Studio Calico Sunday sketch

Life has been really busy lately as I prepare to head off again, this time to Canada for a bit of family time. I did manage to find some time to work with Studio Calico’s Sunday sketch this week as a way to get a much needed mojo boost. When I have a few project deadlines coming up and feeling a bit low on creativity it really helps me to find inspiration in a sketch or a challenge and create a layout just for myself to get that spark going. It really seems to have done the trick this time and the projects are just rolling off my scrap table! I can’t wait to share them all with you. As for the Sunday sketch I ended up creating 2 layouts with it.

This week I have been working on actually sorting and putting all my layouts into albums and have been inspired to start filling in gaps in my stories. This one I created as a title page for “Our Love Story” album V.01, the album starts with the very first photo of Luke and I together and I intend to document the story of how we first met. It will continue on through the special times in our relationships into our engagement and wedding etc. I thought it would be fun to use a photo of us both at the same age (not the same year). I used the Studio Calico Valley High kit scrapbooking and Project Life kit for the majority of it. Although I was inspired by the sketch, I think I was mostly influenced by¬†Ania Maria Wolniak‘s original layout.

I am excited how this one came together. I ran out of ink to print photos and so was stuck digging through my photo shoebox for things to scrap.. ( I really need to do that more often!) I found this photo of Scoutie ¬†during her first days with us. I had been hoarding this photo for a while because I didn’t want to do a bad job of scrapping it. I am really happy with how it turned out!

Everything Here is Wonderful Created by Jen Ritchie with Studio Calico Marks & Co. Kit

I loved this wee piece of stitched heart paper from Amy Tan’s new line Cut & Paste but I thought it needed to be more 3D so I used it as a guideline and stitched over top. For the “hello” I cut it out in a font I liked with my silhouette first, stuck it on my page and poked holes through it. Once it was all punched I lifted the cut away to reveal my stitching holes and went to it. Luke says he really loves my stitching on my layouts and I should do it more often… I tend to agree!

Thanks for looking!


  1. I love both of these pages Jen! What a fab idea, to use photos of the both of you around the same age. Love that this is the start to what sounds like an awesome album. ALSO, adore this layout of Scoutie! It’s simple and sweet and fabulous!

  2. Great Job Jen! Love the stitching work. It gives me some ideas to get started on more projects.

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