What About Wednesday: Changing a Sketch

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Aloha!! I don’t know about you but I am very much enjoying all the layouts this month with our Team Up with Let’s Get Sketchy. It is so fun seeing everyone’s take on the same sketches throughout the week. I really liked using this sketch this week.
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I love the concept of this sketch. It was designed by Brenshevia, from Let’s Get Sketchy.  It uses strips of paper under the photo. I like to do this often. It’s a great way to use up smaller scraps that I have in my stash.

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I did have to make one switch to this sketch. Which is what I wanted to discuss a little today. Changing a sketch to fit our design needs.

I have two photos that I wanted to use for this layout. I am still working on my Autumn cozy themed photos. I did, however decide to keep this layout a 12×12 instead of the 8 1/2x 11 that I have been doing though out this past month.

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By adding a second photo it does change the flow design in the sketch. It leaves much less white space. When you adapt a sketch to fit our needs, you do want to think of whether these changes will work with the concept of the sketch and still function for you.

Does this change effect how you are telling the story that is on your page?  I seriously think these types of questions really are different for each and every scrapper.  Sometimes it is fine to change up a sketch, like I did. Sometimes it may not work. If I had wanted to journal more about  my love for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes or other seasonal Starbucks drinks I probably wouldn’t want to add a second photo.

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Because I used two photos I also needed more strips of paper under the photos. I wanted to use more Silhouette Cut leaves, since many of my cozy layouts have leaves on them. This proved to be difficult. I ultimately decided to use them in two spots. On the right side of my strips and photo and down near the bottom of the photos where the end of my Title would be.

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Even though there isn’t spots for big cluster embellishments on the sketch, I really wanted them, because it is part of my style. I layered leaves with stickers, a rubber tag, gold thread, cork stars and sequins. I love all the texture ll these different elements add to the layers.

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I did the same thing with my bottom clusters as well. I added some Thickers on the leaf cluster to draw your eye right there. There are some extra enamel dots among the cork stars and Sequins (I used Autumn Joy and Razzleberry mixes). I loved the sentiment on ephemera piece from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection.

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The rest of the title I placed on the top of the photos. (This was one of the things I changed.) I thought it helped tie the top left hand cluster to the rest of the layout. Especially since it all was connected somehow.

 

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I used bigger fonts for the words that I really wanted focus on. Having them gold is just a plus too.

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I also added a couple of strips that I ripped to put in the cluster. I like the way that ties with all the strips under the photos. Adding bits with gold and a sticker leaf, helps coordinate with the other clusters.

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Whenever I change up a sketch I always try to keep the integrity of the sketch. Also making the sketch me is important to me as a scrapbooker. Not everyone needs or wants to do that. That is the awesome thing about scrapbooking and using sketches. We have the freedom to change them to fit our needs or just use as is. img_0919

I hope you are sharing on Social Media how you are using these sketches!! Tag us @LGSketchy and @SpiegelMomScraps. Seeing your work helps inspire us too!! Also don’t forget to head over to our Facebook Group and join in our monthly challenge. (This month the challenge is to use a big Title)

Here is one last look at my finished layout. I hope it inspires you to change up a sketch you are using!!

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Hannah

How I Interpret a Sketch with Laura

 

Hi Folks, Laura here today.  As you know from my team mates we are teaming up with Let’s Get Sketchy this month.  I’m going to take you through my process of interpreting a scrapbook sketch – and I have to say our Sara aced it with this sketch!

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The first thing I see when I look at this sketch is squares.  The second thing I notice is the diagonal spread across the page.  For me that was enough to spark this design.  You do not need to repeat every element of the sketch – although you can and that is perfectly okay.

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All of the squares in the sketch are solid but I have used various transparent elements in vellum and acetate, and I’ve added in square outlines made from sequins.  I’ve also squished them up more than the sketch shows, overlapping them.  This is made more effective by layering the transparent materials over each other so you can see through multiple tiers to the mixed media background.

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I have played fast and loose with the way the sketch suggests the photo.  This is perfectly OK – the sketch is there as a guide, as inspiration, and it sparked the creativity to start with.

