Crafty Layout

This is sure to be one of my new go to sketches. I love the versatility, how it could be altered to fit many different occasions. I’d like to thank Jill, author of the Word Play Word Work Blog, for sharing her beautiful design with us today.


The sketch is based on two intersecting visual triangles. The first triangle is comprised of three photos (sized at approximately 2″ x 3″), and the second triangle includes the title, journaling, and a cluster of accents. There is enough white space on the page to allow you some room to play, or you can embrace the space and keep your layout simple. Vivian’s layout demonstrates that it is possible to tweak the sketch while maintaining the two visual triangles at the heart of it.


She reduced the number of photos by one and replaced the third photo with a journaling block. The die-cut hearts and arrows form the second visual triangle. Now you have it all: multiple photos, journaling, and your embellishments. The perfect layout.

Here’s what Vivian had to share about her process:

This was a fun sketch to work with, allowing for the use of multiple photos and patterned blocks. I combined patterned paper from several different lines – Farm GirlMake It MerryMidway, and Witch Hazel to create this layout, backing die-cut cardstock shapes with pops of the different patterned papers. In addition to the patterned papers, I sprayed several different Sprinklers on white cardstock and used bits of that alongside the patterned paper. I love how the different Sprinklers combined in different ways on the cardstock, allowing for a unique look for each of the Sprinkler hearts.


My hope is to inspire you to be fearless when it comes to your creativity, to try new things and most important to have fun!  Thanks for visiting & have a very creative day.



Milk Pail Paper from October Afternoon     Make a Snow Angel from October Afternoon     Devils Claw from October Afternoon

Dark of the Night from October Afternoon


  • Sprinklers (October Afternoon various colors $5.49)

Sprinklers from October Afternoon


Product Used (Not Shown):

  • White Cardstock