Sketches

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A New Sketch from Valerie Salmon

We’re always excited to welcome back Etceterista Valerie Salmon (and her talented friends) to the blog, who’s here with a sketch that’s just right for four photos.

Hi everyone, we’re back with a new multi-photo sketch!  

The examples below really show how adaptable sketches can be.  This 4-photo sketch works whether you have one or more photos.

Designed by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch?

“Family”

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock:  Bazzill.  Patterned Papers:  DCWV.  Chipboard shapes:  American Crafts.  Rubber Buttons:  KI Memories.  Circle punches:  Fiskars (2″), EK Success (1.75″).  Border punch:  Martha Stewart.  Title:  (ATD).  Paper doily border:  Basic Grey.  Other:  foam adhesive, pen for journaling.

Designer’s Notes:  

Instead of using multiple photos, I chose to highlight one large photo from our cousins reunion last year.  If I told you how quickly this page came together, you probably wouldn’t believe me.  Having a sketch to work with is a time-saver!  I followed the sketch closely.  Instead of a punched strip above the photo, I used a pre-cut sticker trim.  Chipboard shapes were used for the accents to keep it non-feminine (which my male cousins & brother would probably appreciate).  ;)

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“Precious Moments”

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white) | Patterned Paper: October Afternoon (from Fly a Kite Collection) + Echo Park (from Be Mine Collection) | Alphabet Stickers: American Crafts | Clear Stamps: Creative Café (Everyday Script) + Papertrey Ink (Calendar Basics) | Ink: Stampin’Up (Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip) + Papertrey Ink (Tea Dye Ink Duo) | Punch: Martha Stewart (Deep Fan Border) + Fiskars (Heart, Circle) | Dies: Papertrey Ink (Signature Butterfly, Large Scalloped Border, Tiny Tags) | Twine: The Twinery | Buttons | Corner Rounder: Zutter

Designer’s Notes:  

For the heart and butterfly shapes I’ve used pages out of an old book. This is a great way to give extra texture to your layout.

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“Love this boy”

Designed by AnnaMarie Mondro

SOURCES  Kit: Studio Calico Mind The Gap main kit (June) and Studio Calico Flat add-on kit (June). Punches: Fiskars, Martha Stewart Crafts. Marker: Bic Mark-it.

Designer’s Notes:  

One of the things I love most about Valerie’s sketches is how adaptable they are! Here, I rotated the sketch one turn clockwise which allowed me to use the bottom photos vertically rather than horizontally. I also substituted a larger 4”×2.5″ vertical photo in place of the two smaller 2”x2.5″ photos displayed in the original sketch. Because of the more playful feel of my layout, I strayed from the linear lines of the sketch by tilting the bottom photos and title-work; I also substituted random punched circles and a large tag in place of the scalloped circles bordering the photos, and a cluster of punched clouds for the larger floral element on the left side. Strips of patterned paper and buttons were also arranged at the bottom of the page in place of the larger double scalloped and patterned paper borders.

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“Summer Annual Traditions”

Designed by Kimberly Neddo

SOURCES  Sassafras Sunshine Broadcast PP: Flourish, Kindle, Golden Hour, Enlighten and static; Sassafras Sunshine Broadcast stickers: Borders, Sweet Treats and Blue Graph Alpha; Sassafras Folides: Sunshine

Designer’s Notes:  

I am a big fan of layering with stickers and pop dot adhesives to give my creations more dimention. I love how Sassafras foldies incorperate that easily. For this layout, I clustered stickers with the foldies to utilize different looks with the products. I even used my pop dots behind one of the photographs for a fun look.

Hope you enjoyed all these!

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

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Guest Post: Card Sketch 2

This week, the guest blog post is from Valerie Salmon. Valerie’s previous sketches are still available on our blog—check out her first card sketch, multiphoto layout sketch, and her first sketch post.

Cardmakers, we’ve got a new sketch for you to tackle!

Even with very little time, you can put together a card in a snap with basic supplies and tools from your stash.  Try it!

Coincidentally, my friends and I all did birthday-themed cards as examples!  Totally unplanned.

