Click here to access the sketches for this week‚Äôs lesson!¬†[wpdm_package id='851578']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[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP8CBaBvu6U[/embed]
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‚Äôt wait to see your take on this sketch!
Rachel Newman: Traveler‚Äôs Notebook Sketch Lesson # 2
Jennie McGarvey: "Twist" Sketch for Lesson #2[embed]https://youtu.be/QWTrLxC6tI0[/embed]
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!