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Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: Simple Designs for Patterned Papers on the Diagonal

scrapbook page by Paige Evans @ shimelle.com
Wow, this has been quite a day already, but the videos are a-loading and it’s definitely all systems go around here! I have one video and sketch for you now, and then I’ll pick up again in the morning with the rest of this catching up session! I hope you find something useful in the mix.

scrapbooking sketch by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com
This sketch is meant for a scrapbook page with a single, portrait photo. It’s shown as 4×6 but could easily be bigger – especially if paired with quite simple patterned papers. The smaller strips on the diagonals could be paper, but they could be all sorts of other things – border stickers, washi tape, ribbon, stitches, and so on. This could easily work with additional photos too with a bit of rearranging to the other elements. Feel free to move it around to make it work for you!


I worked very close to the sketch this time around, and the resulting page is quite simple in style. Considering some of the major embellishing I’ve done on some pages in that album, I’ve wanted to add a few simpler pages to give a bit of balance. I love embellishing but I also want the focus of a book to be on the writing and photos, not just ‘wow, you added a lot of stuff there’, so some more stream-lined pages are in order.

For this page, I’m working with the supplies from the February Best of Both Worlds kit. Of course you’re welcome to join in with any supplies you choose.

scrapbook page by Shimelle Laine @ shimelle.com
Why yes, that will be much prettier when photographed properly in some daylight tomorrow morning! But in case you don’t have time to watch the video right this second, here’s a still image for now to show the final project.

scrapbook page by Paige Evans @ shimelle.com
This page from today’s guest Paige Evans makes me swoon. I love that stitched strip detail she chose to emphasise the diagonal! Paige has a few further notes:

I made this layout while I was at home in Washington state. I didn’t have my scrapbooking supplies with me, but luckily my sister is also an avid scrapper so we rummaged through her stash and found some super fun things to work with! The sketch was such a great start. I liked the two diagonal lines and decided to keep going with that idea and make diagonal lines of patterned paper across the entire layout. I mostly used the On Trend collection by Crate Paper, with some gold accents thrown into the mix. The placement of the photo, title, three embellishment clusters, and journaling are right where they are in the sketch – sketches make things so easy peasy!

You can find more of Paige’s work on her blog. She designs for American Crafts and Two Peas in a Bucket, and also works for Northridge Publishing, the company behind Scrapbook Trends magazine. She loves to create on a daily basis and enjoys dabbling in everything from fine arts (painting, drawing, sculpting, printmaking), to bookbinding, basketweaving, photography, graphic design, and more.

And now it’s your turn! Create a page in your style with this sketch, post it online, and share it with us. You can upload to your blog or to a scrapbooking gallery like Two Peas or UKScrappers, then just follow the steps to link to your project wherever it can be found online!



23 February 2013



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7 Comments for Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: Simple Designs for Patterned Papers on the Diagonal

  1. Tiffany O'Grady Says:

    So very glad to hear you are feeling better!

    I am also very excite to see what you do with these great products, but first and foremost that you are back on your feet. Love this sketch and Paige’s take is gorgeous too!

  2. Bea Says:

    I’m so glad you are feeling better. Your short absence made me think of how much I would miss you and your lovely work if you ever call it quits!

  3. Katie Scott Says:

    I’m swooning too – love it!

  4. Debbie Says:

    Hmmmm…. didn’t really love your page this time, which is really unusual because I love almost everything you do normally. Also, I was totally surprised that you left your title “floating” and that you didn’t even mention or notice that it wasn’t grounded. Yeah, not loving this page much at all. Sorry.

  5. Natalie Says:

    I really like this page and the sketch – it suits my clean lines style very well.

    One question for you – the label sticker in the bottom left corner – seems to be ‘floating’ – was that purposeful? Can you expand on why as normally you like each element to touch another one on the page?

  6. Sabine Says:

    Yay, I already made some layouts today and ended with a letter sticker dangling in my hair…
    here are my layouts:
    http://bienesbuntewollwelt.blogspot.de/2013/02/neue-layouts-fur-meine-urlaubsalben.html
    And now I’m trying the new sketch! :-))

  7. Cara Cawthon Says:

    The glittered letters open up a world of possibilities! Can’t wait to get out some alphas, glitter, and glue and play.

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