Lately, I (Vivian), have tended to create layouts with smaller photos and lots of embellishments. With those tendencies in mind, I created a sketch that combines smaller circles, squares and rectangles in a grid-like pattern:
The idea here is that you can interpret the shapes any way you want. A rectangle or a square might be a patterned paper block or a photo or a space for journaling. A circle might be a Tin Pin or another type of circular embellishment or could be a punched photo or a sticker with journaling. You get the idea. The sky's the limit here!
Here's my take on the sketch, using a lot of Daily Flash (mostly Snapshots with a little bit of the general Daily Flash and Summertime thrown in):
Although I stayed fairly true to the sketch, I did adapt it a bit as I created my layout. The rectangle at the lower right became longer and took over both its own space and the space intended for one of the circles. I shifted the top rectangle one row to the right to create symmetry and to make space for one of the two words in my two-part title. I added a rectangle of black cardstock behind the grid to make the elements pop. There was a little bit of space below my top journaling block so I stuck the "snap" Flash Blurb to fill in there. I interpreted some of the circles as Tin Pins and others as hearts punched from patterned paper and adhered with foam dots for added dimension.
Mandy joined me in creating from today's sketch. Here's what she had to say: "When I first saw Vivian's sketch I loved it! The straight lines and circles yep totally up my alley. I did go with 8.5x11 layout this time. At first I thought I would use pattern paper and photos for the circles and squares but took it a different direction when I saw the Travel Girl Tidbits laying on my desk. I shrunk the sketch down to fit my layout and added layers, vellum, and embossing. In the end my layout turned out sort of like I planned but also a little outside my box too."
I love how Mandy adapted the sketch for her layout, including using the shapes in the grid as the background behind her photos...on top of another grid. Let's take a closer look:
So...what will you do with this sketch? We'd love to see your work, so be sure to post it to our October Afternoon Flickr gallery!