I have been scrapbooking for about 5 years now. I see a lot of improvement from my earlier pages. My scrapbooking skills have definitely grown in the last few years. But there is still a lot of room for improvement. In fact the thing I struggle the most with in my scrapbook layout is embellishments. I can do the base of my layout with no problem but when it comes to embellishments, I struggle, it is always an after thought and in the end it looks like my embellishments were an after thoughts.
Well I was watching scrapbooking videos on You Tube when I came across Shimelle's video series that she calls "Sketch to Scrapbook Page". In each video she creates a layout based on a basic sketch and transform them into beautifully finished and embellished layout. I have learn so much from those videos and embellishing didn't seem like such a daunting task.
I decided to put it to the test. Here is my layout following Shimelle's lead.
This layout is from one of my favorite blogs called PageMaps. Every month they post a new series of sketches along with example of pages loosely following those sketches. For my layout I selected a double 12x12 sketch from Aug 2006. I print out the PDF files of the sketch and keep them in a binder.
To follow her Shimelle's style I pulled out the paper I was going to use and selected some embellishments. My friend gave me a set of paper that she had an extra set of. (Thanks Alida, I appreciate you fuelling my paper addiction) So I used the paper collection Alphabet Soup from My Minds Eye. This kit came with some cutout image that I also used and I paired it up with some images from the Art Cartridge Imagine More that I printed and cut out using my Cricut Imagine. So the alarm clock, the owl, and the red cloud shaped image.
Well this is my layout. I strongly suggest you visit both Shimelle's and PageMaps website. Well worth the surfing time.