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Scrapbooking Sketch of the Week

Scrapbooking sketch and page ideas
scrapbooking sketch and page ideas
Oh Sketch of the Week, what do you have against me right now? Is it because I was perhaps a little too excited about the online cropping this weekend? And finishing up the last few days of Explore and polishing up a special surprise to end the class? Sketch, I’m really sorry if I hurt your feelings. All I know now is the video I tried to make is broken beyond saving and this post is now late and video-free. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

On the upside: it’s here now. And if you’re an early bird who can’t wait to get cropping, you can consider this your very first challenge. See, Sketch? I love you really.

scrapbooking sketch and page ideas
Recently, Julie has been working on a special series of crafty things on her blog called Going Postal, with all sorts of things inspired by postage stamps and real letters. I thought I’d see what happened if I made a scrapbook sketch inspired by a postcard, and this is the result. I used a postage stamp punch for the embellishment to make it a bit more obvious, but that’s not a requirement! I just liked the idea of a rectangle divided into two sections (like the note and the address on the back of a picture postcard – but here it’s the photo and the writing) then something at the top right corner to mimic the stamp and postmark. If not a postage stamp, what embellishments do you fancy for this sketch?

This week, I started with one landscape 4×6 photo but also printed three smaller images in a line on one 4×6 sheet of photo paper, then just cropped the extra white space away to have the strip of three pictures. So this sketch can be viewed as one photo (eliminate the extra photo strip), two photos (include the photo strip with a panorama or cropped image) or four photos (include the photo strip with three images as shown).

As always, the weekly sketch is no-stress and just for fun! If you use it, I’d love to see, so please leave a link to share your work!

scrapbooking sketch and page ideas
Last week Relly gave me a sketch to change things up a bit and I love the variety of pages inspired by it. You can see all the pages shared here but these six jumped out to me to show the different styles that all started from the same design. Click the corresponding link to see any of these pages in more detail.
Top row, L to R: one, two, three.
Bottom row, L to R: four, five and six.

And now it’s almost time to kick off the fun with three days of online cropping! The first giveaway post will be here at 11:00am UK time.


12 August 2011

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61 Comments for Scrapbooking Sketch of the Week

  1. Julie Kirk Says:

    Ooh, oh. Thankyouthankyou!

  2. Kirsteen Says:

    Having spent my working week wrestling with video editing software I feel your pain :p Hoping to join in the fun and games this weekend. I have an open day at our local fire station and an 80s themed wedding reception too – what more does a girl need? :)

  3. Carrie Says:

    Love the postal inspiration! I’ve been pouring over postcards at Flea Markets this summer. Excited for the weekend. Thank you!

  4. Carly Says:

    I love your 30 Rock reference.

  5. Scrapdolly Says:

    Have made my page for the sketch but Mr Linky won’t play. It is here

  6. Angelia Daniel Says:

    I am hoping to get a lot of scrapping done this weekend!

  7. Tara Says:

    Perfect. I was planning to squeeze some play time in each day this weekend and a sketch is a wonderful way to start!

  8. AllisonLP Says:

    UGH! I want to go home now so I can do this sketch!! You think if I tell my boss he’ll let me go home and still pay me for the day? :)
    I’ll be working on this sketch tonight!

  9. Heather R. Says:

    SO wishing I wasn’t at work right now…can’t wait to get home and play. Sketches are my favorite scrapbooking tool! :)

  10. jane Says:

    have had great fun doing the sketch, can’t wait for more!

  11. Linda S Says:

    Absolutely, love this sketch, gotta start right now….hold on laundry I’ll be right back…

  12. Kim Says:

    Might go an try something now. Can always make time for scrapbooking!

  13. Cindy Says:

    I have just finished mine and will be uploading my LO shortly. Loved it!

  14. Irene Fitzpatrick Says:

    I haven’t got a postage stamp punch, but how about this card with a postage stamp edge? Love the sketch & enjoyed doing the lo :)

  15. Nathalie Says:

    Isn’t Julie’s series fabulous??!! I LOVE your page and your sketch is going on my pinterest board! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Sarah S Says:

    Gorgeous sketch as always Shimelle. Thank you. I’ve linked to my LO (I’m #6) xx

  17. Sarah Says:

    With any luck have linked in where needed. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  18. wendy Says:

    loved the sketch! it was so easy to follow. Thanks Shimelle looks like a great weekend Wendy

  19. abbeyviolet Says:

    Great sketch! Inspired me to do some travel pages too! I will link up tomorrow, but wanted to thank you now. Great space for journaling which was just what I needed!

  20. Shannon H. Says:

    Just finished my layout. I love how it turned out. I hope I linked it correctly. If not, here is the link:

  21. ninarsku Says:

    again an amazing sketch! thank you! And I love your layout, kraft, stars and colors just rule!

  22. Georgia Says:

    I like this layout and how Shimelle is helping me get some much needed scrapbooking done. This is just the prompt I need to get going!

  23. kate bucci Says:

    I started this yesterday, went to bed, have been out all day but I’ve finally finished it! Really pleased too, I always try something new from your sketches.

