Hello everyone! Noreen here from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com here to share my sketch-to-page process with you! Some of you know that I design monthly sketches to share on my own blog and YouTube Channel, but I LOVE to work with sketches from other designers too! Kerry Engel creates fresh sketches for the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Sketchy Gallery and I look forward to using them every month as a jumping-off point.

Along with Kerry’s sketch I’ll be using a versatile new collection released this month by Creative Memories called Memoirs & Memories which features great neutral designs that can be used for so many different page themes (think heritage, travel, tribute and masculine pages!) and includes a Paper Pack, Stickers, Foiled Embellishments and Variety Mat Cards as well as an incredible album with pre-designed Fast2Fab pages! It’s gorgeous! I’m also going to be using the new Gears Chain Border Maker Cartridge to create some fun masculine embellishments for the layout, which will work perfectly with recent photos of my 14-year-old son. And here is Kerry’s August Sketch from the Sketchy Gallery that I’ll be basing my own layout on: Are you ready to join me as I walk you through my process for bringing a sketch to life as a scrapbook layout? Alright, let’s get going!

First I chose a striated gray paper from the Memoirs & Memories Paper Pack for my layout base, then added some strips cut from other papers. I cut the narrow strip (which measures .5” x 11.5”) from a dark gray chevron paper. The wider 2” x 11” beige strip was cut from a beige paper that looked like parchment with the 12” Straight Trimmer and the Deckle Blade to give it a rough and rustic look. I thought it would go well with the masculine, distressed theme and so far I’m liking the combination of neutral colours. Next I placed my photos. In Kerry’s sketch, the photos appear to be a little smaller than the ones I chose to use, but I like to use standard 4” x 6” and 4” x 4” photos on my page to eliminate the step of measuring and cropping. I matted two photos on the same dark gray chevron paper that I cut the narrow strip from, and then used a pre-made frame from the Memoirs and Memories Foiled and Embossed Embellishments to mat the 4” x 4” close up of my son. I love how the frame looks like burnished metal! I arrange and adhered the photos in approximately the same location as on the sketch with the middle one slightly overlapping the horizontal strips. Then I added a border down the side. In Kerry’s sketch, the vertical strip only goes down to the half-page mark, but I loved this grunge-style filmstrip border sticker from the Sticker Pack so I chose to only trim off about an inch and then placed it along the side of the layout. I like how it will provide a little frame for the journaling box I plan to put there! On to accents and embellishments. I wanted to add another layer of interest to the border strips in the middle, so I punched a strip from Platinum Shimmer Cardstock (for a little more metallic accent!) using the Original Border Maker System and the Gears Chain Border Maker Cartridge. I cut the border strip apart and used a section of four gears on one side of the middle photos and three gears on the other. I adhered them with Repositionable Adhesive which works so well for anything that has intricate details. For the journal spot, I chose a card from the Variety Mat Pack that had a journal box that looked like parchment on a striped background. I cut out the box itself with my Scissors, added it to my page just below the middle border and wrote my journaling on it with a Black Dual-Tip Pen – my absolute favorite pen for journaling! I finished off this area with a few star stickers, mounting one of them with Foam Squares for added dimension. I used a gorgeous layered tag from the Foiled and Embossed Embellishments for my title – I love the handmade look of it! I popped it up and off the surface of the layout with Foam Squares, and added a few more star stickers, a bold arrow and one more gear that I cut apart from the leftover punched border to finish off this title cluster. And that was pretty much it…my layout based on Kerry’s sketch was complete, and I love the grunge, steam-punk feel of it! I hope you go take a look at the collection of fabulous sketches in CSM’s Sketchy Gallery and are inspired to use them for your own layouts! If you are looking for even more inspiration this summer, I invite you to check out my online Summer Scrap Camp which continues through to August 30th. This is one Summer Camp you don’t want to miss…you can see all the details and register in the OCM Classroom.

We are so excited to announce that Creative Memories will be sponsoring The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnivals
Here are the carnival dates – MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Edmonton – Sept 6-7
Calgary – Sept 20-21

There are still seats available in our crop area! HURRY!!!!
We want you to come on down to the show … make and takes, classes, shopping and MORE! You do not have to be a registered cropper to enjoy all the scrapbooking awesomeness! Tickets can be purchased at the door!

Registration, locations, classes, and MORE information can be found on our website – CLICK HERE!

Thank you once again to Creative Memories for being a Carnival sponsor – we truly appreciate it!

We can’t wait to see you all!

Happy Scrapping!

Noreen Smith | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine
Noreen Smith

All Creative Memories products featured in these projects are available in Canada on my CM website, and you can find CM advisors in the US and other countries by using the Advisor Lookup feature. Please drop by my blogFacebook group, YouTube Channel or my Instagram feed for more ideas and inspiration – I create layout sketches, cards and other projects which showcase Creative Memories products & tools on a regular basis.

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