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Sketch Support #10 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 3

Another day, another layout based on the same sketch!

Here is the one-page sketch I used for the starting point of each layout I'm sharing this week.

You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements by clicking here.

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned papers: Webster's Pages, American Crafts; Simple Stories; and Carta Bella; Foam glitter alphabets: American Crafts; Alphabet stickers: American Crafts; Flowers svg files: Paige Evans and Carta Bella; Vine svg files: Doodlebug Designs and Echo Park; Wooden hearts: Studio Calico; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Studios; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

I've had these pictures sitting here waiting for the perfect opportunity and I'm so happy it went so well with this sketch. These are some of my favorite pictures of Jackson. He's always been my flower guy and he looks so incredibly sweet in these pictures. I knew long ago that when I printed these photos that I wanted to surround them in flowers.

Variation #1 - Extending the design with different photo sizes.

I had three 4 x 4" photos that I wanted to use so the easiest solution for the design I wanted to work with was to use the three photos side by side across the layout and extend the design to the left and right edges.

If you had three 4 x 4" photos another option would be to arrange them in a square with a fourth 4 x 4" block for your journaling and title. Then you could still add the shapes all the way around the block like you see on the sketch. I didn't do that because I knew I wanted to create these big, layered flowers and I was afraid I just wasn't going to have the room I needed to make that work. If I used smaller flowers, it would work, but I was wanting to go big.

Rarely is there ever just one option for the photos you want to use. I'm sure I could come up with many different ways to use this sketch with three 4 x 4" photos. It's just about making them work for the vision you have and where you want to go with the sketch.

Variation #2 - Changing elements to fit what you are working with.

I used a much smaller piece in place of the rectangle that has the title and journaling on the sketch. Like I mentioned earlier, I knew I wanted these big layered flowers, so I was trying to accommodate that. I still had plenty of room for my title and journaling. They overlap slightly onto the flowers and the bottom of the photos.

I also added the two black and white striped strips. I love pairing black and white stripes with floral designs. You should see the inside of my house and all of the black and white stripes and flowers. Some might say I'm obsessed with that look.

Variation #3 - Changing the shapes to fit the theme.

I created several different layered flowers to arrange along the top and bottom of the design. Since I extend the photos to the left and right edges, I only have flowers along the top and bottom and eliminated the shapes on the sides.

To add some detail to my flowers I added some hand stitching, Nuvo Drops, vine die cuts, and wooden hearts.

That's it for Day 3! Check back tomorrow for the fourth layout based on this sketch.

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Love, Love, LOVE this page!!! I just searches that 100s of flower .svg files on Silhouette Design Store. I could not find the “outlined” one you used. Does it have a certain name??? I am so doing this layout. Signed, your BIGGEST fan. 😊💜


Peggy Rose Nardini
Peggy Rose Nardini
Jun 24, 2020

Allison - This is absolutely beautiful. So much detail. I love the larger flower svg. Which company is that from?

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