Inspired by a Sketch: Photo Placement


Sometimes the hardest part of beginning a page is knowing where to start. You have a set of pictures in front of you, but nothing concrete is coming to mind. You push them around the page and … nothing.

Turning to a sketch can be a great way to help you get started. Sketches are great as a pattern for following a page design, but they can also be great for helping you break out of your norm and arrange your photos in a way you may not have thought of.

For today’s page, lifting the photo placement from a sketch was my starting point for this design. I used the current sketch challenge at Stuck Sketches to help get me going. I used one larger photo with two smaller photos overlapping the bottom right corner. The sketch used square photos for the two smaller photos; however, I kept mine rectangular because the square shape would have cropped out more of the photo subject than I wanted.



I could have kept going with the sketch design … because it is lovely! … But I opted to take it in my own direction. I kept the horizontal band that anchored the photo grouping, but changed everything else about the placement of my elements.


I used both of the “Summer Lovin'” July kits from Noel Mignon as the palette of this page. I mentioned in my process video last week that it hurt my heart to cut a strip out of the Simple Stories “Sunshine & Happiness” Happy Day floral paper, because I KNEW I would want to fussy-cut those flowers for another project at some point.

THIS became that project! I cut out the flowers and layered them in clusters under the top right and bottom left corners of the photos. I grabbed some pink pearl stickers from my stash to add a bit of dimension to them, by using them as flower centers here-and-there.


I used a journal card from the Daily Diary kit hanging off the edge at the bottom of the page to hold the journaling. Here I added more handcut flowers (this little cluster comes from a journal card), a couple of the phrase stickers (one phrase and one in a green pattern), and that adorable piece of flair with the bike on it.


This really was a fun one to put together!


SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Classic Kit, Noel Mignon July 2016 Summer Lovin’ Daily Diary Kit, Cardstock (pink , yellow, white), Patterned Paper (Echo Park Paper Summer Party Vacation Time, Imaginisce Sunny Hello Sunshine, Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness Happy Day and High Five), Die Cuts (Imaginisce Sunny, Elle’s Studio Sunny Day), Journal Card (Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness), Stickers (Simple Stories Sunshine & happiness), Pearl Stickers (Queen & Co.), Gray journaling pen, Gray distressing ink, Scissors, Trimmer, Adhesive, Sketch Inspiration (Stuck Sketches)

So next time you are feeling stumped on where to start on a page, try looking at a sketch in a new way and just use the photo placement to get you going!


On another note … the August 2016 kits have been released at Noel Mignon! This month the kits are the Vintage Charm Classic kit and the Vintage Charm Daily Diary (pocket style) kit. If you are interested in seeing what is included this month, I have listed a picture of each kit, as well as the unboxing videos below.

I still have several projects using the July “Summer Lovin'” kits that I’ll continue to share on my blog this coming week or so, and then I’ll start working with the Vintage Charm kits on Wednesday, August 3rd.

Noel Mignon August 2016 “Vintage Charm” Classic Kit

Vintage Charm Classic Kit


Noel Mignon August 2016 “Vintage Charm” Daily Diary Kit

Vintage Charm Daily Diary Kit Aug 2016

Thanks so much for coming by! I hope you have a great week!


Creative Spaces Volume 2 Giveaway!

It’s that time of year where we pull down the holiday decorations and think to ourselves, “This place needs some organizing and decluttering!” I’m willing to bet that you’ve thought about cleaning out your scrap space, as well. I know I have! (Check out the bottom of this post to see my latest organization project.)

Creating Keepsakes magazine has read our minds again! Today marks the day that Creative Spaces Volume 2 is available! YAY! Now you will have all kinds of ideas at your fingertips to inspire you as you plan out your renewed space. Even better, Creating Keepsakes has allowed me the pleasure of giving away a copy to one of my readers! All you need to do is comment on this post by Sunday, January 13th, 2013. I will announce the randomly selected winner next Monday, January 14th. Or purchase your own copy NOW at the Creating Keepsakes website HERE. Take a SNEAK PEEK look at the issue by CLICKING HERE.


There are lots of opportunities to win this new issue. Be sure to check out the Creating Keepsakes Blog for more information.

Did you know that my scrapbook space was featured in Creative Spaces Volume 1? It was such an honor! If you want even more ideas, be sure to pick up Creative Spaces Volume 1 while you’re shopping for Volume 2!


Along with everyone else I have been doing a little bit of organizing in my own creative space. Here is a look at my latest organization project.

Over the years, I have acquired a growing collection of embossing folders. I LOVE them! I have them all organized alphabetically in boxes, but it is quite cumbersome to flip through them to remind myself what patterns I have. Soooo …. I decided to create a reference book for myself. I purchased baseball card sheet protectors and a standard binder.


Next, I used my computer to create 2.5″ x 3.5″ cards with the names of each of my folders on them. I included the company, folder name, and size of the folder. Then I embossed each of the cards with the corresponding folder.


I LOVE my book! Having each card in it’s own slot allows me to see the front AND back of the pattern easily. I can group similar patterns together for easy comparison, and I can pull out the sample cards and hold them up to my project to see which pattern will work best. It’s been a great system. I hope you’ll give it a try! Here is a peak at a few more pages of my book.



Happy Scrapping!