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Posted 2/1/2013 by Claysmama in General Scrappin'
 

Claysmama
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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:02:30 AM
Do you typically pick out a sketch that you like first and then choose photos to print for it,
OR
Do you print out the pics and then go find a sketch based on how many you have?

Just curious.

Though I know it seems counter intuitive, sometimes I do it the first way because the overall visual effect seems to be important to me...

zimmy85
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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:29:31 AM
I always print my pictures in bulk at Meijer so if I want to reprint something to fit with a sketch I can at home but I usually try to change the sketch to fit my pictures that are already printed. I have a bad habit of getting my camera up to like 200 pics and then say oh crap I need to develop these lol generally the only print at home I do are for project life or the rare occasion I will change a pic to fit a sketch

mebarnet
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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:29:48 AM
I find my sketch and put the entire layout together except for the embellishments first.

I take a ton of photos, both horizontal and vertical, so I never have an issue making the layout by adding the photos later.

alone_inacrowdedroom
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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:32:07 AM
When I use a 4x6 sketch, I do the second option. I always print my pics in bulk, so I already have them on hand, then I look for a sketch that has that many photos or that I can easily adapt for the number of photos I have.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:54:17 AM
My photos come first so I use whatever sketch works based on the pics and whether or not I can or am willing to crop them.

ncgibbons
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Posted: 2/1/2013 10:46:28 AM
Photos first, then I go looking for a suitable sketch. Shimelle's 4x6 class was invaluable as I can now have up to 12 on a page!

I also like sketch generation as they put a lot of photos on a page.

There is usually scope to crop one or two photos eg by 0.5", that I have selected so am not rigidly looking to always use exactly 4x6.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 11:57:03 AM
Yes, photos first !
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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:18:04 PM
Lately, I have been putting sketches together and then going back putting photos on them. So far I haven't had any that I have had trouble matching some pictures to.

I still like to start with photos first--I am just behind on going through and purging and printing photos.

Claysmama
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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:59:40 PM
That's interesting...I always knew I was a little counter culture

But then again, I bet I would go photos first if I printed them ahead of time. That makes perfect sense.

3kidmama
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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:02:07 PM
I almost always start with the photos. They are what inspire me to scrap/tell their story. Then I go find a sketch, papers and so on....

On the rare occasion when I start with a sketch, it tends to take me 3 times as long to complete a page that I'm happy with.

Now, when I'm creating a scrapbook for someone else to add the photos, sketches are key to my being able to accomplish a lot and really enjoy the process!

EllenPea
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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:02:21 PM
I use 4 x 6 sketches, but I count the number of photos I want to use, then find the sketch that has that many and in the right orientation, and then print them out. Because I don't ONLY use 4 x 6 sketches, but I'm very happy when I find a 4 x 6, but if I have to make some of them smaller or larger for the sketch to work, I am OK with that too.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:50:42 PM

Do you print out the pics and then go find a sketch based on how many you have?


This. And I have learned to pair down my "story pictures" to somewhere between 4 and 6. I just don't like to print little tiny pictures to put on the layouts and I don't like a ton of white space either. I work in double page layouts 90% of the time.

stwa
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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:22:16 PM
I make the base of the layout and then pick photos (all pre-printed at 4x6) so I will find photos that will work with what I've done so far and then make it work from there. Sometimes I change what is in the sketch to make it work

caspad
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Posted: 2/2/2013 7:37:43 AM
I pick a subject to scrap.
Then I find one or two sketches that might work.
As I go through my photos in Lightroom I decide on the sketch, the photos and the sizes to print.
I jot notes on the sketch as I go to remind myself if I want to change the orientation, add a photo, etc.
Then I pull some papers and kit it all together.
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sorfammom
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Posted: 2/2/2013 8:38:53 AM
Photos then sketch.

JamieH
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Posted: 2/2/2013 9:38:10 AM
This:

[Photos first, then I go looking for a suitable sketch. Shimelle's 4x6 class was invaluable as I can now have up to 12 on a page!]

And This:

[I take a ton of photos, both horizontal and vertical, so I never have an issue making the layout by adding the photos later.]

Another thing I have done is to memorize some favorite sketch ideas tat I use over and over. The sketches don't look the same with different papers,but this helps cut down time searching for the perfect sketch.

Check out Shimelle's Starting Points videos on her blog or You Tube for ideas.

Happy scrapping,
JamieH

ca angel
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Posted: 2/2/2013 11:50:51 AM
Neither, I print a contact sheet with all the photos for that particular lo. Then I find a sketch that works. That way I can crop photos before sending them off to print. Even my 4x6s I usually crop the original photo so that it highlights a certain part, even though I'm still printing it as a 4x6. I can usually use cropping to change the orientation of a photo too so I don't have to feel restricted by the original orientation.
I do this for several layouts at 1 time.
Ca angel
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