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Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: Putting One Photo Centre Stage

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
Moving right along then with the August kit and some long overdue sketches, I came up to a design for a single photo and knew just the thing I had in mind, filed away under ‘somewhat random but still important’ as a story I wanted to include in my backpacking album, all about our midday routine while in Luang Prabang, Laos, which included milkshakes while sitting on the riverside. Yes, I’m scrapping about milkshakes. You’re right, I probably have lost the plot a bit.

scrapbooking sketch by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
This sketch is designed for a single 4×6 landscape photo with an accompanying story. It’s another design that is purposely meant for those patterned papers you love but don’t want to cover entirely – there is plenty of open space to let a pattern breathe.


Pretty much everything for this page comes from the August Best of Both Worlds kit. I know, I know: it is far from August. I can but move forward! The good news is most of that kit is still in stock and 25% off until Sunday the 5th of January too. I added a sheet of 12×12 kraft cardstock for the background and then the black ink pad of course.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
I know it may seem strange to devote an entire page to one seemingly random 4×6 photo – it’s hardly a beautiful portrait or an amazing bit of scenery. It’s milkshakes of all things. But for me, it makes sense to take the space when there is a particular memory that is important, even if it’s not a traditional milestone. This image represents something that was very important for me to get written down in my backpacking album. There is quite a bit of open space on the page (in the form of the patterned paper) and that gives me two things that will work well for those sorts of important stories: one, if the story hadn’t fit in the space that it did, there is the potential to add more elsewhere, and two, using one pattern with relatively few colours and a repeating design can help direct your eye to the writing and emphasise its importance. It’s not a story tucked away in a corner of a page with lots going on – it has a space all its own.

That said, I had some more random memories and photos that went alongside this story in the form of a divided page protector for the facing page. I’ll share that next so you can see the balance between this more minimal and that one with more stuff in the same space.

scrapbook page by Jill Sprott @ shimelle.com

For a second look at this sketch, let me introduce Jill Sprott with her interpretation in beautiful yellow.

scrapbook page by Jill Sprott @ shimelle.com

This is my kind of sketch! It emphasizes the basics — a photo, some journaling, and a few accents — while also allowing room for interpretation. I sized down the sketch to work with an 8.5” x 11” layout, and reduced the margins around the photo and journaling block a bit. Since there is so much open space in the photo, I added the title to the photo itself rather than below it, and replaced the title block on the sketch with a sunburst pattern (from October Afternoon) that parallels the rays of sunlight in the photo. I built on the blocks in the sketch by adding layers and strips of patterned paper (from American Crafts, October Afternoon, Farmhouse Paper Company, and Studio Calico). Some of the patterns repeat the colors in the photo, while others serve to reinforce the theme of the layout. I also backed the photo with a rectangle of vellum, to add a shimmery quality to the sun-centered layout.

The most important aspect of this page, in my view, is the journaling. It begins with a ‘surface’ view, commenting on the photo itself, but it starts to move beyond that, commenting on the photo as a metaphor for the mindset that I wish to embrace as another school year begins. I usually try to avoid talking about the act of taking a photo in my journaling, since I would rather focus on telling stories or sharing my thoughts and feelings. I want to say more than, ‘So-and-so took the time to smile for the camera.’ In this case, however, the act of taking the photo and what followed from that is part of the story, contributing to the overall meaning of this page.





Jill Sprott lives on Oahu, Hawaii, with her husband, daughter, and their menagerie of pets. She is a high school English teacher, which makes for pretty busy days, but on the weekends, when not grading papers, Jill shifts from working with words to playing with words and pictures, surrounded by patterned paper. Like teaching, scrapbooking is a creative, challenging, colorful, and rewarding endeavor. Jill is currently on the design teams for October Afternoon and Jenni Bowlin Studio, and is a Garden Girl at Two Peas in a Bucket. You can follow Jill on her blog, Use Your Words.

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to see you you interpret this sketch with your own style and stories. As always, this sketch is just for fun and everyone is welcome.


Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: Working with two smaller photos

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
Jumping back a little, I have a big stack of pages and scrapbooking videos to share with you over the next few days! Today I’m starting with the video I included as a preview link in the last post – but now it’s here properly so you can also see the finished page and download the sketch to give it a try.

scrapbooking sketch by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
When I originally drew this sketch, I was on a real kick of printing multiple photos on a 4×6 photo print, and in landscape I prefer the 3×2 ratio to the 4×3, if that makes any difference to you, so that’s what I had in mind when I put the sketch together. Except I did that in the earliest days of 2013, and by the time we got to August supplies, I had moved on a bit and found myself with a big stack of 4×4 photos that really need to be scrapped. Then today’s guest used this sketch for 4×6 prints, so the happy part of this story is that this sketch seems to work really easily with a range of print sizes! Pair two prints with one background paper you really love and don’t want to cover up, and you’re halfway to a completed layout already.


This page was made with just supplies from my August Best of Both Worlds kit, most of which is currently in stock and 25% off, including my ‘Nailed It’ stamp set.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
The 4×6 boxes as slightly messy layers behind the photo isn’t something I had planned when I drew the sketch either but I think it makes a huge difference to the page design. With a page that has plenty of white space, a little goes a long way in terms of small angles and just a few layers. And if you’ve watched the video and realised I said I would add the date and location before I finished and then I didn’t… I did realise the next morning so you can see it there at the top right corner. Things like that make me glad my head is screwed on tightly, or I would leave it on the train.

As far as the title – we made a bit of a promise to ourselves in the last year or so that we would get in the picture more often. Sometimes it works really well! Other times it is not quite awesome. This particular day I imagined some amazing pictures but in reality, it just wasn’t going to happen. The Boy made silly faces. I told him he could keep making silly faces, I would scrapbook them. I’m just keeping my word as a wife, clearly.

scrapbook page by Rachel Hull @ shimelle.com
For a second look at this sketch, let me introduce Rachel Hull with her interpretation in another pretty blue floral!

scrapbook page by Rachel Hull @ shimelle.com
I love following sketches & this was a great way to get back into scrapping after having my daughter. The kraft backing and photos were easy to select and then I slowly built up the embellished areas with stickers, washi tape, ribbon and punches and layered a project life card over a simple office tag for my journalling. I have been scrapping for over five years now, and whilst I don’t always get as much time as I used to, I like to keep on top of my Project Life album. However 12×12 pages will always stay close to my heart and I will always fit them in when i have time as I find them much more enjoyable.





Rachel currently lives in Leeds with her husband Rob and brand new baby daughter Martha, she has been scrapbooking for several years and divides any free time between scrapping and knitting. She runs her own blog, Rewarding Memories, including notes on plenty of crafty endeavours.

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to see you you interpret this sketch with your own style and stories. As always, this sketch is just for fun and everyone is welcome.


Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: Showcase a photo with borders

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
Two videos in two days? It’s a start, at any rate. If you’re not off watching Doctor Who, you can watch a bit of Sketch to Scrapbook Page craftiness! (It’s also acceptable to watch this after The Doctor saves all space and time yet again. I’ll allow it. Just the once.)

scrapbooking sketch by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
Sketch thirty-one is designed for a single landscape photo (most likely a 4×6 print, but other sizes could work easily) and has substantial space for writing too. The vertical border strips beneath the photo can be paper, tape, ribbon, die-cuts, fancied up with a border punch, or whatever you fancy really.


I know the calendar will argue with me, but the supplies for this page are from the August Best of Both Worlds kit. (I said it’s a start!) Everything is back in stock with the exception of the aqua star paperclips, should you fancy anything for your own crafting.

scrapbook page by laura kate @ shimelle.com
For a second look at this sketch, please welcome Laura Kate with her interpretation adapted to a page in her Project Life album.

scrapbook page by Laura Kate @ shimelle.com
To me, this sketch seemed like it would best fit in a single pocket rather than across a whole pre-divided page. Adapting a 12×12 square sketch to a 4×6 rectangular might seem weird, but I often have little square Instagram photos and the ways I add them in have gotten a bit samey. As you can see, I turned the sketch a bit to aid in the horizontal flow of the card and worked with the b/w theme already in my PL spread to document a fun event we attended that made up the bulk of this PL page (using a great shot of the drinks snapped by my husband!). It was a bit of a challenge to figure out how to make this sketch work, but I really love the end result!





