Scrapbooking becomes more complicated everyday. With all the new techniques to try and new embellishments and styles, it’s so hard to keep up. Using sketches to create layouts, is a fast and simple way to get more done.
Several years ago, Becky Higgins of Creating Keepsake’s fame, came up with an idea for sketches, which are penciled drawings (or sometimes digitally created), that provide the “basic recipe” for a scrapbook page. They are simply guidelines for creating a beautiful page without all the hard designing work. She promptly put out a book titled Becky Higgins Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking. She then followed with Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking 2. Her sketches appear monthly in Creating Keepsakes Magazine and show off different ways to use one sketch to create multiple looks. They’ve also begun appearing in Simple Scrapbooks Magazine as well.
The glory of sketches is that they provide a quick solution to the design element of the scrapbook page. The possibilities are endless. All you have to do is provide the paper, photos and embellishments but it takes the guess work out of creating the page. Everything already has a place to go.
While Becky Higgins is the original “sketch artist”, sketches caught on fast. A recent Google search netted over 724,000 results. There are now web sites that offer an entire selection of sketches and other scrapbooking magazines that offer a sketch each month.
I use sketches a lot in my scrapbooking, using them more when I have lots of pictures from one event that I need to scrapbook. They show you easy ways to incorporate all those photos on a layout. I have even found a few websites that I love to visit to get more sketches. Here is a nice collection of scrapbook web sites offering sketches. Some have tons, some only have a few, some have sketches for different size layouts, but no matter what the site has, they all evoke inspiration.
Sketch Lover – This site also has a nice link list to other sketch sites.
Split Coast Stampers - You will need to search around the gallery to find all of the sketches, but this link directs you to a bunch.
Scrap Jazz Sketches – again you will need to browse the gallery to see all the sketches, but it’s worth it.
Allie’s Albums Adoption Scrapbooking Sketches – anyone can use the sketches!