stripes in the sketch and I had planned to create something similar in the background of my layout but as I cut my paper, I made some mistakes and ended up with this patchwork background instead.

Sometimes when a layout doesn’t go as you intended it to, you just have to let it go and figure out a new direction for your layout to go. I knew that once I placed photos on the layout it would dramatically change the way the background looked and I added 5 photos across the center of the layout. I matted the background on some navy cardstock and I think it really makes the navy in the striped paper really pop.

I decided to use another chipboard piece from Bo Bunny’s “Family Is” and created a cluster at the bottom right of my layout. I went through my colored die cut ephemera and found some yellow and pink flowers to add to the clusters. Some enamel dots add some fun pops of color and finished off this layout.

Here are some close ups.

Here’s a full picture of my layout.  

It’s so much fun to get inspiration from a sketch. I hope that you join in on this month’s challenge over at Scrap Our Stash BlogSpot.