Tuesday, June 30, 2009

July Sponsor: The Paper Passion

So Sketchy! is pleased announce that we will have a wonderful and very generous sponsor for the month of July....

The Paper Passion

The Paper Passion is a Canadian based website that offers kits and individual scrapbooking items as a great low price! Take a moment to check out their website by clicking the title above.

The Paper Passion has generously donated the prize for the July Sketch Contest, their whole April Kit; Grandma's Kitchen. And can I say... this is one AMAZING kit packed with a LOT of fun papers and embellishments.

The So Sketchy! Sistas' will be creating all month long using kits provided by The Paper Passion.

The kits that the So Sketchy Sista's will be using, contain:
  • 6 double sided patterned papers by October Afternoon, the "Cherry Hill" line
  • 1 sheet of green Bazzill cardstock
  • American Crafts Thickers, Sprinkles
  • 2 die cut shaped strips in black and pick
  • 2 pieces of ribbon
  • assorted flowers by Prima
Thank you to Rosa and her amazing team at The Paper Passion for the wonderful kits for the So Sketchy! Sistas and for the gorgeous contest kit to give to one lucky July Sketch Contest winner this month!


Monday, June 29, 2009

Meet the New So Sketchy Sistas!

I would like to introduce you to all the lovely ladies who will be joining me here for the next 6 months.

Introducing all my So Sketchy Sistas....

My 6 So Sketchy Page Sistas....

Aphra Boyler

Aphra's Blog: My Scrappy Life

Hi, my name is Aphra Bolyer, proud scrapper of two active boys--Jonathan (8) and Ethan (2). When I'm not chasing my toddler down from the tallest furniture in the house or chauffeuring my eldest back and forth to the ball park, I'm in my scrapbook room for a little craft therapy. I practically sleep in there while my husband Jeff is gone for 3 ½ weeks working in Alaska. But when he finally comes home to Central Louisiana, I scrape off the ink and glue and hang out with my three favorite guys.

I am very excited to be a So Sketchy Sista! It’s an honor to walk in the footsteps of the talented retired Sistas, many of whom I’ve admired for some time. I look forward to inspiring and being inspired. Thanks, Ally, for this amazing opportunity!

Jennifer Benoit

Jen's Blog: Life the Jen Way

Hi! My name is Jennifer Benoit; Jen, if you please. I currently live in Listowel, ON. I became interested in scrapbooking in October 2007, after failing to find the perfect baby book. In November 2008 I completed my first layout. It was horrible; but the love affair had started. My spunky two-year old son is the subject of most of my layouts. He's also the only one who doesn't complain about having the camera in his face every day. At least not yet. Maybe I'll finally get around to making that baby book when he stops letting me take his picture.

Frances Sylvia

Frances' Blog: Forever and a Year

Helllooo So Sketchy! My name is Frances Sylvia and I am from Natchitoches, Louisiana, the small, Southern town where Steel Magnolias was filmed. By day, I am a Junior High English teacher, and by night, I am a lucky wife of 9 years, mother of 4, and a totally addicted scrapbooker. Though my greatest inspiration comes from my family and friends in the photos, I usually begin a layout by searching for inspiration via the internet. That usually means finding a cool sketch, a new, interesting challenge, or a handmade technique to incorporate into my layout. I truly believe that I do not have a set style, yet there are some elements I can not leave off a layout these days, such as, hand or machine stitching, buttons, doodling, distressing, and layering. Since my time is mostly devoted to being a wife and mother, I believe that scrapbooking should be FUN!! I like to think that I am a funny “sista” and my sense of humor usually ends up spilling over on to my layouts. I have been following So Sketchy for a while now and I am super excited to be a So Sketchy Sista…thanks Ally!

Jennifer Stevens

Jenn's Blog: Creative Chaos

Hi all! My name is Jenn Stevens and I live with my husband and boys in NE Montana. You will probably see a lot of my two boys as they are the main source of my inspiration. They provide me with lots of funny stories and memories to record. I am so very excited to be a So Sketchy Sista and I hope that I can inspire you during my time here!

