imaginisce sketch + random updates

I didn’t realize it was August until I peeked at the calendar and realized it was time to post Imaginisce‘s monthly sketch. I was in charge of creating a sketch for the month, so I want to see all of you creating with this sketch:

I decided to create a layout using Birthday Bash. Here’s my take on the above sketch:

Now, who’s ready for a giveaway?! Leave a comment to this post to win a generous giveaway from Imaginisce. Don’t forget to head on over to the Imaginisce blog to increase your chances of winning! You’ll also want to check out the inspirational work from the rest of the DT.

On a completely different note, I’m still recovering from the craziness of CHA. However, I actually had the chance to sit down and create three layouts yesterday. I also uploaded the rest of the photos from the show. Here are some pictures with some wonderful and talented gals:

Miss Nan(ny) Goat does a wonderful job for Zutter.

I spotted Pam in the Helmar booth. Isn’t she adorable?!

That night, a group of us gals went out to get dessert. Yum! I ordered a banana creme pie. Unfortunately, I only had room for a third of it, but it was mighty delicious ! …and over dinner, I learned a couple of things from Jing-Jing. (1) There’s a difference between “sour” and “tart”. I know, it’s a no-brainer, but I honestly thought it was synonymous. (2) Minnesota is apparently boring. πŸ˜‰

Gloria and I made it out to the city one more time before we had to leave Chicago. It was one of the best parts of the trip. We walked the Magnificent Mile and explored Navy Pier. …and it was my first time to get on a ferris wheel! I was scared at first, but I realized that it was neat to be that high up.

I wasn’t scared waiting in line, but then I looked up at the ferris wheel. Here’s what I was looking at from below:

…so I pretended that I wasn’t nervous at all, even though my anxiety disorder started to kick in. πŸ˜‰

Pretty neat, huh?! I’m surprised that I actually had the nerve to give it a try. Actually, I’m proud of myself for trying something I normally would have said “OH HECK NO” to. I probably should have taken more photos from up top, but I was holding on for dear life, haha! πŸ˜‰

I have winners to the CHA giveaways! The lucky winners are…

Please shoot me an email at to claim your prizes. Thanks to everyone else for playing. Stay tuned for future giveaways.

…and speaking of giveaways, my friend Katrina is hosting one over at her blog right now. Make sure to check it out! Click here to play!

Lastly, I wanted to share one of the three layouts that I worked on yesterday. Can you believe I actually used some Basic Grey paper?! It’s not very typical of me, so when I finished this one, I was really impressed at myself, hehe. πŸ˜‰

As for this upcoming week, I plan on getting a handful of projects done before the weekend. …so if you enjoy looking at my work, check back later in the week for loads of inspiration.

PS: If I haven’t been by your blog in a while, please forgive me. As you know, I’ve been quite a busy girl this summer. I plan on trying to catch up some time this week. In the mean time, keep bloggin’!



Filed under giveaway, layouts, personal, scrapbook, vacation, winners

111 responses to “imaginisce sketch + random updates

  1. OO an Imaginisce giveaway? Count me in!!

    Your pictures of Chicago are amazing!

  2. Great layouts and fabulous photos! I love the Imaginisce sketch! I might even be able to do that one! πŸ™‚

  3. All of your CHA pics are awesome Sarah!! Really love the sketch also. I’d try my hand at it but (gasp!!!) I don’t have any Imaginisce papers yet!! Hopefully one day soon I’ll get my hands on some and be able to play along each month. πŸ˜‰
    – April

  4. Misty

    FANTABULOUS layouts…as always!!! Thanks for sharing the pics of CHA for those of us that were unable to go…**insert smiley of my sticking out my tongue here**!!! Hee Hee!!!

  5. Hey Sarah I love this sketch.. I just may have to give it a try…
    Love the layout of the boys so fun… and I would have not gone on that ferris wheel if my life depended on it…so proud of you..YEAH!!!!

  6. Oh my goodness Sarah! I am loving that bottom LO! Always on the lookout for masculine pages and I am loving greys right now:) Fantastic page! LOVE your sketch too and hoping to get a minute to create something with it. Thanks for all of the pics too. Now I feel like I went to Chicago right along with you;)
    Have a great week.

  7. so proud that you didn’t let your fears take over…that is an accomplishment that not many can claim. so, was the ferris wheel fun or just insanely stressful?

