Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sketch Week, Part 4

A few people have mentioned using this sketch for a travel or road trip theme and today's layout does just that.

The sketch that is being used as a starting point for all the layouts this week.



Layout #4 - Visiting London



Supply List - Everything is BasicGrey (Wander)

This layout has a ton of stuff added to the hills but like I mentioned earlier this week, with the photos all being grouped together near the center, the extra elements don't overshadow the photos.

Variation #1
On this layout I went from a seven photo sketch to a thirteen photo layout. I know with my travel pages I like to fit as many pictures on it as I can. By breaking up most of the sizes on the sketch into smaller photos I was able to include a lot more. Substituting smaller photos for larger ones is so easy to do and gives the layout a whole new look.

Just like the other layouts this week all the photos still add up to the same measurements as the photo block on the sketch. It's kind of like a puzzle. I knew I wanted at least one larger photo so I kept one of the 4 x 6 photos as it was on the sketch. The rest was just finding the right measurements and the right photos to fit in the right spot. It's really easy to do.

Variation #2
I decided to change up the hills a little on this layout by having taller hills. I need more room for the car embellishments that I wanted to use and by having taller hills I could fit them into the space a little easier.

Variation #3
I also added another hill. The sketch has three but I added in another to get a few more of the colors in the patterned papers in my layout. Between the solid green hill and the solid red photo frame it was kind of looking a little dull and weird. By adding in a patterned paper with all the colors from the collection in it, it helped to tie all the colors together. Plus it made it a lot more colorful!



Variation #4
Instead of the trees I used cars and traffic signs to support my travel theme. I was afraid at first that the extra pieces would be too much but the photos still stand out. I also added a group of little buildings to the left edge of the layout.

Day four means it's the fourth day to get in on the BasicGrey and Sketches for Scrapbooking giveaway!

Speaking of giveaways...

I was in the mood to do a completely unexpected and random giveaway from yesterday's comments so...

KarlaW said...
LOVE the big Christmas tree! Very detailed!

You have won a copy of Sketch for Scrapbooking! You can email me at alidavis1919@hotmail.com with your shipping information and which volume you would like.

:)

149 comments:

Christine said...

another one i love!

i think what i love the most about your layouts & sketches is how you use so much patterned paper...i find myself using more & in a better way now :)

Erica Hettwer said...

I simply adore this layout! The cars are adorable! :)

Anonymous said...

I would have never thought to do a travel-themed layout with the hills and everything, but of course it totally works. Thanks for the inspiration!

~Julie V.

Sue Bone said...

13 photos WOW. Great job.

Melanie said...

This is simply fabulous!!!

D's Place said...

Love it was a versatile Layout.

AmyBug said...

I like all the details of the buildings, cars, signs, etc... And I love how you have changed up the photo sizes every time.

Judith said...

Another great layout. I was thinking you could substitute buildings for trees.

tape said...

Ooo, a travel layout! Love it!

dawn said...

This is a fun layout. Love the color of the hills and all the embellishments. I have to say this has been your easiest and no frill sketch yet. I would never have thought to do a travel page. Sorry to see Friday come already.

So sweet to do a random giveaway, congrats to the winner.

Susan said...

Really love this one with all the details and photos!

Anonymous said...

I had thought about doing this page with trains but I love the cars.I still have some paper scraps and stickers from this collection, so I may need to scraplift. I also have knowledge from your online class so I can change up to fit my photo needs.

Linda from KS

Julie said...

Oh my gosh...I LOVE this one! I love the little cars and the buildings in the background! Great job!

Anonymous said...

Another great layout! I love how you can choose how many pictures and chage it up. Love the cars, great for a little boy layout too! Thanks!

JJD

Anonymous said...

Love these patterns and the cars. So cute.

Kathy R

Sharon said...

I absolutely LOVE how much you can play with this background! The driving cars are perfect :)

Sonya said...

Another great variation! I love how you show what you can do to change up the embellishments.

Jody B. said...

I love the cars and buildings on this layout. Super Cute!

JodyJane said...

Love this! I really like the hills and the use of patterned paper. your bus is so funky and funQ

Scrapthat said...

Love this! Love the hilly hills and the funny little cars! (did you make them yourself? Doesn't matter...still love them) Love the stop sign too. Great work Ali! TFS

ShellyJ said...

oh that BG Wander is so cute! another wonderful take on your sketch :)

Kristina said...

I love the hills! Sooo cute. And I love how many things you can use this layout for ...

April said...

I am totally LOVING the scene you've created here! Awesome...
- April W

Anonymous said...

