sketch36 var1 sample

We have another layout idea with Scrapbook Sketch #36. Do you think they are different enough to warrant three layouts? Oh well, too bad if they are not for they’re here now, lol!

However, we also  have some tips for digital and paper scrappers alike, so that’s worth something, eh?

I’m sure my boys would not be the only ones deserving of a title like this. It’s all part of sibling rivalries. And if your boys are still young, you’ll not know half of what goes on between them! It was quite an eye-opener to hear of some of the tricks they played on each other when they were children. Sigh! And I thought they were perfect. Sigh! lol!

Take a closer look

sketch36 var1 sample

The layout was created in PSE, which, although it may seem expensive initially, provides loads of flexibility and opportunities to show your creative spirit. Learn to make use of it and you can save yourself a fortune in scrapbook supplies. You can often get a good deal at this time of year as Adobe prepare to release a new version.

The journaling reads:
“Brothers: independent, competitors, collaborators, friends and foes – all in one minute it sometimes seemed as they were growing up!”

I wanted the journaling in the space in the bottom right-hand corner, but it proved difficult to read. The solution was to create a background frame that faded into the photograph, yet was enough to keep the text visible.

To do this I created a rectangle, a little larger than the text, with the marquee tool (on a new layer, of course), giving it a feathered edge (one of the choices you can make with this tool), and filling it with a color from the area of the photo where it would sit. I then reduced the opacity to let it fade a little until it looked ok.

Feathering the edges meant there was no hard edge to make it stand out. It was surprising the difference it made.

A page frame is good for drawing your eyes into the layout and away from imperfections at the edge of your photograph.

In this layout, the opacity has been reduced to give just a hint of the frame, yet it is enough to fulfill its purpose and the ‘missing’ area at the bottom right is hardly noticed.


For paper scrappers

Photos will not always enlarge well enough to fit a 12 x 12 inch layout, so try it on an 8 x 8 inch layout or smaller instead. If you are unsure if you can or want to do it, trying it on a small layout first can be a good idea.

To create your own easy paper or card frame:

  • First cut some paper or cardstock to the size you want your frame to be for your page.
  • Decide how thick you want the border.
  • Measure in from the outside edge of the paper or cardstock on all four sides and mark lightly with pencil, and mark the four corners.
  • Line up another sheet of cardstock with the pencil marks on two sides of your frame-card, and lightly draw a line, then move the card to draw the other two sides.
  • If you are satisfied this is the depth of border you want, cut it out with a craft knife.
  • If you need to disguise any lines that won’t erase or crooked cuts, distress the edges with an emery board or sandpaper and they will not be so noticeable.
  • Ink the edges if you wish, or paint to match your layout colors.

Other scrapbooking ideas like this sample layout:

That’s it for this layout idea. Hope you find something useful here. If you find this helpful or like what you see, let us know. Thanks for looking.