May Sketch with Jillibean Soup and Basic Grey

This month I have a two photo sketch for you, although it could easily be adapted for a filmstrip style of several photos, or for one panoramic image. Theres plenty of space for a title and journalling, lots of embellishments, or just showing off a favourite patterned paper.
I’ve used a selection of products from the following
Jillibean Soup Healthy Hello – papers, die cuts and wooden wordfetti
Basic Grey Saturday Morning – papers
Pinkfresh Studio Life Noted – acetate words and rubber charms
This page is a pretty direct translation of the sketch. It features photos of my son on play equipment at the park, which he always refers to as a training course, and he spends ages “training” to be a policeman, soldier or superhero! I used a gorgeous but busy background paper from Basic Grey with plain cardstock on top so that my embellishment, photos and journalling didnt get lost in all that pattern. Where the large circle is indicated on the sketch I used mists to draw roughly around a bowl, adding a few different colours. I just unscrewed the top and used the end of the spray tube to draw, but you could also use a paintbrush. I used an acetate word for my title, and drew over the top of it with glossy accents for a bit of extra interest. Die cuts, wooden words and some enamel dots and gems completed my embellishment clusters, and several arrows lead your view towards the photos quite literally.
This next page spins the sketch by 90 degrees, and places the pair of photos of my youngest side by side at the bottom of the page. I’ve used 3×4″ photos for both this layout and the one above. This confetti dot paper is from Jillibean Soup and I love it! I also used a couple of papers from Simple Stories You Are Here in my layering, and a dipped kraft tag from Heidi Swapp. I swapped out the large circle for squares this time, but kept a few circles on the page too. Some stars and hearts (stickers from simple stories & crate paper Little You, chipboard from Crate Paper Hello Love and paperclip from Freckled Fawn) feature on most of my pages about my boys, so it seemed right to include some. I took my colour scheme directly from the paper I picked for the background, and stuck to it pretty firmly, rather than taking colours from the photos. This is definitely my go-to method of choosing a colour scheme, although if there’s a very strong colour in the photos I do sometimes take my lead from that.
I again used glossy accents over my title piece – this time a die cut from the Jillibean Soup Healthy Hello collection. It’s a lovely way to add a subtle extra dimension and texture to die cut pieces. The rubber charms from Pinkfresh Studio are a new favourite of mine. I love something a little bit unusual and these are just that. They are a totally different quality to anything else featuring on my layouts at the moment. Jillibean Soup have come up trumps with their wooden wordfetti too – a fun twist on wood shapes that have been popular for some time now.
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My third page below uses two square photos, this time of me and my daughter on a family trip to the beach. (It was unintentional to do one page for each of my three children, but it seems to happen quite often. Maybe I’m doing it subconsciously?!)
Diagonal stripes are often my very favourite papers in a collection, and this was no exception. Look at all that colour! I love it! To let the pattern shine I shifted my photo block right over to the left hand side of the page, and kept everything within that block. The acetate word title originally said “oh snap”, but that isnt a phrase I’m really familiar with (more common in America perhaps?), so I cut off the “oh” and used it as part of “snapshots” instead. I used staples to attach it to my page – a great way to avoid visible glue on the back of see through pieces.
I used my glossy accents again for this page, and put a dot on each spot of the dotty paper behind my photos. I love how it turned out. The ‘happy place’ die cut is from Simple Stories You Are Here and seemed ideal for these photos as we were on a beach, albeit not a tropical one. Another of those stunning rubber charms fits perfectly with this page, and some more Jillibean die cuts too.
As always thanks for reading , and enjoy creating your own pages with the sketch!

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