Monday, August 16, 2010

Sketch Week, Part 1

Sketch Week is here! I always get so excited when this week rolls around. It is such a fun way for me to challenge myself with sketches and my creativity. I highly recommend that you all try to challenge yourself to your own little sketch week and see what you can come up with. It really is a great way to push your creativity with sketches.

Here is the sketch, from my personal bank of sketches, that I will be using as the starting point for all five layouts this week.

• This sketch is now available to download. All you have to do is click on the "Downloads" link on the right side of my blog, it will take you to the downloads page where you can download and print the sketch.

One of my favorite things about this sketch is that it fits 10 pictures in many different sizes. It's has a great balance of large, medium, and small photos. Over the course of this week I'll show you several different options for the photos, large and small. Plus I've done several variations on the right side with the papers.

Layout #1 - "...Drew"


Supply list - Cardstock; Bazzill: Everything else; My Mind's Eye

I instantly fell in love with this collection from My Mind's Eye at first sight while at CHA. I also instantly knew which pictures I was going to use with it.

This layout follows the sketch almost exactly so instead of telling you about variations today, I'll show you in detail some of my design ideas.

• Title



When I read the charming, adorable, sweet quote on the die cut piece I knew it would be a perfect fit for these pictures of Drew. The die cut patterned paper piece that I used on the right side of the page actually had the same quote already on it but since I have a slight obsession for pop dots I added the die cut quote on top of it. The die cut was smaller than the quote printed on the paper and ended up framing the die cut perfectly.

I added the "Drew" part of the title with cute banner alphabets for two reasons. One, because I loved the stickers and two because it drives me crazy to have inconsistent gaps between things. Notice that the margins between my photos are all the same. Now look at the margins between the three strips of patterned papers going down the left side, they are the same. I am big on all of the margins on my page being consistent. I also like for most everything on the layout to be grouped together; the title, the journaling, and the pictures. When they are grouped together they are the main focus of the layout, together. (This could quite possible be another proof of my OCD personality.) Without the "Drew" banner the title was just too far away from the main focus of the page. Adding in the banner brought it all together.

• Embellishments





Adding the embellishments can be a tricky part to a layout. You don't want to add too much and take away from the photos. The embellishments are often a nice finishing touch that bring the whole layout together. My rule is to have three areas on my layout for embellishments. I explained in my last post about using a visual triangle and how I like using it to frame my photos.

I counted the title as one embellishment area since I had the banner and a brad. The second area I added a pre-made embellishment and die cut tag from MME. The third is the "I Adore You" die cut. To add interest to these areas I try to make at least one thing in each area dimensional by using pop dots. See I told you I had a thing for pop dots.

Again, like with the title, I like for the embellishments to be consistently grouped with the rest of the design. What I mean by that is, if you have embellishments, your title, your journaling, and your photos spread out inconsistently all over the page the person looking at it has to search for everything. Using the same consistency keeps everything all together and you instantly see the title, the photos, the journaling, and the embellishments.

• Journaling



I always talk about how much I love to use journaling strips and one of the things I love doing with journaling strips is...any guesses? Adding pop dots to a few of the strips. Surprising, I know. I always want the story of my layout to stand out and adding dimension to it is an excellent way to do just that.

When I start creating a layout the first thing I think about is the journaling. What story do I want to tell? What aren't the pictures saying? What do I want to remember about this very moment? Sometimes I instantly come up with what angle I want to take and other times I come up with nothin'. Sometimes pictures, like these of Drew, can be difficult to journaling about. There really wasn't much of a story other than Drew looking super cute in his tie. Sure I could use "Drew looking super cute with his tie" and the date and call it good but I like to add a little bit more of personal touch to my journaling. With these kind of pictures I like to take the time to tell a little about the subject's personality or maybe a story that I don't have exact photos for.

In this case I wasn't sure what direction my journaling was going to take until I read the quote on the title die cut. Drew is definitely charming, adorable, and sweet, so this was the direction I took for my journaling by explaining what makes him charming, adorable, and sweet.


