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Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: Making a Banner with Photos

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @
I’ve been meaning to discuss a little something with all of you about how my philosophy has changed since so much of my teaching now comes in the form of videos. There is one really big idea I hope you will take on board: some times I try things so you don’t have to. I scrap so much and I share almost all of it with the world in some way or another – either in blog posts, in Glitter Girl videos at Two Peas, or in my class content for those of you who sign up for my online scrapbooking workshops. In the past year, I can count the pages I have kept to myself on a single hand.

That doesn’t bother me in the slightest: it is my choice to share with all of you, and if I didn’t want to, then this would not be the right job for me! But it does mean that there isn’t a nice, safe, secluded place for me to go through random ideas without sharing it with you as it happens. If I make every page in a style that’s too similar, you’ll get bored, and some will let me know. If I make every page wildly different from the rest, I won’t be happy with my albums and those of you who like the style I’ve shown you up to now may not be big fans, and some will let me know. So I try different things and I show you right there on the video as it goes. Sometimes I find a real win; sometimes I get the page to a point where I’m happy with it, but I make a big note to self about whatever particular element I probably won’t try again.

When you watch, you can make that decision from what you see, and if you want, you can essentially learn from that in the same way that you learn from a mistake. If I run my title up the side of the page and you don’t like it, you know not to run your title up the side of your page – and you don’t have to go through the stress of moving your title and trying not to ruin your letter stickers to figure it out. Maybe you look at my layout and think you don’t like that patterned paper. Perfect: don’t buy or use that patterned paper. What you see that you don’t like can be just as useful as what you do. But whatever you see? I like it for me and I’m happy to have it in my album – or I would keep working on it or start over!

With this sketch and video, I wanted to really demonstrate what I mean by this process. I wanted to take an idea I have used many times and try it in a way that I hadn’t used before and I wasn’t completely sure would work. I gave it a try and I kept working on the page until I got to a point where I was happy with the layout – but now I know the difference between the way I used this technique on this page and the way I’ve used it before, and I know what I will take forward from there. You can simply look and see what you like and take that forward for your own process without the frustration of discovering it for yourself. I think that’s what I mean. Of course, I also know some of you are stubborn like me and will want to try it for yourself. That’s totally okay too.

scrapbook page sketch by shimelle laine @
Getting on with it then, here’s the sketch. It’s a bunting-inspired banner design across the whole page, on a quite large scale. I’ve used this idea in the past but always on a much smaller scale for the banner, and this time I wanted to use it as a big element that would take up most of the page. Of course, that makes it quite different from the usual way I start my pages with a bunch of different boxes of patterned paper in the background!

This page was made with supplies from the February Best of Both Worlds kit. (And the next sketch video moves to the March kit, by the way.) Of course you can try it with any papers you like! I added some eyelets and twine too, and for those of you who have requested eyelets on pages – I’m afraid this is pretty much the only time I use them these days. I passed my giant jar of eyelets to another scrapper many years ago and haven’t looked back. I just prefer brads, rhinestones, enamel dots, and other simple little embellishments like that to the extra steps of eyelets. But they do add a lovely bit of polish to banners!

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @
Here’s my resulting layout with the idea of banners gone big! But how does it compare to when I’ve used banners on a smaller scale? You can see three different examples in videos when I’ve used them as a smaller part of the page: the Glitter Girl episodes on breaking through scrapper’s block and using scenic patterned paper designs, plus this video when I guested for Studio Calico. But I ask you that in a way that it’s useful for you to figure out for your style! I’m happy with all four layouts in my albums and they all have a different look. If you like one more than the others, then you might want to remember that if you use this sketch but in your own style. All part of the learning process, and drawing those conclusions for yourself can be really important in defining your own style, if that’s something that interests you.

scrapbook page detail by julie kirk @
But of course I’m also delighted to include another version from this same page so you can compare already and keep those notes to self in your own mind. So much good stuff with this page by Julie Kirk!

scrapbook page by julie kirk @
If scrapbook sketches can feel theatrical then this one, with its title taking centre stage and the photos stretched out like a banner, certainly fits the bill making it easy for me to decide which photos to use with it. My sister and I recently spent the day at a ‘Rockabilly Rosie’ workshop where we tried out glamorous vintage-style make up, hairstyles and dance steps. Not all at the same time I might add … although we would have had fun trying! And the retro results seemed just perfect for this style of sketch.

