Sunday, 22 January 2012

Musings on Sketches and a Challenge

I have signed up for an online course that focuses on developing your sketches and that made me wonder. How many of you use sketches. Are they your own sketches or do you use well know sketch sites for inspiration. I do both but I also 'scrap from scratch' too. The first task, for the online course, was to think about things you like about your pages and to incorporate them into a sketch. After doing this I made this sketch and then this made me think - how do you make your sketches, do you make them in a computer program or do you draw them.

I do both of these too. I sometimes use Word to make my sketches but equally I have little note books and scraps of paper with sketches on - sometimes you don't have your laptop with you when inspiration hits.

So this is my interpretation of the sketch - it has things I like such as journaling strips, layering, buttons and pearls and 1 large photo.

I have stuck pretty rigidly to the sketch (something I don't usually do) and the MME Madison Avenue papers worked perfectly with the photo.

So tell us - to sketch or not to sketch, that is the question?

***Added by Mel***

I love Karens layout and the accompanying sketch. We have a £10 ATDML shopping voucher to giveaway to one blog reader who uses Karens sketch to create their own layout. I will hold my hand up and say that Ann is the whizz with the link tool thing not me and I don't know how to add that sooooo.... upload your page to your blog or online gallery and link in the comments box to be entered. We will pick a winner on Sunday 29th January at 8pm


  1. Gorgeous page Mel and stunning photo! The only time I tend to use a sketch is when I have to use one for a challenge. Looking forward to seeing what you learn on your course.

  2. Yes I do. I adapt some, leave others as they are, and of course I scrap from scratch as well. I find sketches especially helpful when my mojo goes walkabout, they help get my creative juices flowing.

  3. Loved Karen's sketch so much that I thought I would have a go at your giveaway.
    You can see my take on Karen's sketch here
    Thanks for the chance to win a voucher.

  4. Really enjoyed using this sketch and know I'll use it again for a more current photo. My page can be seen here:

  5. Love the sketch Karen and another beautiful layout of your gorgeous daughter x think I'll be having a go at this one later