Altenew Sketch Challenge #1

by Ashley Horton

March 2017 Altenew Layout Sketch Challenge. By @ahorton, Halftone Circles Stamp Set - @Altenew

Hi everyone!  It's Ashley, and I am so excited to be hosting the first Sketch Challenge! The Sketch and color scheme is based on one of my recent layouts found HERE.  I wanted to create a fun technique using the Halftone Circles stamp set and hand stitching.  Circles are one of my favorite shapes to use on a layout, so I love the flow of the smaller and larger circle shapes from the stamp set.

Here's a look at my original layout!

March 2017 Altenew Layout Sketch Challenge. By @ahorton, Halftone Circles Stamp Set - @Altenew

On my new layout, I thought it would be fun to use a different shape, so I went with flowers!  You can never go wrong with flowers!!  I die cut a few flower shapes from several of the patterned papers in the Reflection Scrapbook Collection.  Then I machine stitched around each one and placed them around my photo, like I did on the original layout.  I also stamped a small flower from the Adore You Stamp Set, to add to the center of each of the larger die cut flowers.

March 2017 Altenew Layout Sketch Challenge. By @ahorton, Halftone Circles Stamp Set - @Altenew

Since I created a Black title on my original layout, I decided to go with the opposite for this layout…White!  I used the Super Script die set to cut the words “Capture Today” on my BigShot, and machine stitched through the words once I had them layered over my photo.

March 2017 Altenew Layout Sketch Challenge. By @ahorton, Halftone Circles Stamp Set - @Altenew

The finishing touches on the layout were some of the wood veneers and chipboard pieces from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection.  I wanted to keep them in the same area as the embellishments from the original layout.

March 2017 Altenew Layout Sketch Challenge. By @ahorton, Halftone Circles Stamp Set - @Altenew

I hope you've been inspired by my original layout and new layout, to play along with our Sketch Challenge #1!  I can't wait to see what you create!!

Play Along:

Make a scrapbook layout, a documenter spread, a notebook pocket spread or any other project based on the sketch above. You may use either the colors, the composition, the elements, the texture or any combination to create your project.


  • Altenew products should be the focus, but other companies’ products can be used.
  • Make sure to use our challenge image above on your blog post.
  • Include a link back to the Altenew Sketch Challenge post.
  • When uploading your project, make sure you link your entry post, not your entire blog.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish!
  • Challenge ends on Monday, April 17th at 11:55 pm EST.


After the challenge closes, FOUR WINNERS will be selected. Each will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at www.altenew.comWinners will be announced on Sunday, April 23, 2017. 

There is more! If you use #AltenewSketch when you share your challenge entry on social media, you are entered to win a $15 gift certificate to our online store.

Please click on the button below to link your challenge entries. We can not wait to see your projects.

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Vicki Finger March 10, 2017 - 11:34 am

I am so excited that you are doing more challenges!

Ashley Horton March 11, 2017 - 11:01 am

Hope you’ll play along Vicki!!

Tammy B March 10, 2017 - 3:35 pm

What a great sketch and a really lovely layout! I really need to invest in some Altenew products – I’m loving the scrapbook kit!

Ashley Horton March 11, 2017 - 11:01 am

Thank you Tammy! You would definitely love the Reflection Scrapbook Collection!

janet March 11, 2017 - 10:24 am

Beautiful 🙂 Love sketches, they really “jumpstart” creativity!

Ashley Horton March 11, 2017 - 11:02 am

I agree Janet! Hope you’ll give the sketch a try!

Sandy Hentzel April 14, 2017 - 10:26 pm

You have inspired me to get out the pictures. I havent done a layout in a loooong time. Thanks!

Liz O April 22, 2017 - 12:41 am

Love the sketch and color combo as well as the gorgeous inspiration! Cannot wait to get more Altenew sets to keep on creating! Thanks for all you share!

Tara Prince May 17, 2017 - 8:19 am

Great sketch!


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