Do you use sketches to help you to plan out your layouts?
I find that if I’m struggling with the creative process and just can’t focus on what I want my end result to look like, sketches are an absolute Godsend.
Of course, the doyen of sketches has got to be Becky Higgins. Her books and articles in magazines have really raised the awareness of scrappers to this great scrapbooking technique. And she creates such fabulous sketches, especially for incorporating multiple photos.
I find sketches especially helpful when I’m doing traditional scrapping. Without the forgiving Undo button of digital scrapping there’s much more importance on having some sort of end vision of your layout to plan and work towards. Even if that vision is fuzzy, having a structure for the elements is something I find enormously helpful.
When I have done large theme albums such as the two 40 page Trip albums I did of my last two overseas trips, I found sketching the framework of each double page spread (and limiting myself to a small number of different colours and patterns) enabled me to pull the albums together quite quickly. I was able to keep focused on the photos, memorabilia and journaling without agonizing over the placement of all the elements. An absolute boon when all you want to do is package up a great looking large project in a relatively short time frame.
And just to make life easier there are a number of great web sites offering free sketches for you to download. One of my favourites is Page Maps.
Page Maps is run by Becky Fleck who puts out a great free newsletter every month. There is a huge array of sketches of many different sizes and types to choose from and Becky loves to see some of the layouts you create and will often display them on her site.
The above Page Maps sketch was my framework for this layout of my niece’s indoctrination as School Captain. It just made planning the layout so much easier.
So do you use sketches to plan your layouts? And what are your favourite sites for sketches. Let everyone know by leaving the details in the comments section. I’m sure we’d all like to see more of what’s out there.
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