Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sketch Week, Part 5

I'm always a little sad on the last day of sketch week. This is such an enjoyable process and I can't thank you all enough for the wonderful comments!

The sketch, from Sketches for Scrapbooking, Volume Four, that I have used as my starting point for all seven layouts.



Layout #7 - "Notre Dame"


Supply list - Everything on this layout is Pink Paislee

• Variation #1 - For this layout I used my stretching technique that I talked about last month. Notre Dame has so many amazing details and I wanted to include a lot of smaller pictures of those details. I "stretched" the layout so that I could add those two rows of three 2 x 2 photos. I didn't actually use 4 x 6 photos as the sketch suggested, they have 1/2" trimmed off to make a little room for the two rows of 2 x 2 photos. If I would have kept the 4 x 6 size it would have had the strips on the left and the right running a little too close to the edge of the paper. The biggest problem would have been not having enough room on the right for my journaling.

• Variation #2 - Sometimes it's fun to mix it up and use a patterned paper for the background. I am usually a white or french vanilla cardstock user and mostly because I like for all the elements to stand out. One white and french vanilla the pictures, the papers, the embellishments, the journaling and the title really stand out and grab attention. Plus it makes it so easy when I pick my cardstock color. But there are times that a patterned paper can enhance your pictures. I thought this pattern was so pretty next to the pictures on the layout and really complimented the colors and the overall look of the pictures.

• Variation #3 - Instead of the stars that are suggested on the sketch I used a small grouping of cork circles from Pink Paislee.


I also added rubons around them. In the picture below you can see how I even added a rubon to the folded fabric strip. That is one thing I love about rubons, they will pretty much transfer onto anything. (I even used them on my face for Halloween one year!)


• Variation #4 - I fell in love with these folded fabric strips from Pink Paislee the second I saw them and I was so pleased with how it looked across the bottom on top of the 1 1/2" strip. Adding elements and little details like this is a great way to enhance a sketch and really make it fit your style.

• Variation #5 - Instead of using journaling strips like suggested on the sketch, I used a shaped journaling paper. Because I had stretched the layout and the journaling paper was a larger size than the space I had, I trimmed a little off the left edge and then adhered it so that it was flush with the pictures. That way it kind of looks like the paper still continues under the pictures.

Today is the last day for the giveaway! :)

Also be sure to check back on Monday when I'll post the winner. You'll definitely want to check, I might have a little surprise! :)

65 comments:

Brenda Johnston said...

Totally cute sketch! Thanks for sharing your talents with us. Can't wait to get my DVD!

Kristen said...

Loving the departure from the kids on this layout. ;) the colors are great!

Christine said...

I love this sketch, and I love seeing how you added extra photos. Awesome!

Barbara said...

OMGosh!! This is wonderful! I have many pics from trips we've taken and this is just a fabulous example of how I may use this sketch to make the most of them! Thanks for sharing you talents with us. :)

Stacey Atchley said...

Ah...my favorite of all the layouts this week. I should have known you'd make everyone wait until Friday for this one!

dawn said...

You are amazing!! This was such a great surprise for the last day. It is a beautiful layout. I love that you used a pattern background this time, I'm a "whitey" myself but this really fits with your pictures. The yellow really pops on the layout, love the pleated ribbon. My sister just got back from Ireland so I will show her this layout. This was a great way to show off all the details. Great job again!! Thanks so much for visiting and leaving such nice comments. It was a different kind of Easter then most but so mcuh fun all day long.

I love love surprises, can't wait for Monday. Have a great weekend and catch up on your sleep!!

Moe said...

I love these papers, they work so well with your photos. Thank you again for sharing with us

Musings by Me said...

Beautiful LO and photos!

Laura J said...

Wow, stunning layout! Love the use of the 2 x2 pics for the architectural detail shots! And this layout is so full of texture...love it!

nanapatty said...

WOW! What a completely different look by changing the background paper. And I love the folded fabric ribbon, then adding the rubon. Thanks again.

Heather Kalish said...

I am so excited I discovered your site. You do beautiful work, have wonderful sketches and I love the way you take the time to explain what you have done. Thanks so much for all the time you have invested in helping others love this art.

Sharon Worley said...

Great sketch week!!! I actually have on my scrap table some very similar photos of Notre Dame to work on - this should be easy peasy now thanks to you!!

Scrapthat said...