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SpiegelMom Scraps products used:  Falling Leaves Sequins, Autumn Joy Sequins, A Day In The Woods Sequins, Cork Die Cut Hearts, Shimmerz Spritz and Vibez.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your insight into my method of using sketches.  Let me know if this was helpful to you – I can walk through more of my sketch to layout processes in the future if you are interested?

Thanks for stopping by,

Laura

What About Wednesday: Laura’s October Sketch Challenge

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Aloha Sparklers!! Autumn is truly here this week. The temperature is a whole whomping 65 and cloudy. It has me craving pumpkin spice coffees, apple cider donuts and toasty warm socks. I also have been itching to starting scrapping all my fall photos. In rich tones with lots of layers.

This week I decided to take on design team member Laura’s sketch challenge. I have been using a ton of sketches this autumn. I think partly because I have been so busy with other stuff like school and housework (the typical mom stuff) that I don’t have as much time to sit and think of ways to get creative on my pages. I need that little jump start to my scrappy mojo to get going.

I love how simple this sketch is because it offers so much in terms of making it mine. I can keep it simple or go all out and make more complicated if I want it that way. I did a little of both.

I started off by using a white card stock background with a title and sub title sketched on using my silhouette sketch pens. I bought a big pack of them when I got my silhouette and never used them.. To be honest I was a little intimidated by them. They seemed so complicated, even though the truth is they are super easy to use. Replace the blade with the sketch pen, pick out a design or font to use, and hit send to silhouette (with sketch pens checked instead of the blade depth) and your silhouette does the work. It looks so cool too!!

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For the background I used lots of different Autumn colors to create splatters. I watered down acrylic paint, Shimmerz Dazzlerz,  and used some Shimmerz Vibez in Four Leaf Clover green and  Razzle-dazzle Berry. I used my paint brush to let the paint drop off into droplets on the page. I wanted it to have a natural and random feel. I knew where my photo was going to go so I picked places around the center and smaller droplets near the title.

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I kept my layers simple. I went with rich tones that remind me of Autumn. I put dimensional tape in between the layers to create some shadows.

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I really love the way this doily gives this layout a feminine feel with all the colors. It adds a softness against the straight lines. I also tied a cute little bow with baker’s twine and hung it across the bottom of the picture.

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I scattered heart felties and Autumn Joy sequins at bottom of the picture, instead of on the baker twine, like the sketch suggested. I also scattered A Day In The Woods sequins with the Autumn Joy sequins around the layout, mainly in the paint splatters. I added some new Shimelle Go Now Go transparent leave stickers throughout the splatters. I love the way it looks like leaves blowing around off my photo.

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This is one of my favorite photos I have taken this Autumn season. It is nothing special, I actually snapped this early one morning while I was waiting for the puppy to finish going to the bathroom outside. She is still at that stage where she needs to be watched and make sure she doesn’t play too much. We have this old tree stump, that I stand on so my feet stay dry. The puppy loves to come join me. My comfy slippers help keep my feet warm too. This is my favorite plaid shirt too, it’s flannel and so warm. Perfect for the chilly mornings we have here in Washington. I have missed this special time of the year where sweaters are necessary and the air is crisp. The smell of dry leaves and chimney smoke in the air is so refreshing especially since I have lived in more city areas for about 6 or so years.

I added some old Pink Fresh Studio wood pieces on some feltie clouds. They are perfect for this layout. It adds a fun touch without being really heavy.

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This Maggie Holmes Gather tag and chip board piece add a cute touch too. The little touch of pink matches the pink collar Kona my puppy is wearing.

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I drew journaling lines at the bottom of the layout under the title. I journaled away. I really love how it looks with my own handwriting on my layouts. It has this homemade feel to it.

Here is a look at the full layout! I really love how this turned out. It was really fun using this sketch. I definitely think I am going to use this sketch again and tweak a few things to make it a little, because it is so open to do that.

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I hope you check out this sketch and Laura’s challenge this month. Play along by adding your take in our Facebook Group.

Well Sparklers my time this is done. I hope you join me later this month for some more inspiration!!

Hannah