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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #12

Hello everyone!  After last week's break for Boot Camp, I’m back today to share with you the last sketch in the
 


Before we get to the sketch, I want to remind you of the prize for this month.  You might remember that Lawn Fawn is sponsoring this month's Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series!
 


So, in addition to winning a free copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches

 


the winner will also receive an amazing prize package which includes three sets of stamps:
 






I want to give a big thank you to Lawn Fawn for their sponsorship this month!  Be sure to find out all the latest news about Lawn Fawn by visiting their blog, their Facebook page or by following them on twitter.


Now on to the last sketch of this challenge, it's a simple grid of four 4x4 photos:

 


For this final sketch, Ella Friend Brenda Johnston created an adorable layout about her daughter losing her very first baby tooth.  She kept very close to the original design, but replaced one of the photos with a little calendar to mark this special date:

 

 

So adorable!  Here are a couple of close-ups:

 

Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album and be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption.  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by September 30, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.  Prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses.  In the event that an international participant wins, she'll receive an Ella gift certificate, and a new winner will be drawn for the physical prize.

As a reminder this is the last month of the sketch challenge.  Like the other months, there are two sketches posted (find the first sketch, here).  If you create two layouts, one from each sketch, you will have two entries - doubling your chances of winning.  I can't wait to see what you create!

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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #11

Happy Labor Day everyone!  I’m here today to share with you another sketch in our


But before we get to the sketch today, I want to tell you about the prize for this month.  I am so happy to announce that Lawn Fawn is sponsoring this month's Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series!
 


So, in addition to winning a free copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches


the winner will also receive an amazing prize package which includes three sets of stamps:






I want to give a big thank you to Lawn Fawn for their sponsorship this month!  Be sure to find out all the latest news about Lawn Fawn by visiting their blog, their Facebook page or by following them on twitter.
 

Now on to this month’s sketch!  Here it is:
 


I rotated the sketch and used the polaroid stamp from the Say Cheese stamp set to create this layout:


The journaling reads:  Nathan, daddy and I don’t really like cutting your hair. We absolutely love your curls, but after a while they start to get a bit, wild. So every few months, daddy takes you outside and gives you a haircut. He lets you play with the spray bottle so you’ll sit still (at least a little). Then we just wait until your hair gets crazy again…

Joining me this month in the challenge is Ella Friend, Diana Chen.  Diana said that the timing of this challenge could not have been better for her.  She was so inspired by the sketch that she actually created three layouts!

The first is a literal interpretation of the sketch adapted to 8.5 x 11:


In her second layout, she substituted a 4x6 photo for the two 3x4s in the original sketch:


The title and lyrics (which make up the journaling) are from a Bruno Mars song which Diana and her family heard a lot when they visited the United States earlier in the summer, and now she says the song always makes her think of her beautiful daughter.

For her third layout, Diana flipped the sketch and stepped out of her usual style comfort zone to create this layout:


This layout features her twins (aren't they adorable!) and music as the inspiration for the journaling (this time from the musical Miss Saigon).  She said that while this layout is not her usual style she enjoyed the process of making it and was happy with the finished layout.

 
Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album and be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption.  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by September 30, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.  Prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses.  In the event that an international participant wins, she'll receive an Ella gift certificate, and a new winner will be drawn for the physical prize.

As a reminder this is the last month of the sketch challenge.  Like the other months, there will be two sketches posted and if you create two layouts, one from each sketch, you will have two entries - doubling your chances of winning!
 
I hope you all will participate with me and make a layout based on this sketch.  If you are playing along here is a button for you to post on your blog.



***Winner of August's Stretch Your Sketches Challenge is Ella reader bradfordm!***
Please email me at donnajannuzzi(at)gmail(dot)com to receive your prize.
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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #10

Hi everyone!  I'm back today to share the 10th sketch in Ella's
 


This is the second sketch for the month of August; you can see the first sketch for this month here.

Before we get to the sketch, I want to remind you of this month’s prize.  You might remember that Ella Friend Monika Wright is sponsoring this month's Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series!
 


Monika has an etsy shop where you'll find a wide selection of modern and traditional art prints as well as mini-albums and journals.

So in addition to winning a free copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches
 


the winner will also receive a $20 gift certificate to i love it all.  Here is an example of a print from her shop, the House and Family Rules Subway Art Print:
 


Monika has also generously agreed to ship any items internationally - thank you Monika!

