Tuesday, February 9, 2010

1 Sketch, 6 layouts - Part 2

My starting point, the sketch I'm using from Sketches for Scrapbooking, Volume 3.


Layout #2 - "Seeing Santa"

Patterned papers, rubons, punch out die cut - Pink Paislee, jewels - KaiserCraft, alphabets - Heidi Swapp, American Crafts

These pictures of the boys didn't turn out that great quality-wise but I love them! We were expecting Jackson to flip out since he's pretty shy but he surprised us. I didn't care that the picture quality wasn't that great. There was no way I wasn't I going to document this cute moment with Santa!

Variation #1 - I decided to stick with the 4" x 4" photos suggested on the sketch with the exception of one. I decided to add a 4" x 6" photo in place of one of the 4" x 4". I really wanted my favorite photo of the boys with Santa to stand out. Simply keeping it uncropped and larger than the other three photos was an easy way to do that.


Variation #2 - Another thing you can see in the photo above is that I used a circle punch out in place of the accent cardstock tab. It's not the exact size or shape as the tab on the sketch but I don't ever think that's an issue. It's all about getting it in the same general area.

Variation #3 - The journaling block is basically the same as it is on the sketch. Just like the circle, it's not in the exact size as on the sketch. It's also not in the exact same placement as on the sketch. I really didn't want to cover up the bottom of the photo so I moved it so that it overlaps just a small corner on the right. As long as it's in the same general area as it is on the sketch it's going to work. Moving things a few inches here or there shouldn't alter the balance of the layout. The block I used was from a piece of patterned paper that I added journaling strips to.

Variation #4 - I decided to make a Christmas tree to go in place of the tab on the left of the photos. It's quite a bit larger than the tab on the sketch but I really don't worry about the size of the elements. Unless it's a huge difference in size, it's going to work. It's all about the placement and not usually about the size.


How to make the tree:
• First you need a triangle cut from cardstock. To do this I cut a rectangle that measured 4" x 6". At the top (one of the shortest sides) I made a small dot at the center (2"). Then, using a ruler I drew a line from that dot in the center down to the bottom left corner and then one from the center to the bottom right corner. After you have the lines drawn cut along the lines with scissors.

• After you have the triangle cut all you have to do is add strips of patterned paper across it. I start at the bottom and work my way up. Then trim the ends off and ink the edges of the tree.

• I added some finishing touches with a zig zag stitch over the seam of the bottom two strips, blue jewels across the middle, and a rub-on (Noel) on one of the strips.

• The last thing to add is the circle on the top of the tree.

The giveaway is still going on today. Everyone gets a second chance at winning a copy of Sketches for Scrapbooking! (Even those that posted yesterday.) :)

27 comments:

dawn said...

Hi Allison,

Thanks for leaving me the tip, I will try this because I like the look of this layout. The Christmas one is so cute. I love seeing Jackson look right at Santa obviously not scared. The way you left one picture a 4x6 is cool too for a focal picture. Thanks for sharing another great layout.

MarciaD said...

This series is just so helpful to me! Thanks so much. It's great to see how you create such wonderful layouts. Love what you did with the Pink Paislee papers!

Sharon Fry said...

I love these papers!!! And I have them, so I may be copying this layout!! And as always, the boys are adorable!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Allison said...

Love the patterned paper blocks on this one!!

reen said...

It's nice to see a Christmas layout without the traditional Christmas colors. pretty

Scrapthat said...

Love the variation on the Layout...the tree is adorable but of course your boys steal the show! I can't believe how big they have gotten!

Jen**SugaredSongbird** said...

Glad to see this as a regular feature! Love the tree idea

LJ13 said...

Another great layout. Love the colors used and what a great way to use up some scraps with that tree.

LouAnn

Anonymous said...

Wow, another great example of this sketch. I really like the colors you used and the tree. Cant wait to see more...Jody, IA

Lori G. said...

I looked through my scrapbooks last night and found I used this sketch on a page. :-) However, I hadn't finished embellishing it and journaling it yet. I'm so excited for your great ideas. After I go to a Cricut class at the local srapbook store tonight, I'm going to try to finish my page.

Thanks! This is so inspiring to me! It really helps me think outside my box (or the sketch).

Sarah K said...

I can't wait to try out this sketch! I just did my first layout from Christmas with one of your sketches from Volume 5 and it turned out AWESOME!!

Thank you for doing this series!

Amy from KC said...

I've noticed that you (and your mom) often make Christmas tree shapes out of patterned paper. I love this, because it allows you to choose the size of the tree based upon the exact layout. It also is a handy use of small bits and scraps, which is cost efficient. I have several Christmas payouts with various forms of your trees on them, and I get compliments from other people.


Also, love the use of the 4x6 picture to change things up. Sometimes you just can't crop anything out of a picture.

The 2nd week of the month is rapidly becoming my favorite week!

Erica Hettwer said...

I love that tree!

Renee said...

I really like that you show us numerous layouts using the same sketch. It's really helping me to see just how versatile sketches can be. Love the tree you paper pieced too!

CodyandTraci said...

Thanks again for doiong this. You are so inspiring!!!

Cindy Leggett said...

What a cute layout. I absolutely love how you use patterned paper to make the Christmas tree. Looking forward to seeing what is next.

Sarah L. said...

I have been working on old Christmas picture card layouts. I am definitely going to add the tree to one of my future pages! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great idea using the 4x6 photo as the focal point. My eyes went right to that photo. Cute layout!

Stacie in Oklahoma

Anonymous said...

Love the Santa layout. The little variations really make each sketch different. Love this!

Kathy

Patricia Manley said...

Another fantastic LO. The paper is great for this christmas page. I received my sketch book yesterday and can't wait to start playing with it. We are snowed in, so I'm thinking tonight is a good night to do just that :) Thanks for being such an inspiration.

Shari said...

Love the Christmas layout. I have tons of Christmas pictures, so I'll probably be scraplifting this one.

Kim M said...

That tree is so stinkin cute! Another great layout!

Anonymous said...

Great job...love your work and I am very excited to see your updating your blog regularly. Can't wait for next months sketch. I have all the books and love seeing you show examples:)

Luv2talk said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you have made this a regular feature. I have 3 of your sketch books and LOVE seeing actual LO's from them. The fact that we get several variations is even better!

~ Kim ~ said...

Loving these blog posts! Thx so much!!

Melanie said...

I love your layouts...this is another fantastic one!

brad & lesley said...

I love this new sketch series you're doing...I find scrapping from sketches the easiest to accomplish, and you're ideas have my creative juices flowing! I especially love this seeing non-traditional colors on this Christmas layout. Goes to show you don't need to invest in themed product to make a layout look GREAT!