Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sketch Week, Part 4

The purpose of today's layout is to show you how to very easily adapt this sketch to fit a specific theme.

The sketch that I'm using, from our DVD - Stretch Your Scrapbooking, as a starting point for all five layouts this week.



Layout #4 - "Arnall Tradition"


Supply list - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper, stickers, and alphabet stickers: Pink Paislee

The 4th of July is not only one of my favorite holidays to enjoy but it's also one of my favorites to scrapbook! On this layout I used the same collection from the Pink Paislee giveaway.

Variation #1 - Since I was making a 4th of July layout I thought stars would be a great substitution for the circles. While the circles would have looked great too, the stars just fit the specific theme so well. Just think of all the different elements you could use in place of those circles: hearts, arrows, flowers, flourishes, squares, trees, etc.



Another thing I want to point out is the difference of the circles, or stars on this layout, grouped together. Don't stress yourself out trying to get the exact shape of the circle groups on the sketch or even the same size. As long as you've got the elements in that general area it's going to look great. If you go back and look at all the layouts I've posted this week not one looks the same as the others as far as the circle placement goes. I always lay mine out before I adhere them to get an idea of what it's going to look like. Plus it's easier to add one here, take one out there if they aren't glued down. Once you've got them in a place you like and are happy with the results then start adhering them.

Variation #2 - I kept the same 2" striped strip that the sketch suggests but I want to tone down the boldness of it just a little bit. I was able to do this by adding another patterned paper strip in a lighter color over the top of it and leaving only 1/4" of the stripe showing above and below it.

Variation #3 - Yesterday I talked about my frustration with border strips and only getting one in the package. Well, on this layout I copied a border strip that I liked by making it with patterned papers. In place of the scallop strip on the sketch I instead used circles and stars punched out of patterned papers and added them across the page. Of course it took a little longer than just adhering a sticker but this way I was able to stretch the complete design all the way across both pages.

Variation #4 - Last week I posted a 4th of July layout with the photos arranged in a grid. I love how grid designs are an easy way to get a lot of photos on the page. I somewhat followed that same pattern here. I always have so many pictures from the 4th that it's so hard for me to narrow my choice down to just a few. By cropping my photos into smaller sizes I was able to include a lot of little details of that day on my layout.


I still kept the same measurements as the four 4 x 4 photo group suggested on the sketch but instead used smaller photos to fill that space.

Variation #5 - And the last one, a small one, I used a simple journaling block instead of having my journaling directly one the page. I know I probably sound like a broken record, but I can't repeat it enough, the journaling section of the layout is always one that can be altered to fit the length of your story.

Two more days for a chance at winning the Pink Paislee giveaway or the Sketches for Scrapbooking giveaway. :)

76 comments:

Stacy said...

Another great layout! I am lovin how many pictures you got on this!

Brenda Johnston said...

Such an adorable layout! I would love to win volume #6!

Anonymous said...

Love the stars!
~Julie V.

Sue Bone said...

Love it

Erica Hettwer said...

I love what you did with Starlight. I'm pretty sure it's my new favorite line. Although, Scenic Route's Liberty is right up there. Love them!

Amy Powell said...

I was looking at my 4th pictures today and was wondering how I would fit them all in. Your grids always look so great, so this was a good reminder that I can use all the pictures I want!

Melanie said...

When I first saw this sketch, I thought of stars in place of the circles. So it's super cool to see you use them on this layout :) And I LOVE the Pink Paislee die-cut circle--awesome!!

reen said...

My thought when I saw the layout, "ah that is so awesome". I love the circles on the sketch, circles are my favorite shape. But it works so well with the stars. Really pretty layout.

Anonymous said...

Another awesome layout. I like how you stitched around some of the stars and added a few brads...that little extra touch which you do so well.

Linda from KS

scrapbookobsession said...

Love the stars, the Pink Paislee papers, and the photo grid the best. And the photos are priceless :)
~Erika

Amy said...

