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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. Next month Sketch Support will continue as normal.

You can also see all of the layouts on the SCT blog here.

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

You can grab this sketch (along with all of the sketches from the Fall issue) and the bonus options PDF here.

*the bonus sketch options go with one of the two-page sketches for this issue

This time I decided to use one of the 8-1/2 x 11" sketches as my starting point. I always stress that the size of the sketch doesn't have to determine the size of your layout. There are so many ways you can adapt and stretch or shrink a layout (or even a card) sketch design to work for a different size layout.

Here's the first layout I created using this sketch:

Anytime I see a large background area on a sketch, like the grouping of vertical strips on the sketch above, I always consider different ways I can take that whole grouping and recreate it with different shapes to better fit my photos, theme, or ideas I might have.

For this layout I loved the idea of pairing hexagons with my Fall theme. So, instead of vertical strips, I used hexagons grouped together to create a background that is close to the same size as the strips background on the sketch.

I used one size of hexagon as the base design and then added a few smaller ones on top throughout the design. For those smaller hexagons I used foam adhesive and added some heart embellishments on top.

I also added some hand-stitching throughout the hexagon design. I always love the texture and dimension that adds to detailed backgrounds like this!

When it came to the photos, I had three 2-1/2 x 3-1/2” photos which is a little different than the sketch, but I was able to arrange them in the same placement.

For the rest of the layout, I followed the same placements for the title, embellishments, and journaling strips as you see on the sketch.

Shop all sketches here: Allison Davis Sketches

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