Don’t you agree that one can never have enough extra birthday cards to hand out?  :)   I like to pre-make several ahead of time to grab-and-go or mail out when I need one.

“Happy Birthday”

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Scarlet Lime – February ’11 kit.  Cupcake punch:  Fiskars.  Scallop circle punch:  Marvy Uchida.  Border punch:  EK Success.  Font:  Century Gothic.

Designer’s Notes:
I’m really loving cupcakes right now, more than ever.  So, there is no surprise that I put my Fiskars cupcake punch to use when I put this birthday card together.  I created the circular accent first, then the rest of the card just fell into place—thanks to the sketch.  It was so easy!

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“21″

Designed by Ingrid Danvers

SOURCES  Cardstock, patterned paper, ribbon, stamps: Papertrey Ink. Stickers: American Crafts. Ink: Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores), Versafine by Tsukineko (Onyx Black).   Adhesive dots: Zva Creative.  Die-cutting tool: Big Shot by Sizzix.  Dies: Papertrey Ink (Mat Stack 3, Limitless Labels: 1-3/4″ Circle Collection), MFT Stamps (Die-namics Open Scallop Border).

Designer’s Notes:
I followed the sketch closely. I’ve chosen a different shape for the labels. I used adhesive dots to adhere the different die-cut shapes to create more depth. Sewing is one of my favorite techniques as stitching adds more texture to a project. I chose the polka dot stamps to match the polka dot patterned paper to create a well balanced design.

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“Wish”

Designed by Rae Barthel

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.  Patterned paper:, die cut Teresa Collins Designs.  Ribbon: Hobby Lobby.  Rhinestone: Prima Marketing, Inc.  Pen: Sharpie.  Punch: EK Success.

Designer’s Notes:
I just love Valerie’s sketches, they are always so approachable, and I am always pleased with my completed cards.
On this card, I went with a clean and simple approach. I felt that adding the black cardstock added a bold punch to the already bold primary colors of the Teresa Collins patterned paper.

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“Happy Birthday”

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

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! (Certainly Celery).  Ribbon: Vandoros.  Punch: Marvy Uchida.  Twine: Martha Stewart Crafts.

Designer’s Notes:
The give the sketch a little bit more depth, I stuck the green paper on the top and bottom down with 3D dots. I also adhered the borders to the green paper. Instead of using a stamp for the sentiment, I choose to create it on the computer with a font I recently purchased and absolutely adore. I made a double bow in the ribbon to give it that extra luxury feeling.

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Have fun!

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

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Guest Blog: Multiphoto Sketch

Please welcome back Valerie Salmon with another brand new sketch!

We’re back with a new sketch!

With the additional pictures we’ve taken during the holidays, multiple-photo sketches such as this one will come in handy when you are ready to create.

Although this sketch fits three smaller photos nicely, you can certainly add one or two more in place of the other blocks.  Or you can even put two 3×4″ vertical photo spaces together for a 4×6″ focal photo.  The options are endless.  Plus, don’t forget to rotate or flip the sketch.  The first example below is rotated counter-clockwise.

Here are three interpretations of the same sketch to give you some ideas to get you started.

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.  Patterned paper, border: BasicGrey. Stickers: AdornIt–Carolee’s Creations. Chipboard accent: Li’l Davis Designs.  Punch:  EK Success (border), Fiskars (star).
Designer’s Notes:
My photos were vertical, so I simply rotated the sketch on its side to accommodate the pictures.  I also allowed some gaps in between the photos and the patterned paper blocks to show a more distinct separation.

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Designed by Greta Hammond

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper, chipboard accents, banner, stick pin, journaling blocks: Little Yellow Bicycle. Font: Calibri. Gems: Queen & Co. Sticker: Scenic Route Paper Co.

Designer’s Notes:
I had the perfect photos to fit into Val’s sketch so I followed her design pretty closely! The linear lines made a multi-photo page without feeling cramped but allowing bits for interest in the embellishments and title. Great design!

