November 5, 2009

Layout of the Week – Children of the Corn

In honor of Halloween, I created this fun layout last week. Our first outing of the Fall was a trip to The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie’s Island, just outside of Portland. If you’re in the area, you should definitely add it to your Fall list next year. They’ve got a great maze, farmer’s market, lot’s of food booths…elephant ears, corn on the cob, carmel apples, sausage, burgers, loaded baked potatoes…animal barn, gift shop, hayride to the pumpkin patch (or skip it if it’s too muddy & pick one from the huge pile next to the market) and of course a HUGE maze. This year’s maze was a tribute to the Portland Trail Blazers, check out the photo in my layout.

This layout was my first effort at designing to someone else’s sketch. I have all sorts of sketches & sketch books in my inspiration pile, but this is the first one I’ve done right to the sketch…pretty much, anyway. I created it for a layout call from Ella Publications. It was a lot of fun to try a technique that I’ve recommended to so many people, but haven’t tried myself. I’m near the end of a set of 6 beginning scrapbooking classes where I’ve designed the layout, then created a sketch and kit for the participants. We’ll be starting the classes again in January if you’re in the Portland area and in need of some scrapbooking support! They’re at the Hillsboro Library and they’re FREE! I’ll post about them when we’ve got the dates firmed up.

I was excited to use the Eerie collection from Basic Grey. I’m a big fan of using all sorts of patterns together in my layouts and Basic Grey’s collections are some of my favorites. This layout features black vinyl THICKERS from American Crafts, I was excited to be able to create this title from a set I’ve used for two other layouts. That just shows you that the packs of THICKERS really give you a great selection of letters. My journal box is a tag from 7 Gypsies, I filled in the blanks and then wadded it up and stretched it out again, inking the edges & creases. I inked the outside edge of the layout with black ink to bring everything together. I put my little spin ๐Ÿ™‚ on the sketch, by tilting my layout, trimming the edges & mounting it on one last patterned paper…sneaking in another pattern…YEAH! My favorite embellishments on this page are my trusty garden twine (seem to be using it a lot recently) and the little black spiders were in a pack in my Halloween decorations, so they practically “jumped” onto the page as I created it!

I hope you’re inspired to design your next layout from a sketch! Check out these cool sites for some great sketches:

52 Sketches … a new sketch every week

got sketch? … they’ve got 92 sketches on their site right now!

Creating Keepsakes Magazine … all sorts of FREE sketches to download and also lot’s of other cool downloads, brushes for you digital scrappers, journal boxes & tons more!


Give the sketch technique a try. Maybe keep to the original sketch your first time, if you’re nervous. Then let your creativity go wild! Rotate the sketch 90 degrees, flip it over for a mirror image on the facing page, set your design askew on another piece of paper (what I did on this one), use journal boxes, embellishments or patterned paper in place of some of the photos…the ideas go on & on!

Use a tag instead of a journal box on one of your layouts.

Check out your gardening supplies, use twine instead of ribbon on your next project.

Supply List

Basic Grey Eerie collection papers

American Crafts THICKERS – Daiquiri black vinyl letters

Thick Twine (not sure of manufacturer)

Mini GlueDots

7 Gypsies Tag

Small plastic spiders (not sure of manufacturer) – found them in my Halloween decorations

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  1. Love the title!! That movie still creeps me out to this day ๐Ÿ™

  2. What a great idea! So cute!

    Happy VGNO!

  3. Hi Julie.
    Looks great.
    I saw that movie once ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great VGNO!

  4. Very cool.

    You always have such great stuff!

  5. That’s a fantastic layout!
    I’ll have to check out some of those links. I used to get Creating Keepsakes Mag but let the subscription go. Glad to see them online!
    Happy GNO!

  6. Nice layout and it must be your lucky week because you are the winner of my latest prize giveaway. You won the book and the stamps. Please email me with your address so I can get them mailed out to you. My website:

  7. what a cool lo!

  8. Visiting from Virtual GNO! What a fun and colorful design you made. I’m not much into scrapbooking..I’d rather tape myself doing something silly and have ppl laugh..WITH me not AT me…LOL!
    Hope you have a great Friday!

  9. Cool layout.

    Happy VGNO. Happy 100th. Congrats on your publishing…Things are going your way!

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