January 2011 Sketch Challenge

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Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Jeanette Giancaspro

I’ve been scrapbooking for more than nine years now, so I’m very comfortable with my own style and design.  I know what I like and what I don’t like, what works for me and what doesn’t.  I’ve found that there are certain designs that I tend to use over and over, because they offer so many possibilities for adapting them to various photos and themes.  Here is a four-photo sketch based on one of my favorite design schemes, and a few of the scrapbook pages that I’ve made using it.

In this scrapbook calendar layout, I staggered the photos because I was working with different sizes and orientations.  I wrote the journaling next to each photo, instead of using a journaling block.  One large embellishment in the upper left corner replaced the three in the sketch that create a visual triangle.

The “LEGO Fun” layout also has staggered photos, but this time, I did make use of the journaling block and the visual triangle of embellishments.  Also, in both this layout and the calendar page, I moved the borders around a little bit.

For my final example, I’ve shown how you can apply this design to a title page in a scrapbook.  This is the first page in one of our holiday albums, and it provides a wonderful introduction to what is inside.  Since I replaced all of the photos with die cuts, no embellishments were necessary.  A centered title looked better in this layout, and a stitched border framed the design nicely.

This is one of my favorite design schemes, and the funny thing about it is that I never really sketched it out until now.  I guess I never realized how many times I’ve gone back to it without even thinking about it.  It simply looks good to me.  I hope that you will find it as versatile as I have, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it.  


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