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.
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.
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.
Story Book stamp set from 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.
- 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
- 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?