Now on to this month’s sketch!  Here it is:
 


Usually when I use a sketch I follow it fairly closely.  In this case, I really only used the sketch as a starting point for my layout.  As I went to edit the photos I planned on using and as I put together the layout I ended up moving things around quite a bit:
 


These photos are from Mother's Day and the journaling reads:  These are my Mother’s Day photos. You can’t really tell, but I’m holding onto Nathan mostly because he was trying to run away. And Gabe basically refused to look into the camera.
Oh well, we tried. May 2011



Joining me this week in our sketch challenge is Ella Friend, Mary Jo Johnston.  Mary Jo is an incredible card maker and so I asked her to use this week's sketch to make a card.  And instead of creating one card, she made two!
 


 


I love how they are both of these cards are different and yet you can see how they where inspired by the sketch.  Here is what Mary Jo had to say about the sketch, "A great sketch can be exactly what you need to jump start your creativity for a new layout.  But, have you ever thought about stretching your sketch to create a card or even altered project?  I chose to use today's sketch and incorporate it into my love of cardmaking - and I love the result! The blocks in the center of the design provide the perfect focal point for the center of my cards.  The three elements are represented by journaling blocks, stickers and patterned paper.  The journaling location, provided for a traditional layout, can also be used to incorporate a sentiment for your card.  Thanks to Donna for a fabulous sketch!  Break out your scrapbooking supplies and be creative!"

Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album.  Be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption!  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by August 31, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet. 


Remember, there will be two sketches posted each month.  If you create two layouts, one from each sketch, you will have two entries which will double your chances of winning!
 
I hope you all will participate with me and make a layout based on this sketch.  If you are playing along here is a button for you to post on your blog.

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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #9

Hi everyone!  I'm back today to share the 9th sketch in Ella's
 


The last sketch in our series featured six photos, which is quite a few for a single page layout, so this week we're getting back to a more basic design:
 


This week I took a turn at stretching the sketch, and I did stretch it quite a bit!  First I rotated the sketch 180 degrees, then I replaced the 6x4 photo with two 3x4s and I replaced the 4x6 photo with a 5x5 pocket (you'll notice that I also clipped a photo to the front of the pocket).  Here is my layout which documents our family's love of In-N-Out:
 


The journaling reads:  Every Sunday after mass we go to In-N-Out for lunch. We’ve had this tradition in our family for almost three years now. When we go, the boys always get stickers. Nathan calls them "stickos" and he likes to make the cars in his picture crash (if you were there you'd get to experience the sound effects too). Gabe on the other hand likes things to make a little more sense and he makes the woman hold the flowers (which is too sweet). One day while we were eating Gabe said, "Isn't In-N-Out great?" Yes, Gabe, it is; we couldn't agree more.

Inside the pocket are the sticker pictures that my two sons made on this particular trip.  Even if we keep this tradition for years to come, I don't know how long these simple stickers will make my boys happy and so while I don't save them every week (can you imagine the stack I would have by now!?) I did want to save at least one set as a reminder of these days.

Joining me this week in the sketch challenge is Ella Friend May Flaum.  She did a literal interpretation of the sketch and made this beautiful layout:
 


Here is what May had to say about the sketch and what inspired her, "What I love about this sketch is that it gives a solid base for a layout, but leaves lots of room for artistic interpretation and creative play. I’m a girl who’s never met a crafting rule I didn’t like to break (or bend) but here I left the photos (4x6), journaling, and title exactly as they were intended. It’s a  solid design, one that should be in every scrapbooker’s sketch book! In looking through my to-be-scrapped photos I came across these two of my girls with their Easter baskets that I thought would work well for this sketch and with one of my new favorites – the Country Drive line from Echo Park. Almost everything on my page is from Echo Park – which made this page come together quickly.
 
The yellow patterned paper I put under my photos to add another layer is about 11” wide and 7 ½” tall. Once my base was done and I had my journaling and photos in place, I added bits of paper (punched and a 1” strip), as well as my title stickers, some stickles and stitching, and a few stickers and accents too. I love the results – and had such fun with this page."


Are you ready to hear about the prizes this month?

Did you know that Ella Friend Monika Wright is the owner of an etsy shop called i love it all
 


In her shop you'll find a wide selection of modern and traditional art prints as well as mini-albums and journals and this month i love it all is sponsoring the Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series!

So in addition to winning a free copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches
 


the winner will also receive a $20 gift certificate to i love it all.  Here is an example of a print from her shop, the House and Family Rules Subway Art Print:
 


Monika has also generously agreed to ship any items internationally - thank you Monika!


Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album.  Be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption!  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by August 31, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet. 

