Hello and welcome to Scrappy Sketches. There will be a new sketch every week to inspire your creativity for scrapbooking and cardmaking. I hope to encourage you to use your scrap stash in fabulously beautiful ways. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mid Week Sketch 31-13

We are officially 3/5ths of the way through this year. Yes, I thought you might like that snippet of information. Thrilling isn't it? There are still a lot of things I want to accomplish with what's left of the year - in fact, pretty much everything I thought I would accomplish this year. Better get my skates on.... time is on a high speed train! Or is that mixing my metaphors, lol? Is it like that for you too, or are you doing well? My year has been less than brilliant for getting things done... maybe it's because I didn't send on that darned chain letter in January, hehe.

Anyway, even if nothing else is happening as desired, at least I am still sketching and occasionally scrapping :-) I recently saw some nice pages with borders and I thought, gee, it's been a while since I made a page with a border. They are a good way to use up scraps and little pretties, and make a pretty page when all is said and done. I hope you find this one inspiring.

And maybe the young folk you live with would like to try a border too:

I love comments and I love seeing what you do - go ahead and share :-)

love Heather x ..always be a little kinder than necessary..

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mid Week Sketch 30-13

It's a lovely sunny day here today and I am looking at it through glass, because it's also quite cold out there. I had to send my daughter off to school today in her school shorts, pink and shivery (her, not the shorts, lol). She wouldn't wear the long pants because "nobody else" would be... She'll survive, she's a tough little cookie. Unlike the cats in their fur coats, desperately seeking out slivers of sunshine slanting through the windows onto the floor. They don't want to go out at all.

I hope you find a warm and pleasant spot this week to do some scrapping. However small a time we have, our creative pleasures help to keep us sane in the wild world of tasks for other people, lists of things to do, places to be, people to see and the many things we should be doing instead of whatever it is we are doing.

Here is another stash buster layout just in case you do find yourself with a bit of spare time (haha the idea of actual spare time... ). Look out all those little bits and bobs and get some down on a page. Have fun with the chevrons - mask, paint, paper, doodle, stitch or whatever, there's a few things you could do to make your page rock.

And of course, a smaller page for our young friends, I hope you enjoy finding some treasures to put on your page. It doesn't have to be cogs, use whatever you like - it's your page. 

love Heather x ..always be a little kinder than necessary..

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mid Week Sketch 29-13

The scrap stash clean up continues... it's pretty slow though. I can't just decide this box or this drawer is all for ditching. I have to go through each individual item and decide it's fate in a realistic way. The questions I ask are: "Am I actually going to use or finish this?" and "When I move, do I want to pack this and take it with me?"

I am trying to not get caught up with the sentimental value of things that I don't need any more. I'm trying to go a bit faster and not act like a hoarder. However, I do think a tendency toward hoarding is an occupational hazard when it comes to crafting. And I have been a crafter all my life, dabbling in one thing or another. It's hard to relinquish buttons, ribbons, pretty bits of paper, and all the myriad other items that are filling my drawers. You never know when you might need just that one thing...

But I am being ruthless. Or truthful. Or something... but whatever it is, I am giving things due consideration and culling. The drawer I went through yesterday now only has a third of what was in it before. I could be horrified that there was so much in it that I didn't need, or I could be thrilled there is now room for more stuff delighted that what is left is what I actually want. It's very satisfying in the end. I know more stuff will accumulate, but at least I won't be adding it to an already over-supplied space.

Now, confession time over, lol, what about the sketch? It's quite different really. It took me ages to get it to behave yesterday, changed it about 20 times, but I think it came together nicely in the end. (Some sketches are like that, and others come together smoothly.)

Use 4 smaller photos as in the sketch, or two 4x6 landscape ones, and have fun with some stitching. Cut up some of your paper stash into circles and layer them up - whether you use contrasting colours or tonal shades, I think this is going to give you a great page. And of course, you can ink, doodle, distress or otherwise decorate your circles any way you like. Have fun!

And a smaller version, simpler but still with the same appeal:

love Heather x ..always be a little kinder than necessary..

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mid Week Sketch 28-13

I have been inspired to clean up my scrap stash this week, hunting out the little bits that are stored in the wrong place and filing them in their rightful place, finding the little lurkers and oh my, that top drawer was full of stuff that had been shoved in, in the hurry to tidy for one reason or another. It was all accidental, really. I just went to put something away and that simple act turned into a task that is now going to take days because it's spilled over into every other area, LOL! Oh well... obviously it was needed. But while I was sorting, tidying, culling and rearranging, I decided I need to use up some of my stash in a big way. The next few sketches are going to be stash busters, with layers and little bits tucked here and there. I hope they work for your stash too. :-)

And not forgetting our little friends :-)

love Heather x ..always be a little kinder than necessary..

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Flower Shop

I have just added a new page to my blog. You can find it on the tab at the top of this page, or here: Flower Shop. It's dedicated to the flowers that I make, which you can now buy from me right here on Scrappy Sketches. They look fabulous on any project you are doing - pages, cards or off the page creations. Indulge in one or two and I promise you will be happy with them.

And just as a special bonus for the month of July, if you purchase 4 packs, you will receive another pack free - bargain! It's a lovely and ever changing selection, with more flowers to be added regularly, so please feel free to check it out today :-)

love Heather x ..always be a little kinder than necessary..

Friday, July 5, 2013

Mid Week Sketch 27-13

Oopsie, forgot to put the sketch up this week before I came away to my sister's house. I've just popped online for a bit, and suddenly remembered, so here it is, a little later than usual sorry.

Hope you like the sketches. We are past the half way mark of the year and into the second half now, so get busy - it will be Christmas before we know it! :-)

love Heather x ..always be a little kinder than necessary..
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