Using the Sketch Effect on a Layout

Today, I am pleased to have a post written by our very own Heddy. She is a super talented scrapper and trend watcher as well. She posted in our team forum about a trend she has noticed lately in digital scrapbooking and I thought it would be fun for her to share it with our readers as well…


Have you noticed that there are more and more photo sketches on layouts in the digi galleries? Digital sketches add such a dynamic, creative, and personal element to each page. Here are some amazing examples:

Layout by sorashell. Credits: Hashed Arrows by Amy Martin, Soft & Subtle 5 – Paper Pack by Karah Fredricks, Finishing Touches 6 (brush pack) by Karah Fredricks, Hodgity Podgity Templates v9 by Amy Martin,  Anne De Jong Paper strips, photo corner brush by Jen Wilson, Painted Acrylic Letters by Kim Christensen

Layout by stampin_rachel. Credits: Ransom by Vicki Stegall Designs

Layout by sorashell. Credits: Templates – A Midwinter’s Flight by Amy Martin, Edged – Border Punches by Amy Martin, Grungy Brush (Karah Fredricks Summer Stories Lily Pad Collab), background Kate Hadfield (Red White & Bllue kit), Possibility Journal by CD Muckosky, Lil’ Puffies; Arrows by CD Muckosky, paper strips by Anne De Jong

Layout by Pink Reptile Designs

There are several tutorials on how to get this effect, either manually or using actions and/or Photoshop plug-ins:

I googled sketch actions and came up with a free one from MCP Actions. I followed the directions for the action and Kami’s tips for moving the sketch onto a layout (hint – do not check the contiguous box in for the magic wand tool!).

I was able to put together a couple of pages quickly and painlessly!  Here are my results:



Adding sketches to pages is actually really enjoyable! Plus, it’s always fun to stretch a bit and learn skills. Happy scrapping!