Saturday, February 26, 2011

It's Blog Hop Time!

Hi ya'll, welcome to my blog!  Hopefully you have reached my blog through my fellow design team member, Suzanna.  If not, no worries, I just ask that you visit Sketch Support to begin the hop.  

I'm going to get things started by sharing a little info about myself so that you can get to know me a little better.  

My name is Christina, I live in Springfield, MO, I am married, I have one little boy and three wild and crazy labs.


*When it comes to paper crafting I am a hoarder!  Yes, I believe that at some point all scrappers become one.  I love anything crafty and love to collect anything cool I see that I think at some point I will use. 


*Where do I craft?  Well, let's see, my husband bought me this pretty L-shaped desk for my scrapbooking room and yet I still scrapbook on the floor.  I know sounds totally silly, but I have more space to spread out and it's what works best for me. 


*When I am creating, these are the things I have to have around me, my Ipod, my laptop, all of my crafting essentials and candy.


*When I am not creating, you can find me at work, spending time with my family, clipping coupons, shopping, camping and last but not least, on the internet. 


*When it comes to sketches I certainly must have them!  I've tried free handing my layouts and they simply look scary

Whew, hope that wasn't too much information for you.  Now let's check out Allison's sketch and layout that I've created for you.

Aren't her sketches AMAZING?  I love her work!!  If you haven't already printed this amazing sketch please be sure to visit Sketch Support to get your own copy.

Are you ready for my layout?  Drum roll please...........


"Sparkling Blue Eyed Baby"


Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; All other products: Echo Park except for Embroidery Floss: DMC; Sketch: Allison Davis, Sketch Support and Scrapbook Generation
Well that's it for me today.  I've enjoyed sharing a little bit about me and my crafty side and to show my appreciation I am going to have a giveaway.  Can you guess what it is?

Let's see, it has something to do with sketches and Allison Davis.....have you guessed it yet? 

Surprise it's a copy of "Sketches for Scrapbooking Volume 7"



If you would like to win your very own copy of this sketch book, please leave a comment as to what you like most about Allison's sketches and I will draw a name on Monday, February 28th.  
Now be sure to hop on over to fellow design team member, Noey's blog. 

Have a great weekend! 

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163 comments:

  1. That is one freaken adorable layout Christina!!!! SOOOOO cute! Love what you did here!

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  2. great use of the echo park little boy line. I love Allison's sketches because they are so easy to adapt the number and orientation of the photos you have

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  3. Love your layout! I like Allison's sketches because there are many pictures on them and her style is quite clean and simple. I also love seeing the different interpretations. Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

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  4. I love the solid designs and versatility of SS sketches - you could literally turn ever one of her sketches every which way and they always work! And adore your clouds and airplane on this one sooo much!

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  5. For me Allison's sketches work just really well. Either they are great as they are or easy to change as needed. Love that.

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  6. This LO is adorable! Love the paper you used!! Great job! :)

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  7. gorgeous layout!!! You rock!! and congrats on the soup spot ;)

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  8. Love the LO - thanks for the blog hop and the chance to win! I already have this book so share it with another lucky gal, but am shooting for the grand prize.

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  9. Sweet layout-that little airplane towing the banner behind it just could not be any cuter! Love it!

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  10. I love the trail behind the plane! very cool job with the sketch! TFS...I have book seven so please let some other lucky gal have a chance at it!

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  11. Those Little Boy papers are so cute on your page!

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  12. I love Alison's sketches because she makes it so easy to put a layout together. She does all the thinking for you. Love your take on her sketch!

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  13. What a cute baby! I miss the baby stage so much! ps. Great take on the sketch! I love how much time they save me. Makes scrapping go so much faster. TFS!

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  14. Wow! How adorable and I love love love the colors! Great job! I love sketches and like you MUST start with them. Allison's are super great since they have measurements so this spatially challenged scrapper does not have to worry!

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  15. love the airplanes! I love the versatility of Allison's sketches most.

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  16. Great LO Christina, beautiful photo's and that airplane and trailing banner are the perfect touch!

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  17. Great layout! I love Allison's sketches cause it's creative, yet easy to follow and leave many rooms for your own interpretation.

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  18. Great layout! I love Allisons sketches because she makes them for multiple photos...I love that!

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  19. Adorable layout!

    I'm new to Allison's sketches - but people over on the twopeas messageboards rave about how awesome they are and how easy they are to use! I found this blog hop from someone's post there! I'm crossing my fingers that I'll win a copy of Volume 7!