Zoe Nemburt

Zoe's Blog: {create}

Hi there, My name is Zoe and I live in the beautiful province of Nova Scotia, with my husband of 7 years and our 3 children Yasmin 6, Aydin 5, and Ceyda 2, I work for Canada Post by day as a casual letter carrier and scrap obsessively on my days off and evenings, My husband just graduated as a Carpenter and he also volunteers for the local Fire Department.

I've always enjoyed playing with paper and have dabbled in scrapbooking for many years however in February of 2008 I got bitten by the scrapping bug and have never looked back, I am now proud to call myself a scrap-a-holic.

I have been a fan of So Sketchy since the beginning and am honoured to now call myself a So Sketchy Sista.

Nicole Nowasad

Nicole's Blog: Just Nick

My name is Nicole Nowosad. I lam 35 years old, and live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with my husband Ian, and our 2 busy boys Noah and Lucas, and our 3.5 month old daughter. Our children are the main topics of my pages, and I believe that even boy pages can be pink! I started scrapbooking in 1999, but didn't get really serious about it until 2002 when our first son was born. I like to try all different things on my pages, but the one consistent is stitching. I always seek out new inspiration in art, advertising and especially sketches. I look forward to being a So Sketchy Sista for the next six months and sharing my pages with all of you!

My 3 So Sketchy Card Sistas....

Tina Quintas

Tina's Blog: sow.sprout.bloom

My name is Tina. I currently live in Killeen, Texas with my husband of 10 years & my 2 children. Before my kids I was a social worker, but now I am a stay at home-schooling mom. When I have free time, I LOVE to create with paper, primarily cards. My husband comes from a big family, so there's always need for some sort of card. I'm so excited to be a Sista!!!

Tracy Schultz

Tracy's Blog: Who Is Tracy?

My name is Tracy Schultz and I live in Hamburg, New York (a suburb of Buffalo). I'm an IT specialist by day and crafter by night. If I'm not making cards, learning how to scrapbook, or making a pair of earrings, then you can usually find me on the volleyball court or in my gardens. Gardening is just like crafting, only with a much larger canvas. I've been married to my husband for three wonderful years. We have one pet cockatiel named Kiwi and one dozen angry fish.

Jessica Kruegel

Jess' Blog: My Sanity Depends on Stamping

My name is Jessica and I live in New Jersey with my wonderful husband of eight years, Eric, and our amazing four year-old daughter, Amanda. I {LOVE} stamping and scrapbooking and find myself creating more often the past few years, since our daughter was born. She is the inspiration for my projects. I find stamping and scrapbooking to be a wonderful creative outlet from the hustle and bustle of work and home demands. I {SO} enjoy the So Sketchy site and creating from Ally's sketches. Thank you for welcoming me into this lovely team.

Congrats ladies! I'm sure the So Sketchy readers can't wait to see all your creations!


Saturday, June 27, 2009

June Sketches - Download Day!

Today's the day I know all of you look forward to.... DOWNLOAD DAY!

All I ask for your chance to download the June sketches for FREE is that you leave me a comment below! That's all I ask.

Here are your download links:

12x12 & 12x24 Page Sketches
8.5x11 & Circle Page Sketches
Card Sketches

Please do not share the links to these pages but send your friends to this post! Thanks!
These links will remain active until the end of July.

Don't forget... you have until July 4th to enter the June Sketch contest. See details here.


Friday, June 26, 2009

June's LAST Sketch!

Here's the last sketch of June! Goodness this month has gone by fast!

Baby Love
by Nicole

This beautiful page by Nicole has use the basic sketch but adapted it to fit just 4 photos. I love that she's taken the little circle element from the sketch and made it into a heart! Another amazing page by Nicole!

by Julie

This super fun page by Julie is a great example of simple scrapbooking. All Julie has used is two pieces of patterned paper, a few alphabet stickers, some simple cardstock and a pen to doodle some designs! A fabulous page Julie!

