I'm a big fan of sketches - just love them. My favourite inspirations are Sketch Support and Page Maps. There are so many sketch sites out there so there are many to choose from. Though I'm not usually a fan of their sketches as they are too artsy for my style, Sketchy Thursdays has a great sketch that totally suits me. Here's their sketch:
It's clean and linear with minimal "fluff" - so me! lol
Lately, I've been working behind the scenes on our Road Trip album. What I mean by that is I'm trying a new system to help my layouts not look the same. While I was doing the part in Argentina, I felt like the pages were all starting to look the same. So, rather than create each layout, one at a time, I decided to sort the pictures I wanted to use by category. I'm working on the Chiloe section now so I subdivided the pics into these categories: agriculture, Penguin Cove, cabins, churches, sunset, etc. Then I either found sketches or designed the pages based on how many pictures there were and the orientation of the pictures. It's very systematic and quite assembly-line like but honestly, I'm liking it so much more. It helps me to have more variety in the design of the layouts.
So, with that said, this layout is of some of the churches we went to see in Chiloe. This first page is pretty much an exact replica of the sketch.
And then, of course, I had to stretch it out to a second page and came up with this:
I used Julie Billingsley's "Find Your Wings" digi kit for the layout. I also used one of Misty Cato's sanded overlays for the little paper strips, a scalloped mat from Miss Mint, a border strip from Splendid Finns and Jessica Sprague's straight stitch brush.