We are so happy to welcome From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 class contributor Nathalie DeSousa to the blog today! Nathalie’s work is just stunning—filled with mixed media, texture, beautiful colors and gorgeous photos. Her projects created for the sketch class are no exception, so be sure to download the class today to be inspired! Today, Nathalie has worked with one of our bonus sketches from the class to create a new traveler’s notebook spread. Let’s see what she created for us today!

Hi there! It’s Nathalie with you today! I am so excited and grateful to be here on the blog and also a contributor to the From Start To Finish Vol 5 class. Sketches are a great kickstart for documenting, regardless of the format you are using. They are a blueprint for your layout. I was so inspired by sketch 15 and its grid formation that I used it on one of my daily documenting entries in my ringed traveler’s notebook.

Supplies | May 2020 Kit, Beautiful Day Die Cuts, Life Right Now Stickers, Black Typewriter Cardstock Alphabet Stickers, Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers, Love Is 6 x 8.5 Inch Paper Stack, From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 Stamp

First, I rotated the sketch 90 degrees counter-clockwise to create my layout, as this will provide a center line for the page that can easily be replicated on a TN spread.

I love the multiple photo positions on the sketch, as I am documenting a bright, sunny day here in Toronto, Canada, and I took advantage of the lovely day to take lots of pictures. So, I chose to create the picture frames as in the sketch from the woodgrain paper found in the Love Is Paper Stack and used the awesome From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 Stamp to add the “photograph notes” along the sides. 

The original sketch shows paper layers behind the pictures, but I chose to make a small alteration by using one of the 4″ x 6″ tags from the May 2020 Kit as the layer behind the picture frames. Instead of adding a third “picture frame” as per the sketch, I decided to use the space between the picture frames  to add my title, using the Black Typewriter Cardstock Alphabet Stickers and the large floral cluster from the Beautiful Day Die Cuts.

For  the other half of the spread, I decided to use a full-sized photo. I made sure to choose an image where the subject, aka our baby, Poochie, was in the center of the page. This will assure that your main focus is left on the subject.

I added two more clusters of repeating embellishments to the large photo, but deviating a bit from the original sketch with their location. Sometimes, you have to move a bit of the elements of the sketch around to make them work for your pages. Remember sketches are a starting point—the rest is up to you! 

I hope this shows you how easily you can transform a sketch to a smaller format! Imagine how you could use all of the From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 sketches in your mini albums or traveler’s notebook to document your summer! I cannot wait to see what you create from the sketches and inspiration found in the class!

Let’s learn a bit more about Nathalie:

Residing in: Toronto, Canada

Living with: Stay-at-home wife to Roger, Mom to my two teens: Joshua and Gabrielle and our 10 yr old baby Boston Terrier: Poochie, and blessed to have my mami with me  always.

Scrapbooking since: 2016

Favorite type of memory-keeping: Traveler’s notebooks for everyday documenting, and 12″ x 12″ layouts for memory keeping (love letters to my family)

Favorite technique:  Mixed media and hand stitching

Favorite layout or project ever created: This is  a hard one for me, too many to chose from!

Crafty essential that you could not live without: I think the one thing I could not live without is black fineliner. I need to write stories, even when there is a picture to accompany, the story will always come first!

Find more inspiring projects from Nathalie at the links below!

Instagram | YouTube

Thanks so much for inspiring us today, Nathalie! Find Nathalie’s summery, exclusive layout designs in our From Sketch to Finish Vol. 5 class today, and be sure to grab it with the exclusive class stamp at a special price while supplies last!

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