I think it was a pretty much a landslide vote on the giveaway for this month from My Mind's Eye. If you missed the last post, there will be three giveaways. Each giveaway will include three collections from My Mind's Eye who so generously donated one of everything from their newest collections. I'm still in amazement at just how much product that is.

Giveaway #1


Giveaway #2


Giveaway #3


On top of that each giveaway will also have a copy of Sketches for Scrapbooking included, volume choice is all yours. :)

Here's the rundown of how the giveaways work: I'll be posting everyday, Monday - Friday. All week you'll have a chance to leave a comment and next Monday I'll post the winners. You can leave more than one comment through the week to be eligible but not on the same day. (five days = five chances to win!)

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Amy said...

Great layout! Love the paper and it matches the photos perfectly! I wish I could see what the dimensions are for that page. I clicked to get a larger view of the layout but the numbers are pretty blurry.

Judith said...

I love the sketch and look forward to seeing your variations.

Anonymous said...

Love the layout and love the paper/products.

The bell rang..."inconsistent gaps between things". This is one of the problems I have with my layouts. Perhaps I will learn how to resolve this issue when I take your online class next month.

Linda from KS

joel & ginny said...

Yay for sketched week!

Sonya said...

I love sketches that feature a lot of pictures. My favorite part of this one is the DREW banner!

Tasha said...

Love this layout!
I hear you about elements being too far apart. Guess I'm a little OCD about that too.

Jennifer said...

I love how this sketch uses so many photos but is still so clean. Can't wait to try it.

Jennifer D. said...

Ali, Super cute LO, as always!! What a pleasure to get to know more about Drew!!

Susan said...

Love this sketch and those cute photos too!

Kelly said...

I love reading your thought process and I am sure you'll be in my head the next time I scrap, ha ha. LOVE the banner!!

nanapatty said...

These photos show Drew's adorable personality! I have got to start using more pop dots!

Erica Marshall said...

Great layout! Did you add the glitter to the embellishments or did they come like that?

ruth said...

What an adorable layout! I loved walking through your thought process with you. :)

Marcia S said...

That banner element just set the page off beautifully. Drew is growing up so much - he is adorable.

Anonymous said...

Great tip inconsistent spaces. Loved your layout. Sandy from Missouri

Anonymous said...

I always love your sketches. This one is adorable. I can't wait to see whats next. JJD

AmyBug said...

I like how you always go into detail about everything. I've already started incorporating some of these things in my layouts but still keeping within my style. I absolutely (heart) MME especially Alphabet Soup & Lost & Found so I am excited at the three chances of winning any of their stuff + a book. Awesome giveaway!

Tanya said...

lovely layout - awesome prizes - thanks for the opportunity.

Scrapthat said...

Oh it's gorgeous Ali!! Just gorgeous...I'm sold! I need these papers and the embellies! I love the little pointing finger :)
Your banner string looks like you stitched it down with some black floss...beautiful job and I am not necessarily a lover of banners but yours works PERFECT!
LOVE LOVE LOVE this LO and sketch! TFS! :)

April said...

I am so LOVING this page!! I love how you went through the process of why you added each detail too...awesome! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win! :)
- April W

CodyandTraci said...

I was instantly excited when I saw this sketch with all the photo spots. Can't wait to see what you come up with. I was even more excited when I read that you were adding a sketch book to each prize package. Very generous. Thanks for your devotion to sketch week! Traci

Nancy said...

This layout is wonderful! I'm always searching for ways to include a lot of photos on my pages so this sketch really fits the bill! Thanks! :)

Tiffany G. said...

I love MME! The products match the photos perfectly! What a great layout b/c I always have a lot of photos and this has 10 without looking too full. Great page!

Ronnie Crowley said...

I just this sketch - I think I know the exact pictures I'll be using and all those pictures just what I need.

Laura J said...

Awesome layout, so rich in detail! I'd not have thought to pair this paper line with such "modern" photos...but it works so beautifully! Can't wait to see what you do with the sketch the rest of the week!

Manhattan Mandie said...

