Monday, September 7, 2009

Sketch = Stress Relief

Hey! It's Brook here! Happy Labor Day to you all. :)

Well, thankfully, today many of us have some time off to relax at home and spend time with family and friends. But typically, Mondays are hectic because we have to get back to our normal routines... driving the kids to school, heading to work, grocery shopping... you know, the daily chaos kicks in again. :) Mondays on the Mosh Posh blog are all about fitting scrapbooking into our busy lives. The other DT gals and I will share some of the ways we get our scrapping done in less time, with less stress. We'll call them "Manic Mondays".

My life has certainly been crazy the past week! I went on vacation to a beach house with my family for a week and when we returned our whole downstairs was flooded! Yikes! So, now we are living at my parents house. It's crazy, to say the least! :) Now more than ever I'm looking for shortcuts in my scrapping. Even when life gets hectic I still need my hobby, I just have to make it work in my day-to-day.

One way I like to cut down on time and stress is to use a sketch. Sketches keep me focused and give me a starting point (which cuts down on time a whole bunch). Sometimes if I start from scratch, without a sketch, I can waste an hour or more just moving my elements around on a page aimlessly. LOL. With a sketch I can choose the pictures I need and the placement is already figured out for me. I can also flip the sketch horizontally or vertically to make it my own. For me, using a sketch is one of the ways I get my scrapping done quicker.

The Mosh Posh DT drafts up a sketch every month to share with you. This month it was my turn! Typically when I post the sketch I'll have some actual examples to share with you of how I used it... but we are all still working on our creations with the September kit right now. So keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for our layouts and cards using this sketch as inspiration:

This sketch makes use of 2 photos, a 4x6 and a 2x3. It is also great for using up random scraps of patterned paper you might have left behind from other layouts. So, use your scraps! Not having to do any cutting or searching for papers will make your scrapping even less manic and take less time. :) And that's always a good thing when you're busy or trying to catch up.

Have a fun holiday! Tomorrow is Tuesday, so look forward to some great tips.

Later! :)

PS: If you use this sketch, please link to it in the comments so we can all enjoy it!


Jenny September 9, 2009 at 9:41 PM  

I lurve this sketch! I'm putting it to good use as we speak...

Shana September 13, 2009 at 8:06 AM  

Hi gals! I am lovin' all this bloggin'! Before I was stalking the site for something new and now I can't even keep up! Its great.... and appreciate you ladies making this a great place to stop.

Anywho... I opened and used my new kit yesterday and decided to use your sketch! I thought it would be nice and easy and thats exactly what it was. So thanks again!

Brook September 13, 2009 at 8:33 PM  

Thanks so much, Shana! I definitely miss being able to chat with you on the old message board. It's so great to hear that you appreciate our efforts on this blog. :)

I love love love your layout!!! Oooh... it's so fun to see how every one uses their kits. And your daughter is sooo precious. Love those pics. Thanks for sharing!

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