Today we are going to have a little fun with last week's sketch. Rather than make something new, we are going to see what we can do to reinvent the sketch that came from Diane's layout.
First up, let's look at the original sketch.
To begin, I turned it one turn counter clockwise and flipped it to the reverse. Here is how that one came out.
In putting my layout together, I rearranged things a little in the lower corner. Let's see how the new layout came out.
It looks so much different than the original, no?
I am so surprised at the difference a little adjustment makes. (Might you want to try a side by side yourself?)
For the next sketch, I turned the origianl 180 degrees, then relocated the "flair."
Here is the layout that followed.
I ended up putting the photo on the top of hte stack instead of the bottom, as it felt out of place to have the quote above the photo. As I look at all three layouts, I find it so interesting to see how the weight of the layout changes with the photo's placement. So very curious.
That's it for today! I hope you will try having fun with these two variations of week 2's sketch!
Welcome to Sketchbook Saturday Volume 11 Issue 2. My my. That sounds so official!
Are you covered in snow? Or enjoying the cooler temperatures?. We are traveling this weekend and our two hour drive took us out of dry sidewalks and into a foot of snow! The kids and the doggie are in heaven!
With a bit of quiet time, I thought I might sneak a layout in. I loved Diane's layout and how decorative it is. So I thought I make make myself one! Here is a reminder of her November gallery layout.
The sketch doesn't do it justice, but does have the basics there. Hopefully it will be a great starting point for you.
Here is mine.
Usually when I create a layout based off a sketch, I find myself referring back to the original layout for cues on placement, color, topic, all sorts of things. This time I put the original away and just worked from the photo and the product. I sort of liked the freedom. I hope it made a layout that is more true to myself than sometimes.
I hope you have a lovely weekend! I appreciate your stopping by and can't wait to see what you do with Diane's awesome layout!
Today brings to close our week together. Our week of looking around to find ideas for journaling, photos, and our scrapbooking pages. I hope you have had fun! I have. And I have five (dare I say?) fabulous layouts to make it even more worthwhile! Such a win win.
Our parting layout and inspiration came from a craft I saw last weekend at a craft fair. This is one of my favorite craft fairs--and an annual outing for our little circle of friends. One of the tables had the most lovely glittery trees made from book pages. They looked a little like these.
Except they were glittery. I loved the idea of the book pages and went looking for embellishments made from books pages. And I found one in the lovely row of little hearts from Elizabeth Kartchner. From there, I built a layout up around it.
It is hard to imagine that this whole layout began with a book page tree! That's one of the things I love most about inspiration--how it takes each of us in a different direction.
Thank you so much for spending your week with me! I appreciate your sharing your time with me. I hope you have had a lovely week and also hope your weekend is magical and filled with creativity!
This fall, I am looking to add a little pizazz to my family room. I picked out a paint color, but am still finding ideas for bringing my decor up to date. As I was scouting around HGTV I noticed something that won't be making an appearance in my room (lived through that trend once already!) but is dying for a place on a scrapbook page!
Here it is, the starburst/sunburst:
Don't you think it will look fun on a layout? Here is my attempt.
They sort of feel celebratory, don't you think? (Do you think I should switch out the two floating nines? Seeing them here makes them seem much more like Gs. Thoughts?)
I hope you might consider scouting around and finding a pattern that seems like it might be fun for a layout! It was fun to find one and immediately use it!
Today is photo day! Hooray! Yesterday we recorded our thoughts about something we saw, then added a photo. Did you finish a layout? I hope you did and that you had fun making it!
Today, we are going to take a picture of something that we see. Don't overthink it. Just grab your camera and take a quick peek around your house and pick something. Really. Those of you who do daily photos are so good at this already. You don't need any coaching.
I took mine yesterday. It is of a stack of leftovers. We had two families over for Sunday dinner and made both beef and pork cafe rio with all the fixings. Including three salsas, two dressings, two beans, rice, tomatoes, cheese, and tortillas. (It is my most favorite thing to make for dinner as it gives me lunches for a whole week!) (I take that back. It is my most favorite thing to make for dinner because I LOVE IT! and a welcome side benefit is that it gives me lunches for a whole week. heehee!) I couldn't resist a photo of the stacked up containers.
I cut my photo tall and thin to emphasize the height of the stack. And I posed them in front of my blackboard wall for minimal distraction. I moved my aperture to 1.8 for maximum background blur as well.
