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SCT Sketch Week | Day #3

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! My third and last layout has some big changes, but you can still see how the sketch influenced the design.

You can also see all three layouts on the SCT blog here. Here's the sketch that I used as the starting point:

Supplies | Patterned paper: American Crafts – Vicki Boutin, Echo Park, My Mind’s Eye Bella Blvd., and Simple Stories; Die cut pieces: 49 and Market; Chipboard “amazing”: 49 and Market; Alphabet stickers: Elle’s Studio; Star cut file: Sweet Afton, Silhouette Design Store #309189; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

With my third layout, I took the square design and extended it to the outer edges of the layout. That center design of the sketch became the whole layout. The design inspiration started with the patterned paper I wanted to use for my background. I loved the zig-zag design and thought it would be an excellent swap for those wave strips. This is a great way to simplify a sketch design, by using a single patterned paper in place of all those strips.

I've had this Vicki Boutin paper sitting on my table since the day I bought it, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. I knew right away that I wanted to add a hand-stitched detail to the design. I'm so glad it worked out perfectly for this sketch!

Another change I made was flipping the sketch so that the photo is now on the left and the journaling is on the right. I did this so that the subject in my photo isn’t facing off the layout. I always try to position my photos with my subject facing toward the center. To me, you naturally want to follow the direction the person is facing and you don’t want the viewer’s attention going off your layout.

Speaking of the photo, I also traded the two smaller photos for a single larger photo. This is always a great method for adapting a sketch to fit your photo needs. Plus, with the larger background design, there was a lot more room for a larger photo.

That's all for Sketch Week this month! I hope you enjoy this sketch and all of the others in the Summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today!

Shop all sketches here: Allison Davis Sketches

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