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Page Maps

Reported by Julia Stainton

One of the most challenging things about creating a papercraft project is deciding exactly what kind of a layout or design you want your project to have. Whether you are just starting out or have been papercrafting a long time, most people will be constantly searching for new ideas. Break out of that box of the simple layout and try something new. The PageMaps web-site is one of the best resources I know of to help with this problem.

Page Maps is a fabulous on-line site that can help you in a few ways. Started in April 2004 by Becky Fleck…Page Maps has a wealth of ideas and sketches for you to use for personal use. Not quite sure where to start with a design? Simply scroll through the sketches to find a design you like that works for your photos? If you’re in a rut using the same layouts over and over, challenge yourself to using a new design. The Page Maps layouts are easy to use and have great up-to-date layouts to make your projects well balanced and unique.

Patterned Paper and flowers by Prima Marketing, Art of Framing and Everyday Petites stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms

Each month great new sketches or “maps” are released from Page Maps to keep you challenged. These Page Maps come in a wide variety of options making this a fabulous site for any scrapper. You’ll find sketches in 12×12 format, 8.5 x 11″ format, layouts with one photo or layouts with many and a few double page layouts as well. Each layout comes with fabulous samples by page designers in a variety of styles. These samples are wonderful for inspiration, cool ideas and you’ll find digital designs as well as paper layouts.

Patterned Paper by Fancy Pants Designs and My Mind’s Eye, chipboard letters from Chatterbox Writer’s Block and Beautiful stamp sets from Cornish Heritage Farms

The great thing about sketches is that they are mostly timeless. Change the papers, colors and embellishments and you have a new up-t0-date look. Rotate or flip the sketches for even more design options. Love an 8.5 x 11 page maps but scrap in 12×12? A few alterations and you can still use it! Don’t be a slave to the maps. Make them your own and get creative!

Thomas Kinkade Masculine Series paper, Leaf and Acorn stamp and Friendship Centers stamp set by Cornish Heritage Farms

Page Maps is not just limited to great sketch layouts. Since April 2005 Becky has been producing Card Maps each month as well. I’m loving these beautiful layouts for quick card inspiration. While not released monthly, Page Maps also has a great resource of tag maps, round maps (round scrapbooking layouts) as well as side maps and mini maps.

Patterned paper and flower by Prima, chipboard by Maya Road
Story Book stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms
Each month the Page Maps site provides a link to their latest page of great sketches. While I love this page of sketches combined with beautiful samples…my favorite resource is the PDF link they include each month. Easy to use and print out for easy reference, you can find all sketches for the month on one printable page. As my scrapbooking area is quite a distance from my computer, this makes it so easy to print out and store in my craft room for easy reference and inspiration. The sketches are clean, well designed images. I love how the sizes of the photos printed on the sketch….makes it super easy to digitally crop my photos for a particular design, print and get right to work.

On most on-line sites, you’ll find something called TOU, Terms of Use. This is something you should always read when using a site. If you are using the resource for personal use or commercial, it’s only proper to make sure you are respecting the terms of the site. The Page Maps site has a great TOU, making it very easy to use. Of course….good etiquette when using these sketches for inspiration is to give credit where credit is due.

Patterned Paper and tape by Prima Marketing, felt by Queen and Co., Mocha Chica stamp set by Cornish Heritage Farms

While I’m actually reviewing the Page Maps web-site, I just couldn’t write this article without mentioning a great book Becky has had published called Page Maps. Full of great sketches and ideas…my favorite idea is the accompanying cards with a sketch on each one. These are perfect for taking with you if you scrap at crops. You can check out this book right on the Page Maps web-site.


Pros:

  • It’s free, free, free!
  • Lots of variations in layouts and designs and sizes of projects
  • cards, tags as well as layouts
  • unique fresh designs
  • print out the PDF files and keep in a binder for easy reference
  • new designs each month

Cons:

  • I’m really stretching here trying to think of one…. site may take a while to load
  • card sketches are designed for more scrappy style layouts. If you are a stamper looking for large image panel sketches…this may not be for you. Of course…stretch yourself and try one…you may love the style!

If you like Page Maps, Card Maps and all the samples on this site, you won’t want to miss any of them. Sign up for e-mail updates right on the site at the bottom of the page.

To sum it all up…Page Maps is an incredible resource that you won’t want to miss. Well worth your time and the ink to print out the maps! Click on your mouse and check them out. I guarantee you…you’ll be just like me…waiting for the beginning of next month to see what Becky has up her sleeve this time. Do you like Page Maps? At Craft Critique…we love to offer our opinion and hear yours as well! What do you think?

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4 Responses to Page Maps

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    vickiparker September 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm #

    Am a huge fan of Page Maps and have the book as well. Love the cards at the back of the book which you can take to crops etc instead of a big book. I am not a card maker but have used the card maps to make the odd one and its just so much easier.

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    Lita September 22, 2008 at 5:45 pm #

    I’ve been a huge fan of Pagemaps for awhile now, also bought the book which I highly recommend. The little deck of cards is so handy. Thanks for reviewing a greatr site – hopefully even more people can enjoy it now!

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    Kristine September 23, 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    I too love Pagemaps and use it regularly for inspiration…one little thing that would make the site easier for me to use though would be to categorize the layouts sketches by number of photos on a page. That way I wouldn’t have to go through month by month to find a layout that suits the photos I’m working with.

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    Ashley September 26, 2008 at 3:18 pm #

    I “also” love Page Maps!! Great book too. Great Critique!!!