Valerie’s Back with a New Sketch!

We’ve got another fun sketch for you!  This one features two photos and a variety of circle shapes, which can utilize patterned paper scraps.  As you will see in the following examples below, there are many ways to mix this sketch up to show you how flexible and adaptable this design is to fit your scrapbooking needs.

Designed by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch?

It’s hard to believe the scrapbook layouts below are based on the same sketch!  See how each designer made it her own, personalizing the page by changing up the number/sizes of photos, moving elements around, and even changing the circles for another repeating shape.

“Kiwi loves Ian”

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock:  Bazzill.  Patterned Papers:  DCWV, Basic Grey, Crate Paper.  Chipboard shapes:  American Crafts.  Foam Alphabet:  American Crafts.  Circle punch:  Fiskars, EK Success.  Heart punch:  Marvy Uchida.  Computer font:  Cambria.  Other:  foam adhesive.

Designer’s Notes:  

I altered my layout to fit my photos.  I used 2″ circles and added 2 additional circles to make it work.  Instead of using a large shape-paper for the photo grouping, I just matted everything with a simple square cardstock because I wanted the existing pattern on the page background to show through.  


“Cool Hat”

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle, Jenni Bowlin, October Afternoon.  Alphabet stickers: American Crafts.  Clear Stamp: Autumn Leaves.  Ink: Stampin’Up (Pretty in Pink).  Marker: ZIG.  Felt Butterfly: Jenni Bowlin.  Rhinestone Swirl: KaiserCraft.  Circle Punch: Fiskars.  Roses.  Lace flower.  Pinking Scissors

Designer’s Notes:  

Since I love using coloured pictures, I find it essential to find patterned papers that compliment them and don’t dominate. I kept pretty much to the original sketch, but I just angled my pictures.


“Up Up High”

Designed by AnnaMarie Mondro

SOURCES  Patterned paper: Crate Paper. Alphas: American Crafts, Crate Paper. Buttons, fabric brads, ribbon/trim, stickers, die-cuts, chipboard: Crate Paper. Punches: Fiskars, Martha Stewart Crafts. Marker: Bic Mark-it.

Designer’s Notes:  

I absolutely loved the balance of this wonderful sketch and chose to keep my interpretation within the framework of the original design, even while making slight changes with the photos and elements shown in the original sketch – Valerie’s sketches are that easily adaptable!  Here, I went with two vertical 3×5 photos in place of the horizontal 3.5×5 photo, and also substituted a 3.5×5 vertical photo in place of the original 5×5 photo. Because of the more playful feel of my layout, I strayed from the linear lines of the sketch by tilting the photos and title-work, and also substituted fun die-cuts and buttons in place of the patterned paper circles. Strips of patterned paper and ribbon were also arranged at the top and bottom of the page in place of the die-cut background on the original sketch.


“My Airman”

Designed by Kimberly Neddo

SOURCES  Patterned Paper-Studio Calico, Pie Contest (State Fair); Fabrips-Yellow; Studio Calico Die-Cut tags; Mister Huey: Clover; Chipboard Alpha: State Fair; Buttons:Jenni Bowlin Green.

Designer’s Notes:  

I used a mask to create the shadow framed background, then I sewed around it with a cream color thread. For the photographs, I sized them to fit the sketch theme and printed them out. After printing, I adhered them down on the paper. For the title, I added a little dimension by using pop dots behind a few of the letters for a fun look. I love to use my photographs to tell a story, so for this sketch, I chose to do a photo collage with this design.


“Bloom & Grow”

Designed by Virginia Wong 

SOURCES  Pink Paislee (die cut pattern paper, pattern papers); Scenic Route (pink script pattern paper); Quick Kutz (nesting hearts dies); Kaisercraft (pearls); American Crafts (foam letters); stitching

Designer’s Notes:  

Add zip and zing easily to a “neutral” background by die cutting leftover pattern papers with a similar degree of colour saturation. (Did you know there are 6 different sheets of pattern paper on this layout?) Use small dynamic prints sparingly to direct the eye around the layout. Fussy cut images from pattern paper to create perfectly coordinated accents.

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One Response to “Valerie’s Back with a New Sketch!”

  1. Hello, I am a 60 something grandma want-a-be. I am no longer able to work in the graaphics field as I did for 20 or so years, but now I fill my creative needs by making greeting cards with rubber stamps and anything else I can get to stick to a piece of 85# paper. I have not started scrapbooking yet, but will have to start as the photos are calling to me.
    I love your ideas, and cannot wait to try them.