Friday, March 7, 2014

Just Two Midwest Girls Scrap Challenge: Gettin' Sketchy!

Hello everyone!  Kelly and I are back with another Just Two Midwest Girls scrap challenge!  We've been on a little bit of a hiatus, but that's because we're trying to figure out a better schedule in order to give everyone a chance to play along.  As of this challenge, we're going monthly.  We will post each challenge on the first Friday of the month.  Then, you all will have a month to get scrappy with us!  Also, our types of prizes will be changing.  We're going to be giving away actual products now, sprinkled in with gift cards to various online scrappy retailers.  

Speaking of is the winner of our previous color challenge:  Jen!  Jen, please email Kelly.  Find her contact info on her blog.  She has won a Fancy Pants Blissful Blizzard 6x6 Paper Pad.  Come check out her project here.

For this month, Kelly and I are creating a layout with a sketch.  I love sketches.  They are a great way to get inspired.  I use them a lot when I'm trying to get my creative mojo flowing.  I also use them when I have a lot of kits piling up, like now.  

Here's my take on the sketch Kelly pulled from the Scrapbook and Cards Today calendar.  It's the sketch for March, how appropriate!

I used my Studio Calico Copper Mountain (January 2014) scrapbook kit.  This is the first project I've made with this.  And I only used this kit, minus the Project Life cards, the washi tape, small strips of paper and the jute.  

This layout is not nearly as embellished as many of my other layouts.  Which I honestly don't really like.  You all know me, I love embellishments.  The Studio Calico kits don't come with much embellishments, which I don't like either.  And these are colors I don't scrap with very often, so I didn't have too many embellishments from my stash.  So, it's a very un-embellished layout with lots of paper.

This is obviously about my cat, Darwin.  One of his pet names (pun intended!) is kitten baby, which is ironic because that was his name in the shelter when I adopted him; well, it was Baby, but you know what I mean.  I just had a few random pictures of Darwin that I thought went perfectly with the sketch.  

I've had Darwin since August 2007, right when I began my junior year of undergrad.  I adopted him from the Champaign County Humane Society.  I just moved into my apartment on the edge of campus.  I was living alone, so I knew I needed company.  Together, Darwin and I have moved 4 times:  back to my parents' house after graduation, into Michael's house, to St. Louis for grad school, and then back home with Michael.  I know he's a cat, but I literally could not imagine my adult life without him. 

He has such a personality.  And he's extremely social for a cat.  There's a little flair button in between those two smaller photos at the top of the layout.  It says "you can't tell me what to do."  That is so my cat!  It's like he knows what he can and can't do, but he'll do anything anyway and look at you like, "you can't tell me no."

I remember when I brought him home, he was only 4 or 5 months at the time. I still hadn't picked a new name for him.  I wanted it to be clever.  One night, I was sitting at my desk in my bedroom writing a paper, studying, or something and I looked over at my bookshelf.  On it, I had a couple of those books in the Darwin Awards series.  That's when it hit me, to name my kitten Darwin!  And it's clever because I was an anthropology major in undergrad, so perfect.  

Enough about my love story with my cat...Here's how you can play along.  Create a layout with this sketch!  Or, if you have a completed layout similar to this sketch, go ahead and link it up!

  1. Link your project in my comments section on this post.
  2. OR link your project in Kelly's comments section on her post.
  3. OR link it up to our Facebook page

Remember, this does not have to be a new project if you already have a layout with a similar design.  Those of you who play along have the chance to win a prize!  This month's prize:  

Studio Calico's Essential Enamel Dots in Gold

Studio Calico's Wanderlust Tiny Word Stickers
So, come play along with us!  Show us what you've made with this sketch.  You just may win those coveted gold enamel dots and oh-so-popular tiny word stickers!  The challenge ends at 8pm CST on Thursday, April 3rd!

Now, go check out Kelly's blog!  She is also working with a kit to create a layout using this sketch.  And, don't forget to link up your projects!

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