And I know it's photo day, but might we discuss journaling for just a second? Okay? Thank you!
For the journaling, I decided against journaling about Sunday night, opting instead for a discussion of what a stack of leftovers like this means generally. Here is the journaling.
This tall stack of leftovers means that it was Cafe Rio night. Which also means we had friends for dinner. Which means we stayed up too late, ate too much, yet laughed the perfect amount. Cards were played; Nigel won. This stack means the shoppping list included tomatillos and adobo chiles. That cooking began the day before. This stack means we are blessed with a lovely home, means to provide for our meals, and most importantly, friends with which to share our time and love with. One last thing. This stack also means that we ate a delicious meal. Mmm.
I like that the layout now becomes more about our moments and less about a dinner event. I would prefer to capture the particulars of the evening with a people picture, so this gave me freedom to express my thoughts about the stack and not just about the night.
Hello one and all! I hope that your week has been filled with apples, falling leaves, blue skies, and crispy air. I haev enjoyed the posts this week and have felt so inspired to make some layouts, and Halloween decor. Thank you, Aliza, Lisa, Valerie, and Amy for a fabulous week.
I was intrigued by her "quilting" on the top of the layout. The missing pieces. The patterns. Mmm. It was just so intricate and innovative. And an interesting way to incorporate the season!
Here is the sketch.
(There are mattes on the bottom photos if you look closely!)
I was so excited to get to work with the sketch. Picking and adding the photos was fast and easy. But then, boom! stuck. I tried a million papers with the triangles and colors and background papers, and then nearly gave up. But then, I remembered that the sketch police are on vacation and that I don't need to build it the same. And then I just knew exactly what to do.
I used stars to emulate the triangles, skipping one here and there to keep the part that I found so wonderfully whimsical. Then I took off the background paper and tada! I was in love. Hooray! It went from a struggle to a favorite. Just like that.
I hope you will try this sketch and see what you can do to make it your own and make it something you love. Thank you for coming by!!
Welcome to the first installment in our October Sketchbook Saturdays. I have to say this month the gallery blew me away! Every month I love what our team does, but there was something about this one. I can't wait to play with all the sketches and to see how much fun you have with them, too.
Our first sketch comes from Amy's layout, Have Fun. I was drawn to its happy happy color scheme. And all those patterns. And the stitching. And, well, just about everything.
As I put the sketch together, I thought it was only fair to make two: one in each size. Here is the original format:
and one in a 12 x 12 dimension.
I made two layouts as I really loved the concept. The first one stayed very true to the sketch except I righted all the tipped elements. (You know me...not so good at the angles!).
In the next one, I needed to keep my photos 4x6 ratio, so I moved the photos around a bit. I just couldn't bear not seeing every in of that crepe. Makes me hungry just thinking about it. (And if any of you know a good gluten free crepe recipe, I would love it if you could share it!)
It really is a wonderful sketch. I think my next version will turn it on its side. Strips on top or on bottom? Which do you think?
It is the first of the month and we couldn't be more excited! This month we are all about making use of what you have. Shopping your stash. Reduce/reuse/recycling all those piles of paper and all those drawers of embellishments. To get us started, our team created an entire gallery with scraps they had lying around. They weren't allowed to use anything new or whole (except a background paper, of course!). They did an amazing job! The layouts are hip, fresh, current, and well designed. A reminder that we have lots to work with even if we haven't shopped lately!
Let's go look, shall we? Don't forget you may always click over to the gallery album to read the journaling and see the layouts in a larger format! Enjoy!!
A Note from Aliza You know that time of the month…When you have used your favorites from your monthly kit, another kit is not due to arrive for a few weeks, and all you have left is dozens and dozens of older supplies that are sitting in your crafting area. It is not the easiest time to scrap, but it gets some older products used, and flexes those creative muscles.
October Fun Fact I work at a preschool, and every October I have to give a presentation to the parents. It’s always good, but it sure does get my nerves going!
A Note from Jenny The scraps may be hard to see—I wanted a neutral background with mixed papers, so I dug into my scraps bin and found these three pieces. I layered them and taped the back of the page to create the foundation for the page.
October Fun Fact My eleven-year-old is almost as tall as I am. I’m 5’9”. Yikes!
Hello! | Lisa Borbely
8.5 x 11 | materials patterned paper (Simple Stories, American Crafts, Crate Paper, Cocoa Daisy, We R Memory Keepers) + letter stickers (Jillibean Soup)+ stickers (Simple Stories)
A Note Lisa On this layout I have used the easiest way to use up scrap paper; punching circles from them. Super simple and it makes a big impact!