So beautiful!
You're sad? Think how we feel without your inspiration daily! :)
TFS Love this take also

Lisa said...

I really like the patterned paper background today. It does enhance the photos.
Thanks for all your hard work all week!

Christa Allgood said...

This layout is beautiful!! I saw the folded fabric strip and the cork circles at the retreat and I've been trying to figure out what to do with them!

Anonymous said...

Oh MY! You saved the best for last! Totally love this LO, all the extra details make this one pop. Thank you Jody, IA

Colleen said...

Thanks for posting a week's worth of sketches. They were all very inspiring.

kroller said...

Love this one, and the colors are perfect! I need to travel more so I can do one like this! Very elegant!TFS

Lori G. said...

Today's layout is great! I can see using it with all my spring break pictures from Springfield, Branson, St. Louis, Hannibal, Amana, Dubuque, and Field of Dreams.

It was good to stop by the store last week when I was Springfield. I've been able to take a few glimpses of the week while on the road. I can't wait to look at it in more detail when we get back to Minnesota.

Amy Powell said...

I almost wondered if i went to the wrong blog when I saw a patterned paper background! :)

I love the extra 2 x 2 photos, that is a great way to highlight those detail photos. And wow, I cannot believe there are 13 pictures in this layout! I always try to cram in too many larger pictures, so I will be using your stretching technique on this sketch!

ShellyJ said...

OH, I love what you did with this one! Love the added little square pictures. AND I just got some of those Pink Paislee Pleats; good to see them in use!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love the colors on this one. Everything goes together amazingly well. I love that stuff from PP & can't wait to get my hands on some of those pleated fabrics. I had no idea that you could put a rub-on on fabric. Thanks so much for that idea! I'm sad this is the last day. I've enjoyed each day getting up & checking the sketches. Thanks!

Amy S from Texas

Anonymous said...

Beautiful layout. Love the colors that you used with this one.

LouAnn

Anonymous said...

I am SO LOVING Sketch Week!!!
I'm planning to use your sketches to work on my son's school scrapbook! I'm a few years behind and I'm HOPEFUL that the sketches will get me going!!! Would love to win a sketchbook!
Melisa
mwthornton@yahoo.com

CodyandTraci said...

I am not sure what I am more jealous of, your amazing talent or that you have been to Paris.:) I love all the layouts this week. Thanks!

Kara said...

This LO is beautiful! I kinda miss seeing your cute kids' faces on it though! HA! Great week of sketches! Now to go print off some photos for a weekend of fun! :)

Anonymous said...

You're right, the pattern paper works perfectly with the pictures! This is a pretty layout. Thanks for another great sketch week! I'm already looking forward to next month!

Stacie in Oklahoma

wendy said...

This sketch has gone from fun and whimsical to strikingly beautiful in five short days. Love all the little photos in this one.

Penny Peck said...

Do you ever get tired of having me write "breath-taking"!

Amy from KC said...

Well, when you use a patterned paper background, boy do you USE it! That paper and all of the embellishments really capture the feel of Paris, and make me want to go back.(The France Pavilion at Epcot is just not the same.) ;)

Great layout, Ali. I am always sad to be at the end of sketch week, but you have really given a lot of great tips and variety this week. Thank you so much!

On another note, I love the addition of the sketch week column to the right of the blog, with all of the links to the layouts and days. I really like having a little mini sketch to see. It's another great tweak.

Misty in STL said...

This is gorgeous! I love the photos, the patterned background paper, and the small touches that enhance, but do not distract from the photos. This week has been very inspiring!

Therese said...

Oh my goodness - this is such a beautiful layout. I love how the paper truly enhances the stone on Notre Dame!

Nice change once in awhile to not just scrapbook the kids.

Thanks for some amazing ideas this week.

Britia said...

Another great layout! Thanks, Ali!

joel & ginny said...

Love it! I just got some of those PP fabric pleats, too!

AndreaFriebus said...

This layout is stunning!!

Lori said...

Beautiful layout. This is one of my most favorite sketches out of the books! I love the patterned paper background and the pleated ribbon...I know what my next purchase will be!

Luv2talk said...

I love the color contrast on this one. Where most of your LO's turn out bright and fun, this one is more elegant. Nice twist.

connie said...

I love this LO! Thanks for the variations on this sketch and all the tips. I have really gotten lots of inspiration this week.

