Meet From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 Contributor Lydia Cost!

We are so excited to welcome Lydia Cost, one of our amazing From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 class contributors, to the Elle’s Studio blog today! We love seeing Lydia’s work around social media—it’s full of color, and texture, and gives us all of the happy feelings! Her creations for our new sketch class are no exception, and we know you will love not only what she made with our sketches, but her ideas and insights into techniques and tips on how to work with a sketch! Today, she’s sharing a new layout created with one of our bonus class sketches—let’s take a look and get inspired!

Hello there my lovely crafty friends! It’s Lydia with you today, and it has been an absolute pleasure getting to work with the amazing new Elle’s Studio goodies this month! I’ve been completely blown away at the all of the amazing sketches I’ve been able to work with; they are so inspiring, and I know I’ll use them a million times over!

Today I’m sharing a new layout created with sketch 21, included in From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5!  I feel like I hit the jackpot when I requested this sketch, because it’s just so gorgeous! I could think of lots of different ways to use it, and I quickly fell in love. Take a look at the layout:

Supplies | From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 Digital Class with Stamp, May 2020 Kit, Beautiful Day Die Cuts, Puffy Heart Stickers, Lovely Puffy Stickers, Coral Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Life Right Now Acrylic, Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack

For this layout I really wanted to honor the aesthetic of the sketch pretty closely.  I knew I couldn’t resist pairing some of the amazing journaling tags from the May 2020 Kit with this great pink cardstock.  It acted as a nice base to tie all of my paper colors into the scheme and it helped balance out the bold purples and reds, while also letting those pops of yellow shine!

I chose two areas on the sketch to place my photos. I really love the idea of using multiple photos for this one. You could even place photos on every designated rectangle on the sketch. How fabulous would that look?! To help make my photos pop, I added some foam to the back of each one.  This elevated them above the other papers, so that they would stand out to the eye.

I cut down my papers to rectangles of various sizes like the sketch. I then stitched them onto my cardstock in varying ways, so that I had a pretty whimsical look and roughed up the edges to add even more character. I then got to work adding my title, like it was dictated by the sketch, pairing the amazing Life Right Now Acrylic with the Coral Puffy Alphabet Stickers to create it.

All that was left was to add in a bunch of ephemera pieces from the Beautiful Day Die Cuts and puffy accents from the Puffy Heart Stickers and Lovely Puffy Stickers. I chose to use the amazing new From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 Stamp to highlight my journaling and I added some stamped purple hearts for more embellishment. All of these little details really make me squeal. It feels like such a feminine and fun layout, and I’m so thankful this sketch inspired me to create just that!

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my new layout! It’s been a tremendous joy getting to share it with you, and thanks so much for having me this month!

Let’s learn a bit more about Lydia:

Residing in: Evansville, Indiana

Living with: My hubby & my tornado of an almost 5 year-old!

Scrapbooking since: I was 12; I had a love affair with cutting up photos and embellishments to paste inside spiral bound books. It’s been a life-long affair for me ever since.  Shhh… don’t tell my husband!

Favorite type of memory-keeping: That’s a hard question. I’d say my favorite form of memory keeping is probably pocket page scrapbooks, because of their ease; however, my heart’s favorite is definitely anything messy with paint and layers!

Favorite technique: I love using stencils! You name it, and I’ve problem smeared it over a stencil; modeling paste, ink, paint, and just about any other mixed medium!

Favorite layout or project ever created: I love working on mini albums.  I don’t think I can really pick just one, but I’ll share one of my favorites.  It’s a lovely little caterpillar album about vacationing at Lake Michigan!

Crafty essential that you could not live without: Alpha Stickers:  I’m not sure I even know how to function without them.

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Be sure to find Lydia’s exclusive layouts in our new From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 class, where you will also find sketch 21 that she worked with to create this layout today!

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