There are times when you have one brilliant photo that says it all. Or perhaps, one photo is all you have of an event. This latest sketch is a quick formula to highlight that favorite photo.
With the layout examples provided below, each contributor varied the use of the sketch to fit their scrapbooking style. Let the sketch be the springboard to begin your creative process, then allow your photos and journaling dictate the rest. Use two photos or more, if you wish!
“Life is Good”
Designed by Valerie Salmon
SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye (green/red), Pink Paislee (red/ivory). Title die cut, journaling strip: My Mind’s Eye. Flowers: Prima Marketing, Inc. (satin); American Crafts (chipboard & rosette); Creative Imaginations (jeweled stickers); Sassafras (orange canvas). Corner rounder: Fiskars.
I followed the elements of the sketch almost exactly and used a 5×7″ photo. I allowed a gap in between the patterned paper strips just to break them up slightly. Adding a variety of flower textures really adds some “oomph” to the page and helps bring all the elements together.
Designed by Kimberly Neddo
SOURCES Cardstock: Bazill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, stickers, die cuts: Sassafras. Font: My Type of Font off the Internet. Adhesive: SEI.
To keep a layout simple, yet pop, I like to add dimension to my pages with pop dots and inking around the edges of the paper, as well as the photograph. The foldies from Sassafras are my new favorite item, because they add dimension with a quick fold.
Designed by AnnaMarie Mondro
SOURCES Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye, Jillibean Soup. Alphas: American Crafts, Doodlebug Design. Flowers, page pebbles: Prima Marketing, Inc. Buttons, fabric brad: Basic Grey. Stickers, tickets: My Mind’s Eye. Punches: Fiskars. Marker: Bic Mark-it.
One of the things I love most about Valerie’s sketches is how easily I can adapt them to my scrappy style while still remaining pretty true to the original design! Here, I substituted two 4×6″ vertical photos in place of the larger 6×8″ photo displayed in the original sketch. Because of the scalloped paper background and the bright happy colors of my photos, I went for a more playful feel and strayed from the linear lines of the sketch by tilting and adding space between the photos, title, and strips of patterned paper, as well as using corner rounder, scallop and lace punches randomly throughout the page.
Designed by Virginia Wong
SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Papertrey Ink. Patterned paper: October Afternoon. Font: Breathe off the Internet. Die, stamps: Papertrey Ink. Ink: Papertrey Ink (chamomile), Stampin’ Up! (celery). Ribbon: Vandoros. Punch: Marvy Uchida . Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts.
Wherever possible, I use simple techniques to spice up elements of my layout. To create the striped “block” of pattern paper, I included the pattern paper borders. The decorative edges of the borders add texture to my layout. As well, I love mixing and matching the various cardstock stickers—the flower head and insect stickers creates an adorable vignette with the vine. Even the various-sized printed circles can be re-tooled as flower centers. With the odd sized scraps of paper, create whimsical accents such as clouds or die cut a pattern paper flower. Use a pen to outline the clouds or wrap the flower petals around the pen to create added dimension.
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Speaking of Got Sketch?, Valerie is starting a new workshop on March 21! Since there are so many sketch-lovers who read this blog, we thought we’d include information about the class below, just in case you’re interested in taking part! Here’s the info from Valerie:
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