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Sketch Your Way to Better Scrapbook Pages -- 3

Updated on June 19, 2007

7+ PHOTO LAYOUTS

Written by: Jaclyn Popola

If I had discovered the beauty of sketching out my scrapbook pages before sitting down to actual create them, I wouldn't have wasted two years' worth of paper and material producing, well, crap. Maybe that's too harsh of a word--I take it back. Those years were a learning experience for me if nothing else, and if I hadn't went through them I wouldn't be able to produce the quality of pages I do now.

However, sketching out your pages if an extremely valuable and useful tool. There are two methods: sketching down ideas (either your own, or someone else's you saw in a magazine or on a website) and following simple templates. The first method speaks for itself. Get yourself a medium-sized sketchbook and carry it with you whenever you can. You never know when inspiration will hit! I make sure I have mine by my side when I'm flipping through a scrapbooking magazine or browsing a scrapbooking website. If I see a layout I like, I copy it down in my sketchbook detail for detail. I jot down what materials were used, and what colors were used as the background, photo mattings, etc. This helps me later so that when I am ready to create, I can refer back to the sketch and it will jog my memory.

The second method is what I'll be focusing on in part three of this ongoing hub. There is a wealth of scrapbook templates available in books or on the web that can be useful to both the novice and expert cropper alike. I have spent years collecting sketches off the web, and I'm glad to share them with you. We'll start with one page sketches first. These are designed to be used on 12" X 12" pages, but can be condensed to fit on 8 1/2" X 11" if necessary. It can be a challenge to fit seven or more photos on one page. Difficult--but not impossible, as these sketches clearly illustrate :)

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SKETCHES COURTESY OF THE FOLLOWING SITES: jencaputo.typepad.com, littlebit.com, scrappinstuff.com, scrapbook-sketches.blogspot.com, littlebookofsketches.blogspot.com, pagemaps.com, scrap-maps.com

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      Susan 7 weeks ago

      Wnere do yoj get the paper storage?

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      Monique 4 years ago

      Hi Bonnie!Great question! If you would like to be able to wash your table runenr we suggest sewing on a snap and gluing the other part of the snap to the back of the wood button so it can come on and off for washing.Thanks!!The ADORNit Girls

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      Laura 4 years ago

      Hi Ladies!Met you at market in Kansas City and you are all truly an amainzg example of family-business-done-right.Your booth was an enticement to all my senses (and the buttons helped, too).It was great meeting you all. Love, love, love the gray/yellow fabrics! Can't wait to use some of your newest line also. Watch for last year's line in our new book! Great tablerunner!Thanx for sharing your creative hearts!kandi k

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      Jezhug 7 years ago

      Nice layouts becauseilive! Great useful info ;)