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Scrapbooking Sketch of the Week

scrapbooking sketches and scrapbook page ideas
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It’s been a while since I’ve sketched out my favourite photo arrangement – two 4×6 prints in the same direction on a 12×12 page – so that’s what appears in this week’s sketch! And pretty much everything aside from the background here came from my scrap basket, so it feels a bit like something from nothing, which I love! I also got to use that confetti idea that a few of you have used for earlier sketches, so thanks for the inspiration to give it a try.

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This week’s sketch is very, very simple! I’m intrigued to see if you keep it this simple or jazz it up with lots more. Either way can work. I didn’t really purposefully set out for it to be so minimal, but after I had added the paint and fabric dots it just didn’t seem like it needed further embellishments in this case… but your page might be different! Adapt as you see fit, of course.


The die-cutting website I mentioned in the video is I Diecut and you can find the free shape I used here. I have a Silhouette SD and cut using the Silhouette Studio software from a Mac. The DXF file from I Diecut worked just fine and I could add it to my library in Studio. You do need the latest update for Studio. With Studio open, go to Help at the top menu and pull down to ‘check for updates’ if you’re not sure if you have the latest edition. I Diecut also includes SVG files for those of you who use SCAL software or other SVG-reading options. It’s definitely worth a look if you’re an Echo Park fan and would like to cut shapes to coordinate with the paper and sticker designs.

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 if you post your page online.

scrapbook page ideas
Last week’s sketch inspired a mix of pages with one, two or four photos. I loved the variety! These are four of my favourites. Click the corresponding link to see any of these layouts in more detail and get to know the scrappers behind the pages.
Top Row, L to R: one, two.
Bottom row, L to R: three and four.

Now… are you up for some sketchy scrapping this week? Grab two pictures and see how much of the page you can create from your scraps, perhaps. Give it a go and share it with us!



21 September 2011



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13 Comments for Scrapbooking Sketch of the Week

  1. Melissa Shea Says:

    I’m so gonna link this time, I said it publicly so I have to do it! Every time I’m at your blog I’m so inspired, more than just a want-to-go-get-crafty kind of thing, like as a person, you have an amazing writing style and I so appreciate you!

  2. Dawn-Marie Says:

    I was so inspired by your video yesterday and was in a youtube layout hop. I used your sketch as the inspiration for my layout. Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration! :)

  3. Julie Kirk Says:

    I see that your nails today match your hat! ;-)

  4. Dawn Says:

    Fabuous page and video as always. Just to let you know you said on the video that you were using a bind-it-all to punch the circles, but you were using a crop-o-dile. Thought I’d better mention it just in case any new scrappers went looking for the wrong tool lol. Thanks as always for doing the video’s for us

  5. linda Says:

    Love the sketches as a point of inspiration… I agree that doing this publicly pushes me to scrap more than I normally would :P

  6. Carly Says:

    When I started this layout, it wasn’t meant to be a “sketch-of-the-week” project. I started it on Sunday for your Two Peas challenge. The horizontal bit, the numbers and the title were all figured out before the sketch came out, and then I had all of this empty space. And then your sketch worked itself into the layout. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Sarah Warmington Says:

    Amazing sketch! So many options – my page flew together in about 10 minutes!! Record time

  8. vincentlee01 Says:

    WTRWYTRUY RTEYTRWT REW

  9. Ann Says:

    Loved playing along as always Shimelle, even if I deviated with my journalling!

  10. Alison Says:

    Another great sketch Shimelle…I’m loving these and ‘Starting points’!
    Alison xx

  11. Mary M. Says:

    I love all the different takes on this sketch! And I love Sketch of the Week! =)

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  13. Lisa-Jane Johnson Says:

    http://comeinsidemycrazyhead.blogspot.com/2011/10/woyww-122.html
    Late to the party with this one! I still wanted to link you in though, hope this is okay.

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