sketch it out...

On Sunday over at Chic Tags, Carol posted the Sunday Sketch It Out sketch challenge. A couple of us girls took to the challenge ourselves and posted a couple of takes on her sketch.

carol monson for chic tags

Today I wanted to share what I did with her idea...cause like my girlies (see yesterday's post), I love me a good sketch too...

jamie pate for chic tags

For her sketch I grabbed an old photo from my stash of un-documented photos. (Do you have a stash of photos like that?) This one goes back to 2012. But it is one of my all time favorite photos of all these guys, my kiddos and their cousins, celebrating that baby's second birthday. I love this photo as it represents a simpler time for us all. Now that those older ones are, well, older...we are not together as a big family as we once use to be...so I relish this memory right here.

School House Lessons was used as the base of my layout. Then I chose other monogram patterns like Good Tidings Peppermint and Happy Place Bliss as a base for the photo. I love to mix these collections up. Then a few tags were used around the photo to add pops of color as well as words and places for stamped images...

...like the Good Tidings Photo Topper...

...plus a Happy Place Phrases tag, a Mini Tag (picture perfect), a Mini Icon (heart with house...so cute), plus a Frame Tag to be home to my title.

Keeping it simple with a monochromatic palette made for a great base for this layout. The pops of color added fun interest. The hidden journaling allowed plenty of room to share my thoughts. And it makes me happy to have this 'older' photo documented and remembered.

Hope you enjoyed Carol's sketch and are able to play along too. Join the sketch challenge and and be entered to win a fun Chic Tag grab bag. Details here.


  1. This one is a stunner Jamie, who would have thought grey , white and red could look so fabulous !

  2. I love this! You rocked that sketch and I really adore the great photo and the color combo you chose :) xo

  3. I love this Jamie. The grey is such a great neutral. Looks good with most any color.