Hello FJ Friends!
It's Sheree here with one of my favourite blog posts each month...the sketch challenge! It's always so much fun to see the many different projects the creative team come up with...all inspired by the one sketch.
Let's take a look at the sketch that we have for you this month, inspired by our lovely Creative Team Member Ulrike Dold...
I'm absolutely loving all the banners in this design! So fun!
Here's Ulli to tell us about her gorgeous layout that the sketch was created from...
Hi FJ friends,
Today I have the FJ May sketch for you and I am sure you will love it. This time I made a layout for it and my lovely team mate Sheree made the sketch for me. Thank you, Sheree - I appreciate our team work so much!
For my layout I was inspired by the super cute FJ Hope buttons and so I decided to make a layout with yarn and some strings to hang cute embellishments on them. I wanted to use different shades of pink, because I used a picture from the wonderful pink door in the pretty FJ office in Mesa/Arizona.
First I glued pairs of buttons in 4 different colors and shapes with glue dots on my layout. They all have 4 1/4 inch distance between. I began with white buttons on the bottom and then made a color transition from a soft pink to a bright pink color. I pierced the paper under the button holes and stitched the buttons on the paper with yarn in matching colors. Then I knotted the yarn on the left button of each row and threaded different embellishments on it. I used many different FJ collections. I’ve used Megan Tiny Tags, tags from the Hope Die Cut Shapes, a wooden heart, chipboard bits from the Jill collection, the super cute tiny hearts with holes from the Hope Die Cut Shapes, a Bailey Felt heart. I used 3D dots and glue dots to fix the embellishments. Then I knotted the yarn on the second button. I also glued some embellishments without holes over and behind the strings: a Hope die cut label and Hope die cut rose, some Jenny sequins, Shay chipboard asterisks and also two letters: "F" and "J" from the Shay Chipboard Alphabet and the Elizabeth Chipboard Alphabet. This technique makes your string layout more playful. I also wanted to use the cute Hope Hearts & Criss Cross paper, but only the pink hearts. So I cut a strip with 1 inch and cut the other colors. I used a border hand punch to make a scalloped border and glued it on the right side of my page. Then I stitched with my sewing machine and white yarn some times over this paper strip. I typed my journaling and printed it out. I glued the long paper strip vertical on my layout and glued my title "FJ Magic" under it. Therefore I used the beautiful Essentials Puffy Alphabets in the colors "Tiny Dots" and "Dusty Rose". I added a Hope die cut heart behind it and stamped the phrase "On the bright side" in front of the title. At the end I stamped some of the cute stars and hearts from the Hope Stamp Set on my page, glued some pink sequins and puffy shapes here & there and splattered black ink across my page. I hope you like my page and the pretty sketch and you feel inspired too. Sometimes I don’t have words. The bunch of the FJ creative team ladies are so awesome and their layouts for this sketch are so beautiful. Its so amazing to be creative together!
SUPPLIES: Hope Buttons | Hope Paper Pack | Hope Die Cut Shapes | Embroidered Hearts | Hope Stamp Set | Essentials Puffy Alphabet Stickers - Tiny Dot | Essentials Puffy Alphabet Stickers - Dusty Rose | Essentials Mini Wide Paper Clips - Soft Pink | Jenny Chipboard Stars | Jenny Jar of Sequins | Grace Chipboard Bits | Jill Chipboard Bits & Bobs | Megan Tiny Tags | Shay Chipboard Alphabet Stickers | Elizabeth Chipboard Alphabet Stickers | Heart Beads| Bailey Felt Hearts | Bailey Epoxy Stickers | Essentials Puffy Shapes | Harper Epoxy Stickers | Essentials White Cardstock | Shay Clear Jar of Chipboard Asterisks
Next up we have team member Lindsey to share her beautiful project...
Hello everyone, it’s Lindsey! I decided to use this month’s sketch as inspiration for a Bible journaling entry. I’ve been wanting to create one of these fun elements using thread and eyelets in my Bible for a while so this was the perfect opportunity! I added the eyelets, thread, and hearts to the patterned papers before adhering everything to my page, that way I didn’t have to punch holes through the page. I did add a little dot of glue under each heart that way they wouldn’t just all fall together when I close my Bible. For my gold embossed title, I pulled out the Lindsey Stamps and Dies to pair with the Hope alphas. I kept the rest of the page pretty simple with just a few die cut embellishments, some ink splatters, and a little prayer journaling.
