Sunday, July 11, 2010

Do you use sketches?

I will admit, it took me a long time to warm up to using sketches. I think my problem was that I like to come up with my own designs, and I almost felt like it was cheating to design something based on what someone else created. Although I still don't use them a lot, I have come to really enjoy using them because I now realize that I can still make a layout totally my own, even with a sketch. I usually find an aspect of the sketch that inspires me, and I use that as a starting point to go out on my own.

This month's sketch at AMM is by Tonya Dirk, and you can see the elements that I ran with.

I loved the verticle design on the left, but instead of using a bunch of small photos, I chose to use my journaling cards as embellishments in those spots, and I used just one photo in the spot where the title was designed to go. Instead of using three circles, I enlarged one and used it as my title block.

It's become a challenge for me to figure out how to take elements of a sketch and turn them into my own creation :-)

Btw, that photo is from last summer - I don't think Noah looks that different, but Chloe looks like such a baby to me!!

Anyway, i'm having a blast with the kit, and I knocked on another two layouts today (well, aaaaalmost two lol). At this rate, i'll have lots of blogging material (but I still don't think I can keep up with Doris).

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


doris said...

my girl is the blogging queen! i am sketch challenged. but i totally love how you adapted that one with the line of journaling cards. clever girl. :)

Danielle Calhoun said...

love that page, Stacey!!! even though you followed the sketch, that was such an original design!!!!!

Amy Coose said...

LOOOOVE how you used the journaling cards. You did great with the sketch!

Peggy said...

Oh wow, you really did an awesome job with that sketch! I'm not much of a sketch lover myself ... not that I feel like cheating when using one, I just have a hard time making it my own, like you called it. You on the other hand don't have a problem with that at all, I looooove your LO! Using journaling cards was just genius!
xxx Peggy

Audrey Pettit said...

Awww, Chloe does look like a baby there! How sweet that photo is, and what a great interpretation of the sketch. I adore your large circle and the distressing of the paper, and absolutely love the journaling cards. Adorable stuff, my friend!

Amy said...

I feel the same way about Sketches,I feel like I am cheating or something.. NOt that its bad to use sketches ,its just hard for me ! lol
Anyways you did a wonderful job on this layout!