  8. What awesome photos of Chicago!!! Makes this southern girl wanna visit so badly!!! I really would love to peek in on that childrens mueseum…I bet it is incredible! Really cute layouts too….I just know I will be using a few for scraplift inspo πŸ™‚

  9. Vanessa Johnson

    K, so random question about CHA. For all these different owners and designers work for the different companies, is it like meeting/seeing a celebrity? Cause, I think that if I met any of the people that work for the companies that I like their products, I’d probably be all excited and squealing like I met my favorite actor. Jist curious πŸ˜‰

  10. Su C.

    These are great layouts! Thanks for sharing the pics of CHA

  11. Susan Spiers

    Fabulous stuff! Luv the pics!

  12. Donna E.

    love ur layouts!
    and fab photos!

  13. Polly W

    Now that sundae is my idea of a birthday treat! πŸ™‚ Love the layout and the pics of Chicago are great!

  14. Great layouts!! Too funny about Jing-Jing and the sour/tart thing. I just love that girl!

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  15. Sarah! These pictures are AMAZING!! Great layouts too!!

  16. You’re one brave girl Sarah!!! I myself would have said “Oh He** No”!!!! lol But then I’m not as brave as I used to be. I love your layouts! They are very inspiring and that is one reason why I keep coming back. lol Now I’m heading over to Imaginisce because I love their stuff!!!!

  17. Love Imaginisce!!! Great layout too!!

  18. Keesha

    Love the pictures, the layout, and all the CHA goodness!

  19. Sherry

    I’m so jealous that you got to see all the CHA product in person. I can’t wait!! Thanks for the awesome chance to win!

  20. J. Jones

    Chicago looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Amazing pictures of the city! LOVE the sketch and your take on it. Your Basic Grey LO is great! LOVE all the circles.

  22. Debbie Linton

    I really enjoyed reading your post and looking at the wonderful pictures. I like your sketch too and I’m going to try to make a layout this week. I’m back at work.after a week off and wish I was off another one so I could play. However, I have to pay for my scrap habit. Thanks!

  23. Pink Scrapper

    Wonderful blog post Sarah! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  24. Jacque

    Awesome pics – awesome layouts!!!!

  25. Ashley Brown

    Great Layout! I love that new B-day Bash Paper. I can’t wait to try this sketch!

  26. sandyh50

    Love your layout and want to try this sketch! thanks for the chance to win some great product!

  27. love the sketch! Your ferris wheel pics are awesome! Wow…looks like so much fun!

  28. carrie

    Love your layout. So fun and happy!

  29. ashley

    such a fun and creative layout. I love how you used SO MUCH color!

  30. That is one fun and happy layout! Great sketch – can’t wait to work on it!

  31. Love your layout and sketch! And great pictures of Chicago!

  32. Cathy Wirt

    Wow looks like you had a great time in Chic’ago! I soo wanted to be there but it was not to be. 😦 Thanks for posting your pix and love your blog. Thanks for the chance for the i-rock too!! What a cool new tool! Love it.

  33. Candice

    Great layout! Love the photos of Chicago!

  34. Cait

    I am using that sketch on my next layout!!! LOVE IT.

  35. renee

    I love the irock! It’s on my wish list for sure! Love the photos you took and the LO’s you posted!

  36. Callista

    LOVE that first layout with the dotted paper! Love the colors! soo much fun! And look at all those great pictures! looks like a great time!

  37. Your shots from Chicago are amazing. Glad you had a great time! Love your BG layout. Can’t wait to see what else you have in store. Hugs.

  38. Michel E

    Great layout.

  39. Another giveaway? Oh boy…maybe I’ll get lucky this time…LOL! Thanks for all the cool sketch ideas!

  40. Whoa, great and fun layout you got there and nice pics from Chicago!

  41. Erika M

    Really like your take on the sketch and your pictures from CHA – thanks for sharing!

  42. Thanks for sharing your pics from CHA!! Love seeing everyone’s pics of all the fun they had at the show! Will definitely be using your sketch to make a layout, I love it!! Thanks also for the chance to win some Imaginisce goodies!

  43. Thus the name SweetTarts! πŸ˜‰

    And yeah, ummm, been on that Ferris Wheel and it gave me anxiety, too. But then again… I’m not so great with heights… 😦

    LOVE the new sketch & LO. May have to give that one a go!

