Show MenuHide Menu

Sketch It Out!

March 9, 2016

We have all been there. Staring at our pictures and blank pages, wondering just what to do since inspiration does not seem to be coming. That is when I turn to one of my favorite tools, my layout sketches.

Lauren-Sketch-SquareSketches have been around for quite a while, and if you give them a search you will find all kinds of postings and examples. However, you know by now, I like to keep things simple and use the great products OMFL has to offer, so here is my version of how to create sketches to help you with your layouts.


First, you will need a stack of index cards to help record your designs. I happen to like the cards with a grid on them, but any will do. A hole punch and ring are handy, if that is the way you choose to store your designs. You can also use a box and sort by number of photos per page.


Next comes the fun part, creating miniature pages! I like to keep in mind our ready to go design elements (border strips, pocket border strips and journal cards) whenever I create a sketch and add them to the layout. Also, try working on 2-page spreads so you can see how the design elements carry over from one page to the next.

It may take a few practice tries to get the hang of how to size your boxes for a sketch, but just keep in mind the simple math. Our pages are 12 x 12 (top to bottom and inside the mylar reinforcements) so that means two 4×6 photos can fit across, or three stacked top to bottom. Then we crop photos, and that is when the magic happens, and unlimited layouts are unlocked. Once you play with smaller sizes you begin to see how you can really get a lot of pictures on a page.

Here are a few of my sketches to get you going:


Ready to give it a try? You can start with inspiration from some of your favorite pages in your own albums. Then use your sketches to remember a great layout you might see somewhere, or just challenge yourself to come up with some new designs of your own. Don’t be worried about how perfect it looks…remember these are SKETCHES, so have fun!

– Lauren