Sketch Day with Tracey Fox

I just love Sketch Day, don’t you? Elle’s Studio makes the best sketches you can adapt to any format and in tons of different ways to help tell your stories. Today, I’m sharing a layout I made using the December kit and extras with this sketch: 

Even though you can always choose sketches for a specific number of photos, you can also adapt them to meet your needs for however many photos you want to include on a page. The sketch shows three possible spots for photos, but I selected 5 photos of my hockey-obsessed nephew opening and enjoying his hockey-related presents at Christmas last year, and I printed two of them  at 3” x 4” and the other three at 3” x 2”.

Supplies | December 2020 Kit, Comfort and Joy StickersJoyful Chipboard StickersGreen Acetate Alphabet, Dark Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers, Stitched Stars Wood Veneer, Christmas Basics 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper StackFa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack

To work in the same 6” x 8” photo block as shown in the sketch, I selected four 3” x 4” tags from the December 2020 Kit and arranged my photos on top of them. I love how the tags add extra color, a sentiment, and an image to the photo block for added interest! 

To create the background as it appears in the sketch, I selected two neutral patterned papers from the Fa La La 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack and placed them so that they spanned the page from top to bottom. For the banner shown in the sketch that stretches behind the photos, I chose two bolder, colorful patterns from the same stack. Rather than layer them right on top of each other as the sketch shows, I offset them a bit more, because I wanted to show more of both patterns, and I liked the extra movement it seemed to add to the page. 

Next, I grabbed the new Green Acetate Alphabet and the Dark Red Puffy Alphabet Stickers to create my large title across the top of the layout. I just love Elle’s Studio’s acetate alphas, and it’s especially great how they match the Large Jane Alphabet stamp series, because you can mix and match them on your projects. 

I planned to use stars as my main embellishment for this layout, because they fit really well with my “hockey star” theme, and because I was excited to use the Stitched Stars Wood Veneer. The sketch is great for guiding you where to place a visual triangle of embellishments or embellishment clusters on the page, but once I pulled out the wood veneer stars and fussy cut more stars from one of the tags from the December Kit, I had enough embellishments to spread across the page in a diagonal band instead. I love the movement this adds to the page, and since I had used white cardstock for my background, it didn’t make the page look too busy. I love knowing I can use this sketch again and again and embellish the pages differently each time to make it take on a new look! 

To finish up the layout, I included a few more embellishments from the Comfort and Joy StickersJoyful Chipboard Stickers, and December Kit, and I added some strips of typed journaling to tell my story. Thanks to this sketch to guide me, I love how this turned out, and I can’t wait to add it to my holiday album! 

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