Monday, November 27, 2006

Focus on Sketches for Scrapbooking

What do scrapbookers all over the world, both paper and digi scrappers, have in common?

Scrappers love sketches and templates! Becky Higgins, in fact, has two best-selling books about creative sketches. Becky states on the Creating Keepsakes website that "the most common feedback I hear from scrapbookers like you is that sketches make scrapbooking more enjoyable because they give you a map to follow. You don't have to waste precious time figuring out where to place your photos."

This week we give you a fresh ideas for scrapbooking with sketches. Better yet, layered templates are even more time-saving because on does not need to guess at the sizes of the photos and paper layers. We'll show you how to use sketches and layered templates and show you where to find them too!

Layered Template Design by Christine Smith
Finished Layout by Julie Ann Shahin

You can find Christine Smith's desigs at and on her blog at

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Layout by Julie Ann Shahin
Jen Wilson (Paper Extras, Journaling Tags); Mindy Terasawa's Cozy Autumn kit from Digital Artist magazine; Promos4Designer's Breast Cancer Awareness kit 2006 (Kim Hill - CG Essentials; Yvette Sanders); Lisa Whitney's A Beautiful Mess kit Scrap Artist; Melissa Renfro Treasures Collection background paper and tag group Scrap Girls; Erica Hite Nessa Paper Templates Scrap Girls; Amy Martin Stitched Folded Ribbon Scrapbook Bytes; Kate Teague Write 'Em Up Journaling Tag 2peas; Tia Bennett Joined at the Hip stitches 2peas; Meerkat photo corner; Coffee stain and denim posy by Gina Cabrera Digital Design Essentials; Mandy Steward Inked Edge Style Scrap Girls

To use a layered template: open the template and open the papers and photos you want to use. Place the paper in a layer above the paper layer. Click ctrl-g to group together: this "cuts" the paper automatically for you. Repeat this for all your papers and photos.

Coming Tomorrow: How to Create a Sketch Inspired by Art

Categories: Sketches, Creative Team Member, Layered Template


Mackey said...

Love this tut JulieAnn! The sketch is a great one as well and what you've done with it is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! Great interpretation of the sketch. Love everything about it. Fab job, Julie Ann.

Maggie said...

This is fantastic I luv the deep colours and the way you made the template your own.

Christine Smith said...

WOWZERS!! Glad I stumbled across this today -- your LO is OUTSTANDING, thanks for posting it