It's been a busy month for me. This week continues to be a little hectic. Being on creative team can keep you cranking out layouts in between the moments when you step into your role of wife and mom. Sometimes, I need a creative timeout. So last night, I took a little break from writing tutorials for Scrapbook News and Review Magazine. I needed to recharge myself a little. Sometimes using a sketch does just the trick. I can sort of put my mind on creative cruise control and just plug in the elements the sketch requires.
I chose a sketch from Shimelle aka Glitter girl. Once again, I find myself using a nice big photo. Scrapping with big photos may seem hard to do. However, that one photo takes up a large amount of real estate on your canvas. This means you need just a few little embellishments here or there and before you know it, the layout is complete. The trick to working with a large photo is finding the right one for the spot. Then it can work alone or with a few smaller supporting photos.
Adventure in Art by Christy Strickler
Supplies| Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper, Stickers, Die Cuts: Amy Tangering for American Crafts; Button: Basic Grey; Alphas: Sassafrass
I am often asked how I am able to create layouts so quickly. It took a little time to let myself learn that I could create quickly. Sketches make it easy.Learn to use them and to adapt them to fit your style and supplies. Having kits ready to go is also a big help. I have my supplies organized to enhance the way I work. It took time for me to learn about my creative process. I also had to accept who I was as a memory keeper. In doing so, I was able to tell myself that not every layout I create has to be complex. So now, when I have just a little time for a creative time out, I can create quickly with the satisfaction of having a layout, not only done, but adored.
For more inspiration for using Big Photos on your next layout, check out my Big Photos Pinterest Board.