With my second layout using a sketch from the Spring 2023 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine I made some bigger changes while also showing a way you can simplify this sketch.
If you want to download all ten full sketches from the 2023 Spring issue with measurements and placement AND the bonus sketch examples PDF, you can do that here: SCT Spring 2023 Sketches
Supplies | Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned papers, cloud die cuts, sun die cut, “hello sunshine” die cut, chipboard hearts, and gold chipboard circles: Vicki Boutin; Sequins: Doodlebug Design Inc.; Glitter paper: DCWV; Heart punch: Recollections; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic
You are probably looking at this layout and saying, "I thought she said simplify!" I promise you I did simplify the sketch design in one big way. Instead of using individual strips for that background piece, I took a single sheet of paper with a large rainbow design on it and tilted it to fill that same space as the strips on the sketch do. Just think of how easy this sketch is to use when you do that! Anytime you see a sketch with lots of strips or squares or any other shape grouped together, you can always simplify by replacing some or all of that design with a single paper.
Now of course I went in and add lots of hand-stitching detail, making the term "simplified" debatable. I loved that rainbow paper and thought of so many ways I could add some hand-stitching to it so I couldn't resist doing something to it! I finally settled on hearts.
I used several die cut hearts in a variety of sizes and traced them along the rainbow design and then stitched them using a back-stitch.
The rest of the layout is quite a big change from the sketch. For my photo, I had just one 5 x 3-1/2” photo. This single photo actually ends up being almost the exact size of the two smaller photos together so it worked well without having to make big adjustment to make it work.
With the embellishments I really wanted to play into the rainbow theme so I customized the design to better fit that. I cut out several clouds and arranged them along with a sun die cut on the edge of the rainbow instead of around the photo like you see on the sketch.
I also added in some hearts, metallic chipboard pieces, and some sequins for added interest and detail in that cluster.
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