Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sketch it:

I dunno about you..But I love a good sketch. I feel inspired by a good sketch challenge.

BUT....When I am completing an online challenge my competitive streak ( who me?? Couldn't be??) takes over and I tend to scrap a 'good photo'..You know a portrait type..And I can spend a couple of hours creating that single layout..Making sure it's original, creative..Different..It can be -  lets say..EXHAUSTING...

Needless to say, at then end of each month I have BUCKETS of everyday photos..Really the important ones that tell the tale of our lives and only a handful of layouts to show for my efforts.. and then I whip up a simple sketch of my own..Nothing dramatic mind you, and I PUMP out layouts based on this for a few days..Nothing flashy..Just those ordinary photos that I can overlook.. and a few different embellies.. I end up inspired to use the sketch in different ways and feel grateful that those photos are finally ready to go in albums...

And this time I thought I would share my process with you all - and give you a chance to WIN!..

I put together a kit ages ago and haven't given it away..So here's your chance! Use my sketch on one or even some of your everyday photos and leave a link to it in my comments.. I will pick a winner in a weeks time...

So here's my simple sketch:

Please forgive the hand drawn nature..I'm not good at digi in the sketchy way!
 You can use this sketch in lots of different ways and adapt it too..Here's my examples:

This layout uses the sketch in the standard way. I have moved my journalling up though. I prefer to write directly onto the layout most of the time..This was the last layout I completed last with my sketch too..Wanted to scrap this photo desperately and wanted to show you a BRIGHT version!

I have used a portrait photo in this version. And added the little bunting and homemade envelope..Otherwise stuck to the sketch..This layout was the first one I whipped up and it took me only 45min! I adore this photo..Truly..

This was second - and used the traditional landscape photo..But I went the bunting option again..30 min layout this time...A little more detail to the left too..

A patterned paper background helps when trying to knock over a layout quickly.I used bunting flags this time, angled my photo and used washi tape for super fast and quick details.. Third layout in one afternoon..30 min..

I did this layout last and on the second day...And I think it might be my fave from the lot.. I LOVE the colour scheme...And that's what great about a simple sketch..You can make each layout look totally different with an easy change of hue! Just to showcase how versatile the sketch is I flipped it for this one.. and I cut my photo square... Would LOVE a silhouette cameo too..They are crazy popular right now..BUT way too expensive.. So I hand cut my stars instead!

So there you go..In between exercise, cooking, cleaning and raising a family - I whipped up five layouts in two afternoons.. How will you go???

Here's what you can win:

Please make sure I am able to contact you when you leave a comment..As you will need to email me you addy for postage..

GOOD LUCK and as always... HAPPY SCRAPPING..



  1. Great idea! I know what you mean abouthose photos we overlook. I tend to pick the best of my photos and sometimes even scrap them more than once if I am doing DT work or even a challenge! Will give your sketch ago!
    I LOVE all your layouts! They all look so different!

  2. Looks like fun. I'm with Ebony - LOVE your 'example LOs' very inspiring...hopefully get time....

  3. OH my goodness, I could never create a layout in 45 mins.. well I havent yet done so.. Love your style of scrapping and misting, and your photos are great always... I am feeling like the days are flying by and little scrapping is getting done here, but I will keep your sketch in mind!!

  4. ive done your sketch........loved it and love all your layouts celeste.....will blog it and link tomorrow.....its too stormy up here to get a pic of it

    1. Thanks Amanda! Can't wait to see what you have created!

  5. here it is........absolutely loved doing this.....

    and my email addy is......

  6. Hope Im not too late - I played along too. If you squint and turn your head to the kinda resembles the sketch!! ha ha ha Thanks for the awesome inspiration!!

  7. Just finished it! The link is:
    & you can see where I've used it!!!
    Email is
    Easy sketch to use, I must say...& fun trying, probably not succeeding, but trying to emulate your amazing scrappy style:):):)

    1. Thanks Lizzy! I loved you layout! And I think you are my winner!! Great layout and one of loyal followers as well..A winning combination!