The Frost Girls said...

thanks so much allison! i love sketches week :)

Jingle said...

This is just beautiful! The colors are so wonderful!

Samantha T. said...

Absolutely beautiful LO!

Christel said...

I love how you stretched this layout to include so many picture. I also love the patterned paper, folded ribbon and the embellishments. Can't wait til the next sketch week. :)

Julie said...

Your creativity knows no bounds!!!! I love the variation that the patterned paper adds! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas this week, as well as weeks past!

taxded-baby said...

Beautiful! Love the folded fabric. Thanks for sharing your amazing work! Can't wait to get my Sketch books so I can create some great layouts!!

LeAnne Smith said...

I just love the bold, yellow fabric you've added! Was it pre-stitched, because me and a sewing machine just aren't the best of friends, KWIM?! Loved all your layouts this week and how you changed each up just a bit!!

Viji Siddharth said...

wow...i went pages back on your blog!! a page a day with such little ones..you are totally awesome!!! I would so love to win a book!! with a 8 mth old i hardly find time to think of a layout...then get everything together and then going..it takes me 3 hours atleast!! it is frustrating!! Susie on fiskateers just posted what she did with your book!! She did 12 layouts at a stretch!! unbelievable!! I am still scared to sew though..maybe i should also do hand stitching like you...you love stitching don't you!!!

I really need to finish my little ones baby album before he grows up :P!!

X0X0
Viji #5858.... (yet another fiskateer fan!!)

Beatrice said...

Oh- I love this one- the embellishments are so cool- it is such an elegant layout :-)

Cindy Leggett said...

I love how you use paper and embellies from different companys. I tend to use everything from one line and am afraid to venture out. Can't wait for Monday. I love surprises.

Donna in SC said...

All of your LOs are wonderful, but this one really stands out. I have so many travel pictures that would look so good in a LO like this. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us.

Eulouise said...

I have all 5 of your books plus the card book--I especially love seeing how you embellish and modify your sketches.

debbie susee said...

Love how you've used the same sketch all week but you'd never notice it in your scrapbooks because they all look so different. Little variations make a big difference.

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

I have never tried a rubon on a riboon before. I'll have to try that one! Thanks!

sandyh50 said...

I love all the different pages you get with the same sketch! I did do the sketch this week and made a layout.Do you want a link to our layout that we did? I am new at this. Thanks.

Robin W. said...

Beautiful layout--your examples of how to work with a sketch are just great!! Now I just need to get scrapping myself :)

Michelle said...

I really like the techniques that you are teaching us. I feel like I can take the ideas and incorporate it into my own layouts. Usually the classes I take just teach me how to glue everything together to look like the sample. This week has really gotten me thinking. I can't believe there is so much variation to an unassuming black and white sketch.

Kim M said...

Love pleated ribbons from PP are to dye for!! Thanks so much for this week. I really enjoy this time every month and I know it takes a lot of work to get it all done, so again, thanks! I do a Month in Review layout every month and all your tips really help me in stretching and making the most out of the sketches.

reen said...

Really like every thing about this layout... the paper, the photos, the embellishments. Just lovely.

kathy said...

love all these ideas......just got my sketches for scrapbooking x3 in the mail......LOVE them!!!

Jamie said...

Love all the great variations and tips, you're amazing! Love the pleated ribbon and how you detail the process!

Carolyn Lontin said...

WOW!! All of your layouts are so gorgeous & unique - I just love it!

Jen**SugaredSongbird** said...

Thank you for taking the time to do these, I learn something new each week!

Steff said...

Wow! What a classy layout! I love that you used a pattern for the background...for a change! Thanks for addressing that question!

AmyInKy said...

Those fabric strips are too cool and I really like the look of the patterned paper for the background with these photos. I usually use cardstock for my bases - not always white, but rarely use PP for a base.

I've loved catching up on your blog today. It was spring break here this week and I was busy enjoying time off with my kids. I have lots of new photos now and have loved the 2-page scrapbook inspiration. Thanks!

Melanie said...

Another fabulous layout!
Hmmmm...I wonder what the surprise on Monday will be?

TracyM #6773 said...

Another lovely layout!!!

I am so glad you shared a sketch with us on Fiskateers and that I have now set your site up in my favourites - I love sketches now that I have tried one and LOVE how you use so many photos too - thankyou Allison :o)