Sketchy inspiration

Sometimes I like to fit a lot of photos on a scrapbook layout because I take a lot of pictures of an event and they’re so different I want to include them all! I just can’t decide!

In times like those, I turn to one of Close To My Heart’s pattern books called How-To Programs filled with sketches. In the index I look for layouts that have about the same number of photos I want to use. If the sketch has horizontal photo boxes but my pictures are vertical, I just rotate the page. I can also move the title or embellishments. That’s one of the best things about using a sketch — it doesn’t lock you into making your page look identical. You can! But you don’t have to! Use the parts you like or that work with your photos. Rotate one or both scrapbook pages, like I did below. A circle on a card sketch doesn’t have to be a circle — you can make it a flower or any other shape. A line on a pattern could be paper, ribbon, bling or small stickers. One of the banners on the sketch I used became a branch and the title took the place of the other.

The challenge this week at Heart 2 Heart Challenges is to use your favorite CTMH sketch.


I used Performance from “Magic” and I rotated the right-hand page. I don’t know what photos I want to use on this page yet, but there could be a 5×7 on the left and 2-3 4x6s on the right. I also added my own touches, including the strips of black cardstock and the Topiary Striped Washi Tape, which I love because it reminds me of florist’s tape my grandma used to craft with when I was a kid. It makes great leaves but I used it as a border here. I’m still deciding if I want to use it on the top as well.

I also changed the Performance sketch by not cutting the banners from the template. I don’t like to trace and cut by hand — that’s why I have a Cricut! So instead, I made my title, “bloom,” in the place of the horizontal banner … that’s also the main reason I rotated the page. I could’ve spelled bloom down the side but I wanted it across the bottom.

The horizontal banner I replaced with the branch and flowers. The tiny flowers are an example of why you should keep everything! I like to imagine these are cherry blossoms but they started out as rhododendron blossoms. I’ve had them hanging around in my embellishments for two years. My daughter, in fourth grade, had to design a card for West Virginia’s 150th birthday for a contest. One of the elements — I wish I had taken a photo as we didn’t get the card back — was rhododendron blossoms. It’s our state flower. (For an excellent, impassioned speech about West Virginia’s state symbols, watch actress and Charleston native Jennifer Garner tell Conan O’Brien about it here. I get all weepy. I LOVE my state! And I, too, grew up in a little country church singing “The West Virginia Hills.”)

I made those flowers by cutting six-petal flowers from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge in Cotton Candy and White Daisy cardstock and I added some Pixie. I shaped them by folding each petal in half lengthwise by bending it over a fingernail — you could also use a bone folder or other tool. The branch is cut from Saddle cardstock and the image is on the Artbooking cartridge.

I made the O’s in “bloom” by cutting 10 scalloped circles from Art Philosophy in Hollyhock cardstock, one of the colors in the Brushed paper pack, which provided the patterned paper. Use 5 circles for each flower. Lightly spritz the circles with water and scrunch them up. While they’re still damp, I spread them out and poke a brad through the center. You could use the paper piercer to make the hole more easily. Then I insert the brad and scrunch up the flower again. Let dry. When dry, spread the petals out and shape them into a ruffly flower.

The b, l, and m are cut from Topiary cardstock using the font on Art Philosophy. I popped them up with 3-D foam tape.

Performance is my favorite sketch because I first made it at the workshop where I decided to become a CTMH Consultant 3 years ago and when I was planning my first workshop, I thought I was making something original and then it hit me — my project was a variation on this sketch. Making the flowers in “bloom” was also one of the first techniques I taught. You can find Performance and other Close To My Heart sketches for layouts — and even cards! — here.

Pick one or use your favorite CTMH sketch and then head over to Heart 2 Heart to link up! You have all month to enter any of March’s challenges. See you there!


4 responses to “Sketchy inspiration

    • Thank you! I am deciding if I want to put the washi tape on the top, too. I originally thought I would go all the way around, but changed my mind.

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