I am a sketch-a-holic. Sketches are a wonderful source of inspiration that are readily available. Over the last several years I have found so many different and wonderful sites that offer great sketches. Some give you a very basic outline of a layout or card just to jumpstart your creativity, while others give you a very detailed plan. The great part about sketches is that there is no set of rules. You can take one element from a sketch or use the entire thing. You can turn it upside down, you can transform a 12x12 sketch to fit 8 1/2 x 11 or even a card.
I recently made this layout using a sketch from Triple the Sketch, owned by my friend Patter Cross. This is one of my favorite sketch sites. They give you a "bare bones" type of sketch for a starting point. I used sketch #9.
I chose to keep it very simple and I stuck pretty closely to the original sketch, just changing a bit of the placement of elements.
Here is a list of some of my favorite and well visited sketch sites.....I hope that you can find the inspiration that I have from them.
Triple the Sketch
52 Sketches 52 weeks
4x6 Photo Sketch Blog
My Sketch World
Lotus Paperie (sketches and other challenges)
Prima - Build a Page