I have a ga-billion hobbies. I first learned crochet at the tender age of 9, I started drawing around that time too (although kind of stopped that around the age of 15). In the past I did needlepoint, crewel, embroidery, macrame (yes, macrame!), string art (remember those), hook rugs, punch needle, plastic canvas (never too fond of that look), paint (mostly by numbers). I still like to cross stitch, though haven't done that in a while, currently I crochet, knit and SCRAPBOOK!!
I don't have as much time (or more importantly enough space) to scrapbook as much as I'd like to. I have about 20 + sets of photos I want to scrap.
I am not a fancy scrapper, I fall into the group of scrappers called "simple scrappers" - I like my pages fairly clean and straight lined - not too many embellishments or fru-fru stuff. I like people who can do those kind of more intricate pages and think they are beautiful. I just don't have the time and plus they aren't really "me" - I've always been a plain-kind of girl - like things simple yet elegant (vanilla is my favorite flavor of ice cream so that gives you some insight to who I am)
Well...several years ago I found someone whose style was very close to mine - the very talented Becky Higgins. She then started having sketches of her layouts in Creating Keepsakes magazine and I loved using them. You don't really do the sketch exactly - you take the sketch as a base and build your own idea around them.
You can imagine how excited I was when she came out with her first sketchbook, then later another one. She also has a best of..book (of course I have them all). I use these magazines/books quite often! I also have a binder of many of the sketches from Creating Keepsakes website (most of which are Becky's) and Simple Scrapbooks website (which is now gone - boo hoo - that was my favorite magazine)
Now that Becky H. has left CK and isn't releasing new sketches, I find most of my sketch resources on various Internet websites.
I have been wanting, for quite some time now, to compile the ones I like in one place so I have all the links in one place but I hope other scrapbookers might find this and find it useful also.
I tend to scrap mostly 2-page layouts and in 12 x 12 format so those are the sketches I seek out the most but I can adapt pretty much any layout to fit my needs.
Here are some great ones:
4 x 6 photo sketches (I almost always use 4x6 photos)
52 Sketches-52 Weeks (1-page)
Alison Davis' Blog
Google Images (not a website, per se, but lots of great sketches none-the-less)
Got Sketch? (notice on side bar - have 4x6 photo sketches)
Becky Higgins (75 sketches from her 1st book-posted on 2peas)
Jane Eubank's Sketches
Pencil Lines (most are 1-page)
Sketch Savvy (great Disney LOs & several 4 x 6 LOs)
Simple Schemes (use to be in Simple Scrapbooks-posted on 2peas)
Sketches by Suzy (mostly 2-pages)
Stickers N' Fun
I am sure this list will continue to grow. If you know of any other great sketch sites - please leave a comment with the site listed. I always love checking them out.