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  20. I like how versatile Allison's sketches are. There's always room for adding a few more photos or turning a few small ones into one big photo.

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  21. very cute use of the ep little boy line!

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  22. BEAUTIFUL layout! THe colors all work SO well together...Love the movement that the airplane created over the spread. And that little precious bundle, how can you not love it!
    Great, great job and thanks for sharing.
    The top #1 reason I like Allison's sketches are that they are 2 page layouts for multiple photos (something every scrapper has lots of)! A.W.E.S.O.M.E.
    Smiles from PA

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  23. Oh WOW! I really like your layout, the clouds, the plane, the colors!
    I love the versatility of the sketches. They are so adaptable, and while not complex to follow produce amazing, balanced results!

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  24. Oh gosh the pictures are perfect with the paper line you used. The banner with the words is so cute. I love it! I really like how Allison's sketches have everything together and grounded. I like that she puts so many details of sizes, stripe versus patterns, etc... that way if you want to follow closely you can but you don't have to. So many other sketches don't put the details and if I really want to have it similar it takes a lot of time to get the measurements down.

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  25. I love Ali's sketches because they're just so usuable. I have never found one that I could not make my pics work for it. Love your version of this great bonus sketch.

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  26. Very cute layout! I love the sketches because they give me an idea, a starting point from which I can be as creative (or not) as I want. Traditional idea books are great, but I feel I need to copy the layout exactly. Alison's sketches give me freedom while inspiring me. Love them.

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  27. Great layout! I love what you did with that Echo Park paper! I love the style of Allison's sketches, they fit my scrapping style very well!

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  28. I love the airplane embellishment it is so darn cute!

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  29. Your cheery boy layout is just adorable!! TFS :O)

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  30. Great layout. Love how it looks like he's looking up at the airplane. I love how Allison gives such specific measurements for her sketches.

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  31. Great layout. Your little guy is adorable!! Love the papers you used!

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  32. What a sweet little boy and one of the cutest layouts ever!! Every detail on the layout is so fitting for a little boy.

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  33. What a great layout with great paper! I love it!

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  34. cute, cute, cute! I'm pretty sure I will have to scraplift this... I just bought some of those papers and stickers.

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  35. Ha! Love that you scrap on the floor. I've tried and can't. Things get lots and roll away. Must. Be. Contained. hehe... Love your layout and take on the sketch!

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  36. I love your take on this sketch... For sure a scraplift for me!!

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  37. You layout is adorable!! Of course it helps that the little boy is so cute.

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  38. Love your blog...I am so happy to have found it in this blog hop. Congrats on the soup spotting. Love your example layout and so many others on your blog. Love usig EP and Jillibean products with my sketches. Alison's sketches make scrapping so much faster for me!
    Michelle C Bittner

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  39. Hard to make a bad lo with the most adorable little boy. What eyes! Thanks for great ideas!

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  40. your layouts are so colorful! have a great weekend

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  41. Aaaww, he's adorable. Love the sketch too. Cute papers.

    http://scrappydappydoodler.blogspot.com/

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  42. Great job! I like the white background, it really makes the colors pop! TFS :)

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  43. Cute photos and cute papers and embellishments that you've paired with the photos.

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  44. I love this layout especially the airplane, banner, and colorful title. The paper and embellishment are adorable. Great job!

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  45. You are a girl after my own heart...Echo Park is my all time favorite line of paper and Ali's sketches are my fav too ; )

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  46. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous two pager with us...the pictures and all the cute fussy cut elements (especially the little airplane) are just awesome!

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  47. Love, Love, LOVE the airplane! Super cool LO and I love your paper choices! Thanks for some great ideas!

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  48. Ooh- you used Echo Park- my FAVORITE!!!! Such a cute layout- the colors are so pretty. :)

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  49. Fun layout, love the banner and the coordinating plaid, stripes,etc.

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  50. What a fun layout! I love how well Allison's sketches work for me.

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  51. Love your LO. Adorable for an adorable boy. The thing I love about Allison's sketches is they seem in tune to my way of scrapping, and I'm sure no matter how you scrap, everyone feels the same way. Scrapping just flows when I use her sketches - I always have the right paper and the right embellishments.

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  52. love your lO! it's one of my fav paper line. thanks for sharing

    michelesscrapycreations35 at yahoo dot com

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  53. I love your layout and LOVE the design of your blog.

