Valerie Salmon’s Lucky #13 Sketch

If you are a linear-lovin’ scrapbooker like me and like everything leveled, this sketch will beg you to step out of your comfort zone and do something a bit daring — tilting.

By simply shifting the elements at a slight angle, it turns a seemingly ordinary page to one that is worth a double-take.  So, go ahead, give this one a try!

We have several interpretations below to get you started.

Designed by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch?

“Together. life. family. love.”

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock:  Bazzill.  Patterned Papers:  DCWV.  Transparencies:  My Mind’s Eye.  Flowers:  Prima, K & Company.  Glitter flourish chipboard:  Making Memories.  Journaling Die cut:  K & Company.  Green velvet trim:  Creative Imaginations.  Punches:  Fiskars (Corner Rounder), Martha Stewart (scallop border).  Date stamp:  Office Max.  Other:  Twine, button.

Designer’s Notes: 

I admit I don’t typically tilt elements on my scrapbook layouts, but I am so pleased about how this page turned out.  I’ll surely be doing this more.  I used two photos instead of three, to highlight the fondness that my son and my mother have towards each other.  Below the photos, I used a simpler approach by adding strips of paper and a velvet trim for texture. Although I haven’t used transparencies in such a long time, it was good to break some out for this layout.

“So Blessed”

Designed by Chrissy Greenman

SOURCES  Patterned Paper, Embellishments, Banner: Pebbles “Ever After”, Journaling Tag (“I Love You”)- Bella Blvd. Sophisticates, Small Alphabet: Adornit, Large Alphabet: SEI, ZIG pen

Designer’s Notes: 

Upon first glance at the sketch, the one thing that caught my eye was the circle border under the pictures and strips of patterned paper.  My  mind immediately went to a row of pumpkins, or apples, or Christmas ornaments, or…..etc.  Once I skimmed through my pictures and found the paper I wanted to use, I saw that one of the pieces of patterned paper in the Pebbles collection was filled with banners.  The best part was they were printed on a diagonal so it would be perfect to cut out and adhere to my layout in place of the circle border.  It’s small details like this where you can let your imagination run free.  Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and change one part of the sketch in your own creative way!

“Perfect Trees”

Designed by Kimberly Neddo

SOURCES   Bella Blvd Christmas Wishes: Patterned Paper- North Pole, Star Stripe, Trees for sale and Cute Cuts; Stickers- Christmas Wishes Miniatures and Alpha and Bits; Chipboard- Ciao Chips- Simply Simona McLintosh.

Designer’s Notes: 

I loved the way there is a stitched circle boder with this sketch…I immidiately thought of garland, so I went with that. I wanted something colorful, so I cut strips of patterned paper and making a kind of flower ball embellishment for my border. Instax pictures work AWESOME with this sketch too.


Designed by Diane Payne

SOURCES   Cardstock: Bazzill, Patterned paper: Sassafras, Stickers: American Crafts, Glitz, Sassafras, Glitter: Ranger, Thread: DMC Floss, Punch: EK Success

Designer’s Notes: 

The elements of this sketch are so versatile making it easy to change out photo sizes, journaling spots and embellishment locations. I used one 3 1/2 x 5 photo in place of the three small photos. I also added the journaling to one of the blocks of patterned paper and embellished the original journaling spot with stickers.

“Snow Day”

Designed by Christine Ousley

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill.  Patterned Papers:  Echo Park. Alpha and Image Stickers: Echo Park. Circle Punch: EK Success. Computer Font: Didot.  Foam Dimensionals: Stampin’ Up!. Other:  Corner Rounder

Designer’s Notes: 

I loved the linear design of this sketch.  The slant of the pictures and papers gave me that whimsical feeling that these fun snow pictures needed.  One of my pictures was a bit bigger than the others so I put it in the middle of the row to to balance them out.  When stitching the circles on the page, I put just a little bit of adhesive on the back of each one so that they would stay in place.  Too much adhesive will gum up your needle so use it sparingly.  This sketch is so much fun and so easy to use. I know that I will be coming back to this sketch again and again.

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One Response to “Valerie Salmon’s Lucky #13 Sketch”

  1. I gave this a shot!! Love the finished product! Thanks Valerie for the inspiration!!
    See it on my blog