Sketch Thursday : 7.21.11

Happy Thursday! Thursday is my favorite day of the week – it means the weekend is almost here and I start to plan all the things I’d like to accomplish (and barely make a dent in). This week, Thursday also means it’s my birthday, thus I thought featuring this fiesta themed layout from former ES design team member Mindy Miller was appropriate to showcase this week!

The grid design of Mindy’s layout initially caught my eye, as did her titlework. I love how she used some blocks for photos and others for embellishments and tags. Those photos you have that need to be cropped before they see the light of day on a layout? This is the perfect opportunity to showcase them!

When I started my layout, I was going to create more of a grid layout with my photos but instead ended up with something more like a smooshed grid. Those less that stellar photos that I mentioned before? That’s exactly why I chose these photos. They all needed cropped and they ended up working perfectly for this sketch. I loved Mindy’s titlework in her original layout and created something similar for my layout.

Elle’s Studio products used : Handmade Layers Journaling Tags and Handmade Layers Large Journaling Tags.

Other product used : Studio Calico’s Mind The Gap kit.

When ES Design Team member Waleska sent me her take on this week’s sketch, I was in awe. I love how one sketch can inspire so many layouts yet you might not even be aware of it.

Waleska says, “I was mainly inspired by the grid design of thesketch. I followed the placement closely but used circle tags instead (these scallop tags make great frames for small pictures!). I also cut out some of the layers from the Handmade Layers tags and used them as borders.”

Elle’s Studio products used : Handmade Layers Circle Tags, Handmade Layers Large Journaling Tags, Handmade Layers Tiny Tags, Handmade Layers Date and Place Strips and Owl Love You Forever Scallop Circle Tags.

Other products used : Studio Calico’s Singin’ In The Rain Kit, Sassafras Blue Linen Alpha Stickers.

Looking for an incentive to use our sketch this week? We can help with that! Post a link to your layout created using this Sketch Thursday sketch for your chance to win a $5 ES gift certificate. Link must be posted by 11:59p on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.

Gift certificate can be used towards purchase of products only and can NOT be used for shipping charges. Gift certificate balance must be used in a single transaction.

Congratulations to last week’s winner :

Abbey, please e-mail me the following information to : melanie [at] shopellesstudio [dot] com by 7.27.11 and I’ll get you your gift certificate!

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Contest : 7.14 Sketch Thursday