Start with a Sketch…

Hello again, Sheena here. Today I’d like to share with you one of the ways  I get inspiration when I scrapbook… I rather like using a sketch . Without knowing it we all have albums full of our own sketches so for my blog post this month I flicked through some of my albums &  found an old favourite page  & created a sketch of it as a starting point for the pages I want to share with you. Sketches can be used in so may ways & I have 3 totally different pages  to share, all inspired by this same starting point.
HLM sketch pdf
For my first page I kept the sketch very much as it is, but added 2 extra photos either side of the main image.
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All the products used here are from the delicately coloured My Minds Eye Jubilee , Sherbet range. The page was inspired by the silver numbers in the  the Happy mixed bag of die cuts, along with the polaroid frames & loads more useable shapes. The Enjoy Sunshine paper is the background, the flowers were fussy cut from the Happy Lovely paper & the photo matted on  Enjoy Pizzaz paper. I’ve also used the enamel shapes & enamel dots from the same range  & tiny punched flowers to add the finishing touches.
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I’ve machine sewed around the edge of the page a couple of times & then as I wanted journalling on it but didn’t want to change the overall look, I journalled  all around the edge telling the story behind the photos.
Our Family.
This time I rotated the sketch to the left 90 degrees and used 4 family photos.
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When looking in the shop I totally fell for the Crate Paper Notes & Things range & in particular the Signed & Memo patterned papers. I wanted to use the  ampersands from the the Signed paper to link all the photos together so I hand cut some out. The background paper is MME Jubilee Sherbet Enjoy Pizzaz & my title word was die cut from this too. I gave the white cardstock a make over using watered down inks on my messy mat  & laying the cardstock on it then letting it dry giving a watercolour effect.
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This page was finished with more MME enamel shapes, Shimelle cork stickers & a few Basic Grey Second City alphas.
One night in Bangkok.
For my third page I created a double spread.
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I flipped the sketch over this time bringing all the detail to the lower half.
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This time I’ve used the Basic Grey, Kelly Purkey Second City range. I’ve used  Bucktown paper as the background paper with black cardstock over it with splashes of Heidi Swapp’s gold colour shine for a little sparkle. I cut around the skyline on the Ashland paper & removed some of the windows with a craft knife & backed them with scraps of  yellow card to look like some of the lights are on. Rather than have the photo central like in the sketch I moved it to the right so I could use plenty of the die cuts, transparencies, frames & journaling cards from this range.
I had so many photos from this evening that I added an American Crafts split page protector as the second page & so I could also journal our memories of it too.
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I continued with the Basic Grey range using more journaling cards, die cuts, transparencies  & stickers from their 12 x12 sheet. The colour letters are from their alphabet sheet which has 6 different coloured alphas on it for loads of choice. The Flair are Hey Little Magpie’s own range which can be purchased individually.
All of these pages started from this sketch, you are very welcome to use it as inspiration too x

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