  44. Veronica M.

    Great sketch and fun layout. Love the birthday bash line! Looks like you had fun at CHA.

  45. Lisa

    Love that sketch! I love circles & I never know how to incorporate them. Thanks for the inspiration!

  46. Love the sketch! I’ll definitely try this one out πŸ™‚

  47. Deb S Canuck

    What beautiful pictures, and it looks like you had so much fun!

  48. WOW!! I love the pics… I wish I could take pics like that!! I’m gonna blame it on my camera πŸ˜‰ I’m totally lovin these layouts too!! I’m definitely gonna try and play with that sketch!! And congrats to your winners… yay Becky!! I sooo cannot wait for next weekend… we’re super excited to take your class!! πŸ™‚

  49. I’ve already been by to visit the Imaginisce blog. Your sketch is great!
    There is no way that I would get on that Ferris Wheel! I’d be puking for sure! LOL!

  50. Cat

    I love the sketch. I haven’t made a scrapbook page in forever. I may have to try it out – I have some new camping pics that should be scrapped.

    And, the give-away. Count me in too please. πŸ™‚

  51. I love banana creme pie – yummy! And I’m definitely planning on using your sketch here, too =)

  52. Fantastic layout Sarah…so glad you had a great time at CHA!!!

  53. AWESOME sketch! That sundae looks SOO YUMMY!! My twins were born in March! LOVE the Chicago pics-I LOVE living in the Chicago area!

  54. Chris Aiton

    It looks like you had a fantastic time in Chicago – lots of inspiration, fun, food, and friends!!! As always, I love your happy colorful layouts and thanks for the chance to win. Have a great week creating!

  55. Vicki Wilson

    Great layouts and photos. Sounds like Chicago was fun.

  56. Lan

    Love the sky night photos. Wonderful sketch layout.

  57. Saw your layout over at the Imaginesce blog. Just gorgeous!!

  58. ooh, I love the pics of the ferris wheel and the city scene! Glad y’all had a good time at CHA! One of these years I wanna go – love the new sketch and of course all your layouts totally rock! πŸ˜‰

  59. Cindy

    I love that sketch!

    Count me in on the giveaway.



  60. Janie Boots

    Love the layouts Sarah and look how pretty you are.. Hugs

  61. Lisa D(pdrnc)

    LOVE your sketch and your LO is amazing. Great pics of Chicago.

  62. jennifer hamilton

    Love your LO!! CHA looks like so much fun!!

  63. Lisa Watson

    Love the sketch and your lo is awesome!! Looks like you had a great time in Chicago!

  64. I love all your pics from Chicago! I wish I had taken the time to get creative with my camera!

  65. Julie Tucker-Wolek

    hello missssssssssssss pop-u-lar…lol :):):):):) one… i love your work…amen… two… i am proud of you for doing the ferris wheel…me=neverinamillionyearsamen… πŸ™‚ and three…goodbye missssssssssssssssssssss pop-u-lar…i love u :):):):):):):):):):):):):) and ohhhhhhhhh one more thing… lol lol lol… MN can not be boring for… one.. it has ‘mall of americas’ there… and ummmmmmmmmmmm michelle lr lives there… soooo any place that has someone that creative living there can’t be boring… lol lol lol :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  66. I’m so glad you enjoyed the city and was brave to ride the ferris wheel. Navy Pier is one of my all time favorite places to go.

    Awesome layouts, I just love your style! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies πŸ™‚

  67. Pamk

    Congrats to the winners. And those were amazing pictures from the ferris wheel. As much as I hate heights i’d have to have done that too. Sometimes we just push through our fears and do it.

  68. Kat

    all your pics looks so fun…i really love the ones of the ferris wheel.

    thanks for all your recent giveaways πŸ™‚

  69. Love your layout. Looks like you have a sweet tooth like me :)) Love all your layouts using Imaginese. You are so lucky to be able to be design with such sweet paper πŸ™‚

  70. Kendra K

    I love your ‘the boys’ layout!

