I am going to blame Spring Break and Easter for slowing me down this month.  But I shouldn’t complain….we have had some wonderful family time with the kids.  

In search of a tan….in Phoenix.


I feel like I have been neglecting BoyGenius in my layouts, so this month he gets two pages in his album…kind of a birthday present from his mother because he turned 17 on Easter weekend.  Poor guy, his special day usually gets squished by Easter festivities.  So maybe a little motherly guilt inspired his layouts too 🙂

BG’s first birthday!
Our baby boy turns 17!

 Without further delay, here is the April Sketchy Challenge designed by Jill Sarginson for Canadian Scrapbooker magazine….

I rotated this sketch 1/4 turn clockwise.

 And here is my layout of BoyGenius, the “Basketball Star.” [We are cheering for #9 wearing the dark blue uniform.  I am very lucky a friend took this photo and emailed it to me.  Her son is #10 in white]

 All papers are from the FancyPants “Forever Fall” collection, except the dark brown paper used for the basketball, which is Lucky 7 Factory, a Canadian company.
These Harmonie Mosaic Tiles are bordering the title.
I cut the stars with a Sizzix die and my Big Shot.
I printed the journaling with the computer onto a piece of FancyPants paper from the collection.

Yes, BG is quite the basketball player.  He gave up hockey to play on the school volleyball and basketball teams in Junior High, and then this year quit volleyball so he could focus only on basketball.  Since his dad and I both played on our high school basketball teams, it is a sport near and dear to our hearts, so I think we were pretty excited when our son started to play a few years ago.

I wish I could post a photo of myself playing basketball in high school, with an afro “perm” and wearing shorts that looked like granny panties.  That perm made me a few inches taller than I actually was, which was why I might have made the team.  Let’s just say I’m a crafty girl with a good shot, not a super athlete, and I quickly discovered that there were VERY aggressive teenage girls on the court that I wanted to avoid!  I also wanted to avoid running down the court so my thighs wouldn’t jiggle.  Obviously, my head wasn’t “in the game.”  I played Defense for my high school soccer team too.  I know I made THAT team because my older brother was an excellent soccer player and athlete, so the coach was hopeful about me.  Once the coach put me on as a Forward.  That lasted 5 minutes, and he yelled at me, “Get back on D!  You can’t RUN!”  I have what my husband refers to as an “eggbeater” style of running.  Not pretty.  Especially on a basketball court wearing emerald green granny panties. So naturally, I ended up on the Cheerleading team….

That’s me in the middle with the A on my chest. We had no budget.  My mom and I sewed these uniforms.  Okay….my mom sewed them.  I cut and glued the felt A’s together. I might be crafty, but I’m not a seamstress.


I was going to post a tutorial here about how I paper pieced that basketball in the background, and then thought maybe it was too simple.  Instead, I just took a couple of photos to show what I used to trace my basketball.

I first Googled basketball images and found a nice one to print out.  It was a good size, almost 8 1/2″ in diameter, perfect for my design.

Then I cut two 8 1/2″ circles from a dark brown piece of paper and an orange piece of paper.  

Next I placed my basketball printed image over the orange circle and cut out only the orange sections, not the black dividing lines.

I inked the edges of these orange sections to give them more dimension and then adhered them to my brown circle.  

It’s that simple…and easy! 

And how did I choose this FancyPants “Forever Fall” paper collection for a basketball layout?  Well, I was looking for orange and dark brown, so I pulled out all my fall paper packs.  I always admire how other scrapbookers design with a seasonal collection for other themes, so I decided to think outside the box….umm, outside the circle!

I just might be paper piecing a volleyball next….because when DramaQueen (the volleyball player) sees this layout, well, you know what will happen 🙂

Actually, soccer season starts this month for both my daughters….I’d better get busy!!

13 Comments on A Sporty April Sketchy Challenge

  1. Lee-Anne
    April 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm (5 years ago)

    Very nice layout Kelly! I love your take on the sketch. Your basketball is awesome! Great idea! Have a great day!

  2. Miae
    April 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm (5 years ago)

    Great take on the sketch Kelly! Love that big ol’ basketball in the background and stars about the place 🙂 Cheers!

  3. Cindy Gay
    April 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy Birthday Boy Genius. I bet you made a great cheerleader!

  4. Michelle
    April 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm (5 years ago)

    Love the paper pieced basketball Kelly!!! Yup…you had better figure out how to do a soccer ball and a vollyeball too heeehee… awesome take on the sketch! I’d better get my butt in gear and get mine done 🙂 . Weren’t you the cute cheerleader…something else we have in common…but I was NEVER on any of the sports teams…two left feet LOL!
    Big biryhday hugs to BG! Thiose strawberries sure looked good. Hope he had a great day! Hugs, michelle

  5. Roxanne
    April 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm (5 years ago)

    Awesome layout, and I loved your technique! I totally understand about not having your head in the game….that was me as well. Seemed like there were so many other more “important” things to be thinking about.

  6. carlies
    April 10, 2012 at 7:24 am (5 years ago)

    wow how cool awesome boy design’s love the beautiful pictures

  7. ingrid
    April 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm (5 years ago)

    awesome sports page Kelly!! Congrats to your ‘little’ boy! xxx

  8. scrapbookertink
    April 11, 2012 at 7:19 am (5 years ago)

    LOL, your story made me laugh and yes I agree the boys hardly ever get featured! Love the layout, super cool and great action shot, note to self-Get one of DS playing rugby before school ends in July! Time flies, love the story of the cheer leading, not so big in the UK, I don’t think I would have made any of those teams, so well done you, take care, Doreen x

  9. Izzy Anderson
    April 12, 2012 at 12:43 pm (5 years ago)

    I love your writing style! It’s always such fun to see you have a new blog post. Another great creation. Happy birthday, boy genius!

  10. misty
    April 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm (5 years ago)

    Happy Birthday BG! Great layout as usual Kelly!

  11. Sharon
    April 13, 2012 at 3:32 am (5 years ago)

    Kelly! I love your sense of humor and visiting your blog! It always makes me smile!!!!! I am so sorry that you did not make the Graphic 45 DT, but your sunny outlook always looks at the bright side of life! You have so many other oportunities and such wonderful talent! I love the sports page here! Just amazing! Have a wonderful day, my friend!!!!!

  12. Jody
    April 14, 2012 at 11:57 am (5 years ago)

    Great Lo of your son playing BB – the ball is fabulous! Thanks for popping by my blog and leaving sweet comments – you truley make my day!

  13. Sharon
    April 19, 2012 at 2:38 am (5 years ago)

    I absolutely love the page you made about your son!!! Your take on the sketch is fabulous! Happy belated birthday to Boy Genius!!!!! I REALLY love the photo of you as a cheerleader with the wonderful outfits that you and your mom made! You were probably the PERFECT cheerleader, because you sure are here! Thanks for the great big smiles this morning, Kelly!


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