Hey friends! It’s the first Travelers Journal post of the New Year but the last of the Papertrey season! Today we are talking about how to use sketches in your travelers notebooks. 🙂

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink travelers journal notebook

Above you see 6 different sketches that you can use for your Papertrey travelers journals. For my first layout I chose the middle-left one.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink travelers journal notebook

I used the left page to decorate and have a little fun with, and the right side for my image, title, and any journaling I wanted to add.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink travelers journal notebook

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink travelers journal notebook

Sketches can be interpreted in so many different ways and are a great technique to use when you are just getting started, need a little inspiration, or even if you are dying to finish an album in a short amount of time.

My second layout uses the bottom-right sketch.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink travelers journal notebook

I actually sliced my photo on the left into fours to add a bit of a mosaic/tiled feel while still using just one image.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink travelers journal notebook

And then the right side of my layout is used for decoration, title, and journaling.

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink travelers journal notebook

These are just two examples but you could honestly make an entire mini album or travelers journal based on these 6 sketches alone!!! And don’t be afraid to use your own previous layouts as inspiration for new layouts you will be creating. Your very own sketch inspirations. 🙂

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink travelers journal notebook

by Stephanie Gold for Papertrey Ink travelers journal notebook

Thanks so much for stopping by! Can’t wait to share this month’s Papertrey release with you all! 😉

Xo, Stephanie

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Hey there!! This week I worked on making cards based on sketches! Sketches are a really fun way to stretch your creativity and challenge yourself. They are also a great way to get your brain moving if you find yourself in a slump or even a time crunch. And the best part about sketches… you can find them anywhere! I post sketches from time to time on my card making Pinterest board so if you need a place to start, take a look here.

Now, onto the cards! The first sketch I used was from one of my favorite inspiration resources, Studio Calico (surprise, surprise!). This is the sketch they provided: >>

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The beauty in a sketch is that you can truly make anything you want with it. Whether you follow it piece by piece like a guide, or use it to transform something that wasn’t quite right you already made, it fulfills the role. Here is my take on this sketch: >>

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This piece was mainly inspired by woodgrain. Studio Calico included this incredible piece of wood veneer paper in one of their monthly card kits and I was hesitant to use it because I loved it so much! So I decided to whip out what I had left of it for this card. I went with the wood theme and dug up some older Echo Park patterned papers to tie it all in. Here is how I made it:

First, I attached the zig-zag patterned paper to the front of the card base. I cut and adhered the dark wood grain paper and the wood veneer papers in place. I used a punch for the stamped wood patterned paper and attached it on top. Next, I trimmed and adhered the dark pink frame to the card with dimensional adhesive. I stamped the sentiment “…just because” to a leftover piece of woodgrain paper and adhered it with dimensional adhesive as well. I finished the card off with the 3 acrylic flowers to embellish and I was done! What do you think?

The next sketch was a simple one I found on Pinterest doing a search. As it turns out… it’s a Studio Calico sketch as well! Here’s the sketch: >>

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And this is the card I made from it: >>

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I made this card by first adhering the arrow paper to the card base and trimming and adhering the blue cardstock on top. Next, I cut and attached pieces of ribbon in place coming from the left hand side. For the sentiment, I used the masking technique to cover part of the stamp while I inked the part I wanted to use. (I will post more on this technique later.) Once stamped, I cut out the sentiment and attached it to the card with 3D adhesive and added enamel dots to embellish a bit. And that’s it!

I had a lot of fun creating cards with sketches this week. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Have a great week and happy crafting!

Steph 🙂

Supplies…

(not listed below: Papertrey Ink – Kraft Cardstock)