I love everything about this layout!! I can't wait to go home and play around with it to see what I can create.

Are the little cars Basic Grey or are they copied/traced from the My Mind's Eye boy collection from last summer?

Christina Hoffman

Laura said...

Love it! Yesterday I was showing some friends my photos from when I went to Europe when I was 16(many years ago) and said I needed to get these in a scrapbook. This is perfect for London. I love BasicGrey's papers, and the layout is perfect. Now something for Switzerland, France,Germany and few others. Thank You for sharing your sketches and ideas.

Laura J said...

My honest gut reaction to this layout..."OMGosh, I LOVE THIS ONE!!!" What a great layout! I love it and think it's so cool that you got so many photos on there.

Trisha M. said...

When I thought I couldn't get any better, it does. This LO is super cute. Love the little "town" that you made :)

Precious Memories Scrapbooking & More said...

Oh this is a real cutie, love the vehicles driving the hills! what a great lo & I love all the colors and patterns (my worst time is picking patterns to match each other)

kroller said...

This layout works so well... all the pics, papers, and you always know just the right title fonts to use!

mytwoandras said...

This week has given me so many ideas for using these papers. Thank you.

nanapatty said...

Love the cityscrape embellishments and the blue journaling strips.

Denise B. said...

Love this sketch and the versatility.

Amy Powell said...

Looks like a really cute collection from Basic Grey!
Great ideas!

joel & ginny said...

Love how you added extra hills to add more color/paper. So cute! Wander is my favorite new BG collection!

Miss Misi said...

I like the background scenery.

mothtalk said...

How is it that I've only just discovered your blog today? Your sketches are fabulous; my favourite sketch designers need to move over, 'cause there's a new name on the list!

Megan B said...

I love this layout today with the cute little cityscape and cars...perfect sketch for a travel layout!

Heather K said...

I can see using this layout over and over again for trips. It is so versatile and I usually take so many photos on trips that layouts with lots of photos are great.

Lisa and Eddy said...

Love it! The colors rock...and the cars on the hills...sweet!

Shannon Hager said...

I love the little buildings! Just a great idea for a travel page. I must do this!

CodyandTraci said...

I love the variations on this layout. You are so creative. Thanks for the extra chance to win. Even though it was not me, it was still fun. Thanks again, Traci

Melanie said...

Love it! I am leaving for Mexico tomorrow (so I will miss the last sketch and chance to enter) but I will have to scraplift this for our Pirate tour....the hills will become waves, the car will become a boat :) I cant wait to get the pictures already!!!

thanks again for all of your inspiration. You rock!!!!

Christa Allgood said...

Love it!! There's so much going on but it all works!! It's not distracting or busy at all!!

Rebecca H. said...

I love London and I LOVE this layout! You totally make me want to pull out my pics and scrap them again just so I can create hills and buildings and cars! Simply awesome!

Wendy F said...

I didn't think it could get any better than the holiday layout but I was so wrong! This travel one is amazingly cute! I just love those little cars!!

Beatrice said...

Love it!!! What a fun idea- the little buildings are super cute :-)

abbeyviolet said...

I am really liking the central group and still trying to not be afraid to try the hills!

Christy said...

wow! The car, bus and scooter just do so much for this page! love it!

Laura said...

I love this layout idea - so many trips I could use this for. It also got me thinking about using the sketch for a roller coaster/theme park theme. I have a ton of pictures from Silver Dollar City that I need to use...might have to try it. Thanks again for an awesome sketch, gorgeous layout and helpful explanations. Great job!

holly b said...

The travel theme and all the embellies are perfect!

Yvonne said...

I am constantly amazed at how you have the vision to change each layout. Great job!

KGBELL said...

Awesome! Love the cars and all the different pattern paper. I find myself stuck on how to put so many patterns on the same page! LOVE IT!

Robin W. said...

Your creativity never ceases to amaze me--the travel theme with the cars is just too cute!

Alana M said...

I'm going to use this sketch on a Disney LO today.

Anonymous said...

I love this layout!! The cars are so cute!!

Luv2talk said...

I knew you'd be mixing it up with those hills. LOVE the way this one turned out!

Danielle said...

That little city scene is adorable. I know that the photos should be the focus, but that scene really is a showstopper.

Rebekah said...

Wow, I have to agree with the abovec omments - I am using a lot more patterned paper now after looking through your sketches and I really love the cars. How did you make them, or are they part of the collection?

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

Another wonderful layout! Love this sketch!

debbie susee said...