Love your sketch and your layout! I love Sketch Week and am looking forward to see what variations you do with this sketch :) I may have to try my own take on it too!

Amy Powell said...

I enjoy your explanations of why and how you put your layouts together! Those are some cute pictures :)

Heather K said...

I am so excited for sketch week and this one is fantastic. I tend to use so many pictures on a page and there are not many sketches that incorporate that many pictures at a time, so they get used over and over. I am sure this one will as well.

Christy said...

Oh I love the new Mind's Eye collections! This page is so cute too!

Roberta said...

Allison you are such an inspiration. Whenever I'm stumped or my mojo needs refreshing you can do it! Great layout that motivates me to get in my craft room and play.

Jody M said...

I love the MME papers and embellies. They really suit your photos. What a beautiful and funny little boy Drew is. Thanks for the give a ways! You are so generous

Karen F said...

Yahoo!! I love sketch week. It's like Christmas morning for scrapbookers :)

Danielle said...

Ditto on the love for this layout. Super cute. I have a question I've wanted to know forever on your layouts....how do you get those journaling strips to be so evenly cut and adhered? It is really done with just a paper trimmer?

Anonymous said...

I love that you go so many pics on one page & it looks great! kristi b

Anonymous said...

I love how, as usual, your layout contains several photos but it doesn't seem crowded. Thanks!

~Julie V.

christine said...

This is a great sketch and a great lo. I love the details on the lo.

Christina said...

Love the use of glitter-I'm always nervous about using it since I have 4 boys. Great layout!!!

Christa Allgood said...

I love the banner and how you handstitched the banner "rope". I'm always impressed with your journaling. I have a really hard time journaling and I'm bad about just putting the name and date!

Melanie said...

Awesome sketch! Love the number of photos on it. Thanks for sharing :)

Christine said...

thanks ali! great sketch as always :)

Paula said...

I can understand why you had the perfect pictures to go with the papers they are perfect together.

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Love 2-page sketches and the chance to scrap a bunch of pictures! I also tend to use journaling strips, so your example gave me some great ideas.

Erica Hettwer said...

This sketch is awesome! I really love using just one side of your sketches when I don't have as many photos from an event.

Cindy Leggett said...

Wowzer!!!! Love this sketch. Love MME. Love you taking us through your thought process.

Jody B. said...

Love the sketch and layout. I like that it has so many photos. I take so many photos, this sketch will be great for me. The MME paper goes perfectly with your photos.

Lisa and Eddy said...

Love all the details you have shown! Thanks for the easy to understand instructions too! :) I'm a new Ali fan and I'll be sticking around ;)
cheers! Lisa

Stephanie said...

Love the sketch and the layout! It always inspires me the way you include so many pics without making your layouts feel cluttered or disorganized. This layout is going in my "faves."

carissaH said...

Great sketch. Great layout. Great products. Great photos and the greatest commentary on how and why you did what you did on your layout!! Thank you!!!!

Colleen said...

I love sketch week and the sketch this week rocks with all the pictures. Can't wait to see how you adapt this one.

Melanie said...

Fabulous layout and sketch!This will be a sketch I use for my many event photos!!!
I love this week!

Janelle H. said...

I really love the banner you added to this as one of your embellishments. Perfect pictures/paper combination!

sandra said...

Luv the layout! Great color combination.

Missy said...

Yay! I love sketch Week! Seriously fantastic layout! I can't wait to see the rest of the week!

Yvonne said...

You coverered several points this week about the placement of items that some of us never think about. That is just one of the reasons that your pages look so good, but a very important reason. Thanks for sharing with us.

Allison Davis said...

Amy, I currently working on having the sketches as a printable PDF so that everyone can download them and print them out and they will be the correct size and quality. I'll try to get it all figured out this evening and let everyone know. :)

Erica, four of the new MME have pre-glittered accents. They are beautiful!

Danielle, yup I use a paper trimmer. Mine aren't always perfect but inking the edges is a good way to hide some of the imperfections. :)

Britia said...

