Falling for Sketches Lesson Three

Falling for Sketches Lesson Three

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Welcome Back! We have three brand new sketches for you with three fabulous projects inspired by each sketch!

Jennie: 12x12 Scrapbook Layout

As soon as I saw this sketch I was really inspired and it was for a different reason than usual.  I was so drawn to the photo included in this 12"x12" sketch.  A single 4"x4" photo is great, but for some reason, in this sketch, I saw so many possibilities in this one photo's place.  I could see using 4 2"x2" photos or using 2 3"x4" photos instead.  I stuck to the sketch because I had a photo I really wanted to use, but this sketch feels like it's full of possibilities.
I knew that I had the perfect background for this photo, a single 4"x6" card from the Spice Market Modern Memory Keeping Kit.  It has a beautiful pattern that I just love. It's subtle and full of amazing colors that remind me of a sunset.  I knew it would work well for a background - not too busy and detract from my photo or the overall layout.

I also used a yellow patterned paper as my photo mat.  This was because this bright cheerful color helped accentuate my photo and helped it pop against the rest of the elements in this cluster.  I love lots of layers, but without having something to give my photo dimension it might have gotten a little lost.  The yellow really made it stand out.
One of the other things I loved about the sketch was the stars across the top.  However, the stars didn't go with the theme of my layout.  So, how I worked with that was I kept the design of the stars scattered across the page but I altered the shape and didn't use stars.  I mostly just used varying shapes to draw the eye across the top of the page.

There were several other ways I made the sketch my own, including adding the strips across the top of the page and the bottom.  I loved not only the pop of color but the way it anchored the page.  I also added a little additional stamping to the title because I just couldn't resist thanks to my playful title.  Lastly, I really built up the scattered shapes across the top.  I didn't simply use one item, instead, it's clusters that float along the top of the page for a fun, free-flowing effect.
I had so much fun making this sketch my own and I hope that you will, too!

Ashley Horton: Traveler's Notebook Layout

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.cocoadaisy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Summer-Days-TN-Sketch-1.mp4"][/video]       I love to work with sketches, whether I am using them as a starting point for inspiration or as is to get a project finished when I may be low on design ideas. Since I do most of my work in Traveler's Notebooks these days, I was excited to work with the TN Sketch for this class. You will see that I kept the look of the sketch on my layout, but changed things up a bit to make it my own. I needed to flip the sketch to work with my photo, so my daughter wouldn't be looking off of the page. Even though I needed to do some rearranging, you can definitely still see the original sketch in my layout. I really loved the layers behind the photo, from the sketch, and I decided to keep the circle element, but move it above my photo. One of the half-circle chipboard pieces from the Spice Market Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit worked perfectly for this. I knew that I would need to move it, because of the holes punched in my pages to fit in my album. This way, I was still able to include the circle, but make it work with my page design. And I love the added dimension that the chipboard piece gives to my layout. The Yellow Alpha Stickers in the Spice Market Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit were perfect for my title. I was able to keep my title in the same area from the sketch. I wanted to add some color under my letter stickers, so I used some of the rub-ons from the Kit. These rub-ons are great for adding a fun mixed-media look to your page, and they layer so easily. They also helped to ground my title on the page, instead of having my alpha stickers layered over just the white background. One of my favorite things about this sketch was the scattered stars across the page. I decided it would be fun to use the class stamp and the stamp set from the Spice Market Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit to create the elements for this look on my layout. I stamped the larger mandala with ink colors that coordinated with the colors on my design. I fussy cut three of the mandalas, so I could add them to my layout with pop dots to create some dimension. Then I stamped the smaller mandala and mixed in with the larger ones to create that scattered look across the layout. I really liked that the class stamp included two different-sized paint splatters. These worked really well with the look of the rub-ons that I used under my title, so I stamped a couple of them at the top of my photo. To finish off the scattered look, I used those same inks with water and a paintbrush to add some of my own paint splatters. I finished my layout by moving the journaling to the right-hand side of the page. I felt like it would have been too crowded around my title on the left-hand side, but it tucked in nicely with the mandalas on the right-hand side. I used a roller date stamp to add my date under the journaling. And for a final finishing touch, I placed pink and yellow enamel dots in the center of each of the larger mandalas on my layout.

Rachel Newman: Memory Planner Twist Layout

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.cocoadaisy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/IMG_5271.MOV.mp4"][/video]   Sketches for memory planners? Yes, please! I was so excited to see this week's twist sketch for a memory planning layout. You may not be a memory planner (yet!) and that is ok. You can adapt this sketch for other memory-keeping formats. But if you use a memory planner, this sketch is absolutely for you! I love this sketch because it pulled me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to see each photo as its own little design. Typically when I work in my Daisy Planner¬†that I use for memory planning, I put my photos down and decorate around my photos. Thanks to this sketch I decided to matt my photos with a variety of elements from the Spice Market Collection including rub-ons, tags stickers, and papers.¬† The sketch included tabs around some of the photos, which immediately got me thinking about interactive elements for my spread. Here, I created a vertical flip to add another photo and black and white paper to play off my photo. The tab is used to indicate the interactiveness of this cluster. To highlight this beach day memory, I transferred a few of the rub-ons and included a title with a mix of puffy alpha stickers and stamps.¬† I adapted the stars scattered around the page of the sketch with more rub-ons. I also relocated the journaling to give a bit more breathing room between the photo on Wednesday and Sunday. I also altered the placement and alignment of the title for Sunday's photo. I chose to layer the "documented" stamp from the class bundle with an alphabet stamp from my collection. Once again, the tab on the sketch for Sunday inspired me to create another interactive element, this time as a horizontal flip. To make the flip I used the A5 Double-Sided Graph Paper and decorated the inside with a sticker from the Spice Market Memory Keeping Sticker Kit. Another week is documented in my memory planner, thanks to this wonderful sketch that I plan to use again in the future! There are so many ways to adapt its design for any week.   We hope you enjoyed this lesson and we will see you back here next week for Lesson Four. If you use one of the sketches, make sure to share your layouts with us over on the Cocoa Daisy Fan Page. Until next time!