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It's lesson six and this features grid-style sketches with a few great adaptations from our contributors. Let's get started!
Jennie McGarvey: 12x12 Sketch Layout
I thought this sketch was so much fun and a great way to use many photos in one layout.¬† As I was choosing my supplies and photos for this layout, I wanted to use circles instead of squares.¬† At first, I was all in on this idea, but I second-guessed myself for a moment because I felt like I was losing some fun layering opportunities. I stuck to my first instinct [I try to do that most of the time!] and went with the circles.
The change I made to that part of the layout was to use 5 circles in each row instead of 6 squares.¬† I wanted a bit more breathing room/space and I do like the end result.¬† However, with the squares, I think that the extra square works great!
For one of the circles, I removed the punched cardstock or photo and used a rub-on as the circle.¬† It's a bit larger than the rest of the punched pieces [they are all appx. 1.75"] and I love that it is! Having that one be different is really interesting and shakes things up just a bit. For another one of the circles, I have a punched background and an acetate mandala on top of it with a chipboard accent on top of that.
I relied very heavily on rub-ons for decor on this layout.¬† I felt like the circles gave the layout an overall decorative feel so I didn't think that there didn't need to be an overwhelming amount of embellishing.¬† I do really love rub-ons from the Spice Market Collection
so I made sure to use them in several spots for layering over the punched cardstock pieces. They work well as the focal point and as accents!
The last way I really deviated from the sketch was with the journaling. In the original sketch, the journaling was on the grid.¬† I knew my circles were a bit too small and I also really just wanted to have fun with the circles. I decided that I would put my journaling below the title using some printed journaling strips.¬† Just a tiny difference that is easy to do and can be easy to incorporate in most layouts.
Shu-Wen Tham: Traveler‚Äôs Notebook Sketch Layout
This is Shu-Wen here, @ChouxPuffCreations
on Instagram and YouTube
), and I am so excited to be contributing a lesson to this class! Interactive pages are a specialty of mine, and I thought it would be fun to share how I turned this sketch into an interactive layout in my TN-sized album with TWO different types of interactive elements! Let‚Äôs get started!
The first interactive element that I included in my layout was a hidden pocket behind the white cardstock portion of the sketch. I used the 6x8 patterned paper from the Spice Market Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit
to create a ticket stub-shaped magnetic closure, which flips open and pulls out to reveal some hidden journaling! The TN pocket card from the kit was the perfect size to hold my journaling once I trimmed the top and bottom parts down, and I loved that the sentiment ‚ÄúExplore your world‚Äù is generic enough to allow me to document a non-travel-related layout.
I trimmed down another piece of the 6x8 patterned papers from the Spice Market Traveler's Notebook Memory Keeping Kit
to cover up the backside of the TN pocket card and include more journaling. However, I didn‚Äôt have enough journaling to fill up the entire surface as I did on the front side. Rub-ons to the rescue! I cut the rainbow mandala rub-on in half with a paper trimmer and used each half to decorate the top and bottom edges of the ledger paper. I love that the rub-ons allow for seamless design layering onto patterned papers with no added bulk. It even looks seamless after I‚Äôve adhered to my clear sticker paper on top of the rub-ons!
My second interactive element involves a swivel closure that turns to allow two photo flip-outs to open up, revealing a total of 8 hidden photos on this layout! To decorate my swivel closure, I picked out the blue, pink, and purple adhesive-backed postage die-cut pieces, as I felt like they would bring out the blue, pink, and purple theme I was going for in my layout. And for the grid section of my layout, I LOVED mixing and matching the different geometric patterns in the patterned papers for this kit! I felt like the geometric patterns went really well with the tile-like grid design in the sketch!
Here's a look at my finished layout! I finished off the grid section with my title spelled out in the yellow puffy alphabet stickers that came in the kit; with the rest of the spread being relatively one-dimensional, I always like throwing in a different texture into my layouts, and puffy alphabet stickers are always great for adding a bit of extra texture and dimension! I hope you enjoyed seeing how I turned this sketch into a fun interactive layout, and I hope you try incorporating interactive elements into your memory-keeping spreads too! If you have any questions, don‚Äôt hesitate to contact me over on my YouTube channel or Instagram @ChouxPuffCreations! Thanks for stopping by!
Rachel Newman: Twist Sketch Layout
I love the simple "twist" of this sketch by simply rotating the alignment from horizontal to vertical. This is a great reminder that you can do this with any sketch! I especially liked that the grid was clustered toward the center of the spread, something I don't usually do, but will need to do more. I did make a few minor tweaks to this sketch. First, I printed my photos slightly larger than what the sketch called for. My photos are 1.5 x 1.70, not quite square, and too large for to fit all the grid square the sketch called for. With the long line for the vertical grid, the rectangular size of the photos worked better with the design.
To begin, I used one of the Spice Market 12x12 papers
trimmed down to 5 x 8.25 inches. Next, I layered the white cardstock, leaving a 3/4 inch border, and the blue paper on top of the cardstock. You don't full sheets of paper to replicate this. In fact, this would be a great use of paper scraps! We all have those paper strips as a result of trimming down pattern paper. This would work so well here! Speaking of scraps, I did end up using my paper scraps from the grid boxes. I leaned into the colorfulness of this spread and tried to move the color around the page. I kept the pattern boxes pretty simple, but I did add a strip of washi over the orange in the color block box. I really like the pattern of that washi and wanted it to feel part of the color block pattern.
I used the large chipboard piece as a closure for a photo flip. The sentiment perfectly captures how I feel about one of my favorite pups! To make the flip, I used a blank page from the Spice MarketSimple Dori as the base. I like using this paper because it is thick enough to hold the interactive element and makes it easy to add hidden journaling on the inside. The flip is secured under the chipboard piece, which I adhered using foam adhesive on the bottom half of the half circle.¬†
One of my favorite thing about a grid is finding ways to go outside the structured design. For this layout, I created a few line borders using the stamp set from the Falling Into Sketches Class Bundle. I used a masking technique both on the stamp with washi and on the page with a sticky note to get the corner stamped on the page.¬†
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