Sassafras: June Sketch Challenge

I wanted to share my two entries with you for the June Sketch Challenge over at the Sassafras Blog.

The reason I made two entries is because when I am torn between two things…I do both. Sorry, it’s just part of my “all or nothing” Type A personality…which really annoys my hubby sometimes. Really, this was just a great sketch to work with and I loved both LO’s. I just couldn’t decide which one I liked more as my entry.

The June Sketch is provided by Michelle Clement and you have to use 90% Sassafras products:

Here is the first Layout I created inspired by the Sketch:

I usually LOVE to include some kind of 3D Effect on my pages, but I really wanted to further challenge myself for this Sidewalk Chalk themed LO and keep things flat to the paper. I know that Crayola now makes 3D Effect chalk, but I wanted to keep it old school. I have to admit…this was SO hard for me. My photo sizes are the standard 4×6, 3.5×5, and the 2×3 wallet.

Here is what I first saw when I finally received the new Sunshine Broadcast Collection from Sassafras. Details, Details, Details! Colors, Colors, Colors! Oh my gosh, I was so happy! I mean sure, I studied it over the computer screen while I waited for it to arrive. But, its so much better in person!

When I first saw the sketch for this month’s challenge, I thought to myself Cool! I can layer and mix two papers together. I wanted to layer two of their patterned papers, but I just couldn’t bring myself to cut-up this great background paper. So, I used the natural border that Sassafras already created for me.

I used the beautiful Golden Hour Patterned Paper as my background paper, because it also looked like a square of the sidewalk with chalk colors.

(Papers in the pic below are from the Sunshine Broadcast Wee Bundle)

I cut out some of my favorite flowers from the Flourish Patterned Paper. Some of them looked like they were chalked on. I love every detail in this paper. So pretty!

I LOVE this little journaling spot on the side. I added my page subtitle here.

(I’m sorry you can’t see the details in this pic below too well. It is a photo of Caitie’s name written in blue chalk. I just adore her pretty handwriting and had to include it in this LO!)

The Beaming Patterned Paper looked like chalk lines to me. SO PERFECT!

So, I trimmed the paper and made my chalk lines. It was fun and these lines will never smudge! HA!

Again, I usually do not like my own handwriting…I’d rather use a cool and pretty “chalk” font. But, I’m just so proud of the work Caitie did on her sidewalk square. I decided that I would just “challenge myself” and hand write on this particular LO for her. (I really want to try to use my own handwriting more often.)

Pretty Colors on chipboard letters! I used the same colors that I noticed on her square…Pink, Blue, Yellow, Orange, and Green.


I covered my LO with a blank sheet of paper, took it outside, and sprayed the chipboard letters with the Workable Fixatif. I really LOVE the chalking work I added to the chipboard. I wanted to keep it from smudging and this product is acid-free/archival-safe. Great stuff!

Supplies I used to make my “Sidewalk Chalking Day” LO:

The Sunshine Broadcast Collection Kit by Sassafras

The Sunshine Broadcast Wee Bundle by Sassafras

Background Paper: Golden Hour Sunshine Broadcast Collection Paper by Sassafras

Flowers: Flourish Sunshine Broadcast Collection Paper by Sassafras

Journaling Lines and Accent: Beaming Sunshine Broadcast Collection Paper by Sassafras

Journaling Spot and Photo Corner: Sunshine Broadcast Journal Tag Stickers by Sassafras

Sunrise Thickers Natural Chipboard Letter Stickers by American Crafts (from my local Archiver’s store)

Adhesive: Herma Vario Tab Refill Permanent by Herma

Others: Sidewalk Chalk by Crayola (from my local Toys ‘R’ Us store), Workable Fixatif by KRYLON (from my local Michael’s store), paper trimmer by Fiskars, Black Zig Writer Pen, and scissors

Here is the second Layout I created inspired by the Sketch:

Ahhhhhh, I feel much better now! Back to my 3D self…ha! And with this LO – Summer has begun! This LO was really fun to make. I LOVE the details in this collection. I used the glimmer mist under my photos. I added a little bit of water to thin out my two paint colors and “splashed” my LO with them. Fun and Pretty! Again, my photo sizes are the standard 4×6, 3.5×5, and the 2×3 wallet.

For my title, I used the wavy-looking border punch on one of the flag banner sticker designs.

I added the number 6 circle from the Flag Banner Stickers to remember Caitie’s age in this LO. How pretty is the color of this button? What a perfect match for the LO!

I just had to use a pretty computer font for my journaling! I used CK Surfer for this Summer LO. I love how this journaling spot looks like the sun. It has a cool layered sunburst effect.

When I took a closer look at the Golden Hour Patterned Paper, I saw my date…June 8, 2011. That ruler strip pattern was perfect. I really like the design and colors. I also used it in my title area.

Even though I love everything on this LO, this is probably my favorite part. When I saw the trim design on the bottom of the Static Patterned Paper, I saw water…my Splash Accent. I love this detail. And, of course, I just had to 3D this!

My girls love Spongebob Squarepants. My favorite pic from that day is Payton practicing her “Patrick Star”fish backfloat from swim school. I just love this star sticker! I had to add it right next to Payton to remember this.

I love layering these stickers.  I added the number 4 circle from the Flag Banner Stickers to remember Payton’s age in this LO.

Supplies I used to make my “Summer” LO:

The Sunshine Broadcast Collection Kit by Sassafras

Background Paper and Splash Accent: Static Sunshine Broadcast Collection Paper by Sassafras

Patterned Paper: Golden Hour Sunshine Broadcast Collection Paper by Sassafras

Journaling Spot and Accents: Sunshine Broadcast Sweet Treats Stickers and Flag Banner Stickers by Sassafras

Letter Stickers: Slate Mini Alpha Stickers by Sassafras

Buttons: In A Stitch Blossoms – Blue by Sassafras

Punch: Boundary Waters Border Punch by Fiskars

Adhesives: Mini and Memory Book Glue Dots,  Herma Vario Tab Refill Permanent by Herma, Zig 2 Way Glue Pen, and Circle Foam Tabs by American Crafts

Blue Skies Glimmer Mist Spray by Tattered Angels

Paint: Deep Sea and Sea Foam – Funky Vintage – Scrapbook Colors by Making Memories (from my local Archiver’s store)

Black Zig Writer Pen, Cardboard, scissors, white thread, sewing machine


One Comment on “Sassafras: June Sketch Challenge”

  1. aunt emmy says:

    these are both beautiful, renee!! i love the colors in the first one, too . . . but the photos on the second one are just so fun!! LOVE the one of caitie in the splashing water, and payton’s starfish impression is adorable! your girls are just too cute!!

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