It’s a wonderful life

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This has been one-page layout week on Sketch Support, and today my project is live! Please head over to grab the sketch so you can use it in your own crafting, and while you’re there I would love it if you would leave a quick comment for me. :-)

Here is a look at the one-page layout I made.


Our darling Oliver loves Christmas decorations and wrapping paper, just like me!

Our cat, Oliver, is fascinated by everything about Christmas! He loves to be around the tree and in among the presents and wrapping paper. I started with the photo of him camped out in front of the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a wonderful life,” which I obviously stole to use as my title. Then I found a few other darling shots of him in full holiday mode to complete the concept.

I followed the sketch pretty closely, but I did make a few adjustments:

  • Rather than making the two background pieces 7 inches deep as stated in the instructions, I made mine 7.25 inches deep because I knew I wanted to add the tree at the bottom, and I wanted to ensure that it would overlap the other pieces.
  • I moved up the background pieces an inch so that the mistletoe wouldn’t have to “hang” too far from the top and the tree would have enough room.
  • Obviously the Christmas tree at the bottom isn’t in the sketch!
  • I replaced the trailing leaf elements with the mistletoe and made it hang from the top of the layout instead of the top of the patterned paper. I crocheted my hanger instead of stitching it.
  • I went with two rows of Christmas ribbon beneath the photos in place of the strips of patterned paper. It fit my theme better, plus I wanted to echo the ribbon from the bow on the mistletoe.
  • I also left out the little word sticker elements at the left and right of the page. I figured that my page was busy enough without them!

Here’s a close-up of part of the title area. I don’t think it shows up well, but the word “wonderful” is glittered.


I cut the mistletoe element and the title on my Silhouette.

I have so enjoyed being the guest designer this month and working with Sketch Support’s fabulous sketches. A big thank you to Allison and her great design team!

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  1. Congrats on the guest design on Sketch Support!! I LOVE this page and your take on the sketch!!!! Thanks for your sweet comments about my layout!! Hugs, Katrina

  2. OH and I forgot to say…I am waiting (impatiently) for my Cameo to arrive!!!! LOL

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo says:

      Thanks so much for your kind comment, Katrina! And I’m so happy for you that you’re getting a Cameo! That will be such fun to use. Enjoy it!

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