Friday, March 18, 2011

Sometimes, Enough is Enough!

I am pretty sure you've seen me say several times how much I love sketches. It's true! I love them! Especially when I have limited time to scrapbook but am dying for a fix ("Hello, my name is Krissy and I am a scrapbooking junkie!") because I have been too busy with "real life" to create a layout in over a week!

So, I was really excited to see the new sketch posted at Sketchabilities!
It has wonderful detail and really cute elements so I couldn't wait to play with it!

For my layout, I used:

Fancy Pants Papers, Happy Together Collection;
Bazzill Basics Floss (but any embroidery floss will work);
Bazzill Basics Stitching Template;
Small and Medium-Sized Self-Adhesive Pearls;
Markers and Distress Ink (to outline my papers);
Chipboard Letters; and a
Pen (for journaling).

You will notice that the sketch has the smaller photos located under the main picture instead of to the side like I have. It also includes cute little embellishments and swirls on the bottom and top left side of the layout. I tried to follow it; I really did! But once I spent the time to do my handstitching, I knew I didn't want to cover even a millimeter of it up with pictures. I also had "dead space" on the left side of my main photo so I decided that would be a good spot to place the smaller pictures. I then chose some pretty flowers that matched my layout and tried to place them along with small paper strips as shown in the sketch. They just didn't look right. I tried different flowers - paper flowers, fabric flowers, small flowers, large flowers - nothing looked right to me. I moved on to embellishments in lieu of flowers, but still nothing worked for me. I thought about adding a little more stiching and put several templates in place so I could visualize how that would look...nope. Finally, I noticed two packages of adhesive pearls that I had purchased earlier in the day and decided to add a simple pearl border around my layout. THAT worked.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love embellishments. Trinkets, flowers, metal charms, anything made by my Silhouette - I love it all. But sometimes, they just don't work; they don't belong. And when that happens, I have to go with my gut and not try to "force" all those cute extras onto my layout.

I am certain I will use this sketch again and follow it more closely because I love the way it looks. But if, for some reason, I don't - it will still be okay - because the end result is MY creation. And if I am happy with my creation, that is all that matters!

I encourage you to create something that makes YOU happy this weekend! For more ideas and more wonderful takes on this sketch, please visit Sketchabilities!


  1. Beautiful is PERFECT and the hand stitching looks incredible!

  2. Krissy just became a follower... Your work is always so beautiful. Love this piece... Grat page and love your stitching!!! Anna Valentin

  3. Krissy, wonderful take on the sketch!!

  4. Krissy, this is the muted colours and all the detail on the framed page.

  5. Hi Krissy, beautiful page!!! I love ur stitching!! totally awesome..:)))

  6. amazing layout, love the stitching

  7. Hi Krissy! I didn't know you had a blog! I ablosultely LOVE it!!! Everything here is so creative. And I really like your take on this sketch, too. I am a follower now!

  8. Totally gorgeous LO!! and I looove your Steampunk LO featured above... absolutely STUNNING!!!
    Lou x

  9. Krissy, this is totally awesome! WOW...fantastic work! Hugs ~Gerry~