With today being the last sketch for June.... that means tomorrow is DOWNLOAD DAY! Yippee!


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Today's The Day!

It's release day for the newest and MOST amazing issue yet of the Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine!

You can find your copy of this FREE magazine at your local scrapbook store and if you are super impatient like I am, you can download a copy for FREE on your computer right here!

Make sure you check out my So Sketchy! article on page 46! It's stars my very own little "Beach Bum", Spencer! You can also check out all the So Sketchy! sketches in the sketch gallery on the SCT website and some amazing layouts submitted by creative scrappers just like you!


June Sketch: Card

Here's a fun circular card for you....

You Raise Me Up...
by Melanie

Don't ya just love this fishy card? I love the scalloped edge and the fun embossing Melanie used on her card. Super cute card Melanie!

Miss U
by Dawne

Dawne took the sketch and dropped the circle shape and juts used the inner core of the sketch design. Isn't her kitty adorable? Fabulous card Dawne!

by Leah

I love that Leah took the square from the sketch and used a graphic flower shape instead! I love the dots of pearl paint on her large bloom. Great card Leah!


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

June Sketch: 12x12

Here's a fun sketch for you today....

Painting Fun
by Jana P.

This fun page by Jana P. also illustrates that you can get your kids involved in your art too! I love the fun zig zags of faux paint strokes with her journaling on them. Great use of the sketch Jana!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June Sketch: 8.5x11

Here's a great multi-photo design for you today!

But Goodies
by Abbie

For this beautiful page, Abbie has rotated the sketch and combined all the mini photos into one large photo instead. I love the way here title wraps all around the wonderful photo she has. Gorgeous page Abbie!


Monday, June 22, 2009

June Sketch: Card

Here's a fun rectangular card for you today....

Your Love Keeps Lifting Me
by Melanie

I love the way Melanie has used this sketch for her card! The circle shape on the card she has used as the sun in her card front design. She's also used the 3 small circles as her pretty bright red heart eyelets! So creative! Wonderful summer feeling card Melanie!


Sunday, June 21, 2009

June Sketch: 12x12

Who can resist stitching and circles?

All American Family
by Kristii

I love the way Kristii has incorporated her patriotic theme with the sketch design. The stripes go just perfectly with her theme and all the fun papers she's chosen to use! A stunning page Kristii!


Saturday, June 20, 2009

June Sketch: 8.5x11

A fun sketch with circular photos for today!

Fed Up?
by Wendy
Wendy really had fun with this sketch! She took the diamond grid and converted it to a crown shape for a back ground. She took the 2 circular photos and stretched them out to use 2 small rectangular photos. I love all the fun colours she used for her page! Gorgeous page Wendy!


Friday, June 19, 2009

June Sketch: 12x12

Another fun sketch for a single photo....

Mud Surfing
by Tonya

I love Tonya's interpretation of this sketch! I love the fun wave shapes she's mimicked from the sketch's flower design and to tie the water theme back to her page. Did you notice, Tonya even wrote her journaling around the waves shapes! Very cool! Fabulous page Tonya!

My Girl Tila
by Cherie

Cherie took the sketch and flipped it from the right to the left of her page. An easy way to make a sketch design your own! I love her simple title treatment on the clear bracket shape too! Super cute page about your fur-baby Cherie!


Thursday, June 18, 2009

June Sketch: 12x12

Here's a fun circle layout for you today!

Tender Moments
by Nicole

Nicole has taken this circle sketch and placed the design right on some beautiful edged paper. I love all the layered stripes of paper and ribbon that she used. A stunning layout Nicole!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

June Sketch: 12x12

Here's a fun sketch with some symmetry to it!

Generation to Generation
by Jana

Jana has expanded the photo area to include 4 photos on her page. I love that she's taken the strip of paper down the center of the sketch and used to point out her title with an arrow. A great page Jana!

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