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, August 28, 2013

Mid Week Sketch 35-13

Hello everyone, it's Spring in Brisbane, there is the fresh scent of warm days and clover in the air, and jasmine if you are lucky. So delicious.

I am having lunch with a friend today, so I am just posting this quickly so that I can go play girly stuff :-) A Springlike sketch this week, light and fresh and cheerful, hope you like it.

And another card, because I enjoyed doing the card sketch last week.

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

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mid Week Sketch 34-13

Still stash busting - this time with some paper strips and random flowers. What do you have lurking that you could play with today? Mix and match some old scraps with some newer ones, go with a particular theme or colour, add some textured papers, update some boring bits with a bit of stamping, ink, distress or crinkle. It doesn't matter what you do, just that you are getting through some of that stash. Add a little ric-rac or braid, some hidden journaling on a tag and you have a page!

And this week, just for a change of pace, I have a card sketch for you as well, instead of the usual 6x6 page for the young set. Hope you like it.

Everything has settled down here by the way - yahoo :-)

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

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mid Week Sketch 33-13

I'm reading a book at the moment called, "Just One Damned Thing After Another" by Jodi Taylor - it's an ebook downloaded to my phone, a harmless little fiction about time travel that I am very much enjoying. It's a good mix of humour and drama and it's well written. Unfortunately, the title is quite apt for my life this year... There has been nothing major go wrong, but lots and lots of potential disasters, and minor incidents. Do you get years like that, where one particular year seems more dramatic, or less fun all around than the previous one?

This year, my mother has had eye surgery and some heart troubles. My father has had a minor stroke. My husband had some sort of episode that baffled the doctors in emergency when he was rushed there from the roadside, which he eventually recovered from leaving no clues as to what had actually happened. My son fell in a heap, self harmed, has had girlfriend dramas, had his car smashed into by another vehicle when he was stationary, causing him some injury (and the car is dead), lost his expensive new phone, his computer died, and he left home angry more than once... My daughter is going through her final year of school (drama enough), her best friend died in unusual circumstances, she's been bullied, and has been sick on and off, has suffered significant bouts of anxiety and depression, and missed too much school. The house we are renting has been sold and we have to move. We've only been here a year and a half, because that happened to the last house too.

See what I mean? The title for that book is my life at the moment, LOL! Me? Oh, I'm fine... and the cats are fine too, thanks for asking ;-)

The point of all that information is to begin to explain why the sketch is on Thursday this week instead of Wednesday. Spent the day in the emergency department again yesterday with my daughter, who has concussion and is still in a lot of pain, sick and shaky after a week. I can't help waiting to see what will go pear-shaped next...

But while I am waiting, here is this week's sketch. A nice bunch of circles and little pretties, with hopefully no dramas for you at all.

And a smaller version for my little friends, with just as many pretty things to play with on the page.

Oh and PS, there have been some good things happen all year as well, plenty of happy moments and things to make us smile, thankfully. It still feels unbalanced, but we aren't sinking yet :-)

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

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Mid Week Sketch 32-13

Oooh, you're lucky to be getting a sketch this week! This morning I woke up to find the black screen of death staring at me from my desk :-( I was all upset - wailing, gnashing my teeth and the whole shabang, but luckily I have a totally marvellous husband who can fix almost anything and make me feel all calm into the bargain, and sure enough, he waved his magic wand and slowly it all came good... well... good enough to use again. Not entirely fixed, but not the nasty void either.

We are still on the stash busting theme, and I have a great little user-upper of bits for you today. I went with a bit of a masculine theme, but you can do whatever takes your fancy. This would be a great layout for random orphan photos that you like but that don't necessarily tell enough of a story to be on their own. Chop them down to 3x3 inches and give them a home on this scrappy page full of little treasures and twinchies.

There is space for nice papers, or maybe some embossed or crimped cardstock, or maybe you could do some arty stuff if you like that sort of thing. I hope you have some fun with it - and remember, I would love to see what you do with it when you're done.

And my little friends aren't forgotten either, I have a smaller version for you, that's just as much fun.

What do you think?

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