It’s the September Sketchy Challenge over at Canadian Scrapbooker, and here is the wonderful new sketch, designed by Sue Sykes

On Sue’s blog, she has an additional challenge going on, so you can post your Sketchy layout there too!  Click HERE to check it out.

 Here is my layout…

BabyOfTheFamily is transforming before my very eyes.  I feel like I need to capture this.  Sniff. [And she got braces this summer!]

Here’s a deep dark design secret I’ll share today.  I am afraid of graphic patterns.  Very very afraid.  Give me Graphic 45 flying pigs, fairies and vintage ladies and I’m ok.  But chevrons, dots, dashes….I run SCREAMING!

So I thought I’d finally face my fears and use some Studio Calico/American Crafts paper for the next Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge.

EEEK!  Polka dots, grids, zigs and zags…..

I also decided to add more stamping to my layouts this year [ has not happened til now] and bought these WONDERFUL new Susan K. Weckesser stamp sets from Unity Stamp Company.  

Congrats Susan!!!  Your stamps are fantastic!

I used 4 of these sets on my layout:  A Little Bit Washi, Splatter It,  Insta-Cute, Celebration of Simple

Unity had a huge promotion last month for the release of Susan’s stamps, so I went online and had a great time shopping!  When my package arrived, I was delighted to find these 2 bonus stamp sets tucked inside…

Thank you Unity [Angela!]

I used the polaroid frame stamp from “Insta-Cute”

I stamped both photo frames from the set and decided to use only the polaroid shape.  

 But for the second frame, I masked off the argyle/chevron pattern across the bottom.  Here’s how…

I used scotch tape across, covering the entire pattern.
I put the tape over the side edges of the stamp
Inked it up with Clearsnap Colorbox “Blackbird” Fluid Chalk Ink.  You can see the ink on the tape mask.
Then I pulled off my mask with tweezers [not that I’m afraid of dirty hands, as you well know!]
Stamped onto this Studio Calico “Executive” grid patterned paper [yep, facing my fears!]
Then used my stamp block to draw in those masked edges with my black marker.

Love the “Smile” and “Say Cheese” stamps too!

I used the same grid paper to stamp washi tape border strips….

The “Splatter It” stamp and green ink helped me create a unique pattern…

Here’s a close up look at all 3 stamped layers together…

And the perfect quote stamp also in Susan’s set.


These banner stamps are actually quite large, so I cut them almost in half to create my banner.  

 I stamped the banners with Clearsnap “French Blue” Fluid chalk ink onto the “Cubicle” patterned paper.

 LOVE these banner stamps….I have all kinds of design ideas in my head for these 🙂

American Crafts Thickers “Notarized” chipboard alphabet stickers and Maya Road twine.

I stamped the film and camera images onto transparency and cut them out…

To stamp onto transparency, use a solvent ink pad.[Is it just me or does anyone else LOVE the smell of the StazOn ink pad??]
I’m in LOVE with these itty bitty Studio Calico Wood Veneer people.

 I also have a package of Studio Calico wood veneer frames, so I cut one in half to make brackets for another stamp quote…

Some people don’t clean their stamps, but I have these awesome products I bought from Stampin Up a long time ago….

This Stampin’ Mist smells wonderful too.
A close up of the the scrub mat inside.
Give your stamp a quick spray
Then rub it around on one side to “clean” and then the other side to “dry”.

 Every once in awhile, you can pop out these scrub mats from your case and wash them.

Honestly, I didn’t know stamping could be so much fun!  And now I’m feeling a little better about grids, dots and chevrons, too 🙂  In fact I’m feeling REALLY good….maybe it was all the sniffing of StazOn and Stampin’ up mist!

Hope to see you and your creations over at the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge Gallery!

29 Comments on Oh….SNAP!

  1. Alia
    September 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Very cute LO! Love all your techniques! 🙂

  2. Bellaidea
    September 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow, thank you for inspiration, well done! I like this sketch a lot and…thanks to YOU I will participate:), hugs and thank you again!!!!

  3. Christine Pennington
    September 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my word, love the tutorial. And who does not love the smell of Stazon? Love everything about your layout!

  4. Alison
    September 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Staz on smells yummy! Great sketch and take on it! Maybe I’ll try playing along again this month 🙂

  5. Sandi Cl~
    September 2, 2012 at 4:23 pm (4 years ago)

    You’ve done a fabulous job, Kelly! And just for the record, those papers would have me screaming as well .. but you’ve done a beautiful job!

  6. Cindy Gay
    September 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm (4 years ago)

    I love what you did with the stamps and these are great pictures of a darling young lady!

  7. Miae
    September 2, 2012 at 10:39 pm (4 years ago)

    LOL! “Sniffing of Stazon”..I hear you girl, I like the smell too 😉 What an AWESOME page! Would never have know you had any fears based on the way you handled yourself! And wow, wow, you rocked the stamps!! Those frames are so eye-catching and I LOVE the washi stamps…who knew! Uh, I think I’m headed over to Unity…ciao!

