Gossamer Blue

August Sketch Challenge


Good morning everyone! It’s the 29th of the month and you know what that means…time for the sketch challenge!

Here’s the August sketch:

August Sketch via @gossamerbluekit #sketch #scrapbooking

We asked subscriber Kiyomi Kumagai to join us this month and here’s what she came up with:

Kiyomi Kumagai for @gossamerbluekit

Aren’t those vellum stitched arrows to die for? Love this, Kiyomi!

Joining Kiyomi this month is design team member Naomi Atkins.  Let’s take a look at Naomi’s contribution.


Naomi Atkins for @gossamerbluekit

Naomi says:I decided to vary the sketch just a bit as I was putting it together. I decided to cut the arrow design out of my background paper. I backed each of the three sections with a different piece of patterned paper.  Beginning a layout with a sketch always really helps me get started. I really like to do this when I’m tired, and not feeling especially creative. Although my finished layout often looks a bit different than the beginning sketch, it can really help me get started, and get the creativity flowing!

All of the products used are from the August Main Kit.

I left some of the cut pieces in for a bit of visual interested.  Some of the pieces I pulled out and spritzed them with Colored mists, and then adhered with pop dots.

I then added my photo, which I didn’t like completely placed over the arrows, so I moved it to the left a bit.  I attached my title on the right side of the photo with stickers.


Okay. It’s YOUR TURN!

Show us your take on the  August sketch by sharing it in the Gossamer Blue Sketch Challenge Gallery. We will announce a winner with the next Sketch Challenge on September 29 ! The prize will be a $10 Gift Card to Gossamer Blue.

Have FUN!



And…the July winner is Iam! 




July Album Challenge Winners


One of the benefits of joining our club is the opportunity to earn a free album. We call this the Album Challenge. To earn a free album, members simply create 4 layouts/spreads with the Main and/or Life Pages kits and upload those layouts/spreads to either our Flickr Gallery or our Member Gallery. If a member has taken the challenge and does this for 5 consecutive months, then in their 6th month they will be shipped an album free of charge. Not only will the member have 20 fantastic layouts/spreads to enjoy in a brand new album, they will feel great about using up their kits.

We are excited to congratulate the following members who are working hard each month to earn their albums. Please help us congratulate the following wonderful members on jobs well done!


Congratulations to Kirby Hall, Roxanne Humenik and Lisette Madsen for earning albums!  Thank you for creating with our kits and for consistently helping to inspire our community!

We are grateful to all of our members for taking on challenges, for posting in our Member gallery or our Flickr gallery and for supporting other members with your kind comments.

The August album challenge is in full swing. Members have until September 14th to post 4 layouts using the August kits.

Layout to Card with Melanie

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Hello Gossamer Blue fans! It’s Melanie Blackburn here today with a blog post as the August Guest Designer. I’m so happy to be sharing a couple more projects I created with the wonderful August kits!!

I think it’s safe to say that when we create layouts we are left with a lot of scraps of papers and random embellishments. Today I will show you a layout to card method, the design of my card will be inspired by the design of my layout. This is a great to use up those scraps and create a quick card.

When I created this layout I didn’t have a set design in mind, I simply used items that complimented my picture and conveyed the fun and bright sunny theme of the picture. Consequently this approach influenced the vertical design of my card. I used the Heidi Swapp tag for the journaling and I immediately knew that this item would greatly influence the design of my card.

Mel Blackburn for @gossamerbluekit
As you can see this card has similar items as the layout; the Heidi Swapp yellow tag, stars, colour scheme and a vertical design. I layered the tags and embellishments and added a string of stars for a touch of whimsy. The layout was obviously the inspiration for creating this card.

Mel Blackburn for @gossamerbluekit
When I use this method I find that the time to create a card is significantly reduced because the design and products have already been selected. I hope that you are now inspired to use the layout to card design method next time you will be crafting. Happy scrapping!