Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Family Trait? (Scrap Africa)

It's been far too long since I took part in a Scrap Africa challenge.  Time to fix that.  With the layout below, entitled "A Family Trait?", I'm participating in Scrap Africa sketch challenge #18.
Supplies: bokeh paper & lattice paper by Lily Bee; woodgrain paper by Kaiser Craft; tree ring paper by Creative Imaginations; damask & star patterned papers by Bo Bunny; scalloped border stickers & brown/white circle patterned paper by Bella Blvd; mini alphabet stickers & die cut banners by October Afternoon; chipboard by Studio G; bird stamp by Hero Arts; chevron-arrow stamp by My Mind's Eye; ink by Tsukineko; blue pen by Zig; white pen by Ranger; assorted colored pencils; envelope by DMD; corner punch by Creative Memories; heart punch by All Night Media; thread by DMC; staples by Target.

The journaling says: "At first we thought this method of crawling (scooting along with one foot forward and the other tucked under the body) was unique.  But then my mom found her dad's baby book and discovered that he crawled the same way!"
Image source: Scrap Africa blog.

I think you can see why I was eager to play along with the sketch, right?  It's unique!  Besides the photo, this intriguing sketch has three main areas: the large V-shape in the center, the column of three circles, and the two prominent criss-cross accents. 

The large V-shape reminded me of the flap on the back of an envelope.  So, I used an envelope as the base for my title.  Those barely-there, sketchy chevron-arrows on the envelope were made by inking just the edges of a chevron stamp with the fine tip of a Zig Writer pen.

I interpreted the three circles as "wooden" rosettes.  I cut tree rings from patterned paper, moulded them into shallow dish shapes, and layered them.  The growth rings on the trees represent my son's growth and development as he learned to crawl.

For my own spin on the criss-cross accents, I stapled bundles of thread atop die-cut banners.  This makes for lots of fun texture!

I had fun playing with this sketch and adapting it to 8.5x11" format.  Thanks for stopping by my blog to check out my creation!


Dawn said...

How very interesting! A crawling gene?? A fantastic layout full of wonderful details.

Hugs, Dawn

Елена Смоктунова said...

Love it!Thanks for playing along with Scrap Africa!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

That is such a cool sketch! Definitely unique!
I love, love your wood rosettes :)

Dani Cristina said...

Love this very much!
So pretty and colorful :)

Denise van Deventer said...

Such a great interpretation of the sketch the envlope! Love the growth rings on those how they pull in with your theme! Gorgeous photo of your son too! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrap Africa! ;-)

Lean de Ruiter said...

Cool colors you have used lovely page...great size to!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Striking colour combo! Great work!!!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Great job with this sketch, Denise! I love the "wood" rosettes. Such a creative idea.

Marelize said...

I love how you have used the envelope with the sketch! Great page! Thank you for playing along at Scrap Africa. :)

Lynette said...

I also loved working with this sketch. You nailed it with your unique take on it. Thank you for joining us in this challenge at Scrap Africa.

Channa said...

Excellent layout!! Loving the bright colors. thank you for joining us at Scrap africa. Channa

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loveeeeeeee this! LOVING those colors! Thanks so much for playing along with Scrap Africa!!!