Wednesday, July 15, 2015


I love to use a sketch as a starting point.  But recently I realized that the way I use sketches has really changed.  I used to print the sketch and try to duplicate the design.  Now I tend to look at the sketch and then go to my desk and get to work.  This way I find that I pull some key elements that stand out to me and create (sort of) my own design. 

The sketch Citrus Twist kits published on Sunday is a great example. 

When I look at this sketch I focus on the square and rectangular elements layered down the page, the tag ('cause I love tags) and the cluster at the top corner.  So I used the June Citrus Twist kits and came up with this.

My design cascaded on a more horizontal or diagonal path when I was done.  And I used one photo instead of three. It turned into my own design inspired by that sketch. And one of my favorite parts is the mix of sparkly stars, sequins, and puffy dots with gold and white ink splatters. 

I attached the sequins using a fun technique I learned on someone else's blog a couple of years ago.  Instead of attaching the sequins with adhesive under them, I placed a drop of glossy accents on top of each sequin.  When the glue dries, the sequin is firmly adhered and it looks a bit like a water droplet.  It is a great technique for beach and water pictures!

You just have to make sure that cupped sequins are flat side down or the sequin won't be stuck to your page.  (I learned that the hard way on this project.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!


  1. Very Pretty! Love that fun photo, too. :)

  2. Love your design. Great tip with the sequins, too. That paper us amazing. Michelle t

  3. Love the paint splatter detail, so delicate! This is such a beautiful layout <3
    Thank you for playing along with us at Clique Kits :)

  4. cute! thanks for playing along with ck!

  5. I love the way all your elements cascade diagonally across the page!

  6. This take on the sketch is wonderful! Thanks for playing along at Clique Kits!

  7. love that tip! will have to try it with my beach photos !

  8. Such a cool photo, and I adore all the colors you used! Thanks for joining us at Clique Kits :)