I hope your Thursday is beautiful wherever you are. I made a sketch for you today, together with a layout example.
Let me walk you through my layout so you can see where I followed the sketch and where I decided to 'bend the rules' a little. I'm not saying my sketch is a rule, but more of a guideline, a nudge, a little help for you to start your layout.
Instead of 'slicing my layout' vertically as per the sketch, I 'sliced it' horizontally, because I feel that it will be more suitable for my photo. I used the ship part of the Whale Bone Reef patterned paper, to compensate my small photo and also because I love that ship! Where we live, many ships (not pirate ships. haha!) come and go and if we pay close attention, on quiet mornings, we can hear them too! :)
You can also place patterned papers on the little squares and rectangle in the sketch. I decided to imitate the squares with random machine stitching roughly in the same shapes. I housed my title in one of the stitched squares. If you haven't noticed, I'm totally crushing on the Daily Flash 'cursive' Alphas lately. This one is in Rhubarb. Such a beautiful pink. The ampersand is in Dandelions (my favorite yellow!).
I can't not stamp on my layout, I really like looking through my stamp and finding one or two that will work for my layout. For this one, the 'once upon a time' stamp from our Public Library collection fits perfectly because to be frank, now we don't really have the time to spend hours and hours at the beach anymore. Work and school take up chunks of our time and when weekend comes, we only wanna sleep and craft at home mostly! :D I do miss this a lot and will have to make the time and effort to drag the girls out again! :)
Jill played along too. Here's her take on the sketch
" Although I am accustomed to creating 12 x 12 pages, from time to time, I am a sucker for an 8.5 x 11 page, and Sasha’s sketch brought about one of those times. The design speaks to my scrappy little heart — lots of small photos and lots of room for journaling. I had a bunch of detail photos from Easter morning, when my daughter and I dyed eggs, and they worked perfectly with this sketch. Because of the playful nature of the moment, I departed from the clean, refined design in favor of one that was more whimsical. Since the colors in the photos are already so intense, I softened the bright yellow patterned paper background (from the Daily Flash Snapshots collection) a bit by using a brayer to spread on some paint. I then layered small pieces of paper from the Treasure Map, Saturday Mornings, and Daily Flash collections behind the photos, opting for papers with just a hint of color. I then did some freestyle (read “crazy”) stitching from the first photo at the top to the title on the bottom (apparently not noticing in the process that I had turned one of the photos on its side — oh well, play through!). Thanks, Sasha, for sharing this sketch! "
We hope you'll have time to play with the sketch. I'm @sashafarina on Instagram. I usually post sneaks and my layouts with #octoberafternoon in the description. You can also share your creations with us via the October Afternoon Flickr Gallery.
Have fun and happy scrapping!