Tuesday, March 9, 2010

1 sketch, 5 layouts - Part 2

Here we go with day two of Sketches Week!

The sketch, from Sketches for Scrapbooking, Volume One. My starting point for each layout this week.


Layout #2 - "Snissors"


Supply list - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned papers: My Mind's Eye; Alphabet stickers: KI Memories; Word stickers: 7Gypsies; jewels: KaiserCraft

• Variation #1 - One of the most noticeable changes on this layout is the background pattern papers. Instead of using four 3" x 7" strips I decided to break them up into twelve 1" x 7" pieces. Breaking up strips on a sketch is a super easy way to alter the look of the sketch without really changing a lot.


• Variation #2 - I almost always use wallet size photos when I have a sketch that calls for 2 1/2" or smaller photos. They are the perfect size since they measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". On this layout the second picture from the top wasn't going to look right cropped down. I was either going to be cropping out Drew's hands or part of the scissors. The photo fit in well since the width is still 2 1/2" like the other three.

• Variation #3 - Instead of using the three groups of circles on the page I opted for simple word stickers. Since I broke up the background patterned papers into smaller pieces and there are more patterns I wanted to keep those embellishments very simple.

• Variation #4 - The scissors took the place of the flourish on this layout. They are a lot taller than the flourish on the sketch and they end up overlapping into the title area but, like I always say, it's still in the general area of where the flourish on the sketch is and that is all that matters.


One thing you might know about me is how much I like to make my own embellishments. While I love all of the cute, pre-made embellishments that you can purchase, when I come to a point of needing something uncommon I don't let the fact that I can't find a pre-made embellishment for that specific theme stop me. To make these scissors I simply traced around my own scissors onto patterned paper. After I cut them out I adhered the pieces together, added a brad to the center and added it to my page.

• Variation #5 (kind of) - While Jackson may be a little too young right now to help me with my scrapbooking, Drew is at that perfect age where he gets so excited to be my little assistant. Since this page is about Drew and his "snissors", I had him take the two 1" x 10" striped strips and cut them in half lengthwise.


When I adhered the strip to my page I left about a 1/8" space between the cut pieces so that you could see his cutting line. I also added a stitched line in the middle to help it stand out a little more.

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.) :)

40 comments:

Amy from KC said...

Wow, I really love those "snissors!" You make it seem so easy...from idea to execution. I never would have thought of that. I also really like the look of the narrower paper strips. I am definitely going to try that out. There is a lot to love about this layout.

Could you please post a materials list? I am wondering about that grey dotted paper, and pretty much everything else. :) Thanks so much for the great ideas.

Christine said...

cute idea by having Drew cut the paper!

Anonymous said...

It's wonderful that your children can help with a layout about themselves. Very cute page.

Kathy

Danielle said...

This post is exactly what I needed - another lesson in using the sketch as a guideline and not taking it so literal (as I tend to do all the time). Scissors? Seriously, I NEVER would have thought of scissors or any other accent than well...swirls so thanks for sharing this well executed lesson and fabulous layout.

Laura J said...

Wow, another awesome layout! Great tip on using wallet sized photos, I print those a lot. I love the looks you're getting from this sketch...can't wait to try it myself!

I can't place the patterned paper on this layout...I love it and think I've seen it before, but it's alluding me.

Patricia Manley said...

I really like the cut patterned paper and the stitching inside. It looks really cool. I think this is my favorite sketch yet. Thanks again for another great LO.

Beatrice said...

Another layout I love- the scissors are too cute:-)

Scrapthat said...

Love it! As much as I love the look of layering my brain likes the look of straight lines and your journaling with the BG strips just does it for me! And your scissors...ADORABLE! TFS! Great work as always!! :)

shutterbuggin said...

Love how you showed how to change it up and incorporating his cut is priceless. What a great job!
thanks for sharing
tina

Anonymous said...

what a sweet LO. Love the custom sNissors...Jody, IA

Renee said...

That's brillant! Letting Drew cut the paper for you and then stitching the cutting line he made. Wish I would have thought of that when my kids were little and still learning to cut.

Penny Peck said...

I would have never thought to use real scissors to make your embellishment - every time I see a new lay out from you, I think "This is my favorite". I not only enjoy seeing your lay outs, but the grandmother in me loves reading your stories.

Bettyann said...

I LOVE this series. Thanks for the encouragement to branch out! And thanks for the insights into how you design!

Lori G. said...

I love the idea about printing wallet size prints for the smaller size photos. You use the smaller size photos on several of your page layouts and I also wonder how you get photos that small and don't cut anything out.

I also love the scissors and how you made them yourself. My kids aren't always into the bling stuff so I must remember to substitute other things. It might work well with some ball swooshes at my house.

CodyandTraci said...

I love that the 1x7 inch strips give this layout a different feel. Sketches are such wonderful starting points. Thanks again, Traci

Luv2talk said...