  71. Karen Keiper

    love your sketch. cha look like a lot of fun. i went to my first show in sydney this year and had a blast. if i get to go again, i am going to book in to as many classes as i can. being fairly new to all of this i loved the tips you get at the classes!oh and pick me to win!! :-}

  72. Yay…a new Sarah sketch! I just got back from a week of travels myself, but when I get rested up, I’m totally making a page with this one πŸ™‚

  73. great sketch! and layout too!
    yummmy i’d love to win some Imaginisce goodies!!
    CHA looked liked so much FUN!!!!!


  74. wow, I didn’t think I was ever going to get to the bottom of all the comments. I’m so excited I won even if I don’t know what I won!! Love the sketch and your layouts!! That Ferris wheel is HUGE, it’s scary. We’re excited to finally get to meet you next weekend and take your class. πŸ™‚

  75. TracyM

    Fun CHA photos – CHA must have been awesome!

    Congrats on being this month’s sketch designer – love the page you have made using it!!!

    Thankyou for the chance to win πŸ™‚

  76. Jenni

    I love your adorable flower embellishments! I love that the Birthday Bash line can be used for all ages. Thanks for the sketch πŸ™‚

  77. Sarah, love this layout! Birthday Bash is one of my favorite collections-love the colors. Can’t wait to use your sketch for a card!

  78. Mustangkayla

    Wow…lots in this post! Firstoff, great sketch and layout! Great pictures from CHA! Looks like you had a great time!

  79. Kathy

    Oh my goodness, this sketch is fabulous, and love what you did with it! Your pages here are great. And I have so been wanting to go to Chicago, and those amazing pictures are now making me drool to visit the Windy City! Thanks for sharing!

  80. love the sketch, the layout is wonderful and great photos

  81. conniemelancon

    great sketch and LO! Thanks for sharing the pictures of CHA.

  82. Great take on the sketch! Looks like CHA was super fun too. πŸ™‚

  83. this sketch looks so great!!

  84. HollyB

    Cute layout and great sketch! I love the paper flowers on it.

  85. Janet

    Your photos are awesome! Love your layouts too!

  86. Hanneke

    Glad your back save and sound and to see youhad such a great time!! Love the pics and how cool is that ferriswheel!!! Love your LO’s!!!
    Hugs, Hanneke

  87. Sherry

    Looks like you had fun and love the sketch!!!

  88. Great sketch, Sarah! I loved your Chicago pictures – those shots looking up through the ferris wheel were something else! I used to ride them, but not anymore!

  89. love the sketch and layout. Beautiful

  90. Whoa!! Those are seriously beautiful layouts you have created! Love all the photos of you at CHA & what fun to be able to meet blogger friends & also talented scrappers from everywhere πŸ™‚

  91. Chilibones

    Cool pics of the ferris wheel I am going to try it out next time. Mine will probably blurry but i am ok with that πŸ™‚

  92. Nadine

    Love all the beautiful pics of Chicago. Thanks so much for sharing.

  93. I LOVE your pictures, Sarah!! Specially the ones with you and Deana!! You must have had a GREAT time together!!


  94. Khristen

    What a great sketch, I just love it and plan to play with it later today πŸ™‚

  95. KellyG

    Great sketch, love what you did with it! Love your photos from Chicago, looks like you had fun at CHA!

  96. Melissa D.

    Love your sketch! Love the pics from CHA too. I went to the Supershow and had a ball! Thanks for the inspiration.

  97. Melanie C

    Great layouts! I want that dessert!

  98. GrannyCharlotte

    Great layout using the sketch. Love the polka-dots and colors. TFS.
    Great pics from CHA. Looks like ya’ll had a blast!! πŸ™‚

  99. serena

    great CHA photos

  100. stephanie

    Love your l/o and your pix of Chicago

  101. Good for you, because I totally don’t think I could have done that. Ever. Love your pics, and I’m glad you had a great time!

    Sigh. I’ll get caught up on commenting someday. LOL

  102. Iris Soscia

    Looks like you had a lot of fun at CHA. That Ferris wheel is awesome. Iris

  103. Sandi

    Thanks for sharing CHA with us. Great sketch and layout!!

  104. Hi Sarah, love the sketch and will be linking up a layout. Your pictures of Chicago are amazing! Glad you had fun and “stretched” yourself a little bit with the ferris wheel ride!

  105. Treasa C

    Fabulous layout and all of your photos from CHA!

  106. love the layout–great sketch cant wait to use it!

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