Laura Kate is a teacher, crafter, ex-pat, erstwhile musician, kitchen dabbler & lover of Blythe dolls. A scrapbooker since 1993 – starting with an awesome Lisa Frank album – she writes about all her exploits on her blog, tries her hand at designing some products, and occasionally remembers to update her Etsy shop with her doll fashion creations. Laura Kate lives in London with her husband and 4 fancy goldfish.

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to see you you interpret this sketch with your own style and stories. As always, this sketch is just for fun and everyone is welcome.


Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: A design for landscape and portrait photos

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
There have been a few requests in both directions lately – some for simpler pages, some for more embellished examples. It’s a good challenge and I like trying a little bit from each direction to keep things feeling fresh. This may be the most minimal page I’ve done in quite a while, and it only uses one sheet of patterned paper. It might be necessary for someone to take my pulse and check that I’m okay, really.

scrapbooking sketch by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
Mixing landscape and portrait photos on the same page is one of my biggest design challenges, as I just prefer all the same direction really! But there are a few ways to include both in a design I still like, and balancing two smaller prints with one larger print falls in that category. I used one 4×6 portrait and two 2×3 landscapes, but there is room to adjust that to suit your pictures.


The supplies for this page come from the July Best of Both Worlds kit, then there is a bit of grey and cream cardstock and silver mist.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
I will admit my temptation would have been to work the opposite way around with these papers: the patterned paper and the grey cardstock flipped so the background was the solid. But since the last few pages I’ve done on solid cardstock backgrounds have seemed finished to me until I trimmed them a bit and matted them with a contrasting pattern, it seemed worth a shot to try it the other way around, especially since this sketch called for the mist on the smaller block of paper. Which way would you be tempted to try?

Sketch to Scrapbook Page:: Using Different Size Photos by Asia @ shimelle.com
For a second look at this sketch, Asia takes a turn with square photos in this design. Asia’s work is so beautiful, and I certainly wish I had an ounce of this creative fluidity at her age!

Sketch to Scrapbook Page:: Using Different Size Photos by Asia @ shimelle.com
I really like creating with sketches. Shimelle’s sketch is great, but it isn’t my usual type of design – I seldom make layouts with multiple photos. But I like it! I interpreted this sketch to my own style by taking it to a smaller scale. I chose the photo first, then I dug through my papers and chose these in a sky blue colour. I also added some grey papers. On the background paper, I used a mask and blue Glimmer Mist. I thought that working with three photographs will be a little difficult, but creation process was very fast and fun! At the end I splashed the page with black ink and added sequins to finish.. Voilà!





Asia lives in Poland. She is 17 and attends high school. In the scrap world she uses her nickname Po prostu Asia. She started scrapbooking in 2011 and now is addicted to scrapbooking! Asia creates everything, but she totally loves layouts. She is a DT member of CraftFun and Scrapki. You can find Asia at her blog or on Facebook .

Now it’s your turn! I’d love to see how you interpret this sketch.


Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: A gathering in 3x4

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
I’ve been tempted to photograph my stack of Project Life cards, but I’m a little afraid to show you right now. I’m not quite sure how I’ve managed to convince myself that I need quite so many when I work far, far more in the 12×12 format than pages with 3×4 pockets. But the truth is I still like the designs and enjoy the challenge to incorporate 3×4 cards in a variety of styles onto the 12×12 canvas. Plus by sharing core kits with a group of friends, I have far more designs on the cards in the same amount of space… it’s something.

scrapbook page sketch by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
This sketch didn’t originate with the 3×4 thought in mind, but when I looked at my desk, it seemed just right. Originally I had imagined a page that was all quite simple but one rectangle of that grid was layered and embellished with plenty of detail. That’s where I would spend my time. It turned out that by picking a 3×4 card that I really liked, I didn’t want to layer anything on top and it cut my scrapping time back to just minutes!


The 3×4 card is from Simple Stories, from a cut-apart sheet in the June kit, and the papers, stamps, and letter stickers are from July.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
I’m really drawn to tone-on-tone titles lately, like using the cream Thickers on the cream notebook paper. I think with the dimension of Thickers it’s still quite easy to read, but I’m guessing some of you may prefer more contrast? Just curious.

