Then I chose products. Teresa Collins' She Said collection has been in my stash since the beginning of the year, so I'm excited to pull it out and use it. I think this will work well.
For two-page layouts, I almost always select a sketch. The latest Paperclipping Roundtable podcast was all about using sketches as starting points. Allison Davis was one of the guests. So nice to see her around again. She said that she just picks a sketch she likes and makes it work with her photos and supplies. So I gave that a try. Here's my background layer.
Next I laid out the photos. These 5 made the final cut.
Next I worked in the title and some embellishing.
I saved a spot for my journaling strips and this layered flower embellishment. I haven't used flowers on a page for quite some time. This was fun.
One final embellishment group of flowers. Not as much fancy layering, but that's okay.
Here's the finished page. As I look it over, I'm pleased with the way the photos stand out, I love the colors and the visual triangle that leads my eye across both pages. I'm good with this one. Using the sketch made the process go quickly.
So how about you - sketches or no? If yes, how do you decide when to use one? For me, if it's a two-pager or I want a faster pace, then I turn to a sketch. One thing I would NEVER do is use a sketch and then submit the page as my own design, but I bet you knew that, didn't you?