Scrapbook Sketches

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Scrapbook sketches make life easier and they are a great time-saver. A sketch is like a map that you follow and yet the end result (scrapbook layout) that you finally created, might vary greatly from someone who followed exactly the same “map”.

A scrapbooking sketch proposes a guide on the placement of photos, title, journaling and embellishments for your layout.

But it doesn’t mean that it’s set in stone. Based on your photos and scrapbook supplies, you may alter the sketch to fit your needs. You can even make your own changes to add variations to the scrapbook layout sketches.

Different sketch artists called their sketches by various names, such as templates, page maps, scrap maps, blueprints, etc.

Want to see how a scrapbooking sketch looks like? Below is a sample sketch that I’ve created for my 63 Scrapbooking Sketches which feature mainly double-page sketches. Double-page sketches are fabulous if you want to put up many photos into one layout.

A scrapbook sketch featuring 8 photos on a double-page spread.


If you prefer creating single-page layouts (very popular) which focuses on lesser number of photos, then do not miss 500 Scrapbooking Sketches. It’s a wonderful resource for both beginners and seasoned scrapbookers alike.

Different Formats of Sketches

You can now find scrapbook sketches in various sizes from 12 x 12 layouts, 8.5 x 11 layouts, 6 x 6 layouts, card sketches, round sketches, tag sketches and other odd sizes.

Many scrapbook designers have progressed from hand-drawn sketches to sophisticated digitally formatted sketches. And some designers even draw out the kind of embellishments to be used on their sketches.

From simple black-and-white sketches, you can now also see very detailed colored sketches!

My Thoughts on Sketches

Personally I prefer the simpler hand-drawn or black-and-white digital sketches as they seem to leave more room for imagination, rather than having colored sketches that’s too detailed which seem to cut off into my imagination. :)

I like to scrapbook with a sketch. It helps me to reduce time planning out my placement. All I have to do is to select an appropriate sketch, then pick out my photos, papers and embellishments and scrap accordingly to the sketch. I’ve also noticed that I scrap “better” with sketches.

Sketches provides a “big picture” and let us fill in the rest of the details. We make variations when necessary to the sketches to fit our purposes.

So if you’re just starting out, don’t know how to plan your element placements, or want to create a page quickly, sketches have much to offer you. I believe sketches can be a really great planning tool for beginners.

Check out these sketches e-books below!



2 comments for “Scrapbook Sketches

  1. Jackie McCutcheon
    January 22, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Your site was very helpful. Thank you for sharing your experiences and guiding me through the steps!

    • Fion
      January 22, 2021 at 8:07 pm

      Hi Jackie,

      I’m happy to hear that my site has been helpful! Have fun scrapping! :)

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