Sketch to Scrapbook Page:: by Monika Glod @ shimelle.com
For a second interpretation of today’s sketch, please welcome Monika to the blog!

Sketch to Scrapbook Page:: by Monika Glod @ shimelle.com
When I first saw this sketch I was so happy that I could use more than one photo. I took these photos in May when we were walking by a river, and there were a lot of dandelions. My younger son was blowing dozens of them and asked me to take photos. I wanted to use all three photos taken at every step of blowing, I used also numbers ’1-2-3’ to highlight the steps. I very much love the paper from Studio Calico’s Sundrifter collection, which is full of feathers, so I cut those out and used them to highlight the blowing effect. I love layering, so I used a couple of papers in pastel colours and layered them, as well as some clouds cut out from patterned paper. I think that this sketch worked out very well for this story and you can almost feel the wind.





Monika Głód loves to scrap and take photos. Scrapbooking since 2006, she is a member of American Crafts design team for 2012-2013 and also designs for 4heures37. Her work has been published in Scrapbook Trends magazine and Create Idea Books. Monika also runs her own blog and has galleries at Two peas and Studio Calico .


Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: A vertical design for smaller photos

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
With Noell’s design leading me to work more on the vertical and then that idea staying with me through the next few projects, it made me laugh to come to sketch 28 and see that it was such a vertical design. I planned out the sketches way back in December, so apparently I just knew way back then that I was going to be on a very vertical kick come July!

scrapbook page sketch by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
This sketch is drawn for three landscape photos, probably printed at 2×3 inches, but I opted for two square photos at 4×4 and that worked fine too. It’s a great design for scrapping quickly and with partial sheets of patterned paper, since it just takes a few simple blocks to layer the background.


These supplies are from the June and July Best of Both Worlds picks, plus some dark brown Mister Huey mist and two sizes of heart punch.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
Today I’m delighted to welcome someone new to shimelle.com, with a second interpretation from Stephanie Berger, a very talented scrapbooker from Germany.

Sketch to Scrapbook Page:: Rectangular Photos by Stephanie Berger @ shimelle.com

Sketch to Scrapbook Page:: Rectangular Photos by Stephanie Berger @ shimelle.com

When I first saw the sketch, I instantly knew what pictures I wanted to use. I love the pictures of my husband, totally sunken into pottering a teacup. I took these photos via Instagram and as always I printed them 9 × 9 cm (about 3.5” square). After selecting the supplies – for a wonder, this was a quick step – I placed the pictures as shown in the sketch. However, it didn’t feel comfortable to me, so I decided to rotate the sketch. And behold, it was perfect for me. I enlarged the smaller papers, so the background paper does not look so dominant. Usually I do not use a lot of embellishments and so I added only a few. Some punched hearts, wooden stars, some splashes of turquoise colour for contrast and it was finished.





Together with her husband Stephanie lives in Southern Germany near Stuttgart.
There both spend their time together exploring the country, playing some sports, and taking a whole lot of pictures. Stephanie is working as an assistant in real estate management – doing some craft is the balance to her job. Scrapbooking is the thing that puts all the outdoor adventures, taking pictures, and working with paper together. Stephanie has been on several German design teams, such as Scrapping the Music Germany and Scrapbook-Werkstatt . She also designed three of her own paper series for Scrapbook-Werkstatt. She teaches photography and scrapbooking workshops.
You can find her on her blog , Instagram and Pinterest .

Now it’s your turn! Create a project from this sketch using any supplies you like, and share it with us here.


Scrapbooking with your choice of a sketch

Since working more in video and more in series format over the past two years, it’s amazed me how the totals add up. Sure, the Glitter Girl playlist is pretty long, but that’s a series that averages a half hour and comes out every single week. Sketch to Scrapbook Page is a little more here and there, but even so, there are forty-four videos and to watch all of them would take more than ten hours! I don’t suggest doing that all at once, if only because I fear for the part of your brain that has to register the same pitch of my voice and the same well-worn phrases for quite so long!

But this little challenge comes in two parts: something for you and something for me. The playlist above lets you scroll through to get to all forty-four different videos in the series (you can also find that in a list format here. They are listed in date order, with the newest first and oldest last.

