Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Would love your thoughts on this...

I have an idea in which I would love to hear your input. Nothing has been set in stone at this time, so please feel free to make suggestions, ask questions, etc.

Sketch books are a valuable asset to any scrapbooker...especially if you're anything like me and sometimes find yourself in a creative rut. My idea is to give you the option of making a sketch book based on the class layouts I've been offering at the Shoppe. Many of you have been so wonderful about signing up for my classes, I really wanted to do something nice for you!

I'm thinking a BoBunny 6x6 storage binder would work well for this purpose. I believe these albums are pretty inexpensive, as are the page protectors. I'm suggesting page protectors as well because not only will they protect your sketches, but it will also allow you to remove them from your book with ease. That way if you're going to a crop and you want to make a layout based on a certain sketch, you can just remove that page rather than having to carry your book with you each time. Also, if you use page protectors for your sketch book, you can take a picture of the class layout and enclose it with the sketch for reference later. I believe Cheryl can order the book and protectors if it's not something you already have on hand. (706) 321-0202.

After each class, I will list here the instructions on how to make a sketch based on the class layout. This idea will be great to use up some of those scrap pieces of paper that we all have waaaay too much of! The dimensions for the sketch itself will be provided here. Later, when you create your layout, you can then determine what size adjustments will need to be made for photo mats, etc. (depending on the size album you are working with). I made an example to give you a bit of a visual of what I am talking about:

And a close up of the sketch itself. I used all cardstock for my sketch, but you can use whatever scraps you have in your stash.

Okay, my picture is a little blurry, but hopefully you get the idea. :o) Rejean is the photographer in our family.
As time goes on, we may even be able to decorate some chipboard inserts to serve as dividers. Then we can organize our sketches according to themes, etc.
So, if you wouldn't mind, please let me know your thoughts. If there is an interest, then I'll look into adding this feature to my blog. You can either leave a comment by clicking on the word "comments" below this post or you can use my CBox which you will find further on down the right hand side of the page. Or, if you prefer, feel free to send me an email at shelleylee34@yahoo.com .
I look forward to hearing from you!