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We'll start things off here at SG with a layout from me, Debbie Sanders.
This is what I love about our sketches...freedom. Freedom to make them what you want them to be. Freedom to concentrate on your story instead of measurements and positions. Freedom to pick out the papers you love and the photos you love and know -- without a doubt -- that when you've cut and adhered and trimmed and inked, the final product will be something you'll be proud of. Always.
The layout I'm sharing today was made from a sketch that is part of the "6x6 Paper Pad" online class by Allison Davis. On an independent scrapbooking forum, over 60 ladies have been taking Allison's class...together! They've allowed me to join in the class, and so far, I've completed four of the sketch layout assignments.
I made a few changes, the main one being the number of photos. For this topic, I had less than the sketch showed, but it was easy to alter to fit what I had available. I also moved the journaling area from the top of the page to the bottom, and used it to combine journaling and embellishing. I added embellishments and expanded the title area, and created a visual triangle by adding a smaller embellishment area at top right. For me, this is a never-fail format -- a visual triangle is the perfect way to unify a double-page layout.
My tip for working with patterned paper: When I'm choosing papers, I make sure that the ones that will have titles or embellishments layered over them are small patterns or tone-on-tone patterns that won't compete with the items I'll be placing on them. In the layout above, I used the boldest pattern in an area that I knew would be left "empty."
Thanks to Allison for creating such a useful, inspiring class that shows a ton of ways to get more mileage out of those cute, almost irresistible 6x6 paper pads. For more information about the "6x6 Paper Pad" class by Allison Davis, click here.
I'm glad to have the chance to share my layout with you. We're so grateful to Ruth for this great idea of blogging and hopping once every quarter, and to all the bloggers who are participating! If you want to join the list of bloggers for next time, let Ruth know. She can be contacted at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for the September blog hop, leave a comment on this blog and on each involved, and one lucky winner will get to choose a sketch bundle from SG's online store. The winner will be drawn on September 9, so you have a week to leave a comment.
Ruth Bonser is next up in the blog hop. You'll find her here: http://scrapmachine.com/
In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs:
Scrapbook Generation blog - http://scrapbookgeneration.blogspot.com/
Ruth - http://scrapmachine.com/
Stephanie - http://craftyholidaygirl.blogspot.com
Steffanie - http://steffanies.blogspot.com/
Mandi - http://mjskraze.blogspot.com/
Brenda - http://roseblossomlegacies.com
Andrea - http://papercandie.blogspot.com
Solange - http://isbahashome.blogspot.com
Michelle - http://ownerofchanel.blogspot.com
Sharlene Nye-Petrone - http://inspirationstationbysbe.blogspot.ca/
Tessa Iszler - http://www.scrapwithtessa.blogspot.com
Lindsey DeLaMare - http://www.scrapping-by-the-sea.com
Nicole - http://lovemesomepaper.blogspot.com/
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