I adapted a few things to help me tell this particular tale such as adding a narrow frame around my background paper as a way to pull in another colour which, like all the shades of papers I chose, was drawn from the colours within the photographs. I also added in a few vintage themed touches like the rip in the top corner and a snippet of text [beneath the left hand photo] which I cut from a 1950s magazine. I couldn’t settle on a way to write my journaling across the page, like the sketch, so I just used a couple of journaling blocks instead. But overall, looking back at my version I realise I’ve stuck fairly closely to the original, which is a bit surprising really as I didn’t think I was that obedient!

Julie Kirk documents everyday stories through her scrapbooking often in combination with vintage supplies and lots of patterned paper. She is regular designer for Papercraft Inspirations and Creativity! Magazines and contributes to the 3DJean design team blog. Through her own blog, ‘notes on paper’ and her Facebook page she shares creative projects, hints and tips, stories, and anything which might raise a smile. Meanwhile she shares her love of vintage supplies through her Etsy shop.

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!

12 March 2013

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21 Comments for Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: Making a Banner with Photos

  1. Anne-Liesse Says:

    Wow! I want to thank you so much for your insight and experience, and for sharing so much usable information on your blog. I am in the process of sifting through it all. I really appreciate the effort you have taken to give us information to make our own creative choices.

  2. Jen Hart Says:

    Hi Shimelle, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and watching your videos it never seems rehearsed and I mean that in a really good way as in we are on the journey with you, it makes it feel do-able, rather than I have to plan my layout for days to make it look like that. IYSWIM.
    I love how it turned out and I am thinking of giving it a go.

  3. Alinor Says:

    super gorgeous! love the green and blue combo <3

  4. Nancy Jo Says:

    Thank you so much Shimelle for all you do to share with us. No matter how your pages end up I always learn so much from watching your process and hearing your scrappy thoughts. Viewing your videos over the last year has taught me how to change the things I didnt like about my pages. I am so much happier scrapping now thanks to you. This was a fun page. I would try it! And I love Julie’s take on it too. Thank you, thank you!

  5. J3SS1C4 Says:

    I so get what you mean about how some people will complain no matter how you do things, so you definitely should do what you love! I know that some things you do don’t match my style, but I always get at least a few amazing ideas from every page you share! Also, it’s always fascinating hearing your insights on things and finding out about your process as you do things! Thank you so much for sharing all that you do!

  6. Dj Horst Says:

    I just found your blog this past weekend….love love love love it!! I have put scrapbooking on the back burner over the last couple of years and I am very excited to be getting back into it…thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Cornelia/Sorken Says:

    I made a similar page that I really like. It makes me happy Love hearing how you and others think around scrapping..

  8. Julie Kirk Says:

    Thanks for inviting me to share your scrappy-space this week!

    I enjoyed reading your thoughts on what you do and what you feel others can take from it.

    I know I’ve said this before about watching your videos but I’ll say it again. I may not watch them to scrap-along with and I may not use the techniques from any specific page but … when I watch you I often want to scrap afterwards. It’s like an appetiser for me! [You don’t know how hard I’m trying not to say ‘crafty foreplay’…


  9. PjP Says:

    Do people seriously give you a hard time when you change up your style or spend a few weeks riffing on a similar theme? Really?! The nerve! NO one in the scrapbooking world is more generous with their time and talent than you are. Some folks should know to be grateful, is all I’m sayin’.

  10. Roseann Hoyle Says:

    I love how much you share with us, and I know when something is just not quite right for me. But I also feel I would not grow as a scrapbooker and a person if I did not try new things. And you give us so much to see and do. Thanks for all the time and talent you share with us, and all the inspiration I gain. Love ya, Shimelle, and will always enjoy the journey with you.

  11. Amy Wanford Says:

    Hi, Shimelle. It was great to meet you yesterday! I’ve been checking out your work & I love it. You have the ability to tempt this card maker to try scrapbooking…I never thought I’d say that!
    As for now, I reckon I could transfer those layouts to my cards and I’d hope you could still see the LO in there somewhere ;D
    Happily subscribing here :)

  12. Maxi Says:

    Unusual idea! I still have a tonne of eyelets and don’t know anyone who scraps so need to find ways to use them. With that in mind, your comment inspired me to think up some new ways. Have blogged about it today. Hope it’s of some use to others with eyelet stash!

  13. Maxi Says:

    pa – I didn’t know if I could add my link to it but it looks like others have, so here’s the eyelet stash using post :)

  14. j.leija Says:

    I love how my page based on this sketch turned out! Thanks so much for sharing Shimelle :)

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  16. Safewater Says:

    Haha, the banner looks nice!

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