Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Scrap Africa's Challenge # 19 - Patchwork Effect!

Hi Everyone!

Happy Tuesday!  I can't believe that I actually have time to make a scrapbook page just for so!  I am absolutely loving having some time off and not having to worry about going in to work for a couple of weeks! Yay!

I have been meaning to scrap a page for my niece, Sarah, about her 13th birthday this year.  We had such a wonderful time celebrating it with her, but I just have not found the time to make her a scrapbook page!  Having this week off gave me the perfect time to complete it.  I am so happy that I came across a wonderful "Patchwork Effect" challenge at Scrap Africa, and wanted to participate in it as I made Sarah's layout.

My beautiful niece, Sarah's, birthday falls on May 5 each year: Cinco de Mayo!

 . . . and the Kentucky Derby always takes place on the Saturday of her birthday weekend!

For the past few years, we have watched the Kentucky Derby, and made it a part of the celebration for Sarah's birthday!  This year was no exception.  Here are some of the pictures that I took at her party so you can see what I mean:

The newspaper article with each horse's odds:

We are all decked out in hats brought by grandmothers, Nancy and Regina:

And they're off:

Nancy and Anne both picked the winning horse and won the "pot" that we each put a dollar in.

Sarah wanted cupcakes this year for her13th birthday:

And she had her nails done and received an extra special gift from her parents - her beautiful ring:

Here are Anne, Katie, Sarah, and Michael:

And a very special picture of the beautiful 13 year old birthday girl:

I just love Sarah so much, and wanted to make her a special layout for her 13th birthday.  I actually found a wonderful challenge at Scrap Africa!   

 Challenge #19 is all about using a patchwork effect somewhere on your page.  I decided to take part in the Scrap Africa challenge because it really inspired me.   Also, I received an amazing RAK from Nancy (check out her blog here!) for winning a blog hop!  I used some of my winnings for this layout!  Thanks so much, Nancy!!!!!

Here is my finished page:

I used one of my favorite sketches from Becky Fleck's book "PageMaps2" for my page. Here is the sketch that you can find on page 117 of the book:


And here are some close-ups of my layout:


Thank you, Scrap Africa, for the inspiration to make my page today!  I am so happy that I got the chance to participate in your challenge!

And thank YOU, for stopping by and visiting my blog today!  I hope you enjoyed seeing Sarah's birthday celebration!

Have a great rest-of-your Tuesday!  I just saw the royal baby for the first time, and I must say, seeing them so happy brought joyful tears to my eyes.


  1. Awesome layout! That sounds like such a fun party.

  2. You took so cheerful and beautiful pictures! They look great!

  3. I love the patchwork effect- reminds me of a quilt!
    Nice job!

  4. Sounds like an unforgettable birthday for your niece! Thanks for sharing the story and the pictures. The photo of the lucky winners with their dollars is really fabulous!
    Your layout is beautiful as well. I really like the sketch you used. Hope I have time to play in the patchwork challenge, too!

  5. Sharon, your layout is beautiful. Thank you for sharing Sarah's birthday celebrations with us and thank you for taking the time to play along with Scrap Africa.

  6. I agree! What a gorgeous layout and birthday post! My nephew also shares her birthday - but I LOVE your idea of including the races! The hats make it ;)
    And I wanted to say a special thank you to YOU and all you did this year for the SOC. I want you to know that I saw all of your lovely comments to everyone during the event and that you are really a girl after my own heart! Your kindness and support were very evident and really made me smile each time I saw you.
    Thank you thank you - I hope to have you join again next year and look forward to keeping in touch until then.
    Kristin xoxo


  7. Hi Sharon;
    Loving look at the photos of his niece, is thirteen when everything is so wonderful, it's still a long road lies ahead to look.
    I love your page color pink and more sewing, she sure loved this :)
    XX and good rest of the week.

  8. Oh yes I am over the moon for the royal couple and I do wish them all the very best for their precious little prince!! Love the layout, the banner is perfect across the top of your page and gorgeous photo too.. sounds like a fun day and I love the hats!!

  9. Oh wow your layout is sensational!!!

  10. WOW, you really are on a crafty roll, so nice to see another post from you this week. So glad your enjoying the time off.

    LOVE LOVE this layout, what a great sketch to use, the sewing is lovely and love the banner. I like the colors you used for this, soft and pretty.
    What a fun tradition for your nieces birthday, which is also on my oldest daughters birthday. How fun to wear those hats and celebrate the day. HOORAY for the winners, so cute!
    Thanks for sharing this with us! Have a great rest of your week and more crafting time!

  11. Super page Sharon.....love that patchwork, sewing and super photo! Beautifully done! Love the photo of you all with your hats for the Kentucky Derby too! I love a fancy hat!! Thanks so much for sharing your super page with us at Scrap Africa! ;-)

  12. I really love all of the stitching on your page and you did an amazing job with using the RAK that Nancy sent you. Sarah's birthday looks like a wonderful time. I love the Kentucky Derby photos too.

  13. Love your Derby Day tradition and your wonderful Scrap page. Cute little girl. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  14. Awwww...such a sweet page about your niece. It's soooooo pretty Sharon!

    Gotta say I love the pic of everyone in hats! Can't wait for you to scrap that one!

  15. it is just such a gorgeous layout of such a very special event :-D Glad we could inspire you to use the patchwork on this special layout ;-) Thank you for joining in the fun at Scrap Africa!

  16. What a wonderful tradition, and I agree- I love the hats! Your page is so gorgeous, Sharon! Perfect pps, sewing, and patchwork! Love, love, love it!

  17. What a great time and pictures you had. Bet she loves the layout. She is a doll!

  18. How wonderful to have such fun and create special memories!!! Thank you for using a Scrap Africa challenge to document this special birthday!

  19. Excellent page, great job on the patch work. thank you for joining us at Scrap africa. channa


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