Pattern Play

If you’ve been around for any length of time you know I LOVE the Close to My Heart How to Books. Make It From Your Heart Volume 5 is no exception. It features 15 patterns for two-page scrapbook layouts, 5 patterns for single-page layouts, and 10 patterns for standard-size 4¼” x 5½” cards.

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Make It From Your Heart Vol 5

I thought it would be fun today to show my process on how I use these sketches. I chose pattern 29 for it’s two rows of banners – the opposing page of each pattern gives two full color examples of what the Close to My Heart Art Department has created with the pattern, but here I’m showing you what I did.

The first thing I look at with a sketch is what else can I do with it. Can it be rotated to a horizontal or vertical layout? Can it be shrunk to a smaller card? Can it be enlarged to make a layout? These sketches are truly just jumping off points and the creating is all up to you!

In my first card, you’ll notice I kept pretty true to the sketch. I didn’t want to cut all those banners so I grabbed the Penant Banner Alphabet Thin Cut set and went to town die cutting the banners out of different colors of cardstock & patterned paper from the Boo Crew collection. I added pumpkins in Nectarine, Black & Ballerina and even cut my sentiment from a piece of the patterned paper.

My second card using the sketch I rotated, but still used the basic layout for the banners. I also mixed the shapes of the banners on this card, which I like a little better. I absolutely love the witches hat & broom from this stamp set.

What do you use for inspiration for your cards? I have always loved a good sketch, but I also look for color inspiration in the things around me. Next week I’ll share another card and where I got the inspiration. I hope you’ll come back and join me for the fun.

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