One thing that this sketch has a lot of is white space. White space can be an important element of design and sometimes without it the page can look too busy or it can be difficult to find all the vital information like the journaling, title, or even the pictures. However, I know that leaving that white space on your page can be a little scary, especially at first and especially when it's in as large of a dose as the sketch this week. If this sketch is a little heavy on the white space for your style, the layouts today show some easy and effortless ways to help reduce that space without completely covering it up.
Two-page Sketch #8
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"Happy Little Guy" by Shari Thurman
Supplies - Pattern paper, Chipboard Elements, Cardstock Accessories and Decorative Brads: My Mind's Eye; Punches: EK Success, Fiskars and Creative Memories; Other: Machine Stitching
I have a similar "quirk" to Allison. I too have to make sure that the subjects are looking toward the center of the layout. This is the reason I flipped the layout left to right. Overall, the dimensions of the elements are the same as shown on the sketch.
• I used my sewing matching to create the zig-zag stitching around the background circle.
• I layered the 4 1/2 x 9 inch teal paper with red paper measured the same size, just off set to the top right.
• I added a scalloped border to the bottom, trimmed it with orange and then created a decorative scalloped border around the edges with my sewing machine.
• I stitched along the striped paper and stitched the 1/2 inch circles together creating the decorative strip.
• I matted the 4x6 photo and used to photo corners to make it stand out.
• I placed the title as suggested, but since it was so large, I moved the journaling to the left of the main photo where the sketch suggests a 3x3 photo.
Journaling reads, "Jackson was such a sweet and happy baby. I love his little baby body. Here he is at 8 months doing a few baby push-ups and posing for mommy. September 2009"
• For my supporting photos, I used seven 2 x 2 photos instead of the suggested 3 x 3 size. This allowed me to get more photos on the layout. Since they were so much smaller, I moved them down below the striped and decorative border to fill the space and make it more pleasing to the eye. They seemed to be getting lost on the busy background pattern, so I matted them on a more neutral paper cut slightly larger.
• For the embellishing, I added the banner at the top by using my 1 inch circle punch, folding the circles in half, attaching to twine and running it through the sewing machine. I then layered the decorative brads with punched stars and circles. Finally, I added several Chipboard elements to finish it off.
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"With a Skip in His Step" by Allison Davis
Supply list - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; Chipboard gears: My Mind's Eye; Die Cut ("fun times" and gear border strip): My Mind's Eye; Alphabets: Making Memories (with a, in his) and American Crafts (skip, step); Jewels: Kaisercraft; Embroidery floss: DMC
• Variation #1 - I was working with all vertical photos so I switched the horizontal 4 x 6 to a vertical one. Switching the orientation of 4 x 6 is possible in almost all sketches. It's only a two inch difference and when you think of two inches compared to the 12 x 24 size of your layout, it isn't much. You really shouldn't have to make big adjustments to accommodate the extra inches to either the height or the width.
• Variation #2 - Since I had more height in my 4 x 6 photo I removed the rectangle piece. Most of it was covered and it also didn't quite fit in with the design I had in mind.
• Variation #3 - I really couldn't crop down the photos of Jackson running to a 3 x 3 so I used wallet size in place of all the 3 x 3 photos. This way I could keep the whole picture, uncropped and still have a size close enough to 3 x 3 that it would work with the design. I was also able to include more photos since they are smaller in width.
I had mentioned on Sunday that this sketch is perfect for action photos with the row of photos along the bottom. My layout today is an example of that. I used that bottom row to show the movement of Jackson running.
• Variation #4 - A dilemma I ran into with the papers is that I had very few showing on the page. After I added more photos across the bottom and used a vertical 4 x 6 I lost a lot of the paper design. I wanted more color on the page so I decided to have a little fun with the papers and add some more to match the bigger circle. With so much white space on this sketch it was easy to add in extra pieces without taking away from the rest of the design.