The Scrapbooker’s Handbook: Sketches

Kim Watson, Creating Keepsakes Dream Team member

Kim Watson, Creating Keepsakes Dream Team member

Hi everyone. Kim Watson here, I hope you are having a fabulous week so far? I know I am, especially as I heard some great news! Our special issue, The Scrapbooker’s Handbook, goes on sale Tuesday, November 26, 2013. Whether you are just starting scrapbooking or have created albums full of layouts, The Scrapbooker’s Handbook, will definitely have something you will find interesting, instructive, or just fabulous to look at.

When browsing though my copy, one of the features caught my eye: Sketches, found on page 45.

Even if you know good design principles it can be hard to fill an entire layout. That’s where CK Sketches come in handy. Sketches are a great jumping-off point to help guide your photo placement, amount of journaling, and overall page design. The super thing about this article is each example sketch has been interpreted by three designers. Each variation, coaching us how a personalized spin can give really varied results depending on your preference.

Let’s look at this sketch, found on page 48.


Notice how Mou Saha’s interpretation is a 8.5 x 11 Literal interpretation, yet there is space enough for a 4×6 photo, as well as two smaller ones.

Golf by Mou Saha from Creating Keepsakes The Scrapbooker's Handbook

Golf by Mou Saha from Creating Keepsakes The Scrapbooker’s Handbook

Piradee’s 8.5 x 11 Variation is based on the original sketch, yet her smaller photos allow extra space for a bolder use of patterned paper pieces.

Family Day by Piradee Talvanna from Creating Keepsakes The Scrapbooker's Handbook

Family Day by Piradee Talvanna from Creating Keepsakes The Scrapbooker’s Handbook

Keri on the other hand Transforms the sketch to suit a 12 x 12 page size incorporating larger embellishments and three square photos.

Hand in Hand by Keri Babbitt from Creating Keepsakes The Scrapbooker's Handbook

Hand in Hand by Keri Babbitt from Creating Keepsakes The Scrapbooker’s Handbook

I decided to take advantage of the bonus sketches from this feature. They have been made available in the issue, as well as online for your personal use.

This is the one I selected and my interpretation, which is a Transformation of the original 12 x 12 two page layout into a 8.5 x 11 two page layout.


Farm Stall by Kim Watson

Farm Stall by Kim Watson

So if this has piqued your interest, know that the entire issue is jam packed with more helpful and inspiring features just like this one. So be sure to check your local stores or get it later this week from our online store.

If you’d like to win a copy of The Scrapbooker’s Handbook, leave me a comment by 5:00 pm MST on Friday, November 22, 2013 and I’ll randomly select three lucky winners.

Happy crafting friends!






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60 Responses to The Scrapbooker’s Handbook: Sketches

  1. Tiana Harris says:

    I am new to scrapbooking, and oh how this would be so helpful! Love the sketches! Thank you for the opportunity! Really would love to win this!

  2. Vicki Smith says:

    This would be very helpful to me to win this. I start a page and get a mental block and it takes me a long time to finish a page. This magazine will help a lot of scrappers!

  3. dori says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this!! It’s been a long time since I bought an inspiration book, and I’ve been looking for a pre-order for this one… it looks great!

  4. marylouh says:

    I don’t do much scrapbooking because I run out of ideas for my pages. this handbook would really help keep me going when I run into a roadblock.

  5. Dawn Tidd says:

    I love to use sketches when I scrapbook or make a card. I’ve used sketches for scrapbook pages for cards too and vice versa. They’re a great jumping off point and these are wonderful ideas! TFS

  6. Wendy Orme says:

    I’d love to win this…I need all the ideas I can get!

  7. Carol B says:

    Love these ideas! I would love to win this book!

    Carol B

  8. Kathryn Whittaker says:

    I love using sketches. They are such a great starting place, and give you such great inspiration, whether you follow it exactly or use a variation of it. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  9. Skeeter says:

    Looks like an issue with a lot of inspiration in it! Thanks for the chance to win it! ~Bev~

  10. Mandi Holmes says:

    I love sketches. 9 of 10 I use them .

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