Guest Post: Using Sketches

Welcome to our weekly guest blog post! This week, former Creative Team member and frequent contributor Valerie Salmon will share a sketch and different ways to use it. Check back next month for another sketch from Valerie, or visit her site for more inspiration.

Who doesn’t fancy a good scrapbook sketch?

I love them.  They make a scrapbooker’s life so much easier, don’t they?  I know many of you will agree.  These little blueprints take the guesswork out of creating sharp-looking layouts.  Gone are the hours spent shuffling photos and embellishments, trying to figure out the best placement for everything!   The bottom line is:  Sketches save time.

One sketch = multiple uses.  There are countless ways to alter it to fit your photo needs.  With each simple rotation or a flip, you can easily turn it into a different sketch to interpret.  This comes in handy when you want to accommodate horizontal photos instead of vertical pics on the sketch.

Whether you already have a collection of sketch printouts or just starting out, they are ready when you have some time to create.  There’s no easier way to get a jump start on your layout!

Each month, I will introduce a brand new sketch on the Scrapbooks etc. blog to help spark some inspiration and get your creative wheels spinning.  Some of my fellow Scrapbooks etc. designers and I will share our layouts and show you a few ways to interpret the same sketch.

Original Sketch

Generally, sketches work as a starting point.  You may find that while working on your layout you have to make some slight changes to make the design work with your photos and page elements.  My sketch motto:  Make the sketch work for you—not the other way around.

In my example below, although I followed the photo sizes on the sketch, I chose a bolder alphabet for my title which left me little room for journaling strips.  I adapted by opting for block journaling which takes up less space.  I also resized my accents to work with the available areas on the layout.  The beauty of a sketch is that it allows you the flexibility to move and change things around to get the look you want.  Feel free to tweak to your heart’s content and make it your own.

Layout by Valerie Salmon | Got Sketch? blog

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.  Patterned paper:  Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Punches:  EK Success (border, circle), Fiskars (scallop circle).  Dies:  Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.


Rotated Sketch

{Rotated once, clockwise}

I like the way Lisa Storms used strips of patterned paper in her layout below, instead of the solid block of paper in the sketch.  She has made it her own by framing the whole layout with floral patterned paper and using a delicate frilly trim (in place of a scalloped border) to mimic her daughter’s soft tutu skirt.

Layout by Lisa Storms

SOURCES  Cardstock: Worldwin Papers. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (orange), Heidi Grace Designs (pink floral), KI Memories (teal), My Mind’s Eye (cream floral, green, yellow). Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers, ribbon: American Crafts. Flowers: Prima Marketing, Inc.


Flipped Sketch

{Flipped horizontally}

The touches of stitching and the felt swirly trim give Mellette Berezoski’s layout a cozy feel.  The machine-stitching frames the photos, keeping the focus on them.  She also arranged the accents to suit her layout, making this an eye-catching page.

Layout by Mellette Berezoski

SOURCES  Cardstock: BoBunny Press (brown dot, blue solid), Sassafras (blue with white filigree). Font: Bookman Old Style. Rub-ons: Anna Griffin (“style,” flower), Fancy Pants Designs (title letters). Felt border: Queen & Co.  Flower: Die Cuts With A View. Photo turns: 7Gypsies. Brads: Making Memories.


So, gather your photos, supplies, and try this sketch out!  You’ll be amazed at how quickly everything will come together.

We’ll see you next month with a new sketch to inspire you.

Happy scrapping!

Visit Valerie’s sketch blog, Got Sketch?, for 100+ sketches ideas and classes!

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