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Sketch Support #11 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 1

It's time for another week of Sketch Support! Yay!

I've also got a new addition to this fun tradition that I think you all will love.

There's a new, FREE two-page sketch and I'm sharing five layout examples, Monday through Friday, all based on that same sketch. Then next Monday, August 3, I'll share the video version of Sketch Support.

Here is the two-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.

Before I share my layout, let's talk about that new addition to Sketch Support.


Each month there will be a bonus PDF available (for $2) that includes many different adaptations to the free Sketch Support sketch. This month there is a 3-page PDF that has 20 different sketch options. You can click here to purchase it.

That's 21 sketches for Sketch Support!

The PDF includes sketch examples that show how you can

• adapt the papers

• use more photos

• use less photos

• use only 4 x 6" or 6 x 4" photos

• create one-page layouts

• adapt the sketch to fit an 8-1/2 x 11" layout.

In the Facebook group I am hosting for my newest set of sketches: Sketches for 6 x 6" Paper Pads, I have been creating these PDFs to share with everyone that shows a visual of each adaptation you can make to the sketch. Whenever I am talking or teaching about using sketches I often share several ideas for different variations you could make to the sketch. I realized that it's a lot easier to show you rather than tell you. These PDF sketch examples have been a hit with the group. Everyone loves them! So, I thought they might make a good addition to Sketch Support since the whole point of the week is to show you how to adapt these sketches. I hope you all enjoy using them like the 6x6 Paper Pads group has!

Ok, now we can move on to my first layout.

Supplies used - Cardstock: Bazzill and American Crafts; Patterned papers: American Crafts; October Afternoon, Pebbles Inc., and My Mind's Eye; Umbrella cut file: Sarah Bailey from the Silhouette Design Store; Heart punches: Martha Stewart and Recollections; Wooden hearts: Studio Calico; Foam and chipboard alphabet: American Crafts; Word stickers: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

I don't have anything too exciting for day one. I followed the sketch almost exactly. I had the perfect photos and it all just came together quickly and easily. After last month and the large amount of detail on that sketch, I wanted this month to be a little more on the simpler side.

Variation #1 - Using small shapes in place of a strip.

I made a small change to the vertical strips on the sketch. I used a striped strip for the 1" strip and then used a line of small punched hearts in place of the striped strip.

Sometimes it's fun to sneak in some shapes in place of strips for a different look. You can arrange them in the same area, going in the same direction and you've got a unique replacement for a strip of paper. You can do this with any shape - hearts, stars, circle, hexagons, arrows, butterflies, flowers...

Variation #2 - Changing elements to fit the theme.

I used a really cute layered umbrella cut file on my Silhouette to create embellishments that custom fit my photos. I even matched the different pieces of the umbrella to coordinate with the umbrella in the photos.

I made three different umbrellas in three different sizes and placed them where you see the stars on the sketch.

For some extra detail I added some hand-stitching, a few punched hearts, a wooden heart, and some word stickers to each umbrella.

That's it for day one! Check back tomorrow for another layout based on this sketch.

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