Sketch Day with Amanda-jayne Baldwin

Today we are sharing our second sketch for the month of April, which we think you will love! But, we know you’ll love the inspirational and beautiful layout that Amanda-jayne Baldwin created using it even more! Take a look at what she created, then create your own project using the sketch! Share it on Instagram using the #EllesStudio hashtag, or in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group! We can’t wait to see what you create!

Hi, Elle’s Studio friends! It’s Amanda here, and boy-oh-boy am I excited to share today’s fabulous sketch! It’s such a fun design, and I’ve even made a process video of this one too but, before I get too carried away, here’s what the sketch looks like…

I told you it was fun! Sketches are a great way to remove the ‘I don’t know where to start’ vibes, or even loosen up a design block! They discourage overthinking, and allow us to just simply enjoy the creative process! Here’s what I created using the sketch:

Supplies | April 2020 Kit, April Labels, Beautiful Day Die Cuts, Office Label Stickers, Life Right Now Stickers, Lovely Puffy Stickers, Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack

Here’s a closer look at my layout:

Gosh, this is so pretty! The colors and designs in the April Kit are really something!

When it comes to creating with a sketch, I always approach it with my photograph as the focus. For this particular layout, my photograph encouraged me to rotate the sketch by 90 degrees. You’ll notice that my darling girl is positioned on the right hand side of my photo and looking out to the left. By rotating the sketch, I was able to compliment the movement in my photo, and flatter the directional flow. 

My photograph also dictated the color scheme for my layout too! 

When I looked through the April Kit tags and the Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack papers, I noticed that there were lots of coral and vermilion reds, peach, and mauve patterns which were not only really pretty, but also complimented my photo. The “let the good times roll” sentiment tag was the perfect descriptor of the memory associated with the photo plus it was also a clever camouflage to hide the seam of the butted together pattern papers (a great trick for maximizing the 6″ x 8.5″ papers for 12 inch scrapbook pages!)

At this point in my creating, I decided to mix things up again, and I rotated that sentiment tag back to its original position. I diverted from the original sketch to make the design work better for me and my storytelling. That’s the great thing about sketches: they get you started, but there’s no rules and you can make it what you want! 

To add a bit more interest to my page, I machine stitched & foam-mounted the mauve patterned paper layer. This soft and subtle texture really lifted the design. I also foam mounted my photo cluster for added dimension. Following on from the sketch, I embellished with lots of the Beautiful Day Die Cut florals, and Lovely Puffy Stickers

I mimicked the banner at the top of the original sketch with the floral banner tag, which I further embellished with more of the Lovely Puffy Stickers and some cotton twine. 

For finishing touches, I ventured away from the sketch once more. I featured a bit of journaling with the Life Right Now Stickers and Lovely Puffy Stickers and added lots of watercolor splatters to complete the look. 

For a more detailed approach, including all the paper measurements, and to hear more of my thoughts on creating from a sketch, please watch my process video here:

I hope you enjoyed watching my video and feel inspired to create along with today’s sketch! 

Thanks so much for visiting! 

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