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Scrapbooking Sketch and Challenge – April/May 2010

Right then, you can notch this one up as the “Real Simple” Scrapbooking Page Layout Sketch! 

Using two pictures, light on the journaling, short title and making use of a Border Page Accent and you’re done!  And for those canny ones of you – can you spot the “Mucha-esque” lady?


Scrapbook Sketch by SundayL - April/May 2010


I thought a little bit of lattice work, or filigree type paper crafting might be good for your challenge this month.  Various ways to achieve it, punches (the picture below shows a Martha Stewart punched trellis (I think!)), cut out around a pattern by hand.  Cuttlebugs and Sizzix cutters are good, as are Craft Robos.  Which reminds me that I must get mine out of it’s box again and get cutting.


Mini Album Page Planner – Newsletter Subscriber Freebie

In the January issue of the Newsletter I promised and Free Download (as usual) of a Page Planner for Mini Scrapbook Albums.  For those already signed up to the newsletter, I have just sent the link for the free download, if you would like it too, then sign up and the latest newsletter that you will get instant access to will give you a link to all the freebies, past and present.


The picture illustrates a printed sheet of the planner which I have used to sketch out the pages and ideas for content of the paper bag book you can see underneath.


The sheet is already set out with a box for front and back covers (at the top left) and then 5 more double page layouts, with the pages numbered.

This is great for using when you want to create a whole album about something, such as I have here with a mini scrapbook album about our holiday (which was my daughter’s first one ever aged 2 and a half).

Of course this sheet could easily be used for any size album, from something 3×3″ to 12×12″.

Scrapbooking Sketch and Challenge January 2010

A really multi-photo layout sketch this month!  Please excuse the shading… the scanner was having a funny half hour!  This sketch is based on a layout by Rosemary Merry in the December 2009 (and sadly last ever) issue of Scrapbook Inspirations Magazine.


January 2010 Sketch for Newsletter


And so to the challenge… Hmmm… let’s try limiting supplies!  As I have moved house over the Christmas period, and we stayed at holiday cottage for a week whilst workmen ripped the new house to bits, my stash was mostly packed and I had only one rolling tote and a mini tote with me.  I HAD to use what was within the containers… in this case I was only making cards… but it was a good exercise in enforced restraint actually making productivity increase.  I shall talk more about this soon, but the challenge for you now is to only use a maximum of 3 different things on your layout (ie, paper, brads and ink) (the adhesives are not included in the 3 things by the way!)

Scrapbook Page Sketch and Challenge December 09

Another multi-photo layout sketch.  This time we have 2 photos, but the emphasis is on the journaling, the story of the page.  And it’s a pretty simple page too.


December 09 Sketch for Newsletter


The challenge this month is to make a page where the emphasis is on the journaling and not the photographs.  Maybe you have something to say, but no photos to back it up?  Maybe it’s something about you, but don’t want to include a photograph of yourself.  No probs… just write/type the journaling and treat that just as you would a photograph… try it!

Scrapbook Page Sketch and Challenge November 09

I want to keep the Multi-Photo layout theme going, which is my intention for most of my sketches, and so here is a sketch for one large, main photo and up to three smaller photos.  You could keep this layout really simple with plain colours or pep it right up with some feature patterned paper.

And…Or… this could be a card with panels of patterned paper, where the smaller squares are embellishments!


 SimplyScrapbookingNow Newsletter Sketch November 09


I have been clearing my craft space today and came across a lot of scraps… all sorts of scrapbooking bits and pieces, from paper to odd buttons, brads and lengths of ribbon.  Immediately I knew what this month’s challenge should be…

Grab a handful of scraps and make something with them…. however, you must use only what you have grabbed… that could be a hard one!  so make sure you take a large collection of scraps, because apart from glue or sticky tape that’s all you can use.  Have fun, be carefree and “Just Do It!”.  I dare you to stick stuff down before you’ve designed the whole page! :-D

Take a picture of your pile of scraps and then take a picture of your creation – good luck!

October 09 Sketch & Challenge

Here is the Sketch for this month.  It’s a multi-photo (well dual-photo anyway!) scrapbook page, however I think I may use one large photo instead of 2 smaller ones when I create my page.  I made the sketch from a layout by Courtney Baker (see this blog post for her layout and links).


Simply Scrapbooking Now Newsletter Sketch Oct 09


Us by Courtney Baker (Basic Grey Indian Summer collection)

P.S. I don’t know why the drawing is grainy!!


Now then, it’s Autumn in the UK now and the leaves… they are a’ turnin’! So feel free to make a layout with autumn colours.

However, this month I have made a video tutorial about Sewing using Templates, so DECORATIVE SEWING on your pages is the challenge!