Everytime you do a new LO I think, "This one is my favorite." LOL. It really is the 'whole package,' Ali, from the clever title, to making your own embellies, to pulling off fabulous patterned-paper combos, you really do put together an awesome LO. You simply can't be stopped! :)

Cindy Leggett said...

Another adorable layout. You give us so much inspiration.

LJ13 said...

Love your homemade scissor embellishment and what a great idea to include Drew's cutting on the page.

LouAnn

dawn said...

WOW YOU DID IT AGAIN ALLISON, EVERYTIME I THINK I HAVE A FAVORITE LAYOUT OF YOURS YOU GO AND DO SOMETHING AMAZING AGAIN. How do you find the time and energy to think of these cool things. I would never have thought of making scissors. That's so sweet that Drew got to help you. I have to say it again, I love everything about the page, the pictures, paper, color, the sketch, EVERYTHING AGAIN.... can't wait to see if you can top this one the rest of the week.

I had a question though, since I've recieved your sketchbook #5 and looked thru it, all your pictures are either rectangle or square, do you ever cut your pictures into circles or ovals. I have circle/oval cutters from Creative Memories and that's all I've pretty much done, could you think about doing sketch sometime with circles/ovals in it. I've done so many I could use a new creative way to use them. Thanks again for another great sketch.

Simply Me said...

Great layout again Ali. You are very talented. can't wait to see waht is next. I love the sissors!!!

Erica Hettwer said...

I love how you had Drew cut the paper for your layout, that is so awesome!

Kim M said...

I love seeing all the variations you incorporate into your layouts. I especially like how you subbed smaller bits of pp for the bigger ones. I am such a stickler for doing a sketch exactly how it is laid out, it is nice to see things can be mixed up and still look fab.

Anonymous said...

Great Layout! Thanks for the tip on making our own embellies! I never would have thought of that. It's very creative & saves money!

Stacie in Oklahoma

Alice said...

I like having my kids "add" to pages, too. I use their artwork as patterened paper sometimes. Like the different strips in your layout, too.

nina said...

What a great layout! I seem to be in a bit of a rut for my scrapbooking, so I'm loving the inspiration I'm finding on your blog.

Anonymous said...

As others have said, I like how you included the strips that Drew cut. How clever and he must be so proud!!!

Linda from KS

Kristen said...

love how you included him in the layout...isn't that what it's all about? :)

Angela said...

I have photos of my son in almost exactly the same poses........

I love your sketches, and was wondering if anyone in New Zealand was stocking your books.

I have been to the website, and it won't show me postage to NZ.

Thanks
Angela
(four.mcs@xtra.co.nz)

reen said...

Love the layout, as always. I love that you're showing variations on the sketches, it helps me think outside the box.

Sheila said...

Great idea to use the strip that Drew cut! Love this!

wendy said...

I love the idea of making your own embellishments. I have to learn to think outside of the box. Tracing scissors. . . never would've thought of that.

lucinda_scherer said...

You are so talented. I love to get to see a snapshot of your life.

~ Kim ~ said...

I love love love this one! Fun page!! TFS!

Amy Powell said...

I love using little kids pronunciations! It makes for a really great reminder when you look back. It's easy to have pictures of how they looked and what they did, but what they say and how they say it is one of my favorite things to see scrapbooked.

debbi said...

Love the narrower strips and the reminder to take your cue for the title from the journalling.

Zaira Ivette Sierra said...

I just discovered your blog last month during "Sketch Week" thru a link on Twitter, and I am so glad I finally got here! It is so amazing how you can, in such a creative way, give new life to the very same sketch. I've been recomending people on Twitter and some Yahoo Groups to come over visit you. Your blog is such an amazing educational resource! Thanks for publishing it!

Zaira-Ivette (@ScrapbookLatino on Twitter)

Allison Davis said...

I'm so sorry, I completely spaced on the supply list! :) I've got it on there now.

Penny, thank you so much. I love going back and reading them too. Drew and I like to sit down with a scrapbook and I he loves for me to read all the stories to him.

Lori, wallet sizes are so nice because you can still get the whole photo without having to crop them. I love using them!

Dawn, I was lucky and born into an artistic family on both sides. My dad's side is more on the drawing/painting and creative side and my mom's is more on the design side. I've pretty much always loved creating and designing. As for the circles, I have played around with some ideas using circle pictures and sketched them out in my sketch book but I've just never really put them to use. I might have to try it out soon! :)

Alice, I really like the idea of using their artwork as patterned paper!

Angela, I'll send you an email. We'll pretty much ship everywhere. :)

Amy, that is so, so true! I a little notebook filled with funny things that Drew has said. I love going through and reading them. It's amazing how quickly you can forget the silly things they say and how they say it.

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments! It's been so fun for me to share my process and way of thinking. :)

AmyInKy said...

I just received this paper line in the mail today, so this LO really caught my eye. Great work as always and that is too cool that you thought to trace your scissors!

Melanie said...

Love this layout! I really like the 1x7 inch pattern paper strips.

Steff said...

The colors in this are fabulous! So, so cute! And I love the scissors!