Welcome to our first challenge post of International Scrapbook Day! We have five different challenges to share with you today—no stress, just fun! Each one is designed to inspire you to try a different technique or start with a new idea for your project. At 9am, we kicked off the event with a giveaway. In this hour, we are just getting you warmed up with a sketch! Sketches are a great way to start a layout when you don’t have a lot of time or are not coming up with a design idea. Let’s welcome Meghann Andrew and see how she used one of our Spring 2021 issue sketches to create with!
Hello, friends! It’s Meghann here, and I am so excited to celebrate International Scrapbook Day with YOU! I’m coming here to provide your pregame workout—in the form of a sketch! Sketches provide quick and easy ideas for a layout design, and the fun part is interpreting it to fit your story and the products you have on hand! Today I worked with this beautiful PageMaps sketch from the Spring 2021 issue:
I started with my photos, and I had three to use on this single 12” x 12” page, all portrait in orientation. The sketch was clearly designed for landscape photos, but I knew there was a solution: flip the sketch! I flipped this sketch by 90 degrees clockwise, and the ideas just began to flow! Take a look at the page I created, starting with the beautiful Daisy Meadows collection from Close to My Heart:
Supplies | Patterned paper, stickers, enamel dots: Close to My Heart Daisy Meadows collection, Mix-In paper packet; Elle’s Studio: April 2021 kit, Adventure label puffy stickers, Jane tile alphabet stickers – teal, typewriter cardstock alphabet stickers – white, Mini Dated stamp; Other: sewing machine, white thread, Rough Typewriter font
To start, I kept to the exact placement of the paper blocks in the sketch. I loved the wide, contrasting border around the page. It immediately created such a striking design when topped with the Daisy Meadows and Mix-In patterns. My photos, recording my son’s first time on a swing, took up more room across the width of the page, given that there were three. Instead of trying to fit the circular element, which originally showed a journaling spot, to the left of the photos, I opted to move it down to the bottom left corner of the photo block, and use that space for my title!
The wreath sticker from the Daisy Meadows sticker sheet created the perfect frame for my title, which I stamped using the Daisy Meadows scrapbooking stamp, which I paired with the typewriter alphabet stickers from Elle’s Studio. I just love mixing and matching fonts in my title. For another interesting element within the circle, I added the puffy phrase sticker, too.
Pocket cards make perfect journaling spots on layouts, too, and I added this 3” x 4” one from Elle’s Studio below my photos, where the title was placed in the sketch. To mimic the sketch, I cut a banner edge at the base. I love the way that the yellow stripes play against the other patterns below this card.
This sketch featured a lot of flowers, so I grabbed the Daisy Meadows sticker sheet and started tucking flowers and other botanicals around my title and photos. I also added in different textures with more puffy stickers and enamel dots, as well as subtle machine stitching around the page.
I could not resist this little bunny with his bowtie—perfect for this page about a sweet “first” moment for my son!
This page came together in no time, thanks to this well-designed PageMaps sketch. When you pair a special story, cherished photos and beautiful products with a sketch, magical things happen! I hope you have fun creating with a sketch today, too!
Are you ready to choose a sketch and get to work? Here are the details for your first INSD 2021 challenge:
- Choose the sketch that Meghann used above or another sketch from our Spring 2021 issue to inspire your project design, whether a layout, traveler’s notebook spread, or pocket page!
- Submit an image of your sketch-inspired creation to us (must be under 2mb!) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Put “INSD Sketch Challenge” in your reference line;
- Submit your entry by Wednesday, May 19th, at midnight ET. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Saturday, May 22nd.
What are you creating for? Well, Close to My Heart has a BIG celebration and crop happening today to celebrate NSD, and they want one of our readers to join in on the fun!
Happy National Scrapbooking Day! We are so excited to be giving away our full National Scrapbooking Day Bundle to one lucky SCT reader! On April 30th & May 1st, we will be hosting live craft events on our Facebook page, where we will be putting these kits together step by step! You can access these videos at any time after NSD right on our Facebook page! Here is what you will get to create with each kit:
- Party Girl Scrapbooking Workshop Kit: one single-page and three two-page coordinating 12″ × 12″ layouts
- Cheerful Humor Cardmaking Workshop Kit: 20 cards, two each of 10 designs
- More Than You’ll Ever know Scrapbooking Workshop Kit: one single-page and three two-page coordinating 12″ × 12″ layouts
- Sending You Hugs Cardmaking Workshop Kit: 20 cards, two each of 10 designs
- These Little Piggies Album Workshop Kit: 4″ × 4″ pages of the These Little Piggies album
We can’t wait to see how you use our newest sketches, friends! Be sure to come back at 12pm EDT for your next challenge!