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SCT Sketch Week | Spring 2023 | Day #1

This week I'll be sharing layouts based on a sketch from the Spring 2023 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine and the new Creating with Sketches column. The Creating with Sketches column now features sketches all design by yours truly (yay!) and I wanted to take this opportunity to show how you can adapt and customize the sketches.

I have three layouts to share this week that are all based on one of the 12x12" sketches and then I have a fourth layout that is based on one of the card sketches. I'm going to share a layout a day, but if you want to jump ahead and see the three layouts from the 12x12" sketch you can check out my post on the SCT blog here: Sketch Remix with Allison Davis blog post.

The sketch that has been used as the starting point for the next three layouts I'm going to share is the sketch used for their Spring 2023 call.

This was the very first sketch I designed for SCT and let me tell you, I was so nervous! I felt like I was stepping up to the big leagues and I didn't want to disappoint. I started playing around with slanted strips and this design ended up being the result and I loved it! I felt confident turning it in as a good representation of my sketch design style. And, the layouts made form this sketch that have been shared on social media has been amazing!

Today I'm sharing the first layout that I made using this sketch.

Supplies | Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper, die cut flowers, wooden circles, chipboard banner, and enamel hearts: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Wooden hearts: unknown; Wooden phrase: Elle’s Studio; Word/phrase stickers: Simple Stories; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Studios; Embroidery floss: DMC Computer font: Coffee Shop

I have always loved the look of wood grain papers and I thought they would work well with this sketch. The way the slanted strips are arranged on the sketch it reminded me of a wood floor. Plus, I knew this lighter wood paper would really make those flowers and details in the clusters stand out.

The sketch shows several different colors/patterns for those strips, but I chose to go with a single sheet of wood paper instead. I still cut it into the individual strips and I sanded the edges of each strip to really show that they are individual pieces. For the hand-stitching I used a color of embroidery floss that is very close to the color of the paper.

I had just one 3 x 5” photo which is very different from the sketch with the two smaller photos. A general guideline I follow with photos is: as long as the photo or photos cover the same general area of the sketch it should work without having to make any major adjustments. With this sketch in particular, nothing about the design hinges on the photos, meaning you can adjust the photo sizes and amounts without having to worry about changing the papers or design of the layout to fit.

To embellish my layout I followed the sketch and used flower clusters. I love the Cocoa Vanilla always has a package of die cut flowers with their collections and how easy it is to create clusters with them.

I used those die cut flowers as a base for the clusters and then added a few extra things like the wooden embellishments, some Nuvo Drops, word/phrase stickers, and some enamel hearts.

Whenever I create clusters I like to have a variety of size, texture, and dimension.

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