Sketch Day with Steph Grimes: Summer, Summer, Summer Fun!

Hello friends! I hope you’re making the best of this socially distant summer and making some good memories along the way. Today I’m sharing a 12 x 12” layout following one of this month’s sketches. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: sketches make scrapbooking so easy! Here is the sketch I worked with:

And here’s my layout:

Supplies | July 2020 Kit, Summer Chipboard Stickers, Navy Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Bright Polka Dot 6.5 x 8 Inch Paper Stack, Wild at Heart Stamp, Large Jane Alphabet Stamps — Outline, Large Jane Alphabet Stamps — Polka Dot, Large Jane Alphabet Stamps — Stripes, Large Jane Alphabet Metal Die

This has been an atypical summer, but I’m more interested in making memories than sitting at my desk and documenting them, so this sketch was perfect to get a story of a fun afternoon at the pond documented quickly. When I’m working from a sketch, I like to work from the background up, building layers and making decisions as I go. For this one, I decided to use papers from the Bright Polka Dot Paper Stack to create a few layers behind my photos rather than just use one sheet of paper like in the sketch.

From the sketch, I liked the way the title was spread out over multiple lines and I decided to use repetition in my title. This sketch could also work well with a title that was a quote or longer statement. I used the Large Jane Alphabet Stamps in Outline, Polka Dot, and Stripes to stamp the word “summer” three times and then used the Large Jane Alphabet Metal Die to die-cut the letters and add them to my layout. These stamps are seriously my all-time favorite and they worked really well for making a big, bold statement on this layout, which I feel the sketch called for. I finished off the title by spelling out “fun” with the Navy Puffy Alphabet Stickers.

Instead of adding a strip of paper to the bottom of the page, which is what the sketch included, I decided to do a little more stamping! I used the repeated evergreen trees stamp from the Wild at Heart Stamp to create a cute tree border along the bottom of the page.

For my journaling, I decided to add more color by using one of the journaling tags from the July 2020 Kit instead of just writing directly on the page. I used the 3″ x 4” journaling tag with the blue bottom border and the rainbow at the top. The colors in the rainbow didn’t go with my page very well so I decided to cover them up with one of the chipboard pieces from the Summer Chipboard Stickers. I decided to use more of the chipboard to embellish the page and add some more dimension and texture.

I love using the sketches each month to create fast pages where I don’t have to think too much about how to create! Have you been enjoying the sketches this year? Share your layouts using this sketch on Instagram using the #ellestudio hashtag or in the Elle’s Studio Facebook Group

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