The part of the challenge that’s for you: choose any sketch from that list and use it as the inspiration for your own page. Share what you make below!

The part of the challenge that’s for me: in the comments on this post, vote for which sketch you’d like me to try again with the August Best of Both Worlds kit. You vote today, I’ll film it tomorrow, and it will be the final post at the end of the weekend! So take your pick, and I’ll cross my fingers you vote for one I really love!

More challenges, videos, and new layouts coming up all day Sunday! Happy scrapping.


Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: Starting with mist

scrapbook page @ shimelle.com
After a few sketches that focused on bringing square and rectangular photos together on the same scrapbook page, it was time to move on to something else, and the next four sketches all have something in common: they start with mist.

scrapbooking sketch @ shimelle.com
Of course there is no way to accurately depict the random splatters of mist on a sketch! So do please excuse my artistic limitations when it comes to drawing things like this, but the general idea of where to aim with droplets of mist is there somewhere! In this case, it also comes with a large embellishment in the middle of the page as a bit of a different design to what we’ve tried so far.


The supplies for this page came from the June Best of Both Worlds product picks, plus two shades of mist, some enamel dots, and a date stamp.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
Early in 2013, I made a conscious decision to start scrapbooking more about the places we eat. I’ve photographed food off and on for quite a while, but one thing I liked seeing pop up in friends’ Project Life albums was the record of going out to eat somewhere lovely. I don’t necessarily want to record every place like that, and if I tried to make a page from everywhere I’ve photographed the food, I would be looking at a very long to do list. Instead I wanted to focus on the stories of these places, and I’ve found this to be quite a rewarding addition to my albums this year. I’ve recorded our appreciation for the unique flavour choices at our favourite ice cream gelato place, documented my habit of going to three specific places nearby whenever I decide to make the trip to the far side of town to visit my favourite coffee shop, and on this page I wanted to tell the story of a place we discovered just before it was discovered by the media, and how we managed to go there and walk right up to a table, no problem, and a week later there was an hour long wait because it had been featured with great reviews in all the papers. I read a lot of those reviews, and it’s a pretty rare occasion to just stumble upon a great find before it’s well and truly found by everyone. So that seemed story enough!

scrapbook page by Ewa @ shimelle.com
Please welcome a very talented lady who goes by just one name! Ewa comes to us from Norway, and I love her bold and artistic style, perfect for showing us what we can really do with a sketch that starts with mist.

scrapbook page by Ewa @ shimelle.com
When I start to work with a sketch I like to take it seriously. I try to imitate what I see in the sketch with what I see on my work. I also love to throw in a lot of embellishments, tags, and additives, so I usually go beyond what is in the sketch. These photos allude to my first glasses, which I started wearing a few days ago so I tried to make this theme in different ways.

I started working on this scrapbook page by making a choice of photos and paper background. Then I chose the rest of the papers, which I looked through making sure that the colors fit together. When I have selected all the papers which I wanted to use on my work and I had the initial composition I prepared a background. In this work I used gesso and star mask from The Crafter’s Workshop. I cut the title, film strip frame, and the ampersand with a Silhouette Cameo, which I splashed with Overdue Mister Huey’s mist. I decided to gently cover up the main star from the sketch so that it was not the main element of the layout and I decided to do that with vellum. When I glued all the papers I looked through all my embellishments and chose anything to fit. I tried to create a lot of interesting places on the page which catch the eye – including My Mind’s Eye’s buttons, star-shaped mistable Thickers, flair badges and printable journaling cards from Studio Calico, and washi tape. At the end I splashed the whole page with different shades of Mister Huey’s mist, and added some yellow paints and stamps from Scrapperin, called ‘Form & Feder’.

I encourage you to experiment with the amount of additives – do not be afraid of extra embellishments – they look much better at work than on the bottom of your drawer!





Ewa currently living in Oslo, Norway with her husband. She is a kindergarten teacher who loves all things crafty but scrapbooking forever stole her heart. She began scrapbooks in 2011 because of her love for paper and cute embellishments. She creates mainly layouts, and 12 × 12 inch is an ideal working size for her. Ewa’s style is bright with lots of colors and embellishments. She has been on several design teams and now she currently serves on teams at Sketchbook365 and Scrap It Now. You will find her at her blog.


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