Team member Danielle has also created a very sweet layout inspired by the sketch...
I’m back with a fun take on Ulli’s stunning sketch. I knew I wanted to replicate the super cute four threaded elements so I decided to create some little houses and thread them onto my 9x12 cardstock. I embellished the heck out of everything and used those sweet die cut hearts on my thread. The thread sort of held my photo in place, like on a peg board. I added those scrummy polka dot alphas to spell out part of my title and used the die cut “&” and “reset” to finish it – I’m really happy with the end result.
Take care guys and stay safe and well.
Supplies: Hope Kit | Hope Paper Pack | Hope Die Cut Shapes | Essentials Puffy Alphabet Stickers - Tiny Dot | Denise Puffy Stickers | Megan Puffy Stickers | Hope Buttons | Hope Heart Washi Tape | Essentials Washi Tape - Black Heart | Essentials Miniwide Paper Clips – Dusty Rose | Essentials Miniwide Paper Clips – Soft Pink | Essentials Miniwide Paper Clips – White | Shay Clear Jar of Chipboard Asterisks | Heart Beads
Now let's see the adorable project that team member Tiffany came up with...
How fun is Ulli's sketch this month?! I never really worked from a sketch before, so this was such a nice challenge for me. And oh my was it so much fun to make! I altered the sketch a bit as you can see from my layout. I placed the wide strip of pattern paper along the bottom of my layout and centered the string banners. I also off-centered the title and "journaling" a bit too. This is a very minor change, but it worked well for me.
I documented my little pup here. I absolutely loved creating the string banners! It was a bit challenging, but I got to use up a lot of fun embellishments that come in the Felicity Jane kits each month, even some I wouldn't think of using on a layout too. I mixed in a few die cut pieces from the Bailey kit as well as a few of those chunky charms from the Denise kit. I loved adding a few of the heart beads and the Hope kit buttons as well.
I matted my photo on my favorite pink plaid paper from the Hope kit, but made it look like a little polaroid, which I then hung from one of the string banners using a mini gold paperclip. I just love how fun, soft and whimsical this layout turned out looking!
Supplies: Hope Kit | Hope Paper Pack | Hope Die Cut Shapes | Hope Buttons | Bailey Die Cut Shapes | Bailey Epoxy Stickers | Heart Beads | Denise Gold Metal + Epoxy Charms | Lindsey Epoxy Heart Stickers | Lola White & Black Polkadot Chipboard Alphabet Stickers
Team member Jana has also created a pretty page using the sketch as her inspiration...
What a gorgeous sketch Ulli made! All the lovely layers and embellishments that she really knows how to use! I decided I would give it a try as well but ... a bit differently. Given the characteristic of a notebook (and that I don't want it to get too bulky) I had to modify the sketch a bit. I decided I will use the right hand strip of pattern paper for my photos. As for the strings I wanted to go for a title on a string but then had to go for a flatter option: I simply glued the letters onto the paper. BUT I did create one string! The little hearts from the die cut shapes with a hole in them are just meant to be used for a string. I pierced two holes in my page to help me to attach the string and use the hearts as little beads. Super cute. I can't wait to see what the team girls come up with and also, what you all create from this pretty sketch!
We also have our May Guest Designer Amberleigh with a gorgeous digital layout to share with us!
I love sketches and use them a lot for inspiration! When I saw this sketch the 4 key elements that struck me were the single photo, banner detail, and the vertical journaling and title sitting next to the block of patterned paper. When I saw the banner detail I immediately recalled a pattern paper from the Brooke digital kit and used that as my starting point. The skinny black scallops really reminded me of the sketch. From there I added the block of patterned paper, to the left on my page, and used the watercolor patterned paper from the Brooke digital kit. The pink in my photo served as my focal color so I positioned the watercolor paper so only the pinks were visible in the block. I pulled the here & now title from the Reagan digital kit because it was perfect for the journaling I wanted to document. I nestled the title between my photo and watercolor paper, and then added my journaling, on top of the pattern paper in my layout vs. below in the sketch. The sketch illustrated several embellishments so I selected a couple banners and hearts to add additional visual interest. I love how the layout came together!
We hope you're inspired to try the sketch too and that you'll share your work with us either on Instagram using #fjsketchchallenge or on the Felicity Jane Facebook Group. We can't wait to see what you come up with!
Thank you so much for joining us on the blog today!