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Sketch Support #12 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 3

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

Day three is here 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: American Crafts, Simple Stories, and Crate Paper; Alphabet stickers: Simple Stories and unknown; Photo frames: Pink Paislee; Star cut files: Alaa' K from The Silhouette Design Store; Star die cuts: Kaisercraft; Word/phrase stickers: Simple Stories, Authentique, and Kaisercraft; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: American Typewriter

Variation #1 - Adding more photos.

This time I had four 3 x 3" photos that I wanted to use. I arranged them in a square together that covers very close to the same amount of space as the two photos on the sketch. The two photos on the sketch combined cover a 5 x 6" space. These four photos cover a 6 x 6" space. It's on an inch of