Great sketch! I'm always on the lookout for sketches with lots of photos. I love the banner in your title block. Can't wait for tomorrow's layout!

Kim M said...

I am so excited for this week's sketch. I LOVE the sketch you choose and how it has room for soo many pictures. It would be perfect for my month in review layouts. I love using a sketch is able to accomodate so many pictures. Can't wait to see all the different variations this week.

Corina said...

I recently discovered scrapbook generation while on vacation this year and I am so grateful I did! Your blogs and creativity have inspired me to new heights! Thanks!!!

Aracely Palomares-Neeley, LCSW said...

all the stuff looks sooooo YUMMY!!!! I heart all this stuff and the sketches make it a breeze to use!! i want to win!!!
Aracely Neeley

Wendy Shoemaker said...

What an amazing layout! I have a Drew, too. He's a teenager, but still charming, adorable and sweet!

Carolyn Wolff said...

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Your sketch and layout are amazing.

scarthur said...

Great layout! A-m-a-z-i-n-g giveaways!! It's going to be a fun week! :)

kimmcc69 said...

Love the layout and love the new MME paper and embellishments. Can't wait to see what else you create this week.

Anonymous said...

What a fun sketch and layout! These papers were truly made for those pictures! Thank you for the opportunity to win three prizes. I can't wait to get my hands on MME's new line of papers. The Halloween is calling my name as well as the blue boy paper.

Christina Hoffman

Wendy F said...

Another awesome sketch! I can't wait to try this one. I love how it has TEN photos on it!! Awesome prizes too!!

JLC said...

Thank you for sharing a personal sketch which includes 10 pictures. I love the new sketch details, including having the number of photos on each sketch. Knowing how many pics per sketch will be a time saver when looking for ideas. The new collection from MME's coordinates wonderfully with the photos you selected

Joan said...

I've just begun using your sketches--I received Book 1 last week and have already used it for 6layouts. What I like most about your sketches is that they are all two-page spreads and that I don't have to cut a picture in the middle and put it on two separate pages. I also like consistent widths/lengths on pictures. This sketch looks like a good one to scrap the many pictures I've taken of my grandkids!

Leslie said...

I love your sketches! I recently moved and remodeled my scrapbook room and have been so pleased with the work that I can get done using your sketch books. They are simple, fast and give awesome results! Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

karen Taylor said...

My heart goes pitter patter! I just love the sketch and your layout.....Gotta love red!!

Jennifer said...

Wow, what wonderful giveaways!!
I love this week's sketch! I always seem to have too many photos and this sketch is perfect for fitting them all in! thanks!

mmullenix said...

Love that you were able to get so many photos in the sketch. I tend to carried away w/ photo shoots of my DD, and this would work perfectly for some of those times.

Great giveaways, too! :)

Mary Bez said...

Your layouts never cease to amaze me! Love them and all that can be done with them!!

Brenda Johnston said...

I love this sketch! Going to use it today!

LouAnn said...

So glad that sketch week is here. I really like this sketch because of all the photos. Love the mix of photo sizes on this one.

LouAnn

Anne said...

I am going to scrapbook tonight and use this sketch. I just ordered the new sketch book -- cant wait to get it. I really depend on the sketches now to get me going when I sit down to scrapbook.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Love the sketch and all the wonderful giveaways.:) Can't wait to see the rest of the week.

Stacy Perrus said...

Love it!

Rojoscafe said...

Thank you for sharing your process to create a sketch, it makes everything look cohesive. I never even thought about the visual triangle but I see how it makes total sense now. You make it look so easy! I hope some of your creative genius rubs off on me.

Lara said...

Thanks Ali and MME! This is awesome. I just started using your books and love it! Love how my pages turn out every time!

AmyInKy said...

Your layout is just adorable and the photos are too fun. I sure hope I'm one of the three winners you pick. Those are great prize packages!

Miss Misi said...

I like all of his adorable expressions!

Bonnie said...

Love this sketch !!! It would be perfect for all my vacations photos, love sketches with lots of space for photos !!! Thanks for a chance to win.

scrapinbabygal said...

