I have been trying to improve my scrapbooking skills. A must for a paper crafter! So I have been entering sketchy challenges on Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine website. Each month they post a sketch and you create a page that is your interpretation of thier sketch. I entered one layout in November and it was exciting to have it published for others to view online. I however didn't use a Canadian Manufacturer so was unable to have an oppertunity to have my layout published in the magazine starting in 2012 :(
With this new knowledge I was armed and ready. I went on the search for canadian manufacturer products that I loved. I found Harmonie. It is a company founded in 1914 in Montreal. I loved their stamps as they too came in an acrylic version or wood mounted too. I loved that they were something that I knew I would be able to use and that some of their products were made from recycled paper or fibers. I found many items I would have loved to add to my craft room, but, I settled for just a few. I ordered a zebra stamp. It will be used as my trademark on all layouts and cards...
I also found that their paper was awesome and so I ordered some of that as well. I didn't know if it was going to be really thin or cardstock weight so I picked 5 patterns I liked and got 5 sheets each. Well it is beautiful cardstock weight paper and the colors are fabulous! Definately a great buy!!! Two of the papers were double sided and the other three were single sided but all were awesome quality!
Now that I had my canadian manufacturer issue fixed I went and checked out the December Sketchy challenge.
With the sketch in mind I went to work I decided on paper and then picked out all the other aspects of my page. I am not good with scalloped edge scissors being lefty and all so I tend to shy away from them so I choose to avoid them and opt for a rounded cornered look instead. I also added things that I have been working with on other projects like square mesh and added that into the design of the page. I incorporated my zebra stamp and can't wait for people to notice it...
Hope that this gives you a little inspiration to get out your paper and join me in these monthly sketchy challenges!
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