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SCT Sketch Week | Day #1

Once a month learn how to use scrapbook sketches and adapt them to fit different styles, photo sizes, and themes. Sketches = endless scrapbooking ideas with little effort. Sketches do all the heavy lifting allowing you to have all the fun!

This week would usually be a Sketch Support week, but this month I'm doing it a little different. I've used a sketch I designed from the Summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine to create three layouts. It's still the same concept as Sketch Support and you still get free sketches and the 3-page PDF of bonus options is free as well. Yay!

Here's the sketch that I used as the starting point:

Supplies | Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Simple Stories, Echo Park, Crate Paper, Bella Blvd., and Pink Paisley; Chipboard clouds: Studio Calico; Sunburst cut file: Sophie Gallo, Silhouette Design Store #384831; Water splash cut file: Amy Robison, Silhouette Design Store #83594; Chipboard hearts and crab: Simple Stories; Foam title: Simple Stories; Word/phrase stickers: Simple Stories; Circle punch: Fiskars; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic; Nuvo Jewel Drops: Tonic Studios

With my first layout, I made some big adjustments while still following the general design concept of the sketch. The main change I made was the shape of the waves background and the amount of waves. I thought it would be fun to work in a sunburst to go with my “sunny days” theme. That evolved into changing the shape of the background from a square to a circle and only using the wave strips to the halfway point of the background.

Anytime I see a larger background on a sketch I always imagine what it could be like as a different shape. With this sketch and layout, it went from a square to a circle.

Could it also be a heart? Yes!

Could it also work as a hexagon? Sure!

Can it be stretched to a rectangle for a two-page layout? Absolutely!

There are so many fun possibilities with different-shaped backgrounds!

The rest of the layout design follows the sketch quite closely. I still used splashes around my photos. I also added a little chipboard crab near the title. I like the little pop of color it added to the mostly blue and yellow design.

Around the journaling, I swapped out the fish and splashes on the sketch for clouds. I added some glitter on top of them for some sparkle.

That's all for day 1! I'll be back tomorrow with another layout!

Shop all sketches here: Allison Davis Sketches

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