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  54. I love how clean and linear her sketches are, and how open they are to interpretation.

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  55. Love Echo Park paper, great layout.

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  56. Cute layout. Love those Echo Park papers.

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  57. Allison's sketches are very versatile and I love how she includes specific size photos.

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  58. I like the sketches because you can put a page or two together quickly and i don't have to try and decide where to put things

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  59. Beautiful blue eyed boy! Thanks for sharing your talents! Are you going to the Branson retreat? I am! Besides fabulous designs in Allisons sketches, I love the way she states the "type" of patterned paper or solid cs. (like stripes, small pattern, etc) Sometimes I buy beautiful paper and get home and am not sure how to place it!

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  60. I am loving this sketch..very nice layout!

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  61. This layout is adorable. I love your title, those letters are so cute!

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  62. Beautiful layout! I love Allison's sketches becasue they are so easy to adapt to any style, and I love the fact she creates A LOT of 2 pagers as I am "challenged" in this area :o)

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  63. Love your layout and what a beautifully happy baby!

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  64. Cute layout! Love the plane with the banner. I love the cleanliness of Allison's sketches. She is able to include lots of photos and room for embellishments and journaling without cluttering up the layout.

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  65. I love how you used Echo Park! I love how easy Allison's sketches are to use and to adapt to other ideas. I also love how they have so much dimension to them!

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  66. Really like the airplane theme and adorable pix!!

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  67. Love your LO, and what an adorable little boy.

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  68. Loved this LO. I am a big fan of this Echo Park range too! Great example of what can be done with it.

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  69. Love the LO. The airplane banner is so cute! Allison's sketches are so easy to use and look great.

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  70. I love to use sketches because it allows me to have a plan as well as use my own ideas and be creative.
    Nice job on your layout!
    Stephanie
    scrapadelic@gmail.com

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  71. I really love all of your layouts! Your daughters are gorgeous!

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  72. Adorable...your elements are so very cute!!

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  73. Your LO is FABULOUS!!! What I love most about Alison's sketches is how many photos you can put on them. I have a hard time leaving out photos so they are perfect for me!

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  74. I love it! The airplane is so cute! TFS...I love Allison's sketches and it has been fun seeing all the variations.

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  75. Absolutely love the airplane and trailing banner! Having just purchased that same paper I am truly inspired.

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  76. I like the number of photos that can be incorporated or not be incorporated. Get the best of both!

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  77. Your page is just adorable! I love the little airplane pulling the banner!

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  78. I love your layout, so bright and cheery! I love Allison's sketches as they are so versatile - and the 2 page sketches are easy to split into single pages, so you get more sketches for your money!!
    Thanks for a chance to win!

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  79. Cute layout! Love the airplanes. I love Allison's sketches because they help me to scrapbook so much faster and to end up with some amazing layouts. :^)

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  80. I always love seeing your work on the Sketch Support blog and today's two page layout is no exception! I love it!! You are truly talented and I love how you put your twist on each of your projects.

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  81. That is an adorable little boy in those photos and I love the way you used the sketch. I love Allison's sketches because they are a perfect starting point and can be as clean or as embellished as you want to make them. And I love someone who provides such a great starting point for 2 page layouts.

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  82. Your little boy is adorable and so is your layout!

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  83. First of all---love, love, love your layout! So cute! Second, what do I love about Allison's sketches? I love the clean look, the way the photos are generally grouped toward the middle, they use photo sizes that aren't larger than 4x6 and they are so adaptable to so many different styles...I think that about covers it!

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  84. great layout. I love having everything measured out for me.

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  85. I love this layout. The colors are perfect.

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  86. Such a happy child. Nice colors go with that big smile.

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  87. love the airplane with the tags behind it.

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  88. I am addicted to Allison's sketches. I find it difficult to even try to scrap without using one. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  89. I def need to hunt down some of that Echo Park, man that is cute! I like Allison's sketches because they seem to be simple enough to re-create and at the same time have all those pops of inspiration and ways to get creative.

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  90. What a darling baby. Love those eyes and that smile!

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  91. awwwww how cute your baby boy is, great pictures. I love love the airplane and the banner with it. Congrats on being spotted by JB, they are my favorite. Your layouts are great. What I liked first about Allison's sketches about two/three years ago, were her cute boys, didn't even notice the sketch just her cute red hair boy then the chubby/head full of hair Jackson. Then I noticed that most of her pages are a white background which I love and that she uses paper/pattern/stripe, etc. strips so well on a layout. I feel it's easier using those instead of one 12x12 piece. Her pages always look clean and simple with a homemade touch to them with her stitching. This was a dream come true for me when she announced having sketch support, I get up early every morning just to see it. Thank you for sharing with us and for the giveaway. So nice to meet you and will follow your blog now too.

