Once Upon a Sketch - January Challenge

While away on my holidays I got some time to create while everyone was having chill time on various stops we did along the way.  I fell in love with this sketch and while Once Upon a Sketch is a challenge site I have admired for all the amazing and beautiful layouts created by the design team and participants in the challenges - not to mention the awesome sketches, I just hadn't found the time last year.  Well this all changed and I got to have a play and take part this month.  This is my take on the sketch challenge for January:
The theme for inspiration was 'lesson learnt' and I guess it stuck in my mind that I'm learning to accept that my youngest little man is growing up too, becoming less of a toddler every day.
This is the sketch for this month's challenge.  You can see loads of more inspiration from the amazing design team as well as all the details to play along here.
For those that don't really understand sketches, they are basically like a map of where the elements of the layout go.  Some use them more as an inspiration starting point or others a way of having fun following a design getting creative with the elements on their own layout while trying to stick to the sketch.  The latter would be me... I love that they push me to try a different placement, add something extra somewhere where I wouldn't have thought to or sometimes trying to come up with something creative to represent an element in the sketch picture.  

So if you ever have a creative block or simply want to be pushed creatively I think giving these types of challenges a go.  They are also fantastic for beginners not knowing where to start as often trying to copy a layout can be very overwhelming at times.  

I had fun creating this layout with texture paste, paper from Fancy Pants Designs, Pink Paislee, Echo park, Carta Bella and Bazzill®; Craft Queen™ twine, The Crafters Workshop stencil, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Lemon, Mint and Mango Gelatos® and PITT® Pastel Pencil 1122-140 some My Mind's Eye™ enamel dots, Heidi Swapp & Basic Grey® alphas and of course the following Spellbinders™ dies:

WOW that is a mix of products lol - almost deceiving how many different brands I used on this one to achieve the look I wanted!  Maybe a little because I was challenged by only the supplies I had taken with me in the caravan on our holiday!

Here are some detail pics so you can see all the texture and fun I had while changing the elements up a little.  




Hope you enjoyed having a look at my take on Once Upon a Sketch's challenge for January and think about taking part too!

Oh and just an update Scrapbook and Papercraft expo in Melbourne where I will be teaching two classes isn't open until WEDNESDAY 29th January at noon. 

Sorry in my previous post I said it was the 23rd as that is what the website had (incorrectly) I have updated my post but thought people might not know... Click here for post and links to the website :)  


26 comments:

  1. You amaze me... this layout is just so gorgeous! Love the dies that you used too :)

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    1. Thanks Teresa! I never would have thought to put those dies on a boy layout, but I LOVED how they looked, it was the perfect contrast. xxx

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  2. Absolutely stunning Beck....my new fave of yours for sure...gorgeous x

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  3. This is stunning Beck, the layering is just fantastic !!!!

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    1. Oh thanks Marielle I definitely had fun with this one

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  4. This layout is amazing, what a great subject to scrap. We all watch our babies transform into little people so very quickly.. love all the layers under your photo.. love the colors too!!

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    1. Oh thanks Lizzy, yes it is so true... my hubby actually took this pic and all holidays I was looking at him thinking where did my baby go... This is the last of the little toddler I see in him at the moment... I'm sure not for too much longer :( they grow so quick!

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  5. So true Beck and before you know they are leaving home. So nice to document the little things and these are the things that we often overlook in favour of the big things. I love this special page. Beautiful texture on the background page too. Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS this month :D

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    1. Thanks Val! I must say I am thankful too for the photos taken of them as they grow up because yes even though my eldest is only 4.5 yrs old, the time has gone by so so quickly!

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  6. Beautiful layout. I love the colors and your inking! Love the layers under your photo and the way you did your journaling! All the best! A new fan!http://mybeaner.blogspot.ca/ Drop by sometime would love to see you! :)

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    1. Thanks so much! These would have to be my favourite colours at the moment.... well yellow anyway... can't get enough of it lol

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  7. LOOOVE the cups....& all that yummy texture...so glad you joined us at OUAS this month....& yup, they grow wAAAY too fast!!! BTW, And if you haven’t already done so, you can link this to our Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page for a chance at our special FB prize:):)

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    1. Thanks very much Lizzy! Shared my layout too :) thanks new to that part ;)

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  8. gorgeous gorgeous layering! the phot oand journaling hit home too- we call these the twist off hands, and I monitor them very closely until one day they just disappear :(

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    1. Thanks so much Erin! I think LOTS can relate to this pic and story xxx

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  9. Cool =) Love your use of paint. Great layering too. Thanks for joining in at OUAS =)

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    1. Thank- you so much Maja! It's been great fun playing along!

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  10. Gorgeous layout Beck....just adore all those bright colours together!! Thanks for playing along at OUAS :)

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    1. Thanks so much Stacey, I enjoyed having a play xxx

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  11. woow your page is so fantastic !

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  12. What a stunning page, Beck!! So glad you were able to join us for the OUAS Challenge this month and hope we'll see you back again soon!! I agree - our children grow up so very quickly. Treasure every moment ~ ours are all grown up now. What a fabulous page with your amazing textures and colors!! Congratulations on your gorgeous LO being featured on the Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

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  13. Thanks for the beautiful comment. I really enjoyed playing along and will be back for sure! Already itching for next months to go up ;)

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