For the PageMaps sketch below I did change up quite a bit, but hopefully the original sketch is still pretty obviously my inspiration. Instead of a large vertical photo, I added an additional patterned paper. I switched the title and the date spots and used a sun as the circle the title sits on. Instead of having a strip of 3 photos, I used one square photo and repeated the block with 2 additional tree elements. I used a flower cluster and a flamingo (this pic was taken during our Orlando vacation a few years ago, so I wanted to sneak in a touch of Florida somewhere) in place of the circle cluster and cupcake. Everyone I talk to that is not a fan of sketches, has the same complaint...."it's just too confining!" Hopefully this fuels your creative jet just enough to try a sketch if you've been iffy about them in the past. :)
I also have to ooooze love about this new paper stack. Michaels has them all on sale for $9.99 this week, and even though my Joanns sells the DCWV for that price nearly weekly, I thought I'd pop in to see if they have any variety I can't find elsewhere. Enter DCWV-The Playtime stack. You HAVE to go looking for this stack...it is the most amazing find I've come across in a looong time! And since it was such worthy paper, I decided to use up my best flowers on the layout. These colors I am running dangerously low on and had been hording them for the right project. I so love my Prima flowers!!! In fact they are probably my favorite thing EVER to add to a project. So this project is particularly fitting for The Paper Variety's blogoversary celebration...day 5!