Hello there! Thanks for making it another Mag Mon! Our team sent the Summer 2016 issue off to the printer last week, so it will be in your hot little hands soon—June 17, to be exact. So exciting! Here’s a look at the bright, happy cover. The striking layout was designed by Jennifer Chapin.


Doesn’t it make you want to pull out every color of the rainbow and do some summer scrapping of your own? That’s the effect it had on me, and the Believe collection by BoBunny immediately came to mind.



I turned to our latest Sketch Savvy blueprint to create my design. This sketch was just posted this AM as part of our Fall 2016 Call for Projects. What a treat to be the first to share it with you!




Did you know we post an open call for sketch-inspired projects with each issue? Have you ever submitted? Give it a try! Starting with a sketch call is a great guided approach. We’re already thinking autumn, so you’ll want to pull out a few of your favorite fall pics. Then, simply follow our design blueprint to create your page. Or not. That’s the awesome part about it. It’s a springboard for ideas to get you started on your scrappy way. Or card making way, if you choose to use the scheme that way. (How cool would that be?!) You don’t have to feel locked into this precise placement.

As you can see from my design, I switched things up a bit. For starters, I shifted the positioning of the photos. And in place of a title/journaling block, I added a 3×4 Project Life journal card, which I watercolored, to act as the title.



Rather than add a border strip across the center of the page, I left the middle area open. I did this so more of those true colors on my pretty base paper would come shining through. I then stitched around the outer edge to give it a connected feel like that of the sketch.


Following this sketch opened up some more artsy doors for me. I think it’s because I had to worry less about placement and could spend more time doing things I don’t always do on my layouts—reach for my paints and even add a little ink splatter.


The end result is a bright project I didn’t have to spend hours conceptualizing. And to fit the rest of my favorite photos (because you know I can never stop at just 4 LOL), I simply paired this lead design with a second photo collage page, created using the Project Life App. You can absolutely make a one-page sketch into a double. Do whatever works best for you.


What would you do with this sketch? I hope those wheels are turning. You have between now and July 7, 2016 to put those ideas to work on a fall-themed project and email an image of it to ideas@scrapbookandcards.com. (More info on submitting here.) It could land you a spot in our next issue!

I can’t wait to share a look inside our summer issue with you next month. In the meantime, we’ll be watching to see what you come up with for our call, whether you submit to Sketch Savvy or our Inspiration Gallery. Either way, it’s the first Monday of June and it’s already beginning to feel a lot like fall. 😉


Now, how about a little easy listening (and eye candy) to ease you into your week. Inspired by our summer cover, I leave you with Mr. Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, singing a gorgeous rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors. Enjoy!



Megan Hoeppner