Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sketch It Forward

This may not be a new idea to those of you uber blog watchers, but it evolved in my little brain yesterday as I was creating some handmade cards to give as a hostess gift.  I had a few sheets of 12 x 12 patterned and solid cardstock and needed a "kick start" to my creativity, so I randomly chose the first four card sketches I could find.  I borrowed from Split Coast Stampers, Card Positioning Systems, Taylored Expressions and Card Patterns.  Sometimes it's nice not to have to reinvent the wheel, especially when there are so many creatively generous souls out there in Bloggyland!

After I finished the four cards, gathered some envelopes and found some appropriate packaging I thought, "I should show her how I came up with the design ideas" and went to cut-and-paste the sketches onto a Word document.  As I was doing that, I thought, "Wouldn't it be fun if we made this a game where one person finds four sketches (giving credit where credit is due), creates four cards from them, then passes the handmade cards and sketches on to a friend who does the same?  We could keep passing it forward...kind of like that film Pay It Forward."  So I repeat, this may not be a new idea, but it's new to me and I hope it works.

For August I used strikingly simple black cardstock from Cut Card Stock and a few sheets of patterned cardstock from Creative Imaginations' IOD (Iron Orchid Designs) line, which I picked up just before my fave Cape Cod scrapbook store, Colorful Creations, closed their doors.

So, my challenge to myself is to create a monthly Sketch It Forward sheet and YOUR challenge is to use it, then Sketch It Forward!  Click Here for the August sheet, and post your link in the Comment Section below to show off your craftiness.  It was a lot of fun creating these four specific designs and I know you'll have a blast, too!  Check back on our Paper Made Bakery blog often for more ideas and the latest Sketch It Forward.
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