I love creating layouts from sketches. Using a sketch designed by someone else sparks my creativity, challenges me to go beyond my comfort zone, and helps push me to try new things. They often serve as a jumping-off point for me to make something totally unique.
I've wanted to try making sketches of my own for awhile now. But I had no idea how to go about translating my pen-on-paper sketches into the 'real' sketches that actual sketch artists make. So I asked the ladies at Ideas for Scrapbookers what software they use to make their sketches. I learned that Cathy uses Photoshop CS4. Dolores uses Photoshop CS5. Pam and Heather both use Photoshop Elements. I don't have any of those. Is it possible, I wondered, to make a sketch using an ordinary program everyone already has? Fortunately, the answer is yes.
I started with the OpenOffice version of Word (Writer). At the bottom left of the screen, there is a nice assortment of shapes.
In a short amount of time, it was fairly easy to translate my pen/paper sketch into something that looked more professional. I printed out my sketch- it looked good! But when I went to blog about it, I ran into trouble. There was no way to export the document into the jpg, gif, or png that Blogger requires. I tried a variety of things before deciding that the amount of effort I was putting into changing a .doc into a .jpg was exceeding the amount of time I'd spent making the sketch! Unacceptable.
So I ditched Writer and tried the OpenOffice version of Paint (Draw). The control panel looks similar to the one in Writer but with a few extras.
I set about recreating the sketch I'd already made in Writer. It wasn't too difficult. Best of all, it just took one click to export the file as a .png, which I was then able to upload to Blogger.
And here it is- my very first sketch!