Sketchy Sunday at Traci Reed Designs

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There is a new blog theme over on the Traci Reed Designs blog which I was excited to get involved with - Sketchy Sunday.  I used to LOVE working with scrapbook sketches but haven't done this for quite a while. I've set myself a challenge and have put myself down to get involved with this each week.This week we are working with sketch number 15 above.
Traci's sketches tend to be drawn for a 12x12 layout but she ALWAYS ensures that the design can be modified for other page sizes.  I am working more and more at a Travellers Notebooks size (4.25x8.25 doubled) and every one of her sketches can be worked as a double TN spread.
This week though, I opted to work with a double-page spread at 6x8 size. I wanted to work with some photos and a story for my daughter's story album.  I work chronologically in there and the project prior to this one had a 6x8 page protector ready to be filled.
There were a few features of this sketch that really drew my eye and I wanted to be sure I stayed true to the sketch with those points.  Those were:
  • The vertical strips of paper as a background
  • Texture on some of those strips
  • 4 square photos

My first step in creating this project was decide which story I wanted to tell and what photos I would use to tell that story.  I love these selfies my daughter took and how happy she is in her own skin.  I wanted to be sure that I captured these in her story album. This was my process for creating my project:

  • Decide on my supplies. I looked through my digital files for a collection from Traci Reed Designs to see what papers/ embellishments would support my storytelling.  I opted to work with the Time to Thrive collection.  The colours are a perfect match for these photos but I was drawn more to the theme of the embellishments and sentiments - very much about self love and self care.
  • Print photos and supplies.  One of the great things about working with printable collections is that you can print out papers and embellishments as required.  That way there is less waste and you are also sure that what you are working with suits your needs.  I went through the papers that come with this collection and printed out a selection to work with.  I already had die-cuts printed and cut from a previous project so didn't to print those on this occasion.
  • Build page following sketch. I did this but was aware quite early on that I hadn't spaced the strips of paper far enough apart to allow me to write my journalling between them as is shown on the sketch.  That meant that I had in my mind that I would need to find a new location for my writing.  I opted to move my title into that empty space higher up on the left hand side of the layout and put my journalling in the Title area on the sketch.
  • Review project and embellish. Once I had the basics down I opted to embellish more than the sketch allows for.  As there were so many vertical elements I decided to create more organic areas of embellishments by adding in floral clusters. I grounded each of these with a horizontal word strip and other goodies.
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I'd love to see what others in the scrapbook community make with this sketch.  Use the hashtag #TRDSketchySunday on Instagram to be sure the team see your posts and to see more inspiration from the Team.

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