October Fun Fact I am addicted to pumpkins. Yep, totally need to buy a lot of pumpkins!
We Read | Sue Althouse
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (Bazzill) + patterned paper (Jillibean Soup) + buttons (October Afternoon) + thickers (American Crafts) + Silhouette die cut (Lori Whitlock Square Background Shapes) + floss (We R Memory Keepers) + typewriter (Remington)
A Note from Sue This layout was created with leftover strips of patterned paper die cut into a 9-square grid. Then it was just a matter of filling in the shapes!
October Fun Fact This month our granddaughter will be 6 months old. She is an incredible joy and delight!
Believe in Mischief | Amy Sorensen
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper strips from my scrap vase + fonts (Art Brewery (brush script), Veneer Extras (ampersand + birds), Century Gothic)
A Note from Amy One of my favorite sources for scraps is what I think of as paper selvage. You know...that .5"x12" strip you cut off your patterned paper? If they have any print on them at all (almost all of them do now), I save them. Quite often, I'll use the selvage on the same layout I use the patterned paper it came from...but not always. I keep them in a tall, skinny vase I bought at an antique store one day. Sometimes one of those strips is just the right little thing! For this layout, I sorted through all of the strips I have and used the ones with coordinating colors. I opted for a black and white photo to make the image stand out from all the different patterns.
October Fun Fact My fitness goal this month is to start lifting weights again, four times a week.
Juicy Juice | Diane Payne
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (Studio Calico, Chickaniddy Crafts, BasicGrey) + buttons (A Flair For Buttons) + stickers (Freckled Fawn, Pebbles) + die cuts (Studio Calico) + bow (American Crafts) + stamp (Gossamer Blue) + ink (Tsukineko) + pen (American Crafts)
A Note from Diane This layout was made using the scrap patterned paper left overs from the organizer I featured on write. click. scrapbook. last month.
October Fun Fact This is my favorite month of the year (well, tied with December). Bring on pumpkin everything!
I Pick Apples | Cristina C. Scrap
12 x 12 | materials documentary papers (Sahlin Studio at The Lilypad) + In the Orchard elements (Stolen Moments Design at The Lilypad) + fonts (NeoRetro Draw, DJB gimme space)
A Note from Cristina I have had this digital kit for about a month, but I had only made one page with it so far. I acquired it just around the time I took these pictures so I precisely knew what I wanted to scrap with it.
October Fun Fact Like every year, this is the time I put together our annual calendars that we give as Christmas gifts to our parents. I usually gather the favorite pictures taken over the past year, but a photo shoot is often required to get the missing few shots.
Have Fun | Amy Kingsford
A Note from Amy Inspired by this month's topic "Happy Scraps" I chose a rainbow color scheme and photos that made me feel happy for my page. Then I used this foundation of patterned paper strips and sprinkled random little bits to recreate the look of "scraps" on my digital page.
October Fun Fact October is my absolute favorite month of the year. Bring on the corn mazes, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and Halloween costume making!
Make Your Own Magic | Celeste Smith
12 x 12 | materials kits (Make Your Own magic papers and Sprinkles v27 by Valorie Wibbens; Documented by Sahlin Studio; Bright elements by Allison Pennington; Launch Pads v14 by Jacque Larson) + Template (Lots of Layers by Heather Joyce) + font(The Contessa by Heather Joyce)
A Note from Celeste I used little bits of digital patterned paper in the same manner I would normally use scraps. Layering up little pieces gives the grouping more weight and the jagged edges create energy.
October Fun Fact My boys are just not into being in front of the camera lately. This is where having a teenage niece comes in handy. She’s selfie and photo obsessed! I love it.
Harvest | Valerie O'Neall
12 x 12 | materials cardstock (American Crafts) + patterned paper (My Mind's Eye, Sassafras, October Afternoon, Glitz Design, BasicGrey, Studio Calico) + thickers (American Crafts) + pen (Sharpie)
A Note from Valerie I loved having a good reason to dig through my scrap drawer and use some up for the gallery this month. I got out a square punch then cut the squares down into triangles. I played around with the pattern until I found something I liked. I stitched down the middle of each column of triangles and them pulled up the edges for some dimension.