This is such a fabulous sketch that has endless possibilities!! I cant wait to try it!!

Anonymous said...

Love this sketch. Have lots of beach photos to get on layouts and this should help.

Kathy R

goldyfish said...

Great Lo. I love that you have so many picture on the pages. I love to fill my pages with pictures. Thanks for taking your time each month to share your sketches and how we can change a sketch to make it our own. Bless you guys on branching out more.

Luv2talk said...

I do LOVE your sketches, but your pictures are AWESOME, as well. Love the colors; love the composition. This one will be fun to follow.

P.s. I would be happy with ANY of the PRIZE PACKS:)

Luv2talk

Michael, Elizabeth, Vaiden, and Whitten said...

Just found your blog and so happy I did!! You have a new stalker:) Love your work...very inspirational!!

Lori G. said...

Wow! Another amazing sketch! I love that you used 10 photos on this page. I can't wait to see how you change it up!

I also enjoyed reading your creative process. For those of use that start with photos, it was neat to read your process and a reminder to think outside the box.

I can't wait to take your class in September so I can learn to think outside the box some more.

AndreaFriebus said...

Great layout, great photos, and awesome prizes!!

Gretchen Lindsey said...

You can never have to many popdots! Did you use stickles on the "Drew" banner or were they already glittered? Great way to start sketches week.

RacheT said...

Thanks for the tip regarding journaling. After figuring the layout and embellishments I always forget to tell the story. Thanks for the reminder!

Leanne W said...

Good tip regarding journaling (pop dots)!

Moody Girl said...

I always 'just look' at sketch week. I think this time I'm gonna play along!

jane-e said...

I am continually impressed by your talent and inspired by your ideas.

Jenny Mick said...

Just found your blog! Just bought your first sketch book! Can't wait to use it!! Love your layout!!

Michele Mc said...

Wow- I'm excited for this week for so many reasons. First I saw the sketch with 10 photos - love that! Then I saw your LO - just amazing. Then I read the part about you trying to put the sketch in a printable format for us - so generous and thoughtful of you. Finally,seeing the giveaways - wow! Very generous of MME. Looking forward to the rest of the week!

scrapinmo said...

I really like the new My Mind's Eye and what you create is always wonderful. I would love to win a prize package! See you tomorrow!!! :)

Laura said...

Great layout! Love the paper, bought some Sat. at Scrapbook Generations, but it looks like I will have to go back.for more! All the prizes look fantastic. Laura

Megan B said...

I'm so excited for another week of your sketches. I really love how you explain your process as you have created the layout. I like to start with the sketch first too, then find my photos...much easier that way! :)

Miranda said...

I have just the photos to try out on this sketch!

by Alleycatmom said...

What a great sketch! I love how you gave the My Mind's Eye embellishments your own flair. -- Devanie

Niki Estes said...

What a cute layout! I love that sketch!

Samantha T. said...

Love the sketch for this week, and what an amazing sponsor for this month! Sketches for Scrapbooking + MME = Heaven!

mmspiker said...

I went on a major trip, ended up with hundreds of photos and was too overwhelmed to scrap it all. Your process about how you approached sketch week really helped. I made kits and it has been seamlessly rolling along. I love your post for a 10 photo layout. Now I don't have to toss all the extra pics I printed!!!!!!

Sarah Harwood said...

You have a great talent for pulling everything together. I also love these new collections. I am a fan of MME too.

Anonymous said...

My Mind's Eye is my favorite product line. Would LOVE to win one of their giveaways, along with your sketch book for great layout ideas. Thanks for the great inspiration. Keep up the great work!
Lori H.

Connie Scraps said...

Hi Allison!
Just found out about your sketch books and love them! Thanks to MME for the great giveaways!

Jennifer E. said...

Your layout is great. The pictures match perfectly with the paper and embellishments.

abbeyviolet said...

Great page! I really like the new MME lines!

connie said...

I love sketch week! Great sketch and love the MME paper.

ScrapyTiff said...

Love that you inked the edges of the photos instead of using full black mats... gotta try that!

debbie susee said...

