Scrapbooking Techniques & Tips – Doodling for the Drawing Challenged

Do you like the look of doodling on scrapbook layouts but you are hopeless at driving a pencil? Me too. My doodles do not have that graceful free flowing look that I admire in the magazines. More like the drunken rambling of an inebriated spider with a Texta tied to his leg.

Here’s one of my favourite scrapbooking techniques that you might find useful.

Find a piece of fabric or clothing that incorporates something in its design that you could use as a doodle on your layout. Lay a sheet of acetate (the sort used for overhead presentations in offices) over the fabric and with a permanent marker pen, trace the part of the design you want to use for your your doodle.

Let the ink dry properly, then cut around the outside of your tracing. The beaut part of this is that you don’t need to cut right up to the edge of your tracing or in the tricky little loops and curls because the acetate will be transparent on your layout so you will only see the doodle.

You can attach your doodle to your scrapbook layout either by carefully applying a glue stick under the pen marks (so you won’t see it from the front) or by incorporating brads into your design and using them to hold your doodle in place. And, unlike with doodles done directly onto the layout, you can play around with the positioning.


The doodle I have used here is from part of the design of a tray cloth that my Mother embroidered many years ago. I just used the parts of the design that suited me. I didn’t slavishly try to trace all the design as that would have been too busy.

Other sources I have used are: the embroidered pocket on jeans, part of the design from my kitchen tablecloth, patterned shirts,bedlinen, etc.

You can use your doodle as a stand alone embellishment or, as I have done here, you can add flowers or ribbons to it to dress it up a bit. This is one of the easiest of scrapbooking techniques that you can use and can create a fabulous effect on your scrapbook layout.

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11 Responses to Scrapbooking Techniques & Tips – Doodling for the Drawing Challenged

  1. kmthornton February 8, 2007 at 11:28 am #

    Cool idea!

  2. honeybumble February 8, 2007 at 11:48 am #

    What a cool idea!

  3. Seona February 8, 2007 at 12:47 pm #

    I shouldn’t read your blog from work… the mental image of an inebriated spider with a Texta tied to its leg has me giggling…

  4. BeckyA February 8, 2007 at 3:34 pm #

    Now that’s a great idea! My doodles leave *much* to be desired. I just don’t understand it. How come other people can create works of art with their doodles and mine looks like my 3yr old did it? But this idea is totally do-able! Thanks!

  5. Glynis February 9, 2007 at 11:05 pm #

    Love those iidea, Karen…and they layout looks fantastic!

  6. americanmom February 11, 2007 at 6:00 pm #

    Excellent tip! But then you always give the best tips. Your layout is beautiful.

  7. bekaboo February 14, 2007 at 10:30 am #

    Lovely layout, and such a great idea! I’ll need to pull out my vintage linens and books. Thank you!

  8. onestmpnwvr March 18, 2007 at 12:51 am #

    I love the idea, Karen! I’ll need to try this technique soon. Glad to learn I’m not the only one who’s doodling challenged. :-P

  9. Sam J April 17, 2007 at 8:12 am #

    Thats a fantastic idea!

  10. Tania April 30, 2007 at 7:58 pm #

    Great idea Karen! Love it that you don’t have to do it direct on your work and you can move it around also!
    Keep smilin’ ~


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