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Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: A Corner Gathering

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
Can I start with something almost entirely random for this post? I haven’t taught local (or local-ish) workshops for years. I think the last time I was doing that with any sort of regularity was when the Craft Barn was still open, and that’s been a while. This morning I’ve just had a possibility present itself, and I could teach workshops for eight to sixteen people (I’m thinking the smaller end of that scale would be more comfortable in the space, but it might take a bit of trial to see) in London. It wouldn’t be immediately, as it would take some planning and so forth! But it would be lovely to judge if this is something any of you would want to attend. Could you let me know if London-based scrapbooking workshops would be something you would put in your diary? Thanks!

scrapbooking sketch @ shimelle.com
And then to less random: the next sketch! (Look how close that date is to getting caught up! SO CLOSE!) This sketch is designed to feature one landscape photo and two patterned papers, perfect for setting a colour scheme, as you can have two bold blocks of those colours, then plenty of space elsewhere to work with various shades, lighter or darker. I’ve drawn it as a 4×6 photo, but it could easily be a 5×7 or swapped for something else you have in mind.


Taking a break from the May kit, I headed back to the wedding album supplies I set aside to create an album filled with the photos from my sister-in-law’s wedding. You can find more details on all those supplies here, along with Glitter Girl’s tips for starting and planning a wedding album. The camera stamp is from this set by Allison Kreft for Webster’s Pages, which is on sale right now. These stamps are red rubber with cling foam already attached and cut out, ready to stick to your acrylic block. They stamp so beautifully!

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com
I must say creating this album is a little twist for me in terms of journaling! I have plenty of stories to write on my own wedding pages, and I do have quite a few things I want to write for this wedding too, but those stories mostly don’t seem to match the more formal photos – they match the more relaxed snaps from getting ready and the reception. So for now, some of the more formal photos are accompanied by just names, and I’m ready to start working on some pages with more writing soon to achieve a bit of balance!

scrapbook page by Stephanie Howell @ shimelle.com
Today I’m delighted to share a second interpretation of this page, by talented scrapper Stephanie Howell. Stephanie worked her magic on this sketch in an 8.5×11 format, and I love how she used a slide frame with a photo without cropping the picture. Definitely remembering that as a note to self!

scrapbook page by Stephanie Howell @ shimelle.com
I was so excited when Shimelle asked me to do a guest post for her blog. I haven’t had the opportunity to use a sketch in a really long time, and this could not have been a more perfect assignment at this point in my life. You see… I’m preparing my family of six for a big international move to Italy! This doesn’t leave me much time to scrapbook. And I miss it. But my time is extremely minimal, to say the least.

So this sketch was perfect! I kind of just followed it exactly. Hey! What can I say? I’m short on time and my imagination is seriously depleted. The only change I made is that I switched this to an 8 1/2 × 11 layout instead of the 12 × 12 in the sketch. I replaced the big square of paper with a doily. Because I have to put doilies on everything. I can’t help it. It’s a sickness.

The 4 × 6 photo had a distracting background so I used a Crate Paper chipboard frame to draw the focus to my two little monsters. I also put some pop dots under the ‘So Much Fun’ arrow embellishment from MME. The layout just needed a little visual interest.





Stephanie is the social media director and design team coordinator for My Mind’s Eye. She lives in Rhode Island, where she spends most of her days chasing her four maniac daughters and losing her mind. You can follow her adventures on her blog


17 June 2013



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24 Comments for Sketch to Scrapbook Page :: A Corner Gathering

  1. KimberlyMarie Says:

    I love both takes on the sketch and I love that you showed both scrapbook page sizes!

  2. Debbie Parker Says:

    The video is set as private, so it can’t be watched :(

  3. Liz Says:

    I would love a workshop in London. No hesitation, just name the date!

  4. Becky Says:

    I too would love a London workshop (or two, or three!).

  5. Jen Says:

    Thanks for the sketch! I haven’t been able to scrap a page for a couple of weeks because of summer madness. I needed a quick sketch to warm me up and find my groove again, and this one was just perfect! Love Stephanie’s interpretation, as I am also obsessed with doilies. :)

  6. Emma Says:

    I’d love it if you did workshops in London. I took a class of yours a few years ago at a retreat and would love to do more.

  7. TiaraHelen Says:

    I would love to attend a workshop with you in London Shimelle. I would also love it if you did a workshop at the Craft Barn (it is still open and has recently moved to Redhill, where I happen to live….). xx

  8. Cindy England Says:

    I would love if you were doing workshops in London! Even though I live in Sweden, I would totally fly into London just for this purpose! True story. ;P

  9. jennyl Says:

    A workshop in London (SE3!) would be great!

  10. Cathy Says:

    Great sketch and I’d travel into London for a workshop or class. Need some notice and at the weekend would be good.

  11. Cat Says:

    A workshop in London would be wonderful! I’d be there in a shot & probably with a friend :)

  12. kimi watson Says:

    Hi… um not sure and hope ive overlooked but whatever happened to the april kit? Two pages only? I was so looking forward to using up 6×6 and all the goodies i purchased to follow along. Please say it just passed me by and send me to your posts regarding

  13. Laurie Says:

    So beautiful! I love the use of the twine!

  14. Little Nat Says:

    Shimelle – I’d be totally up for a London workshop provided it was at the weekend as I work full time during the week. I wouldn’t be adverse to taking a some leave but would prefer not to. My only reservation would be accessibility – I’m east of London so wouldn’t want to have to do too many tube changes with all my gear! Other than those small caveats, I’m in! We really need something local to Londoners – all the crops and workshops etc seem to be miles away from us. I suppose cost is an issue in that.

    Love the wedding page by the way!

  15. Berta Says:

    I would love to take a workshop from you, sadly a bit of a trip from Northern California ;-) I loved both of the LO’s. You and Stephanie are two of my favorite scrappers!

  16. Laura Kate Says:

    Ooh…we’re hoping to be back in London by summer’s end. I would ADORE a London-based workshop!

  17. Jo Says:

    Shinelle your wedding album pages are stunning!

  18. Victoria Says:

    Would love London workshops – could do select weekdays or weekends.How exciting!

  19. Mandy McK (Moogieof4) Says:

    London based scrapbooking … Yep I’m interested!
    M

  20. Jenny P Says:

    I’m a bit late commenting, but I would totally love a London workshop!

  21. Claire l Says:

    A scrapbook workshop in London would be a godsend central would be ideal for everyone as I’m north london

  22. Carolynne Wells Says:

    Hi, I’ve just found your website, both the Glitter Girl course and the Hitchhiker Guide. I would love a London based crop x

  23. Marteen Fraser-Davis Says:

    I just found your blog today at work and sent myself the link to look into your courses, I would LOVE a course in central London as I am just getting into scrapbooking and think a physical course would do me great! xx

  24. jenny Says:

    We can just use the itunes code generator so that to get the free music and videos for the apple device online here.

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