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WHAT ARE SCRAPBOOK SKETCHES?
Sketches are a visual of a scrapbook layout design that you can use as inspiration to help you construct a layout. It is a pre-designed, computer generated scrapbook layout that shows you were to put your papers, photos, embellishments, title, and journaling. With Scrapbook Generation sketches we also include measurements of the papers, placement directions, and some additional instructions you might need to complete your layout.
The benefit of using a sketch is that they can save you some time and headache. When you use a sketch you eliminate that frustration that sometimes comes when you just can't seem to come up with a design for your layout. They can also help you get over a creative block when you just can't seem to come up with design inspiration or motivation. Personally, I feel like sketches give me more opportunity play and really stretch my creativity.
3 COMMON SKETCH MISCONCEPTIONS
1. They have to be followed exactly - Sketches do not have to be followed exactly. Sketches are not a rule that has to be followed, they are simply a starting point that you can build on with your own creative ideas. The choice is yours. You can follow the sketch exactly down to every teeny tiny detail and measurement or you can take an element or two that you like and put your own spin on it. The layout can match the sketch...
or it can look completely different.
Its up to you how you use the sketch and how you adapt it to fit your needs. You can decide how much of the sketch you follow and how much you make your own.
2. Only beginners use sketches. - One of the best things about sketches is that they can work for everyone, at every skill level, for every style, for every set of photos, for every theme. They truly are a valuable tool for any scrapbooker from beginners and experienced.
3. They limit your creativity. - Sketches absolutely do not limit anything. I personally feel like sketches give me the ability to be more creative. I'm not wasting time on figuring out the photo arrangement or general layout design and am instead getting to spend time on the fun part of letting my imagination take over.
A sketch is never a one-time use product. I will use a sketch over and over. I have a blog and YouTube series called Sketch Support where I take one sketch and show multiple examples all based on that one sketch. Each layout looks completely different and alters different areas of the sketch for a more personalized layout.