“Genuine” 1-2-3 Sketch and Layout – January 2020!

I know you’re probably thinking that I’m behind again in posting my monthly 1-2-3 Sketch and Layout, but there’s a good reason I’m posting it today…really! I was saving it until this very last day in the month because I wanted to feature it as my contribution to our Creative Life Scrapbooking PJ Party that’s happening tonight! Every time my scrappy friends and I have a PJ Party, we choose one CM Collection to play with and share inspiration and ideas for using it. This time around we’re using the fantastic masculine “Genuine” collection* by Creative Memories, and since I knew that I wanted to use this collection for the 1-2-3 this month, it made sense to share it tonight during the PJ Party!

If you haven’t seen my 1-2-3 Sketches and Layouts before, they are a great way to get photos onto pages and into albums FAST! You only need ONE piece of double-sided patterned paper, TWO pieces of Cardstock (or Album Pages) for the base of your layout, and we’ll make the entire layout with only THREE cuts! This month I’ve included spaces for up to EIGHT photos – two 4″ x 6″ and six 4″ x 4″ – and you can probably even fit another one or two in if you like! Here is the sketch:

You’ll be able to get the link to a FREE handout with the sketch, cutting guide, instructions and sample layout at the end of this post, but I filmed a short video to show you how easy it is to cut the patterned paper and put the layout together. Sit back, watch and enjoy!

Here’s a closer look at my finished layout and a couple more detail photos:

I love how many photos I was able to get on this layout without it becoming too busy, and it was fun how the masculine menswear inspired papers really work with the photos of my dapper hubby on his motorbike ready for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride! No matter what photos you plan on using (or papers for that matter!) on this layout, I know it will come together just as fast and easily and look just a good as mine!

Make sure you head over to the NEW OCM shop to get your copy of the FREE printable handout with the sketch, cutting guide and instructions, and don’t forget to check out all the fabulous ideas featuring the Genuine collection over at Creative Life Scrapbooking!


If you love sketches, consider registering for my year-long online course – SYS20/20 (Scrap-Your-Stash 2020) – where you’ll get sketches galore each month along with challenges and lots of inspiration to use up that stash of scrapbook supplies! Registration is ongoing throughout 2020.

*All Creative Memories products featured in these projects are available in Canada on my CM website (or you can find CM Advisors in the US and other countries by using the Advisor Lookup feature.) If you are interested in joining my cross-Canada team of CM Advisors, feel free to contact me, or click on the “Join” tab on my CM website. Finally, please join me on my Facebook Page, YouTube Channel and  Instagram feed for more ideas and inspiration, and check out the online courses I teach.

Happy Scrapping!

1 thought on ““Genuine” 1-2-3 Sketch and Layout – January 2020!”

  1. Love this creative use of a single sheet of paper, Noreen! I had decided that the Genuine collection was one I didn’t need to order, but after seeing it in action, so to speak, I might have to reconsider!
    Just an FYI: the menswear pattern on this paper is called "houndstooth" rather than "herringbone"! I’m a seamstress as well as a scrapbooker, so that’s the reason I’m familiar with different fabric design names. Always enjoy seeing your posts. Thank you!

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