  8. Sharon Fritchey
    September 3, 2012 at 3:19 am (4 years ago)

    Kelly!!!!! Such an awesome and amazing page!!! I love all of your wonderful and creative details! You inspire me each time I see one of your posts!!! What I love about your layout: Everything!!!! But I especially like the stamped camera and filmstrip on the transparency, and the little veneer people look amazing!!!!!! Your dd is just lovely! TFS!!!!

  9. Izzy Anderson
    September 3, 2012 at 3:44 am (4 years ago)

    These photos of BabyOfTheFamily are so sweet and happy. She is just beautiful. Your page is remarkable. I have to say that stamps are my least used supply. I LOVE what you did here with them though and must drag mine out. You do love to enable me! That was such a clever idea to stamp the film strip and camera on a transparency. I do think I need that washi stamp set! Everything works together so well on your page. I love the potty people too. I have those and several other of the SC veneers. They are so fun and versatile. Brilliant idea to snap that frame apart to make quote brackets. I love when you include little tips like that! Great work, as always. Terrific page.

  10. Renee
    September 3, 2012 at 4:44 am (4 years ago)

    As the kids say Kelly – “This is the BOMB!” HA – well, hopefully they still do 😉 I have never successfully stamped on a LO, I just find it to be such a challenge! And I agree with you about the SC paper and the graphic look – I just bought the Abroad pack the other day, it’s my very first from that company!! I feel like you’ve thrown down the gauntlet and now I have no choice but to face my fears as well! Thanks for always inspiring 🙂

  11. cnelson
    September 3, 2012 at 8:55 am (4 years ago)

    This could not be CUTER! LOVE it soooooo much! AMAZING stamping!

  12. Roxanne
    September 3, 2012 at 9:01 am (4 years ago)

    This is one of my favourites of yours. You totally fooled me that graphic prints scare you. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  13. Sue Sykes
    September 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm (4 years ago)

    I love everything about this – the photos, the stamping, the colour palette… beautiful! Great job with the sketch, too! 🙂

  14. Sandra D
    September 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh Kelly – this is why you are so successful! You take a problem and face it head on until you have it completely licked. I love this layout and your clever use of those fantastic stamps. You once shared with me that you are not a fan of papers with white backgrounds and you used those too! What a great way of capturing your dd’s personality. This layout is a winner – congrats.

  15. Lynn
    September 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm (4 years ago)

    WOW, wow, wow!!! Gosh girl, you continue to amaze me every time! I love all the stamping. I was looking at the film strip…going “how did she do that”, and then I see your tutorials. I know it takes so much time to share every step of your layout, but I know I sure appreciate it. You did fabulous with all those things that make “you run” lol. ( I run from stripes, lol)

  16. Michelle
    September 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm (4 years ago)

    i hope you didn’t sniff too much ? LOL…I’m with you tho… I love the smell of Stazon! Awesome Lo Kelly! I love it!!!! So many awesome ways you used the stamps! Very creative for a so called ” non – stamper” { I think you can safely drop that title now Kelly! }You ARE a stamper!!!!:) I can see I’m gonna have to go get these stamps… I especially love the film strip one! Beautiful photos od BOF…she’s looking so grown up …sniff sniff…

  17. Vicky Alberto
    September 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Susan’s stamps are perfect for you (so I HOPE you will apply for her DT call right now because her papers are made for you too!) – gorgeous lo!

  18. Miae
    September 5, 2012 at 9:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Did you know Kelly that if you hadn’t left me your message on my blog last night I would not have know about Faber Castell!! THANK YOU! 🙂 I swear I checked several times yesterday and I didn’t see anything…eagle eyes girl, eagle eyes;) Thank you friend for all the encouragement you give! Cheers!!

  19. CrystalAmaris
    September 7, 2012 at 9:30 am (4 years ago)

    Your layout is gorgeous and I LOVE how you incorporated all of these wonderful stamps right into a perfect design!

  20. Ruby
    September 7, 2012 at 10:56 am (4 years ago)

    This layout is stunning and THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT TUTORIAL on how you did it. I have some of those stamps so I will pull them out for my next layout. Beautiful work. Unity stamps are wonderful to use on layouts.

  21. Eva
    September 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Super amazing layout! Love that you gave a complete tutorial, and how you used all those stamps on the layout.

  22. Linda
    September 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm (4 years ago)

    that is neat thanks for shareing with us.

  23. Julie Odil
    September 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Your fears have been completely conquered. Beautifiul use of mixed papers.

  24. Angie
    September 7, 2012 at 9:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Really awesome use of all your stamps. Great layout!

  25. Mary Anne / MA54K
    September 8, 2012 at 8:18 am (4 years ago)

    That is some mega stamp combining! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  26. carlies
    September 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Ohhh This is so super GORGEOUS!!

  27. JPScraps
    September 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Your layout is fabulous! Great use of the stamps.

  28. Emily H
    September 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow! So many awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  29. bohemiannie! art
    September 10, 2012 at 7:22 am (4 years ago)

    Nothing like sniffing ‘stuff’ to make creating a lot more…creative! I love your step by step instructions, even though I’m mostly unfamiliar with the terminology and products. I’m more of a fabric artist as you saw from my blog…but had to come back and take another look here after your lovely compliment. I think it’s awesome to begin with a layout that you then make your own. Yours turned out wonderful and is a great way to capture this special time in your daughter’s life.


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