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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

UKS Sketchy Scrappers Challenge - 1st birthday party invitation

There are a lot of crafty projects I create that never make it onto my blog - mostly of the card making variety. I quite often "knock-up" a card or two and never bother to photograph it - the process of photographing the card, and then writing up about it, can take quite a bit longer than actually making the card itself!

However, for this month's Sketchy Scrapper's layout on UK Scrappers, I decided to base a layout on one of my craft projects that I didn't want to forget - creating the invitation to my twins' first birthday party and saving the original on a layout. I was very proud of this invitation - I wanted to create a hand-crafted invitation, that was able to be reproduced in volume. I ended up sending 45 invitations - and when you have one year old twins to look after, that process ends up being time-consuming!

I have therefore swapped the photo with my master invitation. I have taken a few liberties with the sketch, and omitted the three floral vertical embellishments, because my title was too large and impeded on that space. I was really happy to use up the scraps of the Cosmo Cricket Storytime that I had left over from my previous two layouts - both the colours and the sentiments of the message tied in really well with my planning for this layout.

I utilised one of the Disney stamps that I bought on Ebay to make the invitations as an accent on the bottom right hand side of the page - I really dislike cutesy images as a rule, but I feel that you have to include some Disney characters in scrapbooks for the really young! Winnie - the - Pooh has remained one of my favourites since childhood and I am sure I will get a great use out of these stamps. I felt that Piglet and his attentive pose was the perfect finishing touch!

Even though the sketch was fairly simple, I still manage to fiddle and faff and take quite a few hours with each layout until I pull together something that I am happy with. I am pleased with the bright happy colours that have a slightly retro twist - I feel that this echoes the invitation and the occasion in general - and at least I have done something useful with the invitation - so that it is not knocking about my craft room, gathering dust!

Bazzill cardstock; Stampin' Up!  Whisper White
Patterned paper: s.e.i. "Mayberry" - Lime Rickey; Cosmo Cricket "Storytime" - Tweedle Dee and Striptease
Alpha Stickers: Pink Paislee "Fashion Script" by Holly McCaig; American Crafts "simply chic" runway
Punches: EK Success Scallop;
Shaped Scissors:  Fiskars Cloud
Stamp:  Disney "Piglet"
Ink:  Memento "Tuxedo Black"
Promarkers:  Cocktail Pink, Cerise, Rose Pink


  1. What a great idea to create a keepsake within a keepsake. This has given me inspiration for the saved wedding invite in my box, soon to be featured on a LO maybe. Thanks for the great idea.

  2. That's a lovely idea - a great page :)

  3. Great LO and a fab keepsake!!! Well done on using up those scraps too!! Txx