Page Layout Sketches: the cure for Scrapper’s Block

Ever been all set to spend a chunk of time scrapping, only to be met at your workspace by a horrible case of scrapper’s block? You know – when it seems like all hope is lost as you stare at your piles of photos, papers and tools and come up with nothing?

Never fear. Simply use page layout sketches as inspiration to create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece or completely scraplift the whole layout (this is perfectly acceptable, and in fact highly encouraged). It’s genius, really. Scraplifting is the bomb!

After a quick Pinterest search for “page layout sketches”, we stumbled across these great, solid sketches and have created layouts based on them.

First up is this fresh, fun layout featuring papers from the Be Bold & Flourish Paper Pack. The 2-Way Corner Rounder nicely rounded off the 3″ x 10″ strips and opposing corners on the small squares (four 1″ squares were cut, then opposing corners were rouned and then assembled as shown) to create the flowers and the title was added using Black ABC/123 Stickers.

Page Layout Sketches

Our third layout to share is this fun, simple layout featuring yummy papers from the Vintage Paper Pack (ask your Advisor) and a title from the Tangerine, Plum and Then Some Slide-In Pack. Begin with 2-1/4″ x 6″  strips of various patterned paper (this is a great way to use up scraps). Next, trim some faux ribbons from solid-coloured paper scraps (cut an upside down “V” shape to form the banner end shape) and adhere them under a matted photo. Finally, hand-cut journalling strips from patterned paper or scraps of a slide-in card and adhere.

Page Layout Sketches

Have a look at this example – in this version the squares behind the photos have been swapped out for outlines cut from Shades of Pastel designer cardstock to create a window effect! (It’s totally acceptable and fun to switch components out and make them your very own designs as you go). This page has also used a drop-shadow technique by layering lighter colour circles slightly offset over darker colour circles. This layout features papers from the Fresh Picks Paper Pack, Music Note Border Maker Cartridge, Watercolour Green ABC/123 Stickers and paper from the Shades of Pastel Designer Cardstock Pack.


Lastly, CM Advisor Sarah Fitzgerald created this bright layout featuring the Look on the Bright Side Paper Pack and Slide-In Pack. Layering trimmed scraps from the paper with trimmed components from Slide-In Cards, she’s created a totally fun layout celebrating a special day!

Page Layout Sketches

Because we’ve seen just how much of a kickstart sketches like these can give a scrapper, we’ve created a board on Pinterest and loaded it up with great page layout inspiration. We hope these sketches give you wings!

Special thanks to North American CM Advisor Sarah Fitzgerald for your contributions to this post. You rock!

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