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Sketch Support #11 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 3

If you thought yesterday had a lot more the layout has 14 photos and STILL closely follows the sketch!

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.

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper and stickers: Echo Park; Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink; Chipboard alphabet: American Crafts; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Using strips in place of a large background.

For the patterned papers pieces on this layout I created kind of a mash-up of the vertical strips and the large background piece that you see on the sketch.

I've taken the idea of vertical strips and used them in place of the large background. They still cover close to the same area as the strips and background piece on the sketch so I didn't have to make any adjustments to make it work.

This is always a great way to get different looks out of a sketch, by using strips in place of a large background. It's easy to do, you don't have to change anything to accommodate it, and it gives you a completely different look. Plus, you get to add in more patterns and colors this way.

To add a little extra detail to the strip I cut them into arrows with a point at one end and a notch at the other and then I added some small strips and hand-stitching.

Variation #2 - Using smaller photos in place of larger photos.

When we go to the zoo I always end up with tons of photos both of my kids and of the animals that we see. When I had this set of photos printed, I knew that I would want to include lots of the photos on a layout so I had the majority of them printed in 2-1/2 x 3-1/2". Then to use these photos with this sketch, I ended up cropping most of those photos down to 2-1/2 x 2-1/2" to create the large block on the right page.

The 2-1/2 x 2-1/2" size allowed me to have 10 photos on the left page without taking up much more space than the original photos on the sketch do.

Anytime you see a grouping of photos on a sketch, you can always mix and match your own photo sizes to fit. I always look at the measurements of all the photos in the grouping as a whole and then figure out how I can make that work with the photos sizes or amount of photos that I want to use. As long as you stay somewhat close to the original measurements of the photo grouping, you shouldn't have to make any kind of major adjustment to make it work.

Variation #3 - Adding extra photos.

Two of the 2-1/2 x 3-1/2" photos that I printed couldn't really be cropped down to the 2-1/2 x 2-1/2" size that I used on the right page, but I really wanted to include them on the layout. My solution was to add them to the corner of the 4 x 6" photo on the left.

There was already a big embellishment there on the sketch, so I didn't have to create any kind of new space for that to work. The only change I had to make to accommodate the photos was moving the embellishment above and below the photos.

Variation #4 - Changing the journaling format.

The sketch uses journaling strips, which are always my favorite go-to for journaling. However, I liked the arrangement of the photos and thought that a journaling block would fit well within that design. (The same goes for the sketch as it is!)

That's all for day 3! Day 4 brings a completely different layout! Check back tomorrow to see it.

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