Remember, there will be two sketches posted each month.  If you create two layouts, one from each sketch, you will have two entries which will double your chances of winning!
 
I hope you all will participate with me and make a layout based on this sketch.  If you are playing along here is a button for you to post on your blog.
 



***Winner of May's Stretch Your Sketch Challenge is Ella reader judean!***
Please email me at donnajannuzzi(at)gmail(dot)com to receive your prize.

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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #8

Happy Monday everyone!  I’m here today with the second sketch for the month of July's
 


For this second sketch, I decided to use a mix of sizes and orientations for the photos, I thought it might be a fun change:
 


To create my layout I made some minor adjustments to the photo sizes in the sketch, but I kept the placement and orientation of the photos the same.  I used some of my favorite photos from this past spring to make this layout:
 


The journaling reads:  On one of the first warm days of spring, we decided to go on a picnic. Once at the park we enjoyed a simple lunch of PB & Js and apple slices. After we ate, we played in the park.  It was a happy and beautiful day. March 9, 2011

Joining me this week in our sketch challenge is Ella Friend, Keshet Starr.  Here is her take on the sketch:
 


I love Keshet's style and I love this layout!  Here is what she had to say about it, "When I first saw the sketch, I loved how the structured grid design could work really well with fun, whimsical embellishments.  I used my Studio Calico Lawn Party kit and matched the bright colors with these funny photos of an impromptu dance party! Best of all, my layout came together in record time because the hard work of designing the layout was already done for me!"

 
Are you ready to hear about the prizes this month?
 
The winner of this month's challenge will win a copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches
 


and this vintage-inspired prize package
 

 
It includes patterned papers from Making Memories as well as embellishments from American Crafts, Kaisercraft, Prima and Cosmo Cricket; plus there are glassine envelopes, shipping tags, safety pins and twine.  Notice too, the Addy Sentiments Stamps from Studio Calico, these are the same stamps that Valerie used on her card. 

Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album.  Be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption!  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by July 31, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.  Prizes will only be shipped to U.S.addresses.  In the event that an international participant wins, she'll receive an Ella gift certificate, and a new winner will be drawn for the physical prize.

Remember, there will be two sketches posted each month.  If you create two layouts, one from each sketch, you will have two entries which will double your chances of winning!
 
I hope you all will participate with me and make a layout based on this sketch.  If you are playing along here is a button for you to post on your blog.
 



***Because last month's winner was an international reader the prize has been redrawn.  Winner of June's Stretch Your Sketch Challenge is Ella reader jleija!***

Please email me at donnajannuzzi(at)gmail(dot)com to receive your prize.

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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #7

Hello everyone and Happy 4th of July!  I do hope you are enjoying your long holiday weekend.  Today I’m back to share the 7th sketch in the


Here it is:
 


This design was inspired by an advertisement that I saw in a magazine.  I admit that I don't remember which ad, or which magazine!  I just remember liking the simplicity of the shapes and their arrangement and I thought it would make an excellent sketch for a layout.  I used this week's sketch to make this layout documenting our family's love of pickles:
 


I make these refrigerator pickles every summer and everyone in our family loves them.  They are really simple and easy to make; visit my blog if you'd like the recipe.

Joining me this week in our sketch challenge is Ella Friend, Valerie Mangan.  If you are familiar with Valerie's work, then you know that in addition to creating beautiful layouts Valerie is also an extremely talented card maker.  To mix things up a bit, I asked her to use this week's sketch to make a card:
 


and here is a closer look:
 


 Isn't it beautiful?  Valerie said, "In addition to being a very useful tool for layout making, page sketches are great for making cards too! Donna’s sketches are no exception. In fact her clean, linear designs are a particularly handy jumping off point for cardmaking. In scrapbooking and cardmaking I’m a huge fan of the grid so this sketch was especially fun to work with. I tried a few literal interpretations but thought for the smaller scale of a card, breaking the grid with some circles might be more interesting. While the 2 circular elements are completely different, the 2 patterned paper squares are the same and in monotone pattern to reinforce the grid and anchor the main design element. I put my sentiment in the same place as the title."

 
Are you ready to hear about the prizes this month?
 
The winner of this month's challenge will win a copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches
 


and this vintage inspired prize package
 

 
It includes patterned papers from Making Memories as well as embellishments from American Crafts, Kaisercraft, Prima and Cosmo Cricket; plus there are glassine envelopes, shipping tags, safety pins and twine.  Notice too, the Addy Sentiments Stamps from Studio Calico, these are the same stamps that Valerie used on her card. 

Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album.  Be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption!  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by July 31, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.  Prizes will only be shipped to U.S.addresses.  In the event that an international participant wins, she'll receive an Ella gift certificate, and a new winner will be drawn for the physical prize.

Remember, there will be two sketches posted each month.  If you create two layouts, one from each sketch, you will have two entries which will double your chances of winning!
 
I hope you all will participate with me and make a layout based on this sketch.  If you are playing along here is a button for you to post on your blog.
 



***Winner of June's Stretch Your Sketch Challenge is Ella reader di_turner!***
Please email me at donnajannuzzi(at)gmail(dot)com to receive your prize.

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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #6

Hi!  I’m here today to share with you another sketch and another layout in our
 


This is the second sketch for the month of June; you can see the first sketch for this month you can see it here.


Before we get to the sketch, I want to remind you of this month’s amazing prize.  You might remember that Jillibean Soup is sponsoring this month's Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series! 

 




So in addition to winning a free copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches



the winner will also receive this prize package
 



Jillibean Soup's latest collection Watermelon Gazpacho Soup.  It is the perfect summer line filled with bright happy colors and lots of fun patterns.  Be sure to visit the Jillibean Soup blog, Bean Talk for inspiration from their design team and more.


Now on to this month’s sketch!  Here it is
 



I know I've said this before, so I hope you don't get tired of reading it, but there are so many different ways you can convert a 12 x 12 sketch to 8.5 x 11.  Here is one version
 



From the original 12 x 12 sketch I created this layout
 


I used Jillibean Soup's Pasta Fagioli for this one.  I really loved the bold colors of this line and they were perfect for these photos.  About those photos, the journaling for this layout reads:  I tried to snap a photo of the boys together at the Hazel’s Easter egg hunt. I took several and these are the best. Only because they make me laugh! Let's just say these two photos say quite a bit about these two boys' individual personalities.  April 23, 2011

 
Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album and be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption.  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by June 30, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.  Prizes will only be shipped to U.S.addresses.  In the event that an international participant wins, she'll receive an Ella gift certificate, and a new winner will be drawn for the physical prize.

Remember, there are two sketches posted each month.  If you create two layouts, one from each sketch, you will have two entries which will double your chances of winning!
 
I hope you all will participate with me and make a layout based on this sketch.  If you are playing along here is a button for you to post on your blog.
 

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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Week #5

Hi everyone!  Today I’m here to share the 5th sketch in the
 



This week me and Ella Friend Jennifer Larson are working with this sketch for a double-page spread
 


You can use this sketch to make a double-page layout or you can adjust the sketch and make just one page.  As always, feel free to adapt the sketch to suit your needs.  Here is the layout that I made from the sketch
 


As I went to make this layout of my favorite photos from last summer, I had a hard time narrowing down my selection to just six images.  Plus, I noticed that I had a lot of portrait orientation photos versus landscape orientation photos.  So, I switched-out two of the 4 x 6 photos for four 4 x 3s.  It’s a simple switch, but it’s one of the ways that I often stretch my sketches.

As I said above, joining me this week is Ella Friend Jennifer Larson.  Here is the layout that she made from the sketch this week
 


Jennifer commented that she already had several 3x3 prints ready to scrapbook, so she used those in place of some of the 4 x 6 photos.  Jennifer used mist in place of patterned paper in her background and she added some hand stitching to add some movement to the page.  If you haven’t already, you should read Jennifer’s Scrapbook Ellaments article on misting, Misting Magic.  Her latest article is all about embellishments, Little is Big.

 
Are you ready to hear about the prizes this month?
 
We are happy to announce that Jillibean Soup is sponsoring this month's Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series!

 


 

So in addition to winning a free copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches
 


the winner will also receive this prize package
 


Jillibean Soup’s latest collection Watermelon Gazpacho Soup!  The collection is full of fun patterns and bright colors and I know it will be perfect for scrapbooking all of your summer memories.  I had a lot of fun creating the page above using this very collection.

Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album.  Be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption!  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by June 30, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.  Prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses.  In the event that an international participant wins, she'll receive an Ella gift certificate, and a new winner will be drawn for the physical prize.

Remember, there will be two sketches posted each month.  If you create two layouts, one from each sketch, you will have two entries which will double your chances of winning!
 
I hope you all will participate with me and make a layout based on this sketch.  If you are playing along here is a button for you to post on your blog.



***Winner of May's Stretch Your Sketch Challenge is Ella reader Cathy S!***
Please email me at donnajannuzzi(at)gmail(dot)com to receive your prize.

