Monday, March 31, 2008

More sketches and Fun!

Hey, Hey, Hey~!!

I finally have a few minutes to upload here on the blog. Wanna see some of my newer work from the last few weeks? Sorry for any glare on the pics. :) As always I love lumpy details, pattern papers and fiber. I am using my paper stash down and my accent supply as well. I have used some photos more than once here because we are making doubles for my daughter's bf.

Click to enlarge any photo. Once again, I have placed the inspiring pic or sketch below the photo to show you the variety you can achieve with simple FREE sketches. The small inspiration pics come from sites like Scrapjazz gallery, gallery, sketches and the blank sketches are from designers like Becky Higgins , PageMaps, and my own little mind. LOL Be sure to check out Becky Fleck's new PageMaps book with 128 NEW Pagemaps.... I just bought it and I love the cards in the back which work so well in my PAGE KITS!! Love that.

Above we have a best friends snowman LET IT SNOW layout. Making a two page layout is easy from sketches. Just pick a couple of sketches that have similar bordering or similar repeating shapes. In the above example I loved the vertical striping in both sketches.

You may not be able to read this one unless you enlarge it but it says BE AN ORIGINAL
My green paper swirl is larger than the example but I loved how it works here. Also on my page is some of the new Tim Holtz Grungeboard in swirly vine style. Now THAT'S original. It's like chipboard in depth but is also flexible and takes up my choice of ink coloring like a sponge.

This four page layout set (above) is about my son's school's Winter Carnival. I used black and white winter paper, his school colors and a journaling block on this set. The best part is that I was able to get 17 photos on this 4 page set! Go me!

Back to March's focus color of using up my greens on the above layout. My daughter added the journaling since this page is for her book. This layout is an example of wide stripe/skinny stripe/accent on skinny stripe--and poof! I was done. Mat only one focal photo.

This one looks a little blurry (above) but here I was able to use some of my leftover valentine papers, red scraps, and vellum titles. I love monochromatic color schemes.

With the pic/sketch that inspired it.

Here is the full 2 page layout of "I love you BECAUSE". It includes paper strips printed on the computer telling 5 reasons why they each love each other in their own words. I bulleted each one with a colorful button and added more buttons all around the heart too. Color coding her reasons in pink and his in gray make it clear who said what. Finish it all off with some Basic Grey paper and some Daisy D flowers!!

Blue-green papers and a fantastic inspiration for "I HEART U". I made two identical of this page--one for my son and one for my daughter. I don't usually bother making doubles because we have so many pages completed at our house but this was one I wanted them both to have.

Same photo of me as the layout above--but used on a local store contest entry about why I scrapbook.

Close up detail of the perfect 3-D Jolee's jumbo camera accent.

Well that is it for this week. :) I hope this helps you see how sketches, page kits, and the focus color of the month can help YOU get more done. Stay tuned for more ideas in a few weeks!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Layouts from Sketches

Be sure to click on the photos to see dimensional details. (That's half of the fun in my work!)

How do I use sketches?

People have been asking me to show some of my recent work here and I am happy to do so. People are also asking me specifically just HOW do you make a sketch or layout from online or in a magazine into a finished layout of your own? Do I copy it exactly --or just in general idea? Or do I measure and fuss? Do I keep the same color schemes?

Well here are a few of my recent one and two-page 12x12 layouts and their corresponding inspirations (off to the left in each photo). I don't measure and fuss. I do let the origninal inspire me in a general way. I work with whatever colors suit my photos or my mood. Or my stash in some cases! Some of the layouts look more like the starting sketch/pic than others! But that's all just where my imagination takes me. :)

The above and below layout set is simular to the pic/sketch at left by Kelly Goree but I changed up the colors to be Valentine oriented. I added the two large hearts to reinforce the holiday idea. I left off the journaling box so that I had room for the two large hand cut hearts. My daughter will add hidden journaling behind the big photo mat/hearts at top if she wants. The bracket shaped paper came in a stripe but I only had one piece. That meant I had to search the stash for a coordinating paper and make the second page at lower right on my own. I don't mind improvising because I do want to use wht I have and also it is just a background for the photos which are the focus. I traced the bracket shape and cut it by hand. I then added the double edge line borders with a brown zig pen.

The above and below layouts utilize the same photo. The layout below is for the fellow's book and one in pinks above is for my dd. Same photo but different sketches. In one I was trying specifically to use up leftover pink scraps. In the other, I was specifically trying to use up to LOVE vellum title. Let your lefotver supplies lead you to use a sketch. It works. Photos don't always have to lead the layout.

I often take a sketch with multiple photos side by side and interpret it to be ONE big photo. Graphically it is the same impact on a page. (Sorry these two look a little dark. I think my flash battery was going low)

I loved this sketch below --and the fact that the layout was in black and white. While I went sepia, not black and white, I was still able to get the look I wanted. Note that just because an inspiration layout has a child or baby in it, that doesn't mean it can't work for older subjects.