  24. Julia Says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed doing this – now on to the next one!

  25. Sara Taylor Says:

    I really enjoyed this sketch – it was really easy to produce – well, at least it didn’t take me 3 hours like they normally do. :-0

  26. jessica c Says:

    Thanks for the fun sketch!

  27. Nienke Says:

    Great sketch. Can’t wait to get some scrapbooking done after a long week of work :)

  28. Carol Anne Says:

    My first Shimelle Sketch of the Week. It was fun AND a challenge!

  29. Heather R. Says:

    Love the sketch and had a great time using it for my Katy Perry Layout!

  30. Daphne Says:

    Thanks Shimelle for showing my LO from last week’s sketch! It really was a challenge for me! Haven’t had my go on this week’s sketch because some friends are visiting us atm but I’m lucky with having tons of pictures now! :)

  31. Chipper Says:

    had fun with this one AND got covered in ink … heaven! :-)

    On a side note, my little princess watched your video on last weeks sketch with me and she turned your sketch into a layout as a present for my birthday. It was so sweet. She wants to know if she can watch more of you! Thanks for inspiring her Shimelle :-)

  32. Louise Says:

    great sketch Shimelle, i’ve added mine above thanks xx

  33. Trish Says:

    Love this sketch

  34. AllisonLP Says:

    Trying to link my layout, but Mr. Link won’t play :(

  35. AllisonLP Says:

    Mr Linky won’t work for me, so I’m putting my layout here:

  36. ConnieC Says:

    I’m ashamed to say, I save the sketch of the week, every week. But I rarely go back and do them. I’m going to make it a priority to do more of the sketches

  37. Marie Says:

    Thanks for the awesome challenge!

  38. Elizabeth W Says:

    Hi, yeah, took me this long but I’ve finally completed and uploaded my first ever sketch based layout. Didn’t have a stamp shaped punch so used fancy edged scissors.

  39. Karen Says:

    Lovely sketch – I knew as soon as I saw it that I would just have to do it – then my printer packed up :( but got there in the end!! xx
    On to the next challenge…

  40. Julie Jeavons Says:

    Going Postal was a fab series. I sorted out my stamps and used some in groups of three for the embellishment on the sketch. Mr Linky doesn’t like me today but I got there in the end. Please excuse the paint smudge on my page. I must remember to remove my LO before I start wiping paint off the table next time!

  41. Lisa M. Zepponi Says:

    I loved this sketch! Thanks! It sure helped me scrap some of the 380 pics I took of our trip to Niagra Falls! I think I linked it properly.

  42. jenna Upson Says:

    lush sketch x

  43. jenna Upson Says:

    lush sketch x Mr Linky wont work for me either x here is mine

  44. So.Creative Says:

    Great sketch and above all so much fun in doing it!!! Thanx! I hope you’ll like my layout, which is posted on my blog ;-)

  45. Olivia Says:

    Always love your weekly sketches so this was the first challenge I took part in at the weekend :)

  46. Alison Says:

    Really enjoyed this one Shimelle thanks!!! – I think I might have overcome my fear of white space!

  47. Jenny McGee Says:

    A fun sketch. Thanks.

  48. Smeepee Says:

    I flicked the sketch, and added two photos so it looks completely different to the sketch! but so much fun still. :)

  49. Wrightboysmum Says:

    Thanks for a great challenge. I have finally cut into the Halloween papers I have been hoarding.

  50. Bethan Says:

    First sketch in a while for me to tackle. But enjoyed it.

  51. Jenny Says:

    I enjoyed this sketch once I got going :-)

  52. Nikki Says:

    This is my first time at uploading or entering any online challenge and I can’t seem to add a link to my blog, only to the image itself – any advice would be much appreciated :-)

  53. Jo Says:

    I loved this sketch because I had the perfect photo, one that told a story and needed lots of journalling

  54. Natalie G Says:

    Having problems using the thumbnail uplink – it doesn’t like Two Peas URLs and it wouldn’t upload the photo from my computer… here is the link anyway “

  55. Anne Says:

    Lovely sketch! Was able to scrap a quick layout with one of our Hawaii summer vacation photos. Unfortunately, Mr. Linky doesn’t like me either. Doesn’t like 2peas and my photo file is apparently too large. Sorry! Here is my link too:

  56. Lorna Says:

    Always love a sketch challenge and some inspiration. Thank you.

  57. Ann Says:

    loved this sketch, twisted it 180 and replaced the three postage stamp embellishments with postage stamp framed photos.
    Thanks again for the challenge – my layout is also on my blog here

  58. Patty Says:

    Once again, another challenge that took me outside of my plain cardstock comfort zone!

  59. Louise Pettman Says:

    Thanks for the sketch. Looking forward to this weeks one too!

  60. dogmatix Says:

    oops, entered it twice by mistake, trying to figure out how to attach the picture. sorry

  61. AndreaHB Says:

    I love all your sketches, but this one was the 1st I actually tried :-)

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