Love this layout! The stars are great!

Christine said...

I'm so glad to see the layout with stars...very cute!

dawn said...

I really love how you've changed the sketch everyday. It looked like a tricky one on Monday and everyday you turn it into "easy" for us. It just so happens 4th of July is my 2nd favorite holiday so I love this idea for my pictures. This paperline is awesome and now I want to win really bad. Great job on everything as always.

Cheerios626 said...

I LOVE the star grouping!! Another great twist. Your so creative!

Julie said...

I ALWAYS take too many pictures and your sketches always help me use them. Great layout today!

nanapatty said...

On this layout I noticed that you inked the edges of the photos which really helps them stand out, especially in a grid. Another great idea!

LJ13 said...

I was hoping you'd have a layout with a different shape. Love all those stars and how you got so many pics on the page.

LouAnn

JodyJane said...

I really like how many photos you got on this one. Too many fireworks pictures here also. I also like the journaling block and need to pick some of these up.

Sharon said...

I love how you used so many pictures! And that you used the goofy ones too!

joel & ginny said...

Love the stars! I hear you on the border strips, too!

Kel said...

This is just GREAT! I love this variation too with the stars!

Laura J said...

I think that this is my favorite layout of the week...I just love it! I am a huge fan of all the detail work you do, it's not just stars placed on the page, they've all got that little extra something (like stitching) to make them stand out and then your border with the stars and circles, OMGosh, I just adore that!!!

Anonymous said...

Rhonda H said....
Wondering if you use a digi template to size your photos for that collage grouping or just crop what you have printed 4x6?

Marcia S said...

Loving all the star elements and the grid was perfect for all the pics. Do you print your pics at home?

Jody B. said...

Another great layout. Love the stars in place of the circles.

Anonymous said...

Love the stars! Will definitely scraplift this for my 4th of July layout.

Kathy R

Colleen said...

I love to use collages and love how you incorporated it in this layout.

Mary Bez said...

What a great variation....thanks so much for doing the sketch week, it is a fantastic starting point for so many projects.

connie said...

Allison thank you for taking the time to do sketch week. Your LO's and variations to the sketch make me want to pull out my supplies and scrapbook. (too bad I am at work)

Carolyn Wolff said...

I am Canadian, but I have to say that I always admire the American pages. Fabulous version of your sketch.

Janelle H. said...

I love how you used a different shape and accented the star groupings with stitching, brads and the tickets! And what a great way to get lots of pictures on a page that tell the story of the event!

Steff said...

Love the star groupings and those ticket stubs---so cute!

Michele Mc said...

Love this! I happen to be completing a Washington D.C. layout using another of your sketches and think I can probably incorporate the star grouping into it, too. So many ideas you give us, so little time! Just wondering if you used a collage template and cut the pictures apart or cropped your own? (Precious children, btw!)

Carmen said...

Love, love, love this layout! I am a huge fan of stars so that totally won me over! I need those papers now!!

Scrapthat said...

It looks great! I love the stars!! I NEED one of your sketch books I am itching to scrap my multi pic LOs!!

Penny Peck said...

Wowzer! I like how you left spaces between the pictures - breaks it up just right so I can see the pictures better.

dlhfks said...

Another GREAT layout! Love the stars, and the Pink Paisley paper. Thanks for the chance to win.

wendy said...

So much detail thrown into such a cute layout. How long does it take you to do an average layout like this?

Cindy Leggett said...

Love the change from circles to stars. I like to iclude lots of photos so the grid design is great. Your photos are wonderful.

Christa Allgood said...

I love how you overlapped the pics in the grid...it makes it interesting!

Britia said...

I like lots of pictures on my layouts so I love that you got 10 on this one. The stars are great as well. Can't wait to see what you do tomorrow!

Luv2talk said...

I'm sure I'm starting to sound like a broken record too...lol, but, once again, BRILLIANT! Love the star substition, and LOVE how DREW's RED HAIR always looks so good on these 4th of July LO's. LOL!

