Saturday, February 25, 2012

Scrappin' Saturday - Sketch Inspiration

Welcome to Scrappin' Saturday!  Do you ever find yourself staring at a blank scrapbook page and unsure just where to begin?  I do!  I follow several sketch challenge blogs, but sometimes I get stumped and want bunches of sketches to browse.   That's when I head over to my favorite sketch artist's website -- PageMaps by Becky Fleck.

PageMaps features dozens of sketches each month -- all free for personal use.  Becky also has a PDF archive with over seven years of sketches available in various formats and sizes:
  • 12x12 single
  • 12x12 double
  • 8.5x11 vertical
  • 8.5x11 horizontal
  • 8.5x11 double

Not doing a standard size?  Or creating something other than a scrapbook page?  There's a map for that, too!  Although not always posted monthly, you can find other types of sketches in the archive:
  • MiniMaps - 6x6 and 8x8 pages
  • HalfMaps - 6x12 and 12x6 pages
  • RoundMaps - great for shaped mini albums
  • CardMaps - square and rectangular
  • SideMaps - 8.5x11 horizontal
  • TagMaps - for titles, cards, journaling, tag books, packages

WOW, right...?!  You may have seen Becky's work in the magazine/book section of your favorite craft store.  Her sketches appear in the Scrapbook & Cards Today / PageMaps series; however, the sketches on the website are different from those in the books.  And since I'm a frugal scrapper, I'm all about finding inspiration without paying lots of $$$.   Before I head to a crop or retreat, I usually print out a few of my favorite PageMaps months and stick in a binder for reference.  Here's a recent sketch I used from PageMaps and the resulting scrapbook page:

Where do you go for sketch inspiration?  Do you follow Becky and PageMaps?  Have one of her books?  I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments section below.

Have a happy, scrappy weekend!

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  1. I've been to Pagemaps many times! I need all the help I can get! :) I also use the sketches from Scrapbooks Etc. magazine!!

  2. Thanks for spotlighting this great reference.

  3. I love sketches and Page Maps is so awesome. Really helps me get going sometimes.

  4. I love the idea of maps.... Thanks for sharing a great resource.


  5. What a neat idea-I will look into this. TFS!
    Sherrie K

  6. I belong to a couple of online communities too, but hands down page maps is my favorite.

  7. I love using sketches! I use a lot of the Page Map Sketches for cards and I have used them also for tags! Lots of fun!


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