Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Agony and the Ecstasy of a sketch

April 28 2010

Does one really need to reinvent the wheel? How much easier it is to work from a sketch? Why I refer to it as the agony, is because, how many times do you arrange and re-arrange each piece of paper and element to make it look JUST like the sketch. I have spent countless hours agonizing, moving bits of paper and embellishments around on a page....never quite satisfied until I have tried every available option....BUT, the truth is, in years to come, no one will ever wander if the flower looked better on the left or the right....should it have been letter stickers or die cut alphabet? All that will matter is the beautiful page that told a story....and then the ecstasy (or satisfaction) follows.....THE FINISHED LAYOUT.
This layout was inspired by one of the Sunday Sketches from Studio Calico. I really love following these. They take the guess work out of getting started, and let you use, and enjoy all the paper that we so lovingly hoard and complain about never using. For my journaling on this layout I used the label memory block from Stamping Bella, as well as all the Dear Lizzy paper and embellishments. By the way, I really loved making the fabric flower.....wish I could make a whole garden full of to try, if you haven't already.
I urge and encourage you to take a sketch and JUST DO IT. I am already working on the next Sunday Sketch. Hope to post it soon.


  1. Gorgeous LO Dena!!!
    Love it!!!
    And awesome advice too!
    I'm off to check out a sketch and see if it'll get my mojo jo-in'!!!

  2. Love the layout. Can't wait to make those flowers. Great job (as always)!!

  3. I love this sketch and this layout! I definitely have a "thing" for circles. Your advice is so true...of course, none of us will follow it...LOL. I hope to do this sketch next week.

  4. OMG Dena. I LOVE this layout, and the fabric flower is outstanding! You will have to give me a little "tutorial" on making them. So beautiful!

  5. Dena dena dena I Tought you so very well... Lol! I wish! I need to learn a thing or two from you (or three). You are absolutely on the money about sketches . They are a saviour and it's amazing to see howany variances come out of the same sketch!
    Beeyootiful job as always! I be so very proud :)
    Ps helen, whatever you do DO NOT comment on my blog lol

  6. Dena as always your page is absolutely beautiful. Anna

  7. Good to know that I am not the only one who spends hours deciding where to place a brad or button! Love what you're doing here Dena. Can't wait to see more.

  8. saw the sketch and the other interpretations - your's takes first place! did you get your stamps??