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Designed by Lisa Storms

SOURCES Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Chipboard accents: My Little Shoebox. Punches: Fiskars.

Designer’s Notes:

For my main embellishment I wanted to create a miniature mustache stick, so instead of using an actual dowel, I inked a lollipop stick light brown to mimic wood.  For the decorative edge down the side, instead of punching a design I created my own border made up of mini mustaches.  When you first look at it, you just see a decorative border but if you look closely they are actually little mustaches made up of two ‘comma’ punches each.

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See you next month with another sketch.   Happy scrapping!

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Guest Post: Card Sketch

Please welcome back guest blogger Valerie Salmon with another iScrap, u Scrap exclusive card sketch!

Hey, cardmakers, this sketch is for you!

I love making cards because they are quick projects.  With a sketch to go by, all you need is a little time, some scraps, and you are good to go.  It’s always good to make some to reserved for future use, too.

And let’s face it.  Who doesn’t love to receive a handmade card?  I sure do.

We’ve created some lovely examples for you to give you some ideas.  Special thanks go out to my crafty friends Jennifer, Brittany, and Polly for sharing their fabulous creations below.

“Happy Birthday to You”

Designed by Valerie Salmon

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.  Patterned paper: KI Memories.  Metal tag: K&Company.  Punches: Fiskars (circle, corner rounder), Marvy Uchida (scallop circle).

Designer’s Notes:

This card literally took only several minutes to complete!  The sketch made it easy to pull exactly what products I needed.  I simply layered a couple of circles behind the accent metal tag, following its circular shape.  I rounded the corners of the card, just for fun.  I chose to do a birthday card since I can never have enough of them.  It’s great to have them pre-made for the next time I need one in a jiffy.

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“Wonder”

Designed by Jennifer Perks

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (purple), Stampin’ Up! (lilac), Wausau Paper (white).  Patterned paper, sticker: BoBunny Press.  Rhinestones, pearls: Queen & Company. Punches: Marvy Uchida (large scallop circle), EK Success (open scallop edge). Die Cuts: Cricut by ProvoCraft (used the Joys of the Season cartridge to make the snowflake).  Adhesive: Tombow Mono (dry); EK Success (3D foam). Thread: Coats & Clark.  Silver cord: Stampin’ Up!.

Designer’s Notes:

Lately I’ve been pulling paper primarily from a single product line which makes putting together pages/cards a lot quicker, since it takes the work out of coordinating papers.

I pretty much stuck to the sketch.  Instead of a circle, I used a snowflake I had die-cut using my Cricut, which I suspended from a thin silver cord.  I backed the snowflake with a large scalloped circle that I had punched out.

The horizontal piece of cardstock is cut from a single piece. I embellished the snowflakes at the bottom with rhinestones and added an open scalloped edge to the top.

I like to make things dual purpose, so made it possible to remove the snowflake from the card.  It could then be hung from your tree or re-purposed as a gift tag.

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“Love You”

Designed by Brittany Hopkins

SOURCES Cardstock: Die Cuts With A View. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press.  Chipboard accent: Cosmo Cricket. Stickers: Anna Griffin (border), SRM Press (“love you”).

Designer’s Notes:

I used a chipboard heart to house my sentiment and help reinforce the theme of the card. I covered the heart with patterned paper, trimmed it out using a craft knife, and sanded the edges. For the sentiment, I used a clear sticker—it has a similar look to rub-ons, but without the stress of lining up letters.

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“Celebrate”

Designed by Polly Mally

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned papers and stickers: Sassafrass. Ribbon: Michaels. Punches: EK Success (circle), Stampin’ Up! (scallop circle). Die-cutting tool: Cricut by ProvoCraft.

Designer’s Notes:
* Cardstock tends to dominate my scrapbook pages, and on occasion I add a touch of pattern to the design. Making cards is my chance to have fun with lots of patterned papers.

* Mixing patterns is easy when you use coordinated papers from the same line. I love the fun patterns from Sassafras, and for this card got to incorporate their famous decorative edge on the bottom of their paper at the seam of two other patterns.

