Monday, March 5, 2012

Hello Friend

Good Monday morning to you all! We had a really busy family weekend, but I did manage to get some crafty time in last night. I had a couple of requests to see my card sketches, and while I am not sure how to make them look all fancy by designing them on the computer, I am more than willing to share the way I do mine.

I purchased a couple of hardcover, 4x5 inch spiral sketchbooks. I like this size because I can have one on my desk, one in my purse, and one on the coffee table. You can decorate the covers if you would like, but I left mine like I bought them. I told you, nothing fancy. Now, here is where the extremely technical part comes in. I made a 2x3 template and traced it on the front and back of each page. I did this while I was watching a movie with my family. I like having a perfect square or rectangle to work with. It makes the rest of the designing easier to do, at least for me. And that's it. I usually sketch while watching tv or waiting at appts. or other things like that. And I do sketch about 97% of what I create before I start a project. Sometimes the design works and sometimes it doesn't. Can't win them all!

So, below is a look at today's sketch.


And here is the card I made using it. Not quite the same, is it? I had the papers that I wanted to use out on my desk, I sketched what I thought would work, and when I started to put it together, the Polaroid squares were to big to include four, so I improvised. I like the finished card better than the sketch anyway. Funny how that happens.


Well, there you have it. I can share my sketches when I post my cards if you would like. Just leave me a comment letting me know if this is something you would be interested in.

Have a great week!

Dani

16 comments:

Jingle said...

Very cute card!

soapHOUSEmama said...

oh, its so fun seeing your sketch and then the finished card :)

Penny said...

Glad I'm not the only one who sketches while they watch tv! Great card! Love Penny Scrap-aholic.blogspot.com

Heidi said...

Cute card! Great idea to sketch your own design 1st. I love the cute lacy ribbon and the sewing.

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

I love sketches, and I always love seeing the process that goes into creating a layout or card :)
Yours is so pretty! I really like the polaroid with that sweet little trim underneath!

I am not a fancy sketch maker either. In the past, I have always drawn them. But when I worked for Scrapgal, I learned how to do them in Microsoft word. It wasn't a cute looking sketch though like you see around these days :)
Most days I just reach for my little notebook :)

Katie said...

I love the card! I love how you worked off the sketch and changed it up a little bit! I have such trouble with editing sketches to work with what I have!

scrappymo! said...

Thanks you for sharing...I love hand done things...I like that you actually sketch in a book!
Sometimes I just get overwhelmed with all the techy stuff that I need to learn...I just enjoy doing things the old fashioned way!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

i have my sketch pad in my book bag and i just made one today at school!!

great job

Ashley Rock said...

Love the card!!

May said...

Beautiful card, just love it!! Pop over to my blog I have a little gift for you, Hugs May x x x

Becky said...

I love the idea of using a template on each page of your sketchbook! Great idea :) I always work better from a sketch with my cards, or layouts, too. Love the way your card turned out!!

Johanna said...

Love both the card and the sketch!! Please do keep them coming!!

Sue Althouse said...

Lovely card and I love your sketch book! I really need to write sometimes, by hand, not on the computer. I think differently when I hold a pencil in my hand.

Tracy said...

Love both your sketch and your card.
Love that flower :)

I used to draw my own sketches, and also started with my template for the main shape.

I would love to see your sketches and what you made out of them :)

Elaine said...

Lovely card Danielle I like your style of crafting
Hugs Elaine

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Found your blog from May's Happy Daze award post and so glad I did... I see your a WOYWW's too so I'm sure I'll be seeing you again soon. I enjoyed my visit so much I just became a Follower and hope you'll stop by my blog and do the same!
Until next time.
Dotty A