Valerie’s Sketch for One Great Photo

We’re excited to welcome back our good friend Valerie Salmon who’s got another great sketch to jumpstart your creativity!

Some of the most stunning scrapbook layouts feature a single enlarged photo that speaks volumes.  

When you have a picture that is “worth a thousand words,” you can keep the page design clean and simple.  The sketch below features basic elements that will keep the focus on your photograph.  Keep in mind that in this instance, the term “less is more” applies.  The layout will be quick and simple, but the end result will be striking.  Now, grab your supplies, scrap, and have fun with this sketch!

Designed by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch?

“All Star”

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock:  Bazzill.  Patterned Papers:  Bo Bunny (green dot), Kaiser Craft (black dot). Metal “Score” accent:  K & Company. Metal star badge:  Pink Paislee.  Circle punch:  EK Success.  Arrow punch:  Fiskars.  Chipboard alphabet:  The Paper Studio.  Computer font:  Futura.  Other:  baker’s twine.

Designer’s Notes:  

With this 12×12 sketch, I created an 8″ x 8″ page layout.  By sizing everything down and using a 4″ x 6″ photo, this worked nicely.  For the journaling strip, I used the tip of an arrow punch (Fiskars) to cut the notches on the ends.  I love quick and easy pages — This is definitely one of those!

“Learn to Ride”

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white) | Patterned Paper + Elements: Echo Park (Country Drive) | Alphabet Foam Stickers: My Little Shoebox (Pink) | Rubber Stamp: Hero Arts (Bicycle) | Ink: Staz’On (Jet Black) | Computer font | Black Marker

Designer’s Notes:  

Because of the large negative space in the picture, I’ve added a few elements in the top right corner to take your eye through the layout in a natural flow. I mirrored the colours from the picture in my papers as well.

“The Patch”

Designed by Kimberly Neddo

SOURCES  Noel Mignon’s October kit include:  Cardstock- Bazzill;  Patterned Paper- Fancy Pants: Oct 31- Night, Shadows and Cards; American Craft: Night Fall-Starry Night and Night Watch. Thickers-  American Craft: Elm Black.  Brads- My Minds Eye: Mischievous.  Stickers- Authentique: Diction

Designer’s Notes:  

I flipped the sketch upside down to work with an idea I had for the scalloped boarder. I have a fun pumpkin carving cartridge for my cricut express cutting machine, and I had an idea of shrinking the images down to 2 inches. I cut a few different papers with the images chosen to cut to give some variation to the border. I placed them over green cardstock to help them pop. I love how this turned out for this simple sketch. Sometimes with a simple design, you can make it really stand out with something fun like this.

“Sweet Dreams”

Designed by Angela Lauchengco


Cardstock:  American Crafts.  Patterned papers:  Making Memories Love Struck line and Little Yellow Bicycle Sweet Love.  Adhesive border:  K&Co. Sweet Simplicity.  Clear sticker & Chipboard sticker:  Little Yellow Bicycle.  Alphabet stickers:  American Crafts.  Other:  Satin Flowers from a local fabric store.

Designer’s Notes:  

Valerie’s sketch was perfect for the photo I recently took of my nephew’s newborn daughter.   I kept the layout simple so that the main focus is on the photo. 

Local fabric stores are a great source for beautiful ribbons and laces that you can use as embellishments for your pages.

‘Want more sketches?  Visit the Got Sketch? blog for more inspiring ideas to fit your scrappy needs.





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