Friday, April 18, 2014
Brotherly Love - A Cherry On Top Becky Fleck/Page Maps Sketch Challenge #65
here. This one is due on Monday since it was posted a day sooner. They've been posting them on Tuesdays and making them due the Tuesday following. The best part about their sketch challenges is that you get 100 cherry points just for participating. Every 1,000 cherries gets you a $5 discount (to redeem your cherries, you have to have double the cost in your cart, so 1,000 cherries or $5 off means you have to have $10 worth of product in your cart) and they work alongside coupons. I have a HUGE order to make very soon with them and after cherries, coupon codes and gift certificates it will be FREE for me! The order will include 90% of my wish list items from CHAW 2014 and a few bits from mid season releases as well.
I REALLY love this month's Cocoa Daisy kit and felt like the colors worked well with the photos. I even tore open an item that came in the mail today (the green alphas that spell out 'brotherly' in my title). I stuck to the navy and green in this layout and am very happy with how it turned out. The sketch called for a few different elements, but I modified them to fit my needs and even added extras of things that only appeared once in the sketch. I also used photos that worked for me. I tend to take lots of close up photos which means I have to compile a collage of photos on my phone and pull out my Selphy in order to print them out (or think even further ahead and collage them prior to submitting an order at Costco) and I tend to try and print photos in bulk. 95-99% of my photos are 4x6 which is why you see that a lot in my layouts. The 3x4 photos in my last PL spread was done on my Selphy but that was just to get me started. Since then, I've set up all of my pictures in PicFrame a few days ago to print 3x4 size and will do a batch print when the time comes. So, for now at least, 4x6 is the way to go. The photo on the right was cropped down to 4.75 inches, I believe. I would have left it at 5 inches, but it really limited the space I had for journaling.
I know I ended up taking several liberties with this sketch, but in the end, it still follows the feel of it and I think it turned out great. I can definitely say the trend of navies is really keeping me inspired to not just buy it all, but to actually use it. Navy is one of my favorite colors. Blankets, cars, phones, jeans (almost all of my jeans are a really dark denim...the type that warns against bleeding and to wash them on their own when you first get them), decor, just about anything that could have navy in it usually did for most of my life. Not until recently did I start finding myself attracted to other colors (teal, purple, and grey...ironically my HS colors and I hated my high school while attending it...have become colors I find myself really drawn to over the course of the past few years but I still have my deeply rooted love for navy) and I was worried about not liking much from this year. I think the color of the year was supposed to be purple, but I think navy is taking hold and I LOVE IT! In this instance, the bright green really makes the navy pop. It doesn't look sad, dismal, or depressing but rather cheerful and happy. Just what I need in my navy.
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