Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Designer Showcase: Using a Sketch

Wednesday's kind of get lost in the middle of the week, don't they?  Well we're spicing up Wednesdays even more with another new recurring feature here at Ideas For Scrapbookers!!  Every other month (6 times a year), on one of the Designer Showcase Wednesdays we will be sharing a sketch with you that was created by one of the Contributing Artists.  But that's not all.....  we will also be sharing inspiration by several of the Contributing Artists.  Each of us will create a project using that sketch as our inspiration. Just a little something extra special to help jump start your mojo!  It is really fun to see how many different looks you can get when each artist starts with the same base.  I think it is really fascinating. 

This month was my turn to create a sketch. I decided to use a rather simple design. I also made it a personal challenge for me. I tend to put lots of photos on my pages. scrapping just one photo is actually a challenge for me! So I only created a spot for one photo. 

However, the sketch is simple enough that you can embellish it with additional photos if desired.

Here are the layouts that each of the artists made from this sketch.
Vicky created this peaceful page that evokes those powerful emotions that you feel as you await the birth or arrival of your child. Vicky flipped the sketch to have the design work well with her photo so that the subject is facing in toward the page.  That really deepens the emotions conveyed on her page. So beautiful with the dimension of the flowers and the gentle swirling lines of the branches.
I really like how Heather has added flow and depth to her page with the shapes and patterns of the papers she chose. She also added and shifted some elements.  It's as if your eyes are magically escorted about her page to view all the details and yet come to rest on the fabulous photo of her daughter.

Nancy's page packs a punch!  I'm not just talking about her daughters expression, which is priceless and so well teamed with her title!  But the way she has pulled all the elements together really brings home the message of this memory.  I just love her selection of patterned papers, they complement the page without distracting from the mood, but then again, with a cute face like that, how could you get distracted?
This page by Sara has so many fine details.  Her use of brilliant colors and subtle patterns allows them to all blend together to create an artistic feel. I really like the playing card journal spot and background, doesn't that add such a vintage feel to this page?
Lastly is what I created with the sketch.  The layers in the center worked well with the Steelers uniform stripes so I did a page about my youngest and his love for his favorite team.  I framed the photo with a cluster of elements and a bunting banner above.  And I'm proud to say that I met my own challenge and kept the page to just one single photo!

I hope that this gives you some ideas for projects that you can do with this sketch as well.  You can download both the layers .psd file (for digi scrapping) and the .jpg sketch (for traditional scrapping) by clicking HERE.

We would love to see what you create too!  So if you use the sketch, please share your creations with us by sending an email to:   Perhaps your project will be featured on an upcoming Reader's Pages post!


  1. Adored working with that sketch - sometimes simple is better!

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [17 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  3. It is sooo cool to see everyone's different takes on the sketch. Thanks for creating the sketch this time around Cathy!!!

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  5. cute sketch and look at all those wonderful layouts!!!