4, 5 & 6 PHOTO LAYOUT SKETCHES
Written by: Jaclyn Popola
If I had discovered the beauty of sketching out my scrapbook pages before sitting down to actual create them, I wouldn't have wasted two years' worth of paper and material producing, well, crap. Maybe that's too harsh of a word--I take it back. Those years were a learning experience for me if nothing else, and if I hadn't went through them I wouldn't be able to produce the quality of pages I do now.
However, sketching out your pages if an extremely valuable and useful tool. There are two methods: sketching down ideas (either your own, or someone else's you saw in a magazine or on a website) and following simple templates. The first method speaks for itself. Get yourself a medium-sized sketchbook and carry it with you whenever you can. You never know when inspiration will hit! I make sure I have mine by my side when I'm flipping through a scrapbooking magazine or browsing a scrapbooking website. If I see a layout I like, I copy it down in my sketchbook detail for detail. I jot down what materials were used, and what colors were used as the background, photo mattings, etc. This helps me later so that when I am ready to create, I can refer back to the sketch and it will jog my memory.
The second method is what I'll be focusing on in part two of this ongoing hub. There is a wealth of scrapbook templates available in books or on the web that can be useful to both the novice and expert cropper alike. I have spent years collecting sketches off the web, and I'm glad to share them with you. We'll start with one page sketches first. These are designed to be used on 12" X 12" pages, but can be condensed to fit on 8 1/2" X 11" if necessary.