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Friends Always

Today on the Everyday Scrapbooker Facebook page, there’s a sketch challenge happening, and I decided to play along. Everyone is welcome to play along, no matter where you’re from. Looking for creative inspiration? Then this challenge is for you! The challenge is pinned to the top of the page, and you can find it here.

This particular sketch came from Pinterest. The owners at the Everyday Scrapbooker are admittedly NOT sketch artists, so they’ve drawn inspiration from around the internet. There’s no shortage of sketches out there, isn’t there?!

Here’s what I came up with:

And a couple close ups:

Red is not usually a colour I use in my crafting. I am not sure why I don’t use it- I love the colour. Likely because it won’t coordinate with my pictures, unless it’s Christmas or valentines related. This was a great departure from the norm. I think I should do it again.

I paired it with some grey patterned paper from my stash, then added some black splatter in an attempt to bridge the gap in the drastic difference in colours in my layout. The smaller splatter came from a small paintbrush saturated in CTMH Black re-inker, and the larger splatter came from a Black CTMH shimmer brush. I like that it added a subtle touch of sparkle to the layout, too. It must have been totally dry, even though I used my heat tool to speed up the process, because there’s a bit of black ink smudged over the picture 😞 Note to self: add splatter after everything is completed, not before!

It isn’t easy to tell from the photos, but the picture in the layout is layered on a stencil sheet- as a substitute for vellum- and White cardstock. Underneath the photo, I added mixed media again, this time in blues and greys. I love those two colours combined. They play so nicely off each other.

The title and all the paper embellishing were cut with my Cricut from CTMH Mink and Candy Apple cardstock; there’s some grey sewing thread layered underneath the title and around the photo in places, and I added a stamped sentiment from a stamp that I’ve had for awhile. It was perfect for this layout. Lastly, I heat embossed the word sister in extra fine white embossing powder with an alpha stamp from my stash, and layered it near the journaling to help highlight that my friend is more like a family member than a friend.

I hope my layout inspired you to swing by the Everyday Scrapbooker Facebook page and play along with the challenge. You’ve got all month long to participate. Hope to see you there!

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