Turquoise – Layout 6

EEEEK! It’s guest sketcher time again and that means we get to enjoy some pretty outstanding talent.  Added bonus is that this week’s sketch is a TWO-pager because I know so many of you have been dying to get your hands on one. :) You can thank the ever-so-talented Julie Koets for this week’s Mid Week Mojo using today’s steal, the Echo Park Note To Self Collection. I can personally thank Julie for making my wallet just a little lighter—one look at her darling layout with the “view master” embellies and I was sold!

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I was over the moon excited when Kristy Lee invited me to be a guest sketcher at ScrapbookSteals. I’ve played along with their weekly sketch challenges for over a year and have been inspired, motivated, and challenged along the way. In addition to scoring great deals on scrapbook supplies, I’ve made some great friends and have received tons of encouragement from the fans and staff at Scrapbook Steals.

Before I found this site, I must confess that I had never worked from a sketch. If you’d look at my old scrapbooks, you’d see what I mean—I was the queen of busy patterned paper, covered with a zillion matted photos cut into crazy shapes with deco scissors. Now I’ve come so far, looking forward to every Wednesday when the new sketch is revealed.

I was thrilled to learn that I would get to use the Note to Self collection from Echo Park, one of my favorite manufacturers. The papers looked fabulous online, but I was absolutely blown away when I saw them in person. The colors are great, with neutral brown, camel and creams, soft blues and grays, and fun pops of red. The hardest part for me was deciding which side of the double sided paper to use. There are so many great patterns!

This collection features great journaling cards, fun viewmaster images, and super cute stickers to finish off your masterpieces. My absolute favorite thing about this collection is the emphasis on family, memories, and moments. That’s what I’m all about! As a busy mom working full time outside of the home, I truly cherish the time I get to spend with my family. I love that this collection helps document “everyday life” in such an amazing way.

I had so much fun creating this sketch! I love two page multi-photo layouts featuring 4×6 photos, so I knew that I had to go big. But for those of you who are intimidated by two pagers, never fear! I created this sketch with you in mind, as you’ll notice that you can easily modify this into a single page layout by simply doing either half. Feel free to modify, adjust photo sizes, and add different shapes to suit your fancy.

With all of those beautiful papers, I couldn’t help but make a few more things. I do not consider myself a card maker, but I was able to put some scraps to good use and came up with a few thank you cards. I love the paper that looks just like cork and I think this collection is perfect for making “masculine” cards!

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with! Just be sure to upload your completed layout to the Scrapbook Steals Facebook page, and include a link in the comment section of this post by Monday, June 11 at midnight MST to be entered to win a scraptastic prize. I’d love for you to visit my blog, Crafty Goodness, to see my past creations and learn more about me. Thanks for giving me a chance to inspire you!

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Julie, I am positively in love! You did your job well today because from the moment I saw your layout a few weeks back I knew that I’d be stealing today, and yes, I did! Thank you!

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Wow! I can’t believe another week has flown and it’s time for another Mid Week Mojo participant giveaway. Today our lucky winner is Corrina Colquhoun.

Congratulations! Please send an email to service@stealnetwork.com letting them know that you are this week’s Mid Week Mojo winner we will be happy to get some scrappy loot sent your way. :)

Have a great day everyone and be sure to check in tomorrow for another fantastic guest blogger!