Love how you used 10 photos and it doesn't look too busy. Very pleasing to the eye. Thanks for sharing your sketches and creativity with us. :)

Lydia said...

I love douple page multi photo sketches and this is a great one!! I love your interpretation and that banner is too cute!

Ladyofthelake318 said...

Great sketch! Can't wait to see all the ways you make it work. Love this layout of Drew!

Emeraldvalkyrie said...

I love that sketch and the way you used it. it will be interesting to see all of your different takes on it. thank you for the greta giveaway!!!

tdleitch said...

Beautiful layout! I love the flowers and the texture is awesome!

SkyOreo said...

Amazing layout with the red embellishments that match your photos! I love all your layouts and hope to purchase some of your sketch books soon.

Carmen Hall said...

Love this sketch!!! Great photos! I have to miss out on Wed & Thursday :( But on a plus side , Finally having my baby girl!!! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us all week. Those givaways are AWESOME!

dazey said...

What an awesome giveaway and a gorgeous layout! The paper/embellishments go perfectly with those pictures.

GLOANN said...

I can see this is going to be a fun and educational week. Love all the tips you have given using today's sketch and LO.

Becky said...

Love the layout, I love that you use so many pictures :)

Great Job!

Christel said...

Love the sketch (thank you) and will probably use it at some point. I like that it includes so many photos of different sizes, etc. I've been using your sketch books alot this summer. I can't wait to see what else you do with the sketch this week. I really like the layout you did today. I just started using journaling strips (computer) and I'm really liking it so far. It makes it so much easier to include more info in a small amount of space.

lmiller416 said...

Love this Layout. I enjoy using your sketch books (Vol. 3-6) so much. It has made my scrapbooking so much easier and quicker. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Love this sketch. I like when there is room for lots of pictures. The giveaways look great too!
Tracy C.

LeAnne Smith said...

Wonderful sketch & layout! Really liked how you used the twine in your title banner!!

Loving the new MME collections! Thanks for a chance to win 'em!!

Beatrice said...

What a great sketch- I love this layout!!! The red accents you used balanced out the red in the photos perfectly! Another amazing job:-)

The Kitch Family said...

I love the banner with Drew's name - it's so pretty! And I love the crown embellie!

The Gypsies said...

I love your sketches & layouts. The new MME collections are great. I can hardly wait to get my hands on them.

Ninotschka said...

wow, looks adorable! the accents are the perfect size to compliment but not outshine the pictures but still stand up pretty much! i love the sketch and will sure try to use it.

Sassy said...

So sweet! I love your double layouts and sketch books. Thanks for giving us the chance to win.

Valerie said...

I am relatively new to the blog, but I am so impressed with your pages. I love that you got so many pictures on a two page spread and it doesn't look too busy. I love MME papers!

Aubree said...

These pixs are just perfect with these papers! What a fun layout!!

Cravinchoc said...

Thanks for all the extra details you give us. It helps give people like me some new ideas. :)

ShellyJ said...

Great sketch! and of course wonderful page to go with it :)

holly b said...

I love this sketch! I have been in a scrapbooking rut all summer, but this project just might help me get out of it. I'm off to look through my pictures and am going to try to work on this tonight.

Donna O'Bryan said...

I like the sketch and love the layout. I especially like the comment about too much embellishing taking away from the picture

Kara said...

I love this LO!

Marlene said...

I recently found your blog and I'm soo HAPPY that I did! I love how you are able to fit soo many pictures and still have the layout look elegant. I'd love to have a .pdf file of your Sketch Week sketches!

Destiny said...

Love this sketch! I really like that I can use so many photos.Love the lo. as always and Drew is so cute btw.I can always pick out your los. in ck because of your boys and the design.I have purchased all 5 of your book and I'm making los. quicker than I everthought possible.Thanks for such great sketches and inspiration.I need to order #6 now.

Anonymous said...

Love this layout and love sketch week. Thanks Abby
belizern@yahoo.com

shelley said...

Love the layout. Very cute little boy.

julie.schellin said...

