Falling for Sketches Lesson Two

Falling for Sketches Lesson Two

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Welcome Back! We have another week of paper crafting to share with you, all inspired by this week's sketches. A tip for working with sketches: have a system for organizing them. If you are printing the sketches each week, add them to a binder, notebook, or file folder to help keep your sketches organized.

Erica Thompson: 12x12 Sketch for Lesson #2


When looking at a sketch always remember you can use it in so many ways. Create a project just as the sketch shows or pull certain elements from the sketch that inspire you.

I love a grid design so this sketch was perfect for me and I had so much fun creating with it. I took the grid design and mixed it up a bit and swapped out the squares for circles.

The colorful 12x12 papers were fun to die cut helping me create a colorful and bright layout. I wanted a white base to help the colors in the papers really stand out and I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous rub-ons included in the kit. The chipboard pieces in the kit were fun to add to the layout and added another texture to the page. The half-circle chipboard pieces were the perfect fit for my punched circles!

Using dies and punches to create designs on my page is one of my favorites! I layered up different-sized circles to add dimension and help create a colorful layout. I used my 2-inch circle punch on my photos and popped them up onto some of the circles on my layout. Shaped photos are so much fun and add interest to your page. I took the sketch and stuck with the design but mixed up the shapes. My layout still has 9 pieces like the sketch but instead of squares, I went with circles.

My photos have bits of yellow in them that really pop against the colorful papers in this kit. For my title, I used the beautiful puffy stickers and placed them around the center circle helping to bring attention to that center photo. I finished off the layout with some Cocoa Daisy glitter enamel dots for a bit of sparkle and love how this layout turned out inspired by the sketch! I can’t wait to see your take on this sketch!


Rachel Newman: Traveler’s Notebook Sketch Lesson # 2

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.cocoadaisy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/IMG_5111.MOV.mp4"][/video]   I love a grid-style layout, so I was very excited about working with this sketch. Once, again, I stayed true to the sketch, because it was perfect the way it was! I especially liked the left alignment of the grid, providing white space and room for journaling on the right page.   The colors in the Spice Market Collection perfectly matched my photos from an evening watching the sunset in Santorini, Greece. The bold colors compliment the saturated blues and oranges in my photos, and the white space between the squares and in the background gives the whole spread an airiness.¬† My favorite part about a grid design is choosing how to embellish each f the squares. for this spread, my goal was to balance color and text around the grid. To add some interest, I went "off-grid" in a few places with the paint splatter rub-ons from the Spice Market Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit.¬† For the photo corners, I selected one of the bold blue papers and trimmed it into triangles. I wanted the photo corners to anchor the airy grid and using this pattern paper helped achieve this. I did a second set of corner embellishments on the page itself using the rub-ons from the Spice Market Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit. With a white border, your eye has a tendency to float off the page. Incorporating these page corners brings your eye back into the focus of this spread.¬†  

Jennie McGarvey: "Twist" Sketch for Lesson #2


Week two's twist brings us something very exciting - another brand-new sketch.  That's right - so hold on to your hats because we're creating a whole new traveler's notebook layout with a whole new sketch. When I saw this sketch, I loved it and that doesn't always happen for me.  Sometimes I'm a bit perplexed about how I will work this into my memory keeping.  Does this sketch work for the photo I have in mind or do I have a photo perfect for this sketch? For this sketch? I had the perfect photo and story just waiting!

Patterned paper as a background can feel daunting, but it doesn't have to.  I find that if you use patterns that have tone-on-tone color or that are simple, the results can be beautiful.  Using one of the Spice Market Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit cards on the left-hand side was perfect. This deep pink definitely catches your eye and adding a plain white tag [from my stash] on top really pops! Any patterned paper from the Spice Market Collection would have been fine here, but honestly, this was a great opportunity to use one with a wide range of colors since there was a single color in the background.

Ordinarily, I might go bold for the title.  However, since I used a bold color for the background of the title page, I decided to keep it a little more subdued using these puffy alphabet stickers.  I love the font and it worked perfectly to use my son's street name as the title of this layout.

Now, for the right-hand side of the page, I also stuck to the design of the sketch.  The photo I used went perfectly in the spot allocated for it. Why mess with a good thing?  I was not so much documenting the story of where he was living and who with as much as the move-in day itself.  So, I simply added the date to document the day we moved him into this house. For the embellishing on this page, I kept it simple. I created the cluster with two elements - the bottom being a rub-on.  I find rub-ons to be the most satisfying for layering.  They add no bulk and there are no issues.  They layer well with each other and also with other stickers or embellishments.

The last bit was the strip of patterned paper.  I could have dressed it up with some stamping or stitching but I decided to add the same patterned paper I used on the left-hand side would be perfect.  This would add the pop of color I was craving, plus tie both pages together. This created a cohesive layout that was simple to create!

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Until next week, happy crafting!