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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #4

Happy Monday everyone!  I’m back today with the second sketch for the month of May's
 



Before we get to the sketch, I want to remind you of this month’s amazing prize.  You might remember that Fiskars is sponsoring this month's Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series! 
 



So in addition to winning a free copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches



the winner will also receive this prize package
 



It features the large and extra large cloud punches from Fiskars.  It also includes corresponding cloud stamps from Studio Calico, exclusive Studio Calico patterned papers and a happy mix of spring-themed papers and embellishments.

And just in case you missed out on the first sketch of this month you can see it here.

Now on to this month’s sketch!  Here it is
 



As always, there are so many different ways you can convert a 12 x 12 sketch to 8.5 x 11.  Here is one example
 



From the original 12 x 12 sketch I created this layout
 



I used the same stamps and punches that are part of the prize this month to create the clouds in the upper right-hand corner.  I think the winner of this month's challenge will have as much fun as I did using this combination of products.

I asked Ella Friend Francine Clouden to join me for this month’s challenge and here is the layout she created from the sketch
 



Francine stuck pretty closely to the original sketch, but opted to switch out the two 3 x 4s for four smaller photos.  Her adaptation works so well given the theme and title of the layout.  A great example of how design can aid in your story telling.

 
Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album and be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption.  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by May 31, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.  Prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses.  In the event that an international participant wins, she'll receive an Ella gift certificate, and a new winner will be drawn for the physical prize.

Remember, there are two sketches posted each month.  If you create two layouts, one from each sketch, you will have two entries which will double your chances of winning!
 
I hope you all will participate with me and make a layout based on this sketch.  If you are playing along here is a button for you to post on your blog.
 



I can’t wait to see your layouts!

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Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series, Sketch #3

Hi Everyone!  Did you enjoy Spring Training?  I sure did!  I’m hoping it left you energized and ready to tackle this month’s challenge
 


Before we get to this month’s first sketch though, I wanted to clear up any confusion about the series.  This month because of Spring Training the sketches will be posted on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.  The schedule will return to normal next month with sketches being posted every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from June through September.  For those who are new to the series you can read more about it here.
 
Now, let’s get to that sketch!  Here it is
 


and here is an 8.5 x 11 version
 


This month I stretched the sketch too.  From the original 12 x 12 version of the sketch I replaced the two 4 x 6 photos with one single 5 x 7 photo
 


and created this layout
 


Notice that I also replaced the 3 x 3 photos with 2 x 3 sized photos and created a photo-strip with cardstock.

I asked Ella Friend Jenni Hufford to join me for this month’s challenge and here is the layout she created
 


Jenni said, “I followed Donna's sketch fairly close, switching out only the number of photos in the center and added a border.  Instead of two 4x6 photos, I added six wallet sized photos.  The border was included (instead of photos) by adding three strips of pattern paper from Crate Paper's Toy Box collection.  I framed my wallet photos with stickers from the Toy Box collection.  In order to create the paper with the yellow circles, I created a circle mask and sprayed Studio Calico's Calico White Mr. Huey mist.  Once dried, I painted over the circles (with the same mask) with yellow paint.  I love how it turned out and feel like it adds so much to have little circles peeking out from the page.  I loved using this sketch-- there are so many possibilities!!”
 
Want to join in the fun?  Here's how to play:  First, create your layout based on the sketch.  Next, post it to your blog or any online album and be sure to mention where you got the sketch in your post or caption.  Third, come back to this post and share the link to your layout.  All entries must be posted by May 31, 2011, 11:59 pm PST.  The winner of each month will be chosen at random and will be announced here on The Daily Trumpet.  Prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses.  In the event that an international participant wins, she'll receive an Ella gift certificate, and a new winner will be drawn for the physical prize.

Remember, there will be two sketches posted each month.  If you create two layouts, one from each sketch, you will have two entries which will double your chances of winning!
 
Are you ready to hear about the prizes? 
 
We are happy to announce that Fiskars is sponsoring this month's Stretch Your Sketches Challenge Series!
 


 
So in addition to winning a free copy of my eBook, Stretch Your Sketches 



the winner will also receive this prize package
 

 
It features the large and extra large cloud punches from Fiskars.  It also includes corresponding cloud stamps from Studio Calico, exclusive Studio Calico patterned papers and a happy mix of spring-themed papers and embellishments.
 
I hope you all will participate with me and make a layout based on this sketch.  If you are playing along here is a button for you to post on your blog. 



I can’t wait to see your interpretations! 

***Winner of April's Stretch Your Sketch Challenge is Ella reader goldnuggt!***

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