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Sketch Support #12 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 2

Once a month learn how to use scrapbook sketches and adapt them to fit different styles, photo sizes, and themes. Sketches = lots of scrapbooking ideas!

Day two with another layout based on the same sketch!

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

You can also grab the Sketch Support #12 Bonus Sketch Examples!

This month it is a 3-page PDF of 23 different sketch options. That makes 24 sketches for this month of Sketch Support. There are options that show how to change up the papers, use more photos, use less photos, use only 4 x 6" photos, there are four two-page options, and then an 8-1/2 x 11" option. The fun part is that you could use each option as a layout on its own, but you could also mix and match different options for endless possibilities!

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Best Creation Inc., BoBunny, and Crate Paper; Star stencil: Tim Holtz; Ink: Hero Arts; Rock out fingers cut file: Vectorality on; Music flourish cut files: Sophie Gallo from The Silhouette Design Store; Music notes cut file: Silhouette from The Silhouette Design Store; Alphabet stickers: unknown; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: American Typewriter

Variation #1 - Adding more photos and using smaller photos.

I had three 3 x 3" photos that I wanted to use for this layout. While the photos do have a much smaller width than the photos on the sketch, I was able to overlap them and arrange them in a way that still fits and covers close to the same area as the photos on the sketch do.

Anytime you are looking to change up the photos on a sketch to fit the photos you want to work with, as long as you are covering close to the same area, you can make it work. You might have to make some small adjustments here and there, but it really should be quite easy to do. For me with this sketch and layout the main adjustment I had to make was increasing the length of my strips/flourishes.

Variation #2 - Using larger strips.

I had this fun decorative edge patterned paper that had music notes all over it. I really loved the look of it, but didn't think it would work for my whole background. So, instead, I cut off about 1-1/4" of the top and bottom of the paper and used them in place of the smaller, 1/4" horizontal strips above and below the background piece. I had to go bigger to get both the decorative edge and the music notes too.

There's 2" of space above and below the background pieces so I didn't have to make any extra adjustments to make it work.

On my background piece I used a star stencil and some ink to add the corner designs.

Variation #3 - Changing elements to better fit your theme.

I knew right away when I picked these photos that I wanted to have wavy lines of music in place of the horizontal strips and stars. Thankfully, I found some music flourish cut files that were very close to what I had in my head of what I wanted to create.

I used three different flourishes grouped together to create this big design of music going across the page. I didn't feel like it need much embellishing so I kept it pretty simple on that end. I added some black glitter to a few of the notes and some tiny stars throughout the design.

Around the photos, I used a mixture of hand die cuts, star die cuts, more music notes, and a few pieces cut from a patterned paper. I added some of the black glitter to a few of these pieces as well.

Variation #4 - Changing the journaling format.

I again went with my favorite - journaling strips. They seemed like a better fit for this design since I could kind of mold my strips around the different elements.

That's all for today! Check back tomorrow for layout #3!

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