Meet From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 Contributor Victoria Calvin!

Today we are excited to kick off a new two-month long series here on the Elle’s Studio blog to introduce each of our talented From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 contributors! Today we are kicking off these posts with our friend, Victoria Calvin! Let’s see a new project from Victoria, based on a sketch from the class, and learn a bit more about her!

Hey friends! It’s Victoria Calvin! I am so excited be a guest contributor here on the Elle’s Studio blog and the new From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 class!  If you haven’t purchased this course, what are you waiting for? It’s available with an exclusive 6″ x 8″ stamp, or on is own as a digital download. Learning to use scrapbook sketches is a great way to stretch your creative skills and to make the process of creating a scrapbook layout super easy!  

Supplies | April 2020 Kit, Life Right Now Stickers, Black Typewriter Cardstock Alphabet Stickers, This Week Chipboard Stickers, Lovely Puffy Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers, Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Wood Veneer Adventure Tags, Flourish 6 x 8.5 Paper Stack, Currently Icon StampSpringtime Tabs Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamp — Candy Cane, Everyday Tabs Metal Die

The summertime is the perfect opportunity to experiement and play with scrapbook sketches!  Using a scrapbook sketch takes the guesswork out of layout design so you can focus on adding your personal creative flare with embellishments, pattern paper, and photos. 

Since scrapbook sketches are flexible, you can change the sketch to work with your personal design asthetic. Use the sketch as it is designed or change it up to satisfy your unique design style. My personal process begins with analyzing a sketch to determine how I want to interpret the design. Next, I build a base by creating a background, using a sketch as a guide.

Next, I identify the position of my title, journaling, photos, and embellishments. Sometimes I use the sketch design as it, other times I mix things up a bit, using the sketch as inspiration even though I may not follow the sketch exactly how it is designed. I like to add my own creative touches by changing the orientation of my photos relative to the sketch, using my favorite color palette or scrapbook techniques such as distressing or stamping. 

Fun fact: When I am in a creative rut, I ALWAYS use a scrapbook sketch! Why work harder when you can work smarter? When the design work is done for me, I can focus on playing with pretty product and creating stunning layouts!  There is no need to think too hard about this process. Just relax, have fun, and create!

For this project, I let the sketch, sketch 11 in the From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 class, do the design work for me, while adding my personal touches using coordinating Elle’s Studio patterns in blue, deep coral, and fuschia from the Flourish Paper Stack. I created a unique title design by using the Large Jane Alphabet Stamp and the Black Typewriter Cardstock Alphabet Stickers. Using two or three different styles of lettering for titles is a clever way to add your individual style to a layout! Puffy stickers, die cuts, a stamped tag, and wood veneer round out the three embellishments clusters featrued on the sketch.  This layout came together in no time! 

I love the scrapbooking community and I truly enjoy getting to know my favorite designers and fellow scrapbookers. Here’s what you need to know about me:

I currently resided in the great state of Texas! The Calvin Clan consists of my spouse Aubree, our ten year old daughter Corinne, and my mom Carolyn, who moved in with us due to health issues. We are truly a multigenerational family!

Scrapbooking has been my main creative jam since I was 13 years old. I dabbled in storytelling on and off for several years, only to fully commit myself to pretty paper and Thickers when my kiddo was born. My very first layout took me over two weeks to create. I have come a long way! 
I am a traditional scrapbooker by nature – I gravitate toward 12×12 inch single page spreads with mutilple photos. Creating layered designs is my absolutely favorite scrapbooking technique! In fact, my favortie projects always include layered backgrounds and embellishments with tons of texture and dimension.

If I was stranded on a deserted island, I could not live without Thickers, patterned paper, chipboard stickers, and a good journaling pen.  If I don’t have these items, I might as well not scrapbook at all! All of my layouts feature all or some of these products. I am a creator of habit!

If you would like to see more of my work, be sure to check me out on:
Victoria Marie Blog

Victoria Marie Scraps YouTube

Victoria Marie Facebook

Victoria Marie Scraps Instagram:

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to check out the From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 class today to create layouts that you love in no time!

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