Adapting Sketches

Using sketches when creating your scrapbook layouts can save you a lot of time. You can use sketches from other scrapbookers or create your own. A sketch is a drawing showing the outline of where you will place items on the page. For example, you draw where you will place your photos, patterned paper and embellishments.

I recently drew up a sketch that I thought would be a fun way to include 7 pictures on my album. The journaling space is around the perimeter of the picture square.

Here are two different layouts I created based on this sketch. I would like to share how I adapted this sketch to make it work for each set of photos.

Run, play, jump, laugh.

Pictures. When I was preparing to work on this layout, I decided that I only wanted to include the three pictures that you see in the layout. I was able to adapt this layout by replacing some of the photos spots with patterned paper that supported the theme of my page. I absolutely love this frog paper from Basic Grey and I knew that it had to be included on the layout.

Journaling. I followed my original idea of journaling in a square around the photos, but to add a little more interest, I choose 4 words that I wanted to stand out and then fit them into the journaling. I highly suggest first writing your journaling in pencil so that you will be sure to have the right spacing.


Pictures. I really wanted to include all 7 pictures in this layout. I felt that all of the water in the photos would support my theme more that adding patterned paper in the place of a photo. I measured and inch and a half in from each edge of the paper and then cut the photos to fit in the space. I placed the center photo last which helped to cover up any uneven edges from the photo trimming.

Journaling. There really wasn’t one word that I wanted to have stand out more than another, so I kept all of the words a consistent size. I used a White Sakura Souffle pen for the journaling so that the color of the journaling would match the chipboard title.