Friday, January 8, 2010

January 8 Sketch!

Hello, Allyscraps fans! I can't tell you how good it feels to be back at Allyscraps for the month of January! I'll be sharing a new sketch and page with you each Friday this month. To kick things off, here is a fun multi-photo sketch for you:

And my page, featuring the rich colors and gorgeous patterns of the Fancy Pants - Trick or Treat line. I love the colors and patterns in this line, and as you can see in my page below, it isn't just for Halloween layouts!

Along with the Fancy Pants, I used some of these new Nutmeg Thickers that I adore! You will be seeing more of them this month, for sure!

By the way, in case you are very picky about the little things, like I am, I wanted to share a tip that I figured out as I was working on this page. Notice how the journaling is aligned? Here is a close-up view:

I wanted it to be justified for very clean, graphic look. However, when I typed it in Word and simply picked "justified", the partial last-line was aligned to the left margin. I wanted the partial line to be aligned to the right instead, so that the "straight edge" of the text was with the photos, and the "indented edge" was with the rounded corner. Here was my solution: I inserted a string of periods, just before the word "the" at the beginning of the last line, until the periods "pushed" the text over to the far right margin (actually, I let it push the text down to a new line, and then deleted the last period). Then I selected the periods and changed the text color to "white" so that they were invisible. Viola! This gave me exactly the alignment that I wanted. Perhaps there's another way... but this worked for me, and I wanted to share it!

Now, enjoy the sketch and be sure to show us what you come up with! I would love to see how it inspires you! And I'll be back with another sketch next Friday!

- Debbie

Hey Debbie!!!! Love, love, love your layout and new sketch. I've set myself a personal goal, and that is to complete a layout inspired by every single one of your sketches this month. Here's my take on #1.

I used paper and embellishments from the Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg line and my very favorite letters of all time, Loopy Lou by Doodlebug. Thanks for the inspiration Debbie!

~ Dana


Colleen said...

Awesome sketch Debbie and love what you did with it! Great tip too about aligning the print! You're so clever!

laterg8r said...

great sketch - love those pics too :D

Erika M. said...

Very cool sketch and I love that you used the Fancy Pants line!

Anonymous said...

I was just thinking I'd love to see one of your sketches on the blog! Woot!! Love it!! Both layouts are fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Blog Printable Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 09 Jan [LA 03:41am, NY 06:41am, UK 11:41am, OZ 10:41pm] ).

joannie said...

WOW Debbie!!
I've really missed your sketches!! Love the layout and the paper!!

joannie said...

And Dana, I love your scraplift too!! That was one impressive pumpkin patch!!