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  92. As always, a gorgeous layout Christina! Love it!

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  93. I love how versatile they are and how easy they are to use! Love your layout! the clouds and plane are totally adorable!

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  94. I love stars and 2 page layouts! So I am loving this sketch and your take on it! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  95. I love your layout! So fun with the plane! I really like Allisons sketches because they are easy to recreate and add your own touch to! Thanks for the chance!

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  96. Super cute LO! I love that Echo Park plane line. Great colors for your adorable photos. I have not had the opportunity to view Allison's sketches in the past, so I am so happy to have found this blog hop! I love two-page layouts, so it appears Allison's sketches would be perfect for me! I would love to win that sweet candy!

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  97. What a fun layout! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  98. What an adorable, fun layout! I love the Echo Park papers too. Allison's sketches are designed with clean lines, a great balanced feel and they accomodate multiple photos - gotta love that!

    http://lovealwayschar.blogspot.com/

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  99. I love the cluster of photos! Such a cutie pie. Thanks for the opportunity to win! I love her sketches because they are a great starting spot and so easy to change up and make it your own!

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  100. I totally adore you layout! The colors are fabulous and your photos are totally sweet! I like that Allison's sketches are clean and linear and she provides measurements. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Joanne xo

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  101. I love the retro style paper, but what I really like is the story that jumps off the page before you even start reading!

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  102. So awesome to see a fabulous boy 2pger!! Love how you used this collection and did the plane! I love Allison's sketches because it takes the guesswork and design our of scrapping! Like you said, my layouts are just scary if I tried to plan where my pictures went :)

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  103. Your layout is super cute- I love the colors:-) I love Allison's sketches because they are double pagers and they use lots of 4x6 photos- they work perfectly for me!

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  104. Such a sweet layout! I love Allison's style, clean, linear and so well balanced! I also love that I can dive right into my scrap paper bin for so many of her sketches ... just a little paper goes so far.

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  105. I love the airplane!!! JUST DARLING! I love Allison's sketches because they are so versatile. The lines are clean, and you can incorporate tons of photos and as many or few embellies as needed.

    slotr04 at yahoo dot com

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  106. Great take on the sketch! I love the addition of the airplane and clouds. I enjoy the versatility of Allison's sketches - I can stick with what's there or easily swap things to make it work.

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  107. Great layout, cute subject! I love Allison's sketches because they have helped me advance my pages to the next level. They really inspire me and get my creative juices flowing!

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  108. Great layout! The papers you used it awesome!

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  109. Fabulous page! I think Echo Park can do no wrong, and the Little Boy line just ROCKS.

    I just wanted to say that there's no need to count me in on the sketches book giveaway - I already have one! I'm just hopping along because I love to see others' takes on Allison's sketches - love them because they include so much detail - heck, even photo sizes if you need them!! What I always spend the most time with is where to put my accents, the finishing touches...so Allison's suggestions about placement on the page are a real time-saver for me.

    Thanks for sharing your cute layout with us! :)

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  110. i just love that page. the colors work so well together. i have 3 boys and am so excited to see some boy pages.the stars really work on that page.

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  111. Well, I'm new to using Allison's sketches, but so far I'm loving here strong design skills and 'recipes' for incorporating patterned paper into a layout. I love patterned paper, but often become paralyzed with fear at how to use it effectively! LOL...

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  112. I really like the plain on your layout. It's so cute and so are the bright stars with that cute little blue eyed boy. Great Job!

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  113. I love your take on the sketch the best...love the strips of paper at the bottom! super cute

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  114. I hope Allison just keeps doing the amazing work she's doing!!! Thank you so much for sharing your page (and your cute boy) with all of us :)

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  115. I have to say that so far I love your sketch the most!!!

    Thanks for sharing your art with me!!!

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  116. I'm the same way with sketches. I love how you changed up the photos on the sketch!

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  117. Love your little airplane pulling the title! I love Allison's sketches because she has the website that demonstrates so many different ideas done so well. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  118. Lovely layout and super fab sketch!

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  119. I love the little airplane banner! I love Allison's sketches because having a starting point helps me focus and not overthink my layout design.