I don't always work on current photos. Sometimes I reach back in the box and pull out a few oldies to work on depending on my inspiration and mood. The layouts below don't have sketches alongside, but I wanted to share them anyway. Note the pocket page for the hockey program. And note the ratio I use of pattern paper to cardstock on the cheerleading page and the 2005 County Fair page. I usually go for 1/3 to 2/3 ratios.

Note the use of a large journal block as a graphic balance to two photos.

The clustering of plain stickers makes them more palatable on the Fazolis layout. Don't do shotgun sticker-izing. :) Plan and tuck.

Below, I try to make sure I am also making layouts about myself and my hubby too. Too often we get second shift to the kids in the albums! (Sorry about the glare of the flash)

The "Kiss Me My Valentine" layout below is reversed (oops) in the photo --but that layout is for us too! Be sure to click on that one because it has lots of dimension and inking that is hard to see in the small pic. I still have to get the photos printed for that layout.

I often make layouts without the photos and add photos later. (Note there are not any mats on the page.) I can still be flexible with my photo sizes and counts. This is particularly easy with all the new BIG shapes on backgrounds that are so hot right now. I love the trend to big, big circle papers, bracket papers, and heart papers like I have on this blog entry. If I can't find them or afford them, I cut my own.

Sometimes I work from stash or from the clearance aisle! The below sets are from a friendship album we are making for my daughter's best college campus friend. They are all American Crafts I believe-- off the clearance.

I don't just use my papers for pages. I love to alter things too. This is a day planner book binder that needed a new cover. A few sheets of older Basic Gray, one sheet from a Provo slab, some inking, and a few leftover rub ons and, poof, I had a cover. Note it is green and that is our focus paper color in March. :)

This planner binder may be one of my future prize giveaways here on the blog! I am REALLY into planners right now and think everyone should have one!! :)

I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of my Feb and March work. Sketches and inspirations pieces can lead you to some creative and fun pages!
Leave me a comment!! :) Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Barb's 31 Days of March Photo Challenge

I have been doing Barb's "31 Days of March" Photo and Layout challenge based on following your own GOALS in 2008. While I haven't had time to do the corresponding layout pages yet, I am keeping up on my photos! I will be updating this specific blog entry with my new photos as the weeks go by.

Here are my interpretaions of Barb's daily challenges so far in March.
Barb's wonderful challenge can be found here.

Day 31-Picture of Yourself

Day 30-Family News Story- I would tell about my son winning the MTU 2008 Presidential scholarship and his fiance' winning the national Barry Goldwater 2007 scholarship! Yeah them!

Day 29-Driver of Most Trips: that would be ME! Shown here in my car.

Day 28- autographed books- I have books and poster signed by Mary E when I met her at GASC in texas. Here is the poster on my scrap studio wall. Books are across the room on top of a bookcase.

Day 27-Game Show: I don't watch game shows much unless you count Survivor. I guess Wheel of Fortune is close but I don't watch it, my grandmother does. So the game item that reminds me of that show would be Scrabble! We do play that and have several versions and dictionaries on our game shelves! LOL

Day 26-Contents of Purse:

Day 25-Kitchen Potholders: blue of course!

Day 24-Wall Hanging over 3 yrs old: our family tree! About 26 years old. :) And I still love it!

Day 23-Easter Here I am with my basket! LOL My daughter took the photo.

Day 22-Movie Theater Poster: No longer in a theater but it used to be! LOTR poster now in my son's room

Day 21-Vehicle You'd Like to Own- a new Jeep! Cause I think we are gonna give my white one to our son this fall. ;(

Day 20-Morning Routine: hair and makeup: trying to look lovely! LOL An ongoing challenge.

March 19: Lunch today --sesame veggies

March 18: a porch I like and why : Moondance Inn I like it just because it looks so large a yet cozy place to talk. It is very solid and they were brave enough to paint it purple!

March 17: great door decor: on my dd college dorm door for spring: handmade by me! LOL

I usually don't go for door decor on homes but we do have step decor!

March 16: the Whisper of love: dd and SO

March 15: Person on the phone the most: our daughter at college

March 14: a sibling or best friend: my hubby and best buddy

March 13: fave tv show: Lost and Survivor : Sand reminds me of both and was fairly easy to find and to photograph.

March 12: odd mailbox

March 11: a sign that makes me smile: Star Wars street sign at our house on my son's door

March 10: a favorite tree

March 9 my key ring:

March 8 two people together: my children and their Grandma J :)

March 7: My favorite clothing and why: my daily footwear- my grey wool clogs

March 6: Something in Your Town that You Love or Hate--The Corn Tower--icky-- I think it is tacky....

March 5: The Weather Outside Today- My snowy backyard. Love it. (Sorry my image host added jog size strip at the bottom and I don't know how to remove it)

March 4: Photo of a Parent or a Person Older than You that You Admire--Kathy Hansen

March 3: My Child's Artwork-The Poppies in Germany by Jennifer Feb 2008

March 2: Newspaper or Internet News Source--The Internet

March 1: My Goal: to Manage all my Varied Obligations in a Coordinated Manner.--My planner and many, many lists.