Layout using a sketch

I used to begin every layout I made with a sketch. Often times it was my own sketch quickly drawn out on an index card. Pre-made sketches has always had a role in my crafting as well. These days I usually just go with the flow when I sit down to create. I still love me a good sketch though and that is what I am here to share today.

The original sketch and an alternative sketch choice.

You can check out all the details in the process video or keep reading for some quick notes on this project.

The original sketch featured a cascade of hexagons from left to right on the page. (You can see the sketch in more detail in the video.) I certainly captured that idea. I also added in more hexagon elements to highlight areas on my busy background paper.

I’ll leave you with a couple more closeups. I’ll be back soon with more crafty goodness. Until then, have an artful day.

Freebie Friday Jan 2022

I did take a break in December to get some other things in my life worked on. Nothing big, just stuff that needed doing that was being neglected. I had hoped despite the break that I’d be able to get a sketch and cut file out to you. Alas, life did not make that happen.

But… I am back and I have some freebies for you now. Be sure to check out the Freebies page to see all that I have to offer. I hope you enjoy! Now let’s see the new files for this New Year!

Free Sketch!

Free Cut File

Of course I’ve got a video. There are a couple of small tips in there on how to get better results when cutting intricate die cuts on your Cricut. And then I just play with those snowflakes in various materials.

Freebie Friday, Oct ’21

Now that it is October, I’m finally feeling a bit of that fall vibe. So, I turned to the iconic pumpkin for the cut file this month. Using plaid for the sketch emanates a feeling of warmth and comfort. So that was my thinking for the designs this month.

Download the cut file directly as well as the pdf or photoshop version of the sketch. And if you want to see my other freebies, head to the Freebies section of my site.

I put them to use in a project as well. Check out the video…

As you may see from the video graphic, I combined the cut file and the sketch to come up with this layout.

Happy Fall/Autumn to my northern hemisphere readers (and happy spring to you southern hemisphere friends).

Adapt scrapbook sketches to cards

It is free sketch time!

I’ve got a new 12×12 scrapbook layout sketch up for you here on the blog. Normally I’d use this sketch to show you a take on it for a layout, but a few things happened that made me take this sketch into a card making direction instead.

  1. I’ve already done a process video for this sketch. (In fact I based the sketch off of this project to begin with!)
  2. I created that project as a scraplift of myself from several years ago
  3. I wanted to do something different.
  4. I took a card making class recently and was feeling inspired to make cards!

Thus this adaptation was born. First let’s take a look at the sketch and the supporting layouts that inspired this sketch.

So here is the sketch you can download it directly here in a photoshop format or a printable pdf format or you can head to the Freebies tab above to see this and many more sketches available for download. This sketch came out of the layout below that I created for the ScrapHappy.org membership group blog post.

And in turn this layout was scraplifted from myself. I made the original layout below many years ago and it has remained one of my favorites.

And here is the layout process for the most recent project.


With that out of the way I wanted to move on to another project… adapting this sketch to card making. I used the same idea of angles, but inked and stamped them instead of using paper. I repeated the greeting instead of using three photos and I embellished with smaller items instead of layered clusters. And just like that, a card is born! Hope you enjoy a view of these cards and the products used are listed below.

Sketchy Wenesday

I love sketches. They are a great way to start a layout. The are great if you are feeling stuck. They are great for giving you ideas you may not have thought of. So, once a month I offer free sketches for download here on my blog and share what I do with them over on YouTube.

This month I have a double page layout sketch for you.

And I’ve got two takes on this sketch, both with process videos.

Take #1 is a birthday layout using some bold color.

And the process video to go with it.

Here is layout #2. This takes the sketch in a Christmas direction.

And the process video for this one.

You can download this sketch in pdf format for printing or in psd format for editing in Photoshop products. You can also head to the Freebies tab here on the blog to find these files and much more.

Free Sketches for May + June

I love sketches, from using them to creating them. I often start a layout with a hand doodled sketch of some sort. So it was natural for me to add digi sketches to my offerings here at Crafty Soup. Now you don’t have to use these sketches digitally. You can download the pdf version for viewing or printing if that is more your jam. I hope you enjoy the sketches for these past two months. And I hope you’ll join me in the future for more freebies! I love creating and sharing 😉

Downloads are available on the freebies tab above: craftysoup.com/freebies

Downloads are available on the freebies tab above: craftysoup.com/freebies