19 December, 2019

Shimelle's Sketches Re-imagined - Guest Designer

My buddy Sara Scraps came up with the brainchild that is Shimelle's Sketches Re-imagined.  It involved working her way through Shimelle's sketches on a weekly basis (links to Sara's socials below) and also having a guest or two with their take on it.

This week Sara asked me (and Christy from Christy's Beautiful Life) to tackle the sketch of 31 August 2011 together! It's not a design I normally gravitate to, so I was up for the challenge.

I did stay fairly true to the sketch so I needed a fair bit of "hand holding". but I changed up the number and placement of the embellishment groups in order to accommodate a decent amount of journaling and a longish title.

Shimelle has a process video for this sketch so I'll link to that below, but here are her versions of both the sketch and finished layout:

Shimelle's blog post including more info and a link to her process video can be FOUND HERE

I decided it was only fitting to use one of the backgrounds I made for Sara's new class - Mixed Media Backgrounds Vol 1.  I went a little rogue with my mixed media background.  It's based on Lesson 1.

I wanted to use my go-to patterned paper as I almost always do during my fairly infrequent attempts at mixed media.  You can kinda see it here,  I want to try it again though,

Equally apt was using patterned papers and embellies which were mostly from Shimelle's collections.

I didn't even show half the embellies I pulled out for this layout.  As I mentioned n the video, I thought about turning them into a sort of "mini kit" since I have quite a few pages I'd like to make from this event (the one in this video will probably be number 2) and they might as well co-ordinate.

I was aiming for pink and black with maybe a pop of aqua, but instead this particular layout turned into my go-to pink and aqua combination.  What can you do, right? 🤷 Old habits die hard!!

Oddly, I didn't pick any paper besides the ones I used.  Perhaps because I started with the sketch and knew which ones I needed?  Not to mention relatively few with a globe pattern.  I definitely will add more black in for some of the other pages.

I managed to kill 2 Sharpies to get through the journaling!  I was desperately hoping the third wouldn't fail me before I was done.  🤦 All were finer than I expected so I needed 2 layers and it ended up looking worse than my usual handwriting.  UGH!  Since this is not my first rodeo when it comes to journaling fails on mixed media you'd think I'd learned my lesson, right?  Apparently not!!

Here's my video and photos...and link to all Sara and Shimelle's socials below!  Sincere apologies for any weird editing during the video.  I probably shouldn't have done it while under the influence of premeds at the hospital, but it was GoGo Juice day and it needed to be done!

My Process Video

Embellie Clusters

You may notice that I also added some silver and holographic sequins to the centres of the flowers from the "Motley" mix by Spiegelmom Scraps as an afterthought!

My layout has the usual messy Alex look.  I just need to roll with it!!  Sara's layout is so elegant!  Maybe one day I'll succeed in the elegant department too!

#loveneverfails layout

Links to Sara and Shimelle's Socials

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Love and sketchy scrapbooking,