October Fun Fact I've been using the same DSLR, a Nikon D50, for eight years now. I'd love to upgrade, but if it's not broke, don't fix it. Right?
Enjoy 15 | Amy Coose
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (October Afternoon, Crate Paper, Carta Bella, My Mind's Eye) + acrylic numbers (Chic Tags) + flair (Chic Tags) + stickers (October Afternoon) + pen (American Crafts) + die cuts (American Crafts, Chic Tags) + wood sprinkles (Jillibean Soup)+ cut file (The Cut Shoppe)
A Note from Amy Every year I do a layout for each child about their favorites at the moment. This is about my boy at 15.
October Fun Fact As much as I enjoyed our summer, I am so excited to get back into a routine this month and enjoy the fall weather.
Halloween 2002-2012 | Jennifer Hignite
12 x 12 | materials template (Jennifer Hignite Designs) + patterned paper (Pixels & Company designers) + black cat (Deena Rutter) + stitching (Scotty Girl Designs)
A Note from Jennifer This layout is a look at 10 years of Halloween memories! Digital templates make putting together years of memories a cinch! Small photos can be used with a template, printed individually, or you can use up all of those small index photos you have lying around! Small scraps of paper can be cut up and pieced together to create the pumpkin (or really any shape you want!)It is a fun touch to make the layout scream Halloween!
October Fun Fact This year we have made a list of 10 fall activities we want to accomplish this month! Our calendar is jam packed, but the fall always goes so fast and we want to fit in as much fun as possible before the busy holiday season is upon us!!
Thanksgiving Dinner | Marnie Flores
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Jady Day Studio) + notebook paper, journaling strips, flair, owl, arrow, conversation bubble (Crystal Wilkerson) + fonts (Bebas, KG Falling Slowly, Ameritype)
A Note from Marnie I love trolling through old kits to see what I haven't used in awhile. I have a few that are archived, but I am pretty frugal so I have most still accessible. Even still, it seems I reach for the same handful over and over. It was fun to push myself to find things I haven't used in a long while.
October Fun Fact I already have Halloween decorations up! This year we get add in the poseable skeleton we got at season's end last yea! I can't wait!
Summer's End | Francine Clouden
12 x 12 | materials patterned paper (Sassafras Lass, American Crafts) + rub-ons (October Afternoon) + flair (Studio Calico) + sticker (Jenni Bowlin)
A Note from Francine It was fun digging through my box of scraps and finding bits and pieces for this page. I should do that more often!
October Fun Fact I haven't bought new scrapping supplies in over a year. And yet I still find tons of stuff to use on my pages. Fancy that!
This month we celebrated the return to schedules, and homework, and school. We said farewell to summer and hello to autumn. Before we get lost in all things October and Halloween, let's take one last look at our September gallery:
Let's start with finding some journaling ideas!
I Remember | Lisa Borbély
:: write about your childhood school or your memories of school ::
Walking Tall | Amy Sorensen
:: write about a past teacher that your child loved ::
Hello Senior Year | Diane Payne
:: make a list of classes that your student is taking ::
Visit the Old Teacher at Meet the Teacher | Marnie Flores
:: write about the unexpected in the usual. such as seeing old teachers as you meet new ones::
Now let's move onto some photography ideas!
Grade School Years | Sue Althouse
:: pull out those old school photos and use them on a layout ::
First Day Back To School | Jennifer Hignite
:: if you missed photos like these on the first day of school, it's not too late to stage some ::
School Days | Lisa Borbély
:: school beginnings aren't the only photos worthy of comparing ::
Year 1 | Cristina C. Scrap
:: celebrate your success and growth by capturing yourself often ::
Currently Loving | Amy Kingsford
:: don't forget to look down to describe your children. footwear tells a lovely story ::
And lastly, some ideas for making well designed pages.
Goodbye Summer | Aliza Deutsch
:: design in 3s. Aliza used three hearts. small yet significant ::
Kindergarten | Jennifer Larson
:: Jenny's write up discussed how she (finally) put these pages together to celebrate her OLW, do. Try it yourself. See what doing can do ::
First Day | Valerie O'Neall
:: grids don't need equal treatment in every quadrant ::
4th | Celeste Smith
:: themed pages do not need themed papers ::
First Day of 5th Grade | Jennifer Hignite
:: look for clever ways to further your story. Like the stamp under the five for fifth grade ::
We hope you have enjoyed the month, both the gallery and the posts! Only four more days until our new gallery!!