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  120. Such a great page! I love the bright colors!

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  121. i really like allison sketches they are the perfect way to start if your in a scrapping funk! i am constantly inspired by her design team!

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  122. There's nothing wrong with scrapping on the floor! One of my favourite layouts was made after I spread everything out on the floor and put it together :)

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  123. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Sketch Books because they give me new perspective on picture placement.

    PS. I'm a hoarder to. My DH says I have my own personal scrapbook store in the extra bedroom. He's actually right. I could crop for years with the stash I have right now.

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  124. Love how you used EP for this sketch. Yummy!

    I love Allison's sketches because they're so easy to follow and always fun to play with!

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  125. LOVE that layout girlie....see this wasn't scary at all!!!!! You did GREAT!!!! hope the kiddo is better....hugs, Katrina

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  126. Hello from snowy Buffalo ,NY!! I love checking out all "THE GIRLS" of sketch support blogs all the time!! Love the airplanes, and those Blues eyes!! Lisa Z

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  127. love your airplane and banner. Great take on the sketch. Been following you on Sketch Support. Thanks forall the creative ideas.

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  128. love seeing the boy pages. cute airplane.

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  129. Love your layout. Your little fellow is adorable.
    Thanks for opportunity.

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  130. Wonderful rendition of the sketch Christina!
    What I like most about Allison's sketches is that she makes a lot of them for 2 pagers and I love to do 2 page designs often!

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  131. Love, love, love your layout. Your photos are great and your choices of paper and embellishments complement them beautifully.

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  132. Extremely cute layout! This is the kind of layout that I strive for.

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  133. I love your layout! Echo Park Little Boy is one of my current faves! I would love to win a scketch book to help put that paper to use! :)

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  134. Oh, do they get any cuter than this? I don't think so! LOVE your airplane in the clouds~~

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  135. This layout is to darn cute! What a cutie. Love the airplane.

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  136. your layout is so sweet. thanks for the chance to win one of these great sketch books and sharing your inspiration with us.

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  137. oh I love your layout! Hard to find boy layouts that aren't overly fluffed, and yours is perfection! Adding you to my google list of blogs to follow! Thanks for the inspiration and I hope I win the sketch book to try my hand at her wonderful sketches!

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  138. What a cute layout. I have boys and labs, too. They're the best, an awesome combination!

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  139. What a great LO! Love it! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  140. I love your LO, I also adore the Echo Park paper, I got my hands on a collection pack the other day and the papers are so great! You don't get good boy-ish collections to often.

    I really like Allisons sketches because they're so well organized and you can never fail with them. They're easy to work with but still allow for your own personal style to shine through.

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  141. What an absolutely stunning layout! Your choice of papers, title and embellishments just make the photos of your beautiful son pop off the page.

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  142. I love that paper and it is so perfect with those photos!! great take on the sketch! thanks!

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  143. So many whimsical touches! Beautiful job!

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  144. Love the bright, cheery papers. Have a few blue eyed sweeties in our family, too!

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  145. Those photos are precious and I love the Echo Park paper!

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  146. Those eyes are gorgeous. Great layout.

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  147. I enjoy the sketches.......my pages are much better with a sketch! It's always interesting to see everyones take and how none are the same. I really like how the papers you chose go so well with your photos!

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  148. what a beautiful layout and a beautiful little boy :-)

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  149. What a cute layout! I love the airplane AND the adorable blue-eyed boy!

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  150. I love her clean designs and the starting off point it gives me. Your layout is fabulous. Beautiful baby :)

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  151. Spectacular layout! Great colors; cute little airplanes! And what a cutie patootie your baby is!

    I love Allison's sketches because they are so easy to follow and so nicely balanced. Don't know what I would do without them!

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  152. Okay...here's the deal...If anything ever happens to me and I can't scrapbook anymore, I want to pay you to scrapbook for me. Your style is awesome. Great layout.

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  153. I love allison's sketches because they make the planning of a 2 page lo a snap and are a great springboard!

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  154. I love Allison's Sketches because they make scrapping easier. I feel like I have really accomlished something when I use them!

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  155. Love the color scheme you chose for your layout!

    Kristan G.

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  156. Christina your layout is absolutely adorable. I love the plane with the banner! So cute! And somehow I don't believe you when you say your own designs are scary. Everything I have ever seen from you is wonderful! Thank you for being a part of Sketch Support! :)

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