Sewing on a Scrapbook Page by SundayL

Video: Make a Scrapbooking Sketchbook with free download

You know how when it’s your birthday, and you go into the office (assuming you work in an office by day, or have done so at one time) strangely it’s You who is expected to “get the cakes in”?!  Well in the spirit of that tradition… although it is the birthday of the SimplyScrapbookingNow Newsletter… it’s the Newsletter giving the FREEBIE to All along with a video tutorial (which gives more information too)!

Every month I send the Newsletter subscribers some sort of freebie download, but this month the freebie is available to Everyone and it is available right here! 

Scrapbook Sketchbook

Above is a sketchbook I have made which was inspired by Kristina Werner at  Kristina made a sketchbook for Card makers and there is a free download of the template for the inside pages.

I thought the sketchbook was a great idea (and prettier than an ordinary notebook too!) so I decided to make one myself, but for scrapbooking sketches, so my inside pages have squares on them instead of card dimensions.

I then thought that as I had to make the inside pages anyway, I would share the printout with you.  And I am also sharing the title block too which says “Scrapbook Sketches” on the front cover. The download links are below.

I am ALSO giving away these 3 sketchbooks books that I have made already – one of which, I actually made in the video (below) and to win one you just need to leave a comment on this post and on 30th September 3 people will be picked at random and I will be posting these books out as soon as I have addresses from the winners.




So here are the downloads in US letter and A4 versions – RIGHT click and “save target as”.

Click HERE to download the PDF of the inside pages

Click HERE to download the PDF of the Title Block

Click HERE to download the PDF of the inside pages (A4 version)

Click HERE to download the PDF of the Title Block (A4 version)

I’d like to thank Kristina for her inspiration – you should check out her blog… especially if you are also a card maker!

So here is the video… I hope you enjoy it. 

Newsletter subscriber Freebie – a Quickpage by SundayL

I mentioned a while ago (I think) that I am working on a fairly dark set of printable papers (hybrid crafting).  I decided to give away a downloadable quick page to all my Newsletter Subscribers in August, and this is it.

Free Subscriber QuickPage by SundayL

If you would like your own free copy of the page, become a subscriber and you’ll have instant access to the latest issue, just click the “Subscriber Freebies” link on the right column of the Newsletter and you can download all the past freebies!

Here is how I printed it out using MS Word (rather than a photo program).


My new collection of papers, “Dark Beauty”, will be on sale soon at

Freebie “Die-cut Style” Butterflies

I have just uploaded the July Freebie for All Newsletter Subscribers!  Yep… they are free if you are a Subscriber to the Newsletter.  You can sign up for free and you will gain instant access to all the previous freebies too (there is a link in every newsletter).  So hello to all my subscribers – I hope you like the downloable gift this month.


Anyway, inspired by a page full of die-cut Butterflies from K&Co which I was lucky enough to receive from a freind recently, I decided to create a set of die-cut style shapes from my latest Collection of papers.  I say die-cut style because, obviously, they are ready “to be” cut out!

These Butterflies and Hearts have been “cut” from the Colourful Beauty Collection of 12 hybrid papers, (which also has a free bonus paper in the pack) and one of the free addon papers (from last month).


With 8 different Butterflies and 2 different Hearts, they can be used on many projects. The delicate colours of the papers lend themselves to baby, feminine and whimsical cards and scrapbook pages.

I had a quick go with layering three butterflies, one paper, one vellum and another acetate, and here is the finished item…


The transparent paper and acetate don’t photograph well, but this would make a nice topper for a card, or gift box, don’t you think?


Here is another shot of the butterfly… the two bottom layers are the same butterfly, but the top is a contrasting one.   I used PVA glue on the body of the butterfly to adhere them all

Here is a picture showing the three layers more clearly.


I hope you enjoy your freebie… don’t forget you can sign up for the newsletter HERE.

Hybrid Background Papers Subscriber Freebie

I uploaded some brand new Hybrid Scrapbooking Papers last night!  And if you are a Subscriber to my Newsletter, then you will have received an email with a link to a page which has some instantly downloadable papers!  Look at these…

Sign up for the Newsletter and get your freebie

Sign up for the Newsletter and get your freebie

If you are not already a Subscriber, why not sign up now and you will gain instant access to the Newsletter and the Freebie, and all the previous ones too!

For Subscribers I have a Special Offer as well, if you are the first to buy the Hybrid “Colourful Beauty” collection, make a scrapbook page with some of the papers and email me a photo of your finished layout – I will send you a refund… thus you will get the Collection absolutely FREE!

The Freebie is a set of 2 papers and they are add-ons to the Colourful Beauty Collection, which is the set of 12 Hybrid Background Papers that I mentioned in a recent post.  Here is a preview of all 12, plus there is a bonus paper too!

Colourful Beauty Hybrid Background Papers

Some of the images, such as the flowers are from my own garden and another element used in the creation of these papers is the genuine 300 Year old letter which I showed you in a video.