CASE-ing the Catty #262 – Sketch Challenge

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Happy 02/02/2020, people! Today is a palindrome date but particularly rare and special since it is a palindrome no matter how you write it, month or day first. Pretty cool! Yes, I am a numbers nerd and I love stuff like this.  Sorry to make you suffer through my trivia session.

This evening we also have a special CASE-ing the Catty Challenge for you this sketch, inspired by a card on page 34 of the Stampin’ Up! 2020 Mini Catalogue.

I love sketch challenges! It’s so much fun to see how everyone interprets the sketch and how different the same basic layout or idea can look with different colours/papers/elements.

I had a great idea (so I thought) about what to do with this sketch but when I sat down to make it I just couldn’t get it to work as well as it was in my head. Does that happen to anyone else?? So I abandoned it and ended up making this memory planner layout instead. I’ll have another go at my original idea this week – this is the great thing about our CTC Challenges going for two weeks now.

I do all my memory keeping and day to day planning of a busy family in the Basic Black 6 x 8″ Album with the 6×8″ Photo Pocket Pages (these are on page 170 of the Annual Catalogue).  I have a mixture of full-page photos, photos, journaling, and Memories & More cards, and more traditional “Scrapbook” style mixed media layouts. Whatever takes my fancy and whatever suits the story I want to tell. It’s great fun to play with a combination of styles. The 6×8″ size is like a big card so often card ideas and layouts translate well. This series of photos of my three-year-old BMX bandit/future trials champion/YouTube star Sammy worked perfectly with the three panels of the sketch this week.


All the hard work of creating an interesting background has been done for me by the See A Silhouette DSP that I’ve used. The red matches his red BMX nicely. It is cut to 6×8″ and since the photo sleeves are actually slightly larger I have adhered it to a 6 1/8″ x 8 1/8″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. The three photos are adhered onto three Whisper White stitched rectangles – the photos are about 5 x 8.5 cm.


I white heat embossed the AWESOME sentiment with the Awesome At Any Age stamp from Itty Bitty Birthdays. The banner and the flag were cut by hand.


Using the Stitched Stars I cut some stars from fluro yellow paper from my (vast) paper stash, and Pacific Point and Whisper White cardstock to match his helmet.


Here’s the page in my planner. I don’t mind having some pages in landscape orientation and some in portrait. It all depends on the photo or the layout you want to use. Yep, it’s there next to yet another photo of my boy jumping over something. He spends a lot of time with his wheels off the ground.



This is the first of two weeks of using this sketch as the inspiration so if you’re inspired to create with it then make sure you upload a photo to our Facebook page as well.

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Head on over next to Peta’s fabulous creation, then keep on hopping to see what all the crew have done with this great sketch challenge.

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Thanks for stopping by. Let me know in the comments below if you’d like me to share some more of my memory planner layouts 🙂



4 thoughts on “CASE-ing the Catty #262 – Sketch Challenge

  1. Julia Quinn

    I’m in awe of your memory keeping. This is amazing. The layering of the stars is fabulous and a perfect addition to your action packed photos! Love love love.

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