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16 September 2016

Sketches in Thyme #43–Project Life Style

Follow Your Heart – a layout for Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style


Start: This week’s sketch over at Sketches in Thyme – Project Life Style is one that I designed.  Yes, me of all people!  I was playing around with scraps one day in my studio and made several sketches for pocket cards. Note that I have no digital sketch making skills so I used actual scraps of product, photographed them and turned them black and white.

I sent them to Kimberly with my fingers crossed that she might like to use one of them.  It turned out that she liked all three.  So you will see one a month in September through November.


I used the corner of a Fancy Pants transparency to get the background effect you see here.  In place of the rectangular scrap of paper, I printed a quote in box on the white background card. Since I had made a slit in the transparency at the heart to insert the card for the sketch, I tied a little twine around it for the layout.


I used the pre-printed portion of the sheet on the right to determine how I would embellish on the left, adding a doily and stamping with the burst pattern from Stampin Up’s Kinda Eclectic set.  Buttons, bakers twine and Tim Holtz washi tape add the finishing touches.

Story: This is one of those introspective pages that I do now and again, and I’ve written a little note to myself on the hidden journal card.   Actually it is the younger me giving the older me advice, instead of the usual way round. Like I said, I was in an introspective mood.

Stash: Other than the journal card I made, most of the rest of this is from My Mind’s Eye Follow Your Heart collection.  It is the last few bits of a class kit from several years ago, and I am glad to have finished it off.


  1. Well congrats to you! I love your layout and the doilies. You always do such a great job with the little details. I'll look forward to your upcoming works!

  2. Love love love this! LOVING the colors and the photos!!!!!!!!

  3. Congratulations on your sketching success! A great technique using a B&W picture of actual product. Love this page. The embellished layering is terrific! Great photos too. :)

  4. What an honour- congrats on you sketch designs. Look forward to seeing what the others are like too. I love your layout and the process explained in creating it.

  5. Very pretty ephemera and portraits!

  6. Great use of that MME papers and such a lot of lovely bits and pieces to decorate. It's a great sketch and a lovely page.

  7. gorgeous as always. Love the cluster of ephemera :)