With my third layout using a sketch from the Spring 2023 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine I followed the general design of the sketch while making some bigger changes to the background, the amount of photos, and the theme.
Here is the sketch that I used as the starting point:
If you want to download all ten full sketches from the 2023 Spring issue with measurements and placements AND the bonus sketch examples PDF, you can do that here: SCT Spring 2023 Sketches
Supplies | Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned papers: Echo Park, Simple Stories, My Mind's Eye, and Vicki Boutin; Foam "awesome": American Crafts; Block alphabet stickers: Simple Stories, Pretty Little Studio, and Doodlebug Design Inc; Star punches: Fiskars and Recollections; Glitter paper: DCWV; Stickers and die cuts: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic
I really loved the idea of replacing the strips with some other shape or pattern or detail. I greatly enjoy creating large designs made up of smaller pieces and shapes so I was eager to try something along those lines. I realized that if you took a square of patterned paper and cut it in half diagonally, those triangles would be perfect for filling in the same space as the strips.
This allowed me to create a completely different looking background while still following the same general design concept of the sketch. I also added lots of hand-stitched borders on every edge to add some texture to the design.
You could play around with all kinds of shapes like hexagons, stars, hearts, circles, or arrows to create this background.
For the photos on this layout, I had three 2-1/2 x 3-1/2” photos. There’s plenty of room on this sketch to add a third photo so this was an easy addition to the sketch design. I didn't have to make any changes for this to work and you can still see plenty of that fun background design.
To embellish the layout I swapped out those flowers on the sketch for stars to go with a more boyish theme. I layered lots of stars together, some with foam adhesive to add some dimension to the design.
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