I do love sketches. You may have noticed that I have linked a sketch with most of my vacation layouts. When you are trying to scrap 250 photos, it is nice to not have to think quite so much. (Yes, yes, I could put more photos on a page… and I will. However, I really like 1 and 2 photo layouts.) As I have said before, sketches also get me out of my comfort zone. I purposely choose sketches that are different than my typical style. You can’t learn if you don’t try new things!
There really are a plethora of sketches available online. Of course you could be like me and stalk Pinterest in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep. There are plenty of scrapbooking sketch boards to look through there. Most large online scrapbook stores offer forums that have sketch challenges or have sketch challenges on their Facebook pages. I am not affiliated with any scrapbooking businesses, so I won’t post them here.
For those of us in the blogosphere, there are a number of sketch blogs that should keep you busy for years. I am going to link a few here, in case you don’t want to go blog hunting on your own.
The Scrap Our Stash Challenge Blog features a sketch each month along with examples of how designers have used it. A random winner is drawn each month to receive a gift card.
Sketches In Thyme features a sketch 4 times a month with prizes provided by sponsors.
For this layout I used a sketch from one of my favorite scrappy stores. I chose it for two reasons. First, it is nothing like what I would come up with on my own. Pretty much any time you see a white cardstock background, you know I’ve used a sketch or taken the idea from another scrapper. Additionally, it eats up scraps! Every piece of paper on this layout is a scrap. You know how I love to use my scraps.
The process was super quick on this one. I found 6 pieces of paper that went together fairly well from my scrap pile. Then I cut each one down to the same size (roughly 3×4) before using a corner chomper on them. It did take some fiddling for me to decide which pieces were going to go in which position. Then I cut the banners from the remaining scraps. I don’t have a banner punch, so I had to cut the banners by hand. From there I added some twine, stickers, and flowers. (Yes! I finally found a project that used those tiny little flowers! It’s the little things that excite me.) The only daunting task for me was getting the twine tied around the brads at the top. I may have had to count to ten a few times as the twine slipped and refused to behave.
Universal Studios tip: Make sure you have your tickets purchased and with you before you get to the park. The line for buying tickets can be awfully long in the morning. They will let you into the park before opening, but will stop you shortly after you get inside. We were able to do a little shopping before the park officially opened.