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Ink & Share Scrapbook Hop: Sketch Challenge...

Hello and thank you for joining me today for what is my first ever Scrapbook Blog Hop.  I have been stalking the Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop since it was set up!  I have been a scrapbooker for many years but rarely get a chance to actually sit down and do some, I am hoping this will be the start of many more.
This Blog Hop is a collaboration of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world, coming together to share their love of Stampin' Up! and scrapbooking.
The theme set was a sketch.  I love working from sketches as they can inspire you when your mojo has disappeared and although I rarely follow sketches to the letter (as you will see), they inspire me to make the start.
Here is the sketch...
I instantly fell in love with this sketch and knew exactly what pictures I wanted to use.
Around 18 months ago we commissioned an artist to paint a portrait of our two puppies.  I had seen some amazing work by this artist and as I do not have an artistic bone in my body, asked her to draw a portrait of our pups.  What I didn't realise at the time was that she would send me work in progress pictures.  Straightaway I knew they had to appear in a scrapbook page.  So please meet Jeffrey and Betty.
This picture shows the completed work and here are the work in progress pictures across a double page layout!
And a closer look...


As you can see, I have only used one layer of circles at the bottom of my page as it balanced my page slightly better and I have also offset the circles where the sketch shows them in the middle.  I have used the amazing Joyous Noel DSP which features in the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue and to prove it isn't 'just for Christmas!'.  The colours are stunning and I thought they complimented the colouring in the pups really well.
Thank you for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed my pages, I will now pass you on to Rebecca.
Happy Scrappin!

September Roll Call
Jo Blackman - you are here
Rebecca-Jo Unwin


  1. What a nice story to scrapbook!

  2. Great job and a fantastic colour combo

  3. Love your page Jo! The artwork of the dogs in amazing. Thank you for participating in this month's hop.

  4. Love that you used your fur babies as inspiration. Love the colours used too

  5. Gorgeous pooches, lovely interpretation for sketch.

  6. I am always a big softie when it comes to pictures of pups :-) great way to showcase the skill of the artist and your skill as a paper crafter