Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Once Upon A Sketch --- 7 Dots Studio and ScrapMatts

The Solar System was lined up and I could see all of my favorite star's shinning brightly this month.  ScrapMatts and 7 Dots Studio will shine brightly in this post today.  My dear friend Sandi Smith is cheering the teams on at both leading companies, so how could i resist her motivation.  Sandi and I share a love for water and her layout has given me inspiration to share the common love we have for being on the water.  I needed a sketch as my starting point, since a sketch will spark my mojo and Once Upon A Sketch caught my eye.  This layout magically came together so quickly, so happy with the quality product and an inspirational sketch.
Be sure to visit all of my shining star's today, support them and visit often for inspiration.

Here are the deets for this months sketch challenge.
Journalling Theme: "The Journey..."

You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journalling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journalling (hidden journalling is fine). Acceptable journalling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journalling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journalling is! 
Here is my hidden journalling..

Here is my layout which reflects my passionate journey with lakeside waters.  

Our family has been on this lake for 65 years.  This was my great grandparents summer home on this lake and I hope that my son will share the lake with his family some day.

Lets talk about 7 Dots Studio

7 Dots Studio paper collections whisper to me and I find them truly irresistible.  This layout features the Domesti Goddess Collection and I have used the papers which are designed by Anna Dabrowska called Kitchen Wallpaper and Proudly handcrafted.

The Kitchen Wallpaper was so magical for my photo... love this one.  This pattern paper framed my soothing photo so well to capture the moment and essence of magic.

This month 7 dots challenge is promoting the following October theme.
"to prepare a project about something, what you have done only for yourself"
my passion is waterskiing, boating and lakeside magical breezes.

ScrapMatts Chipboard from Australia

Owner Sofie is the one of the many kind, generous, passionate business women of our crafting industry.

My layout features many of Scrapmatts chippies which i have linked in my supply list. So, Sandi Smith has challege many of us to "GO BRIGHT" for the month of October in the forum section here.
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Here are some closeup shots of Scrapmatts chipboard that complements my presentation so well. I think Sofie's team of designers made these chipboard pieces just for my

In addition to the wonderful texture look to the pattern paper I have added gesso, stamping and drywall tape to give my layout a nautical water feel with a compass for
Scrapmatts Chipboard
CB4059 Nautical Design 03; CB5099 Grass 01; CB5100 Grass 02 
CB1192 Scrap Words 04; CB6088 Assorted Words 16
Clearsnap Colorbox Ink, Lime Pastel, Burnt Sienna, Surfacez Black
Helmar Adhesive, Craft & Hobby PVA glue
Inspired by Stamping, Ahoey Matey
BoBunny stamps, Urban Acrylic Stamp
Cheesecloth,  Drywall tape, Gesso


  1. what you have created Ava! You have used all those awesome products to perfection!!

  2. Beautiful layout. Love the background and how you used the Gesso. The Scrapmatts chipboard is lovely.

  3. Lovely nautical layout. I also have a love of water and we used to spend many happy hours at our holiday home one the dam, in the boat with the kids. Love the chippies, great background work and lovely photo. Thanks for playing along with us at OUAS this month. Please remember to load your layout on our FB page...

  4. Cannot live without water, think I'd shrivel if I lived inland instead of by the water as we do now. What an amazing place you have inherited in your family, very precious. Wonderfully featured chippies and beautiful background work. Thank you so much Ava for joining in with us at OUAS again this month! xx

  5. Love all the wonderful texture you've added to your background. Those bullrushes are the perfect chippies for this photo. I love bullrushes!

  6. Hello Ava, I'm not sure what I am more jealous of, this beautiful layout or this beautiful lake?! Love them both! The colours and textures are just gorgeous! big hugs, Asia xxx

  7. Wow, such a stunning page, Ava!! What a blessing to have this lakeside home to go to for so many generations. It looks like such a peaceful place to get away from the daily grind!! Love your chipboard elements and how your photo goes through the ships wheel and the cattails really set up your gorgeous lake photo. Thanks for letting us know your journaling is tucked behind your photo!! Thanks for joining us for the October Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge and for posting your LO on our Facebook page! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

  8. What a wonderful way to capture your love of water and this lovely lake that means so much to your family. Thank you for sharing your page at OUAS!

  9. Stunning layout Ava, love all the textures and dimensions that you have shared.

  10. What a beautiful layout! I love all the elements you used on your background, the drywall tape, the cheesecloth, inking all of it makes up for a stunning background! Your chipboard is also gorgeous beautifully done! All the best! :) Come visit sometime!

  11. oh Ava this is gorgeous! I love what you did with the 7 dots papers. thanks for playing with us!!

  12. I love the way you combined everything! And the passion visible in the way, you are writing about your project. Thank you for playing with us at 7 Dots Studio!