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Sketch Week | Sarah Millerhouse

I love the challenge of using a great sketch! When I first saw this sketch by Niki Rowland, I immediately thought it wasn’t my style. There was just so much white space. Once I decided I could make it my own and use beautiful patterned paper to fill up all that space, I immediately got into it. This layout ended up being one of my most favorite I’ve made, and it started with challenging me to move out of my comfort zone. 


I used the You Are My Sunshine collection for this layout. The stripes on the background the Shine Bright patterned paper that I cut apart, distressed the edges, and put in back down with the stripes in rainbow order. I love the pop of color it gives to the layout. I then added just a little mixed media on the background to subtly connect the top photo and clusters with the cluster at the bottom. I did this using white gesso and Shimmerz sprays that I applied with a brush. When it was almost dry, I added splatters of white acrylic paint behind all the areas where I knew my elements would go. 

I added my sweet photo at the top with several layers of patterned paper behind it to make it more substantial. I then added clusters on either side of the photo, like in the sketch, with the one on the right set just slightly higher.  

I added the cluster at the bottom using phrases that I distressed the edges of and pretty enamel stickers and ephemera. Everything is popped up with adhesive foam. 

I finished the layout by adding the Bella Blvd Sunshine cutfile that I cut in three layers and my strips of journaling just below that, just like in the sketch. 


I love how this layout turned out, and I hope it inspires you in some way! 
Products Used:

You Are My Sunshine: patterned paper, ephemera, enamel dots and stars


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