WOW! I was using a batch of your Sketch Week sketches just that past weekend to make some progress in my albums.

Karina said...

I had your blog in my bookmarks for more than a year, and last week I looked it again... OH MY GOODNESS... THANKS SO MUCH for the Sketch Week!!! I really love how creative you are with sketches !!! And, of course,I found your books... I'll buy all of them, you are amazing !!! I am a big fan of journaling strips, that is one of the reasons that I love this sketch !!!

Thanks again,

Karina

Kim said...

What a great layout and a great giveaway :-)

nina said...

Love Sketch Week! I really like this layout - what a great way to pack a large number of photos onto a layout without looking crowded. Can't wait to see more...

Andrea Amu said...

Awesome sketch and layout!! Love it!

Melissa said...

Love the sketch! Love all the different sizes and how it inclues so many photos. Can't wait to check out each day this week what you've done with it. Thanks!

Jen said...

Just started reading your blog recently. I love using sketches, and love that so many of yours are for multiple photos. Now I need to give some a try! Looks like a fab giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

Ashley said...

Love My Minds Eye's new products. Saw them on an online scrapbook store, and have a ton sitting in my "cart", so winning would save me some big bucks! Heehee!

Kristina said...

I always look forward to your layouts! They always seem new and fresh, and make me want to scrap!!

csewy said...

Ali,

Love the new sketch..I'm going to have to give it a try!! I was so honored to have you pick a layout of mine for your "Around the World" this last month!! I love all of the neat photos and the bright red shirt, so cool!! Thanks for a chance to win one of the packets!!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

I just love this sketch and the layout! I can't wait to use them. These My Minds Eye's product are awesome! Looking forward to more inspirations!

Alyssa said...

Great sketch--and I love the way the My Mind's Eye products look with these photos.

Anonymous said...

oh my... this sketch came at the perfect time...i had all these photos of my dgd at Easter and this sketch is perfect to do a LO for her album.
It spoke to me so loud, now off to get busy!
theresa loewen
Taber,AB.

Rebecca H. said...

This is my first sketch week and it's starting out so cool! Can't wait to see what's next!

dawn said...

Hi Allison,

Wow what an amazing fun perfect adorable layout of Drew. I could easily fall for those brown eyes and red hair too. I'm so glad you used these photos so soon in a layout. Love that it has room for 10 photos which I'm sure you will increase it somehow and amaze us as always. This prize package from MME is so wonderful, I do want a little of everything to play with. I can't wait to see if you can top this sketch today I have a feeling it will be my favorite of the week. Great job as always love everything you did and the details you told us.

Anonymous said...

Very cool giveaway! I just started scrapbooking and am so glad I stumble across your blog for all these fabulous sketches!
Thanks!
Megan S

Anonymous said...

Awesome sketch and a beautiful page using Drew's cute pix!

Amy said...

Great sketch! So nice to have some options for tons of photos. And love the new line from MME..I'm a sucker for red and polka dots. Can't wait to see what you do the rest of the week.

Amy form KC said...

Sketch Week, woot - woot! I love EVERYTHING about his sketch, Ali. A printable PDF of the sketch would be rockin' awesome fabulous. And, a big thank you to MME for the wonderful prize packages. Even if I'm not a winner, I can express gratitude for their generosity. Wow! What a way to end the summer/ begin back-to-school.

Kristen said...

LOVE the Drew banner!

Sara said...

Great sketch! Can't wait to put it to use!

Musicmom-Amy said...

Great layout and great sketch!

Mandi said...

Wow, what an amazing giveaway! I completely agree that those photos and papers were MADE for each other!!!

reen said...

You always amaze me with your fresh layouts. This one is great, I love the pictures of Drew and your sweet words about him. It will be so nice to have, especially when he's old, like my kids ;).

Wendy said...

I've been checking out your blog for a quite a while and I've gotten a lot of ideas for my pages. Thank you so much for sharing these great sketches!

~Wendy

kathyms said...

Love the sketch and the give away:)
I can't wait to see your next layout.

Liz H said...

