Hi there, Stefanie here today with a little “how to” tutorial following up from La Shawn’s inspiring sketch blog post from yesterday. When I was a paper scrapbooker I used sketches all the time. As a digital scrapbooker I love templates, they are like sketches with all the hard work done for you.

I wanted to use this sketch:


So I opened up Photoshop Elements and started making shapes that (sort of) corresponded to the sketch.

I like to add my drop shadows as I go along.

Sketch 700 jpeg

I added photos and then papers from Frolic and Play collab by Amanda Yi Designs, Heather Roselli and Becca Bonnievale.


Then I examined the sketch again and realised that the centre “photo spot” wasn’t a photo spot and was longer than the rest of the top section and also housed the title.


I added the ribbon in the centre and a few more goodies to emulate the sketch and was quite happy. This layout looks like the sketch and has everything it needs: photo, title, journaling and date. But then I played and tweaked and added and removed some more and ended up with this.


So while I was inspired by the sketch the end result is more of my own style superimposed over the bones of the sketch.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing my interpretation and process of taking inspiration from a sketch and yet still creating something with my very own style and flair.


Image is linked to collection in store.