By Jennifer Gormly
Sketches are a great way to speed up your
design process and try out some new styles. They are also
extremely versatile and can be bent to suit your needs. The
following layout is an example of how a sketch can be moulded to
suit the needs of the individual page. As you can see, it has
been scrapped in reverse (in other words, I have used a mirror
of the original sketch) and various elements have been added or
adapted to make it my own.
This layout was created using four papers
from the Chatterbox Loft Room Paper collection (Loft
Spruce & Paisley Paper, Loft Scarlet Paisley Paper and Loft
Cushion Stripe Paper), a brown pen and three brads.
To recreate this layout, follow the sketch,
remembering to mirror everything. Set aside your Loft Spruce
& Paisley Paper for your background. Cut a piece of Loft
Cushion Stripe Paper measuring approximately 12cm by 26cm.
Make sure the stripes are vertical. Set aside for later use.
Cut another stripe of Loft Cushion Stripe
Paper measuring approximately 9cm by 28cm. This time you are
using the olive underside. Using a brown pen, add your
journaling to the left side of the strip, as shown in the layout
above. Adhere this strip against the right edge of your page,
approximately 8cm from the bottom.
Layer your two strips and photo on the right
side of the page, as shown in the layout above. First position
your striped piece, then your paisley piece and finally your
You have now completed the fundamental
elements of this sketch and it is time to embellish. Add a thin
strip of the underside of the Loft Cushion Stripe Paper
at the top of your striped layer. Cut out several paisleys from
the remainder of your Loft Scarlet Paisley Paper and
position around the page (for example, under your journaling and
in the bottom right corner of your photo). Also cut out one of
the circular flower designs and use a section of it to embellish
your red semi-circle.
Finally, finish off the page with the
strategic placement of three brads, as shown in the layout
If you look closely at the final page you
will see it is very similar to the sketch we started with at the
beginning. At the same time, it is also quite different. Apart
from using a mirror version, several features like the paisley
embellishments have been added. I have also left out the title
in the bottom right corner, instead opting to include it in my
journaling. This sketch gave me a kick-start to plan my page,
but in the end, I made it my own by bending the elements to suit
me. You can do the same thing with any of the Stickers 'N' Fun
sketches. Have some fun with it and you will soon be churning
out some fabulous pages!
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