Love, Love, Love these products.
And what an adorable layout. I can't wait to try it.

debbi said...

I so much appreciate you providing us with a printable sketch - I have lots of t-ball photos and I think this sketch will help me to get all my favorites on one layout! Also, thanks to MME for a generous give-away!

kathrynschein said...

Great sketch, awesome prizes! I'm really enjoying collecting all of your ideas.

Janie aka Jane, Juana said...

Wow, I just found you through someone elses blog...........
Love MME, and any one would be welcomed!

Sandy said...

I just recently discovered your work, and I love it!

Thanks for the opportunity to win some great prizes; I love MME!

Roshni's Paper Trail said...

Love the Sketch! Thanks for the chance to win!

tkl said...

Love your sketch week - keep them coming! and this give away is amazing!

Lynne Osborn said...

I have many of your books and they truly inspire me. Basic ideas that can be expanded upon. Thank-you

Megan L said...

Wow!!! What a great give away. I recently found you guys and am so excited to see this new sketch.

Nicole Michelle Gray said...

Alison,

I love this layout!! You can use glitter on a boys layout and it still be a boy layout

Anonymous said...

Great layout and sketch. I love how the red pops!
Slobodanka

susan ott said...

Love your sketches and that layout. I also love MME collections. Thanks for the chance to win.

Emily said...

Wow, Alli. I'm very impressed by your sketchwork. So many photos and yet so clean and uncluttered, and I love the color scheme!

Robin W. said...

Your explanations are so helpful. I've never thought about using pop dots on journaling strips! Drew is just too cute also!!

Anonymous said...

I love the page you did with the My Minds Eye stuff. Soo cute...
Lori R

KGBELL said...

I love the pics and layout! I recently discovered the wonder of sketches and this by far is my favorite site! I love how you take the sketch into some many directions! Thank You!

Rachel said...

I love that so many photos fit into this layout!

Heather B. said...

This is a great sketch - looking forward to seeing what you do with it!!

Tara T said...

I love that paper line! I like to see what you have done with it. It is so nice to see someone making something for boys.

melissa c said...

I love that you are able to incorpirate several photos. I'm not an advanced scrapbooker and this layout is something that i can do!

Suzanne said...

Love this sketch. I'm partial to sketches that use alot of photos, so can't wait to use this one!

Michelle T. said...

I love how the colors match the photos so perfectly!

Gina said...

I really like the sketch and the fact that it uses so many photos. Can't wait to see the other variations. Also love the look of the product.

Carol said...

I agree with the need for evenly spaced margins - glad to know I am not alone in this!

Michelle Dorland said...

I love it! Way way cute!

Liz in MO said...

I really like how you broke down how you create a page from your sketches. It was really helpful. What a wonderful giveaway also!

Sherry said...

Great layout!! I'm OCD like you...if the sticker looks slightly off, I would pull it off. It drives my husband NUTS! :)

Anonymous said...

Just on Monday, I learned so much.
-Seeing your sketch book
-everything grouped together
-inconsistent gapes
-visual triangle
-frame my photos
-journaling, what aren't the pictures saying
-pick the sketcch, then the photos
-package them into kits
-lay the photos on the page without adhering them
-then cut the papers
I learned so much on Monday. Thanks

Stacy said...

Cool sketch! Looking forward to this weeks layouts! Wow! What a great giveway! Fingers crossed!;)

Corbi said...

I love the paper line and the photos you chose! I think I picked up one of just about everything in the line myself! LOVE IT!!

Michelle said...

I love the sketch! The collection from My Mind's Eye is beautiful!

cmw said...

I love, love, love Sketches and what a better way to use one of my favorite lines~ My Mind's Eye. Thank you for five wonderful chances to win such a terrific bunch of prizes :)

Glynis said...

I love this sketch!! I can't wait to use this to scrap my hundreds of holiday photos. That layout is fabulous, it is incredible that you manage to create unique sketches and layouts every time.
Those giveaway packs are to die for, and any copy of your books would be a treasure! Can't wait to see more of your creations :O)

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