A Sketch to Guide You

Follow a sketch, not the yellow brick road! Sometimes I need a little creativity boost. I scrapbook almost everyday, at least I try to! As I look through my finished layouts, I start to think they all look the same. They don’t in reality, but it has that feeling. That’s when it’s time to pull out a sketch.

Finding Sketches

It’s not hard to find scrapbook layout sketches. There are several places I turn to to find a bit of inspiration. You will find them on Pinterest and at Scrapbook and Cards Today. You can also find them on YouTube or at online scrapbook stores. That is where I first saw a sketch.

Two Peas in a Bucket was an online scrapbook store that was more than just shopping. They had an idea gallery and a message board. This is where I found Shimelle, she was a garden girl at Two Peas and contributed so much content to fellow scrapbookers. She had several video series for the store – Glitter Girl, 4×6 Photo Love and Sketch to Scrapbook Page.

I like to follow sketches that Shimelle created while at Two Peas in a Bucket. You can find them on her blog and on her YouTube channel. I printed them out and they are in a binder next to my magazines that I use for inspiration. Today was a day that needed a boost. I flipped through my binder until one caught my eye. I usually have a stack of pictures ready to be scrapbooked in my drawer. I pulled them out trying to find the best fit for the sketch I chose.

The Sketch

Sketch Thirty from Shimelle

Here is the sketch I picked that Shimelle created in July 2013. I love how this design has room for three photos, one 4×6 and two smaller. The amazing thing about a sketch – it’s a starting point to your own creation. You can follow the sketch exactly as you see it. Or…you can modify it to fit your style.

Let’s say you have have four small photos or just one 4×6 or a 5×7, it’s okay to change it to what works for you. If the sketch doesn’t have border strips and you want them, then feel free to add them. Your photo is a landscape instead of a portrait, no worries… alter the sketch to fit your needs.

Supplies I Chose

Shimelle’s Field Trip Paper Pad
Supplies from Studio Calico and Shimelle

For my layout, I stayed pretty true to the sketch. I picked four papers from the Field Trip 12×12 paper pad to start. I chose the ledger paper for my background, and the red paper for the large block. I flipped through the pad several times trying to pick the strip paper. I decided on the triangle colored sheet and the black to mat my photos.

I chose a Thicker alphabet in black glitter and the word Hi from Freckled Fawn for my title. Titles I will admit are my downfall, I struggle trying to come up with a good title. This is a layout featuring our new cat Koko. We rescued her and brought her home on December 31 2019. She is a joy to have around, except today. Today, she decided it would be wonderful to attack our feet and ankles!

For my embellishments, I picked a few pieces from my Shimelle sticker book, a few labels from Freckled Fawn, a stamp from a Studio Calico sticker sheet, hearts and diamonds from Shimelle’s Head in the Clouds collection. I also added a few strips of washi tape to the top and bottom of the red block (not in the sketch), the strip on the bottom is of gray cats!

My Finished Layout

Hi Koko

As you can see, I stayed pretty close to the sketch. I really love how this turned out! Some people feel that when you follow a sketch, it’s cheating. I don’t feel that way. I look at it as inspiration or a map to follow, but to make detours along the way. It’s just like when you look in a magazine, you see a room decor you love, you pick and choose things you like to restyle your own room.

I have seen many layouts on blogs and videos that I may like some of the elements but not all. Or maybe I don’t have the tools and supplies that were used, so I improvise with what I do have. That’s what I love about this hobby so much. It’s as unique and different as you want it to be.

Ready to Follow a Sketch?

If you are ready to try using sketches, I have the perfect place for you. I have been following along in Shimelle’s Start with a Sketch Class and I LOVE it! She has given her students 15 different sketches and shows how to use them in 3 different ways. That’s 45 videos to follow along with!

I highly recommend Shimelle’s classes, I think I have taken over 10 so far. You can start them at anytime and you always have access to them. I have gone back and re watched them, I always seem to rediscover something I missed the first time through.

I hope you will give a sketch a try, I think they are a great supply to add to your stash!

Happy Scrapping!

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