Thursday, July 11, 2013

Make it Fit

Yesterday evening, I participated in Classygirl's Pajama Party on Spreecast. Prior to the party, we were provided with a sketch and a list of what supplies that were needed. You know me, I am all about using sketches! This is the second pajama party I've participated in and I love watching Classygirl as she gives us insight into her thought processes when creating layouts and cards. It's also fun chatting with her and the other participants as we all work simultaneously on our layouts.

I had a lot of difficulty with the broadcast last night, and as a result didn't get to see or hear much of what she did. So I was kind of left to go it alone with the sketch which is okay because a sketch can be followed exactly or it can simply be a starting point.

Anyway... I made my layout and chose some Thickers for my title. In the evenings, the lighting in my craft room is not as bright as I would like it to be AND my eyes are aging quite a bit. So, after I had already adhered the Thickers to my layout, I realized that the blue lettering was not the greatest match. So I darkened them up with a little Bundled Sage Distress Ink. The yellow letters were also a little bright, so I used a little Mustard Seed Distress ink. It didn't quite mute the yellow enough, but it's a little better than it was. After I complete this post, I might try it again with Scattered Straw.

I also pulled out my Cricut to make the basketballs and found some transparencies in my stash. I decided to try the Aleene's Crystal Clear Tacky Spray on the transparency with the arrows and while it did dry clear (as promised), it also left a faint film that kind of muted the colors in the picture. My fault, I should have tested the product first. So here is my completed layout.

So our lesson for today:

  1. Have letters or embellishments that could work for your project if you could just modify them in some way? Try it! Inks, sprays, paints, markers, glitter, whatever...! Make it fit for your project.
  2. When trying a new product, test it first on something similar before using it on your project.
  3. Sketches!
Thanks so much for looking!


  1. Wow those basket balls look ready to bounce! I like your layout. Sketches rock!

  2. Nicely done, Karen. Love those basketballs. I love coloring my letters to make them match. Great tip!

  3. Nice job on the Lo and the basket balls make the page pop.

  4. Love your LO, did you cut all those baketballs? Great tips!

  5. Such a wonderful layout! Love how you used the basketball embellishments! Super job.

  6. Love the layout and those basketballs. Great tips too!

  7. Love your layout and those basketballs. Great tips too!

  8. Love the layout. A new follower now, thanks for stopping by my blog