Guest Post: Single-Photo Sketch

Please welcome back guest blogger Valerie Salmon with another inspiring page sketch!

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.

Designer’s Notes:

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.


“Sweet Cheeks”

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.

Designer’s Notes:

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.


“Her Smile”

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.

Designer’s Notes:

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.


You Glow”

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.

Designer’s Notes:

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.

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

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:

A new workshop begins on March 21. If you love Got Sketch sketches, want consistent inspiration, join this 8-week workshop session and get your creativity kick-started one sketch at a time.  Unlike the fast-paced Got Sketch workshops in the past, this one will run and remain active for 8 straight weeks.
Enjoy it all in a private classroom forum, complete with a gallery for project sharing and exchanging feedback with your classmates.  Based on the popular Got Sketch blog, this workshop is just what you need to get your crafty groove on!
The program starts on Monday, March 21.
Read all the details on the Club Got Sketch Information Page.

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2 Responses to “Guest Post: Single-Photo Sketch”

  1. Love Valerie’s sketches and this one is a keeper! Beautiful los, Ladies!

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