There are many places to look for a scrapbooking sketch to suit your requirements.

You can visit online resources, buy a sketch book or scrapbooking magazine, or stay here, read on and try our new sketch idea.

Along with the layouts we make and show you here, which are obviously available to scraplift, we like to include a new sketch from time to time – just in case you’ve come looking for new sketches.

We have a sample layout with this sketch, an added challenge, journaling tips and some wonderful product ideas.

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Different perspectives on the sketch

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Each sketch can be used in any orientation, as a single page or as a two-page spread.

Tip: if you don’t find it easy to look at a sketch and see it at any angle without standing on your head, print it out and turn it around until you see how you can use it. Or print out several copies and lay them out singly or together to see how they look. The same sketch at two different angles will often work for a two-page spread. You can drop the title on the second page if you wish, and one or more of the photo spaces can become journaling spots.

Likewise you can print out two sketches from different designers to see if they will work together as a double page layout.

Remember, a sketch is just something to get you off the starting blocks and your layout does not have to be exactly the same as the original sketch if you do not want to be.


Another twist

To add to the challenge this month, or to give an alternative twist, consider including the following in your layout:

  • the 3 photos
  • 2 papers
  • a frame
  • flowers
  • and some string


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Journaling tips

It’s easy in a digital layout to put your journaling anywhere you wish, but if you work on paper layouts, how can you add your journaling? Here are a few suggestions:

  • handwritten directly onto the page
  • or onto card using a journaling block stamp
  • write on some of the pretty journaling pads or journaling stickers available
  • write on the ’empty’ space of your photo with acid-free pens specially designed for use on photos
  • prepared on a computer then print on paper or card to tone or contrast with your layout
  • print onto a transparency and cut to the size you require
  • use rub-ons interspersed with your handwritten words
  • create your own tags and add your journaling to them have a large selection of journaling products and you’re sure to find something to suit your style and your wallet. They have an excellent search facility to help you quickly find what you need. I searched on ‘journaling’ and found the products below – and a lot more.


We liked these journaling products from

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Here’s our take on the sketch

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“The Old Water Mill” by Isabella.


“How do you choose the background paper?” I asked Isabella.

“This paper had lots of movement in it,” she replied, “and the colors and textures reminded me of moving water, so I thought these photographs would work well together with it.”

Click the image to see what folks at the ScrapGirls forum said about it and to see a larger image.

Products used are from the Abstract Expressionism Collection by Brandy Hackman at Scrap Girls, and include


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We offer each new scrapbooking sketch with the proviso that we have not knowingly copied another person’s work. Sometimes it can be hard for we are always influenced by other work or design ideas we’ve seen. If we use another’s work as a base for our designs we will credit them where possible.


Other articles you may like or find helpful are

How Do I Use a Scrapbooking Sketch?

More Free Sketches

A scrapbooking sketch is a great springboard to getting your layouts completed fast. We hope you enjoy this one. Make it your own.

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