Surprisingly, I really like all the patterned papers in your hills today. Such a cute travel page. You have a knack for this stuff!

Anonymous said...

It just get's better every day!

Ann McKuin

LouAnn said...

Another great layout. Can't wait to see what you've come up with for tomorrow.

scrapinbabygal said...

I just love how you got so many photos and all the details with the hills is just awesome!! Another stunning 2 pager!!

Janelle H. said...

I love all the details in your embellishments, yet you still manage to keep the focus on the pictures. Can't wait to see tomorrow's sketch - can't believe it's almost the end of the week again!

Jakki said...

love the cars. are they part of the paper pack or did you cut them out of a sheet of paper. im so in love with the "hills" am really going to have to try this. i'm more of a one page scapper so i will have to adapt this to just that, one page. but i love the sketch still the same

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love how you used the hills on this layout for a travel page! Incredible! Why didn't I think of that???

K in PA

Donna O'Bryan said...

Wow! Way to use LOTS of photos.

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed how you used 13 photos but still have tons of room to embellish your page! Very cool.

Paula M.

Anonymous said...

Your details are fab! Everything always goes together so well. Kristi B

AmyInKy said...

I can't believe I missed the first three days of sketch week! I am loving all of these layouts. For today's LO, I am inspired to go home and work with my Wander papers I picked up on my last trip to Archiver's. Great, great layout!

AndreaFriebus said...

The car scene is so adorable!

Tiffany said...

I just love the transportation theme! How cute!

KarlaW said...

The hills are perfect for this travel page. I was so excited when I read your blog and saw that I had won a sketch book! Awesome! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Kelly said...

Love the little cars. Those bigger hills are cute!

Rojoscafe said...

OMG! This is so adorable. I like how you use all the different pattern papers.

Steff said...

Oh my gosh! That little city scape on the left is adorable! Your work is always fresh and amazing, Ali!

anet said...

The red behind the photos (mat) is perfect to make them stand out over the rest of the page. Fantastic!

Jen said...

So great! I love your signs, cars, rolling hills here. And all of those photos! And the luscious pp and colors! Did you piece the cars, signs, buildings yourself, or were those premade?

Scrappinwendi said...

Oh how cute! I hope that you are going to use the BG Pyrus line tomorrow, that one is my fav. After seeing todays layout, I am totally doing this sketch!

Angie said...

oh that LO is so cute!

Jennifer DeWolfe said...

Ali I love this layout! It is so awesome! That scooter is just too cute! Thanks for sharing!

Mom2TwoBoys said...

Awesome layout. I too am wondering if you created the little cars and scooters on your own or not. VERY cute. Thanks for sharing!

ruth said...

I love how you worked the embellishments in...espcially the buildings on the left!

Jennifer said...

Love the idea of a scene behind a photo collage.

JLC said...

Daily variations of the "hills" has really inspired my creative juices to envision waves, sand dunes, etc. Love the sketch flexibility.

Kassie said...

So many possibilities for vacations, Safety town, teaching teenagers to drive, etc. -- I am pumped about this one! :)

shelley said...

I love them all so far but I think this one is my favorite!!

M said...

Wow! Such a fun layout...love it! I was trying to figure out how I could use this layout for a trip I took your example is perfect. Do you think you could do a photo collage and use it in place of all the pics?

marianne in md said...

I am so glad that a friend passed along your blog today! What a wonderful sketch, can't wait to look at more of them.

Jean said...

My husband and I take a lot of little road trips. This layout is perfect for one of thos!

CreativeChretin said...

I love how the blue journaling strips really pop off the page!

dlhfks said...

I love this paper, and it is perfect for this page.

lesley said...

I heart Basic Grey! And I heart sketch week! :)

mmspiker said...

As a teacher, I knew math would come in handy. What a great way to calculate the different ways to configure your photos within the same space! It really makes each of your layouts look totally different.

momtotucknlexi said...

I love this use of BG paper. I also like how you used the arrows to draw our eyes to the photos...as well as drove the vhehicles toward the photos...really great!
Michelle

Karina said...

I just adore this sketch... VERY adaptable !!!

Thanks so much !!!

Karina

MaryBez said...

LOVE THIS....So very creative.

Paper Doll said...

Family vacation means "road trip" for us, so I'm probably just going to copy this layout ... lots of pictures AND all the fun elements too.

Stacy said...

Love all the detail! Super cute once again!

Tammy said...

Love this! I went to London a few months ago. Great sketch for all the vacation photos.

Jac said...

I love all the layered papers!

Linda E said...

