Scrapping With Sketches

Source: Bella Blvd


We thought it would be fun to bring back our sketch feature here and there, as sketches are still such a widely popular tool in scrapbooking. We shared the sketch with two of our Creative Team designers, to see how they would put it to use. Feel free to give this sketch a try and as always, we’d love to see what you do with it!


“Serious”, by Jamie Pate.

Hey everyone, Jamie here. A sketch is a great place to start pretty much anything. Whether you are changing a room around, orplanning to landscape the backyard. A sketch can definitely get you started in the right direction. But does that mean you have to stick with the sketch exactly? Well, I certainly hope not. Because I rarely know how to do that.


This Bella sketch is a great start to a 12×12 page layout. Plenty of photos, a background with some mixed media touches, plus a title. Classic. But if you are like me, ya might look at the sketch and then say, “How can I change this up but stay true to the original idea?”

For me that started with turning the sketch on it’s side. I went to the left by one turn. And that was my new starting place. But first, let’s gather us up some supplies.


I reached for the new Alex Collection because, well, it’s just all wonderfully boy. My photo story was about my youngest guy. Alex is a great assortment of all things cool dude.


Now back to that sketch and my layout. I stayed with the 4×6 photo on the right side, the new right side. The top 3×4 photo became a 4×4 photo instead. No real reason. It was just because I could. Then the 3×4 photo below?  that became a 4×4 embellishment home.


I love these little homes for adding layers of embellies to give a real spirit to the layout. As soon as I saw this Alex collection I knew I would put it to use with this sweet boy’s face. It’s all boy. And perfect. A space to layer some of the Paper Pieces and Tabbies was just what this sketch needed.


When my photos have ‘white’ space in them, it always seems an invitation to layer Paper Pieces and Stickers right over the photo. It helps to connect the embellishment story all together.


Another aspect of the sketch included stitching around the edge. I took that one step further and stitched through the title. Pulling up the sticker edges gave additional texture to the entire page.


A few touches of stitching at the top and bottom edge of the page and I called this good. Can you still see the sketch here? Seriously, probably not. But it started with the inspiration of that sketch, and that is what makes them such great inspirational tools.

Alex: Group Text, Killin’ It, Washi Stickers, Fundamentals, Tabbies, Paper Pieces




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