Tasha said...

Love the stars, and your right that sketch is perfect for just about any shape. I have some pictures of my niece's valentines party. This sketch using hearts just might be perfect.

lesley said...

What else can I say this week??? Love the sketch, love this layout!

budletsmom said...

Another great variation. I love this paper I wish my LSS carried it. I really like how you changed up the size of the photos to show how you can add more photos to fit your photos.

CodyandTraci said...

I am so sad that sketches week is almost over. I was very inspired by the sketch this week and I completed a layout using it. I posted photos of it on my blog. Thank you for motivation, and inspiration!

debbie susee said...

Love all the stars! I have to do a 4th of July layout in the next week or so. Think I'll keep this sketch in mind when it comes up. :)

AndreaFriebus said...

That Pink Paislee paper is perfect for a patriotic theme. Looks great!

Andi said...

Gorgeous layout! The stars look fabulous.

Beatrice said...

Very cute:-) I really like how you did the collage of photos and the stars are a perfect fix!!!

Wendy said...

I've already made two layouts with this sketch...now I'm going to have to make another with my July 4th photos!! This is just beautiful! I LOVE IT!!

kroller said...

LOVE LOVE the stars! And that photo of drew just POPS right out at you! It helps that his red hair fits the color scheme perfectly : ) All the pics are awesome.. What kind of camera do you use?Those firework pics turned out great.

Cheryl said...

This is another great layout, Allison! I love your main photo. That and the grouping both stand out so well. Fabulous detail as usual -- love the stars and the tickets. Thank you for giving us a few close ups, but it gives a chance to think, "Oh! It says this! That works so well!" :o)

Anonymous said...

It looks great. Love, love, love the papers & the stars are a perfect choice.

Amy S. (Tx)

Scrappin' with Wendy said...

Wow! Your sketches and layouts are amazing!!

shelley said...

Love all the stars!! Another great layout

Mandi said...

Love how you altered the block of photos to fit so many more! Great variation!

Kristen said...

love the cute little tickets and stars!

Linda E said...

Seeing all the wonderful variations of this sketch has inspired me to dig out the peace sign die-cut from Litlle Yellow Bicycle's Free Spirit collection and start creating. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Kim M said...

I really like how you used all the stars, this layout is soo adorable. I really appreciate all the time and trouble you go to every month putting this all together to help us all learn something, thanks!

Tiffany G. said...

This is the best one yet! I think this is my favorite paper of all time! Love the stars!

Amy from KC said...

Ok, this has me thinking of a Disney layout with classic mickeys instead of the circles...I've gotta go play with this idea. (Love the star layout.)

Anonymous said...

LOVE how many photos you fit on the right side of the layout! This is a must for birthday and Christmas layouts.
- Heather B

Merri Lynn said...

fun layout and I will try and use some of your ideas on my 4th of July layouts.

kimmcc69 said...

I love this Pink Paislee paper and what you did with it. The stars theme fits so perfectly. Another wonderful layout.

Shari said...

I love this layout. The star border is just perfect.

Rachel said...

Those stars are perfect! very cute

Marti said...

Love the stars and the photo grid! Such a happy LO!

Musings by Me said...

You have such amazing photos on this LO. What kind of camera do you use?

Barbara said...

Speaking of the WOW factor!! Love how you used the stars and special little elements. Such a fabulous layout and one I'm sure to use. Thanks!!

Melanie said...

Fabulous layout! I have this same paper....I will be lifting this one :)

Jennifer said...

I love seeing all the different variations you create on your layouts!!

tiffany said...

Love all the stars on this layout! It just keeps getting better and better!

Christel said...

Great layout! Love all the stars, the border across the bottom and how you used lots of pics.

Christina said...

My favorite one this week! Scraplifting this for the fireworks pictures I took on Sunday!
Loves it!

Robbin said...

love it!!!! I too love the 4th, and have some great pics from this year...cannot wait to use this idea :)

Thank you again!