Wow, Ali! Thirteen pictures in one layout. This may be my favorite variation of all. And those cars are just too cute travelling along the hills. Thanks for the chance.

Kim M said...

You always think up the most clever variations. I would never have thought to use cars on those hills and adding that extra hill really does make it cuter.

likearose said...

Love it! It looks like you had a blast in London. I had thought road trip for this sketch but WOW this far exceeds what I had imagined.

Gretchen Lindsey said...

Are the cars part of the wander collection? This layout is super cute!

Lisa Marie said...

Love your take on the travel theme and the embellys.So cute.

Emily said...

I love the building of the little cityscape. You could do so much with that idea-- I can totally see a little beach tiki hut for a vacation layout!

Colleen said...

I have never been a huge fan of BG, but the layouts this week are really changing my mind...

Charlene said...

Very nice. I love the versability of your sketches.

Merri Lynn said...

another great layout--love the little cars a travel related embellishments.

Christel said...

I've loved all the layouts so far this week but this one is my most favorite.

julie.schellin said...

keeping the creativity going....love it!

Shannon Marie said...

this is soooo awesome!

cards4ever said...

I love the scooter going down the little hill.

Tammy said...

Awesome job of using so many photos, I am WOW'd! Love Love Love this layout!

Anonymous said...

Love the hills in this layout.
Sandy from Missouri

Anonymous said...

Love the hills in this layout.
Sandy from Missouri

Lara said...

great idea! I'm going to use this for my San Francisco Pages

Jacqueline said...

Love this sketch and this layout. It's my favorite so far!

cowie28 said...

I love the cars, buildings, and traffic signs!! Another excellent and creative layout!

Melanie said...

Fun! Love the cars on the hills and the buildings. It is amazing that you fit all of those photos on the page yet it doesn't look crowded :)

Amy said...

Adorable! Such a fun scene to accompany the photos!

Stella said...

I really like the way the little red scooter and the stop sign help guide the viewer's eye to the red frame around the photos.

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

I love all the "extras" they really set the scene and compliment your photos so well!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

this inspiraton definary expand my use of pattern papers. It has open my eyes to many possiblities.

Bonnie said...

What a super cute layout, I love how you used the papers to make the scenery to go with your photos!! Thanks Allison

connie said...

Love this LO! You always have the best embellishing on your pages. Love the cars.

kimmcc69 said...

This layout is just adorable. Can't wait to do something like this with my vacation pictures.

Amy from KC said...

Usually I am not a hill and wavy paper person, but this week is making me think about giving them a shot. I love the little landscape scene this layout creates!

Marlene said...

Another great variation! Love how you are able to use soo many pictures and yet have it look so clean and elegant!

Misty R. said...

This is a cool travel page! Love the vehicles traveling along the hills and the cool pics

Manhattan Mandie said...

This is an awesome layout! The cars are sooo cute! I just got this paper in the mail today so I may scraplift this one :)

tampatha said...

i have so many travel photos that I can use this sketch for and travel paper packs as well! great idea!
--tammy L

scrapinmo said...

I LOVE the cars and all. I don't know how you come up with all that you do.

Christina said...

Another cute variation on the sketch!

M Salazar said...

Question for you Allison, do you order your pics with a border or use ink or paint for the black border you used in these pics. It really polishes the pics and I want to try it out. Thanks!

Nicole Michelle Gray said...

love the cars, and the hills.

TracyM #6773 said...

Congrats on being guest designer Stacey and for having the best job in the world!!! Love your layout - it is a great sketch to use!

Anonymous said...

I love this layout, esp. the car and scooter. amazing how you fit so many pictures and it doesn't look crowded. Those hills and buildings are adorable.

goldyfish said...

Great LO. Looks like a fun filled trip.

Anna said...

So cute. I love the vehicles!

Penny{scraps} said...

Great adaptation with the variation on the photo sizes. Love the bright colors!

Arjanne said...

This one is way too cool! Love the little cars!

JadeCook said...

wow I love the travel theme!

~ Kim ~ said...

What a fun layout!!

budletsmom said...

I love the way you use patterned paper - using it even for the journaling blocks and die cuts. Very cute LO - oh I also like the black in between the photos to define them a bit more.

Michele Mc said...

So cute! This is why I come to your site - for ideas that would never occur to me. Love the cars. Now I'm thinking of other possibilities - like sled riding for a winter LO. Awesome job!

COScraps said...

I am loving that I discovered your blog. The hills and cars are so cute.

janetk said...

the embellishments on this layout put it over the TOP, thanks for sharing your talent!