Starting with a From Sketch to Finish Sketch with Shannon Dombkowski

Hello, crafty friends! It’s Shannon Dombkowski here to talk about one of my favorite things in scrapbooking: sketches! You may remember that a few months ago, Elle’s Studio released From Sketch to Finish Vol. 6. If you haven’t picked it up, what are you waiting for? It’s a PDF packed full of sketches and page inspiration. You’ll never be left wondering how to design your next page again (or at least not for a long while!)

I decided to use sketch 23 as the inspiration for this page. The sketch is designed as a 12 x 12 inch layout, but I decided to think outside the box and use it as the starting point for a traveler’s notebook layout!

Supplies | August 2021 KitProud Of You Die CutsLight Teal Cardstock Basic Shape Stickers, Chipboard Circle StickersBack To School Wood Veneers, Acrylic StarsAdventure Paper Stack

First, I kept the basic design nearly identical. I intentionally chose a sketch that I knew would translate well to a traveler’s notebook. I liked the not-quite-perfect grid of this sketch. The title is where a square would be and I decided to keep my title the same. The Back To School Wood Veneer piece was a perfect ready-made title for this page about my girls! 

While I did keep the design true to the sketch, I decided to change the photos from squares to rectangles. I like this look with the more rectangular shape of my pages rather than the square like a 12 x 12 inch page. It also allowed me to use the two photos that I wanted to use without chopping heads or feet off of my daughters. Sometimes we have to tweak things to make our photos work!

The sketch actually has 3 photos and no designated spot for journaling. I opted to swap the photo that was diagonal from the title out for a journaling block. You could also make one of the photos flip up to reveal journaling or just eliminate the journaling altogether! That’s the beauty of sketches—you make them work for you. I did like that this bottom square of the sketch had some embellishments along the bottom of it so I decided to keep those in my layout as well.

And there you have it: A sketch-inspired page that is pretty close to the sketch itself. All I needed was a few quick tweaks to make it work for me. I can’t wait to scroll back through From Sketch to Finish Vol. 6 again to find inspiration for my next page. How about you?

Take the guesswork out of creating with our latest class, From Sketch to Finish Vol. 6! You can find this class now available in our shop with the exclusive 6 x 8 inch stamp, or as a digital download only!

We can’t wait to see what YOU create! Share how any of our new sketches in the class inspire you to create by posting your project in our Elle’s Studio Facebook Group or by posting on Instagram using the hashtag #EllesStudio!

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