Thursday, March 15, 2018

Techniques Blog Hop - Purposeful Patterns

It’s the middle of March (hello spring break) and I want to welcome you as you travel through 13 blogs participating in the CtmH Technique Blog Hop — Purposeful Patterns! This month each blog will be featuring artwork inspired by the Close to my Heart Make It From Your Heart sketch books volume III and IV.

I’m sure you found your stop at CATHERINE NOWAK's BLOG inspiring. 

Close to my Heart offers Make It From Your Heart Volume III for scrapbook pages. Previous editions have been card designs. Each sketch is a double page spread and has two full-color example spreads included.  Volume III includes patterns 36 double page spreads. There are cutting guides and measurements included as well. 

These sketches are designed to use common photo sizes such as 4x6 and 3x4, and include 4 to 8 photos in each spread. 

As you probably know, sketches are simple recipes for design that can be copied exactly or used as a jumping-off point. 

Let’s just be totally honest here—I have a very difficult time following directions of any kind when it comes to Scrapbooking so I tend to use sketches as a jumping off point. I don’t look at the number of photos in a design because I usually use only 1-3 photos on a page and I basically never create a 2 page spread. So you might ask, do I actually use and like this book?

In a word, YES! Using a sketch as a jumping-off point insures that I know where I’m going creatively and helps me know when I have have arrived. I’m not a literalist...a design showing 7 pictures in the book can magically and easily feature 2 pictures on my page. I find that starting with a sketch enhances my creativity by giving me a basic framework from which I can expound with patterned paper, story, title and embellishments. 

For this layout, I used Pattern 27 from Volume III,  the left side.
This layout features flowers cut from the Gimme Some Sugar paper and the Marker Alphabet Stamps! I went with the flowers to convey the princess-y feel referenced in the journaling. The card in the upper right corner is the actual MARTA ticket.

Never let your design be locked up by the sketch. Instead, make it your own.

  • Flip it around. 
  • Change up the number of photos. 
  • Add extra journaling. 
  • Make the page larger or smaller. 
  • Use just the left or just the right side of the design. 

Using a sketch is like wearing a little black dress. You can wear the perfect little black dress 100 different ways because in truth, it’s not about the dress. It’s all about the earrings, necklace, bracelet and shoes! Am I right? 😁

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll leave a comment and then hop on over to KIRSTEN DESORCY's BLOG blog and see what she has created too.

Until next time,


  1. Great layout, love the journaling on vellum.

  2. I like how you used the flower accents on this layout

  3. I love your reference to the little black dress! Your layout is great!

  4. Love your layout and the way you used the colors and embellishments. Great layout!

  5. Great page and wonderful analogy! I used to rotate layouts a lot and have gotten away from that. I need to consider that again!

  6. Very pretty layout! I love your LBD analogy too!