Technique Blog Hop ~ Music to the Eyes

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!


This month there are 16 consultants featuring the technique ~ Music to the Eyes.  This technique is featured on page 34 of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  Have you ever just taken a pen and sketched or outlined something?  Well why not incorporate this into your layouts or cards?   It seems to be the trendy thing these days and I have to admit I am beginning to jump on the movement.  It is really fun to take your journaling pen and add a little accent here and there to draw your eye to features.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you are coming from HALEY DYER’S Blog, you are on the right track!

I designed a layout using Hopscotch (I told you I love this paper pack 🙂 ). I used several solid cardstock colors and used my journalling pen to add some interest to the cardstock.

Technique hop ~ Hopscotch ~ Catscrapbooking.comI love this photo of my son when he was just a year old, his expression is priceless.  You can see where I used my journaling pen – around the blue cardstock, the journaling box and on the letters.  Here is a close up.

Technique hop ~ Hopscotch detail ~ Catscrapbooking.comThe cool thing about this technique is you don’t have to be able to draw straight lines!!! It is actually more fun if you wiggle your pen a bit.  There are so many ways you can do this doodling with adding breaks like I did with the three dots or no breaks.  You can use hatch marks or zig-zags the possibles are limitless.  I wanted to mention on the banner I created my own random stamped paper as I wanted to use second generation stamping rather than the boldness of the pattern paper.

Items used to complete this layout:

  • Paper Pack ~ Hopscotch X7194B
  • Embelishments ~ Hopscotch Complements X7194C and Extra Thick Flaxen Twine Z3035
  • Cardstock ~ Indian Corn Blue, Colonial White, Sunset, and Flaxen
  • Inks ~ Indian Corn Blue, Flaxen, Glaicier, and Sunset
  • Journaling pen ~ Marvey Uchida LePen Z1979
  • Stamp Sets~ A Happy Hello S1502 (Feb Stamp of the Month) and Thanks a Bunch C1603
  • Cricut ~ Art Philosophy pg 49

Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto DARLYS RECKER’S Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!




Here is the full list of participants in case you get lost along the way.

  1. Sheila Bennett
  2. Wendy Kessler
  3. Michelle Loncar
  4. Melissa Robinson
  5. Debi Barber
  6. Belinda McLane
  7. Di Crawford
  8. Haley Dyer
  9. Catherine Nowak ~ You are here
  10. Darlys Recker
  11. Tonya Whitehurst
  12. Melissa David
  13. Judy Faye Garner
  14. Denise Elliott
  15. Lisa Plummer


  1. How precious! I love your layout.

  2. Darlys Recker says

    Adorable! love the layout and doodle lines.

  3. LOVE LOVE LOVE the accents with the pen!! You stamped the background of the pennants too huh? LOVE!!

  4. Michelle Loncar says

    Adorable! Can’t help but smile. I love the doddle lines and the accents on the letters. Great layout.

  5. The doodle lines are wonderful — I am going to have to try these!!!!

  6. Melissa Robinson says

    I don’t know if I love the photos/layout more than your use of the journaling pen or not! LOL All are adorable!

  7. Your baby is so precious! The layout is so cute too. I love your lines and I agree about how the lines are just just as cute (cuter!) if they are not straight.

  8. Judy Faye Garner says

    What a darning layout and will bring smiles in years to come.

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