Welcome to Scrapbook Sketches by Scrapiopath

Need a little help with your scrapbook layouts? Looking for more inspiration or a premade design? New to scrapbooking? Or want to make a special card and need a quick design? Well, you've come to the right place.

Welcome to Scrapbook Sketches by Scrapiopath. Here you will find scrapbook layout and card sketches designed to get your creativity flowing. If you have scrapper's block or just need a little inspiration feel free to print out these sketches for your personal use. Be sure to send me an email with a copy of your layout or card and I will publish it here on the blog.

My name is Jessica Cowan aka Scrapiopath and I started designing sketches about 9 months ago for the ladies at the Scraps-n-Such community. Then I created this blog to share these creative sketches with you. I hope you find some great inspiration with these sketches and examples. Happy Scrapping!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Creativity comes in many forms

As the title says, Creativity comes in many forms. For me, this past month has been very creative and only partially has anything to do with scrapbooking. So bear with me if you were looking for a new sketch. But I will show you some new uses for some of those scrapping supplies. Scrapping those Halloween pics is right around the corner.

October is the start of the Rennaisance Festival here in Texas. If you've never been it's truly a magical experience. Almost every year they have several themed weekends and my favorite is the 1001 Dreams Fairy weekend.

Last year I made my costume and although it turned out cute, to me it seemed like it was "handmade", you know that feeling that you could have done some extra things to make it more professional looking, but you didn't?  Well, this year I was determined that was not going to happen!

Well I knew I wanted a new corset but I was not in the mood to try to struggle to make one! If you have ever attempted this you know what I mean! So I went to eBay, I love eBay, and I found an awesome maker of fine corsets. Going by the name VonLancelot, these corsets are handmade and are breathtakingly gorgeous! Here's the one I bought, of course, I wore mine without the white shirt thingy underneath and I changed the blue ribbon to braided cord which gave it a more earthy feel, you know like a wood nymph, (see 3rd & 4th pics for braided lacing):



Close up of Lacing

So I gathered my ideas, the corset and my money bag ...oops, I mean my husband, and headed to JoAnn's. Turns out he has a great eye for design! He helped me pick out all the materials I used for thee costume.

I knew the type of skirt I wanted but I wasn't sure how to go about making it so I did a search and found a really neat site: You Can Make This.com. I found the tutu skirt I was looking to make, found the instructions, downloaded them and here is my result:

The full tutu skirt

Close up of waistband

Next, because the tutu is see through, I needed an over skirt. This is where things got a little tricky for me. After numerous google searches using every word I could think of for jagged or ripped or torn edged skirts and turning up not one single usable pattern, I knew I was going to have to rely on my limited drawing talents. Luckily my hubby found the awesome blue sheened leather looking material that I used. So I took a white eyeliner pencil, yes I know they make chalk pencils for this but I need a smooth flow and the eyeliner did an awesome job, and I started drawing what I thought looked like a jagged edge. After cutting the first piece out with my cutter bee scissors so I could get all the smalls jags I drew, I had a template to use. And here is the result of the overskirt:

Closeup of jagged edge and material

Now I know by this point you are thinking, "Okay so she has used her cutter bee scissors but I don't see any other scrapping supplies being used." Remember I told you this year was going to be different, more realistic, truly fairylike. And a fairy is not complete without her wings!

Last year I bought some gorgeous butterfly shapped wings, unfortunately, this is the best picture I was able to find that was close to them, although mine are white, or pearly irridesent to be exact.

And here is where the scrapping supplies came in handy. As you can see the wings are pretty but plain. So I decided to glam them up a bit. First, I had my amazing hubby use his artistic talents and draw the pattern on a large sheet of brown shipping paper. I didn't want the ink from the marker to get on my wings when I traced over it. So I covered the entire thing with wax paper and taped the wing down. Next I pulled out my stickles, some bling and some cool leaves I had bought for one of my fall scrapbok pages. After 2 and a half bottles of stickles in Patina, Lime Green, and Mermaid, numerous blue, green and clear bling crystals, and one package of leaves, I had created my dream wings! Here are the pics:

Full wing design

Close up of Wing design

Close up of Leaf pattern

Close up of curly design

Happy Scrapping!

Friday, October 2, 2009

A couple of Happy Scrappy Announcements

I am so happy to tell you that Scraps-n-Such has reopened, so stop by to chat, share, or just check it out.

I'm also happy to announce that the Scrapbookers Clubhouse has "The Road Home" October Kit  ready with yours truly's sketch duet! You have to purchase the full kit to get the scrapbook and card sketches. Trina did an excellent job with this kit, it is just beautiful, I love all the different things to use for journaling. Super fun! Here's a picture of the kit:

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Where is all the scrapping time?

Why is it that work & life always seem to cut into valuable scrapping time? For the past month, it seems like I've had about 15 mins to scrap! But I was able to accomplish something special!

During the month of October, I have been invited to design a sketch duet for the Scrapbookers' Clubhouse. I will be making one scrapbook sketch and one card sketch that will be available in the October kit. Check out the Scrapbookers' Clubhouse or drop by the forum for more information.

And if you haven't seen Gabrielle Pollacco's amazing scrapbook work over at Such a Pretty Mess, then you must feast your eyes on her exquisite works of art! She is a truly gifted scrapbooker! She also just opened an etsy store, so some of her amazing pages could be yours!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Sad Farewell

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we said farewell to a wonderful scrapping group, Scraps-n-such.com, this month.

Bethy was a wonderful host and she always tried to bring us the lastest scrapping news, creative challenges and always made you feel welcome right from the start!

Bethy, thank you for all your hard work and dedication that you put into our favorite forum. And thank you so much for allowing me to share my sketches with the group.

Although the forum is now closed, Scraps-n-such.com is still active. There you can keep up with Bethy's new adventures or buy some of the great AC Bailey products that she has for sale in her store. (Try the monthly kits for perfectly coordinated pages!)

Monday, June 29, 2009

My Mysterious Hiatus

I apologize for my long hiatus. I have had some personal issues that I needed time to deal with. But I am slowly getting back into action and hopefully will start pumping out a few sketches over the coming weeks.

I want to thank each and every one of my readers for not unsubscribing since I haven't been updating. I will be bringing you news about fun scrapping forums, blogs of note, perhaps a few contests, as well as some other exciting scrappy stuff.

Here are a few noteworthy forums to check out in the meantime:

Happy Scrapping!

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