Hi friends! It’s Kristina here, and this month I had SO much fun using a sketch as inspiration for my layout. Boy, do I love a good sketch! Let me walk you through how I took this awesome sketch below and let it inspire me to put my own, simple spin on it.
Sketches can be adapted to just about anything and even though I’m not a 12″ x 12″ scrapbooker, I took this sketch and created an 8.5″ x 11″ layout very easily. I let the sketch be my starting off point and then I became inspired and went from there!
Supplies | July 2020 Kit, July 2020 Cut Files, July Label Stickers, Summer Tape Stickers, Summer Chipboard Stickers, Navy Dipped Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Puffy Heart Stickers, Bright Polka Dot 6.5 x 8 Inch Paper Stack
The first thing that I did was print out four 2″ x 3″ photos of my son, Luke, playing bubbles. I loved how the photos in the sketch look like polaroid photos, so when I trimmed my photos, I made sure to leave some of the white from the photo paper around my photos. Mine look more like Instax photos, but I love the look of it and I did include one more photo than the sketch. It’s okay to add more or less photos to a sketch!
The “hello” words found throughout the July release inspired me as well, and I used the “hello” from the July 2020 Cut Files and cut it out on my Silhouette. Instead of scattering them on my layout, I was inspired to use the “hello” as part of my title for the layout. I love how the cut out “hello” on white cardstock pops off of the bright yellow cardstock and it just looks so great with the word “BUBBLES” below using the Navy Dipped Puffy Alphabet Stickers. I love how you can take one element from a sketch and then use it however you want on your project! Remember: a sketch is a starting off point! You don’t HAVE to copy it element by element, but let it inspire you!
I loved all of the elements that were placed around and on the tops of the photographs in the layout, so I chose to use the Summer Chipboard Stickers to give my layout more pops of color and to tell a little bit more of the story, too! These chipboard stickers are SO fun to use and they really add some great dimension to the layout!
I also loved “the simple joys of life” stamp that was throughout the layout. I decided to take the 3″ x 4″ journaling tag found in the July 2020 Kit and cut out the same sentiment using a circle punch and adhere it right next to my title. I love how it hangs off the page and the sentiment is so great! I knew that I wanted to include it somewhere on the layout. I was a bit nervous to stamp all around my layout at this point because 1) I’m not the best stamper and 2) I didn’t want to mess it up! Ha! See, you don’t have to use the same element that you see on a sketch. Just allow yourself the creativity to be inspired by it and then translate that into your own style and what you’re comfortable with. The versatility of sketches are amazing!
The heart elements on the sketch are great and so simply done and I knew that I wanted to include some of them here and there on my layout as well. My advice: you can never go wrong with a Puffy Heart Sticker!
Lastly, I added a strip of the Bright Polka Dot 6.5 x 8 Inch Paper Stack in dark blue to the bottom of my layout. I love how the blue pulls out the blue in the title and just gives a bit of pop to the bottom of my layout. I’m not one to stitch on my layout and so I didn’t do any stitching around the border like the sketch, but I did take some embellishments and use them here and there along the bottom strip. I also added a July Label Sticker to the top corner, stapled it and then added the date. Then, I simply cut my journaling out on strips of white cardstock and adhered it to the layout.
I love how great a sketch can be at guiding you and inspiring you to be creative, then allowing you to run with that inspiration and come up with our own take on it that fits the story you want to tell and your own scrapbooking style! It’s always a good time to pull out a sketch and create a project with it. I highly recommend that you take some time this week and create your own layout using this sketch. I know that you’ll be super happy with what you create, not to mention you’ll have lots of fun along the way. Have a great day, friends!
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