* Whenever I use patterns, I make sure to have a little relief from the busyness by adding solid colors. On this card the ribbon and scallop medallion are solid to give a little breathing from from all the patterns. The concept works in reverse…if those two items were patterned, I’d have made the oval plate, and the upper background area beneath the oval solid.

* I tend to need cards the mostly for birthdays, but by adding the sentiment “celebrate” to the card, I’m free to use this card for a variety of occasions.

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It’s your turn to gather your supplies, make a card, and brighten someone’s day!

I’ll see you next month with another sketch to inspire you.

Happy scrapping!

valeriesalmon.com

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

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Guest Post: Using Sketches

Welcome to our weekly guest blog post! This week, former Creative Team member and frequent contributor Valerie Salmon will share a sketch and different ways to use it. Check back next month for another sketch from Valerie, or visit her site for more inspiration.

Who doesn’t fancy a good scrapbook sketch?

I love them.  They make a scrapbooker’s life so much easier, don’t they?  I know many of you will agree.  These little blueprints take the guesswork out of creating sharp-looking layouts.  Gone are the hours spent shuffling photos and embellishments, trying to figure out the best placement for everything!   The bottom line is:  Sketches save time.

One sketch = multiple uses.  There are countless ways to alter it to fit your photo needs.  With each simple rotation or a flip, you can easily turn it into a different sketch to interpret.  This comes in handy when you want to accommodate horizontal photos instead of vertical pics on the sketch.

Whether you already have a collection of sketch printouts or just starting out, they are ready when you have some time to create.  There’s no easier way to get a jump start on your layout!

Each month, I will introduce a brand new sketch on the Scrapbooks etc. blog to help spark some inspiration and get your creative wheels spinning.  Some of my fellow Scrapbooks etc. designers and I will share our layouts and show you a few ways to interpret the same sketch.

Original Sketch

Generally, sketches work as a starting point.  You may find that while working on your layout you have to make some slight changes to make the design work with your photos and page elements.  My sketch motto:  Make the sketch work for you—not the other way around.

In my example below, although I followed the photo sizes on the sketch, I chose a bolder alphabet for my title which left me little room for journaling strips.  I adapted by opting for block journaling which takes up less space.  I also resized my accents to work with the available areas on the layout.  The beauty of a sketch is that it allows you the flexibility to move and change things around to get the look you want.  Feel free to tweak to your heart’s content and make it your own.

Layout by Valerie Salmon | Got Sketch? blog

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.  Patterned paper:  Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Punches:  EK Success (border, circle), Fiskars (scallop circle).  Dies:  Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.

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Rotated Sketch

{Rotated once, clockwise}

I like the way Lisa Storms used strips of patterned paper in her layout below, instead of the solid block of paper in the sketch.  She has made it her own by framing the whole layout with floral patterned paper and using a delicate frilly trim (in place of a scalloped border) to mimic her daughter’s soft tutu skirt.

Layout by Lisa Storms

SOURCES  Cardstock: Worldwin Papers. Patterned paper: Chatterbox (orange), Heidi Grace Designs (pink floral), KI Memories (teal), My Mind’s Eye (cream floral, green, yellow). Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers, ribbon: American Crafts. Flowers: Prima Marketing, Inc.

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Flipped Sketch

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The touches of stitching and the felt swirly trim give Mellette Berezoski’s layout a cozy feel.  The machine-stitching frames the photos, keeping the focus on them.  She also arranged the accents to suit her layout, making this an eye-catching page.

Layout by Mellette Berezoski

SOURCES  Cardstock: BoBunny Press (brown dot, blue solid), Sassafras (blue with white filigree). Font: Bookman Old Style. Rub-ons: Anna Griffin (“style,” flower), Fancy Pants Designs (title letters). Felt border: Queen & Co.  Flower: Die Cuts With A View. Photo turns: 7Gypsies. Brads: Making Memories.

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So, gather your photos, supplies, and try this sketch out!  You’ll be amazed at how quickly everything will come together.

We’ll see you next month with a new sketch to inspire you.

Happy scrapping!

www.valeriesalmon.com

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

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