Welcome to day two of our winter issue challenge week! Many of you love working with sketches, and our fall issue is packed with sketch inspiration. If you haven’t had a chance to create with them, take a look at what design team member Meghann Andrew has to share with you today, sketch inspired!


Hello SCT fans! It’s Meghann Andrew and I am excited to be back on the blog today for challenge week. I can’t wait for the winter issue to release, but before it does, let’s take a final look at the fall issue sketches, shall we? 


As soon as I opened the sketch page, I knew that I wanted to work with the first sketch, as I loved the fun, large circle in the background. I also knew that this one would be easy to convert to 8-1/2” x 11”, my preferred size. I grabbed the Jingle Joy collection from Close to My Heart and got to work. I flipped the sketch upside down, and created this:

Supplies | Patterned paper, cardstock, stickers, die cuts, stamps, dies, ink, sequins: Close to My Heart; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Die cutting machine: Revolution by WeR Memory Keepers

I started out with a white background, which I layered onto a striped 8-½” x 11” piece of striped paper from the Jingle Joy collection, to give my base a nice frame. Next, I grabbed a side plate from my kitchen to lightly trace a circle onto the background, which I machine-stitched over, using pink and green thread. 


Like the sketch, I created the mat for my two 3”x4” photos and added it to the layout, but lined the right edge up with the edge of the layout. Solid, brightly-coloured cardstock helped to make this layer “pop” against the white background. 


I interpreted the borders from the sketch using border stickers at the top right, and this banner die cut to the bottom left of my photos. This became a great place to add my title, “Joy,” which I stamped and cut using the Serenity Scrapbooking stamp and die set



After adding strips of journaling at the top of my photos, it was time to embellish! I decided to break a bit from the sketch here and add my tree, ornament, sparkles, and sequin stickers and die cuts following my stitched circle, all the way around. This layout about decorating a tree needed some fun decoration itself! A label sticker to hold the date finished off this fun and festive page!

Here’s my challenge to you: use this sketch that I used to create my layout to create any kind of project! We can’t wait to see how you interpret it, and how it inspires you to create something wonderful! 


Are you ready to create with the sketch that Meghann chose? Here’s how you can submit your project to us!

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. Create a layout or card based on this sketch challenge;
  2. Submit an image to us (must be under 2mb!) at ideas@scrapbookandcards.com.
  3. Put “Winter Issue Sketch Challenge” in your reference line;
  4. Submit your entry by Thursday, December 17th, 2020, at midnight ET. Winners will be announced here on the blog on the 19th of December.


Here’s what you’ll win if your project is chosen:

Our November Sampler is bringing happiness to doorsteps with a mix of products from American Crafts, Close to My Heart, and our own exclusive acrylic word! These packages of sample-sized goodies arrive each month to help you find your creativity and that new must-have papercrafting product! We know you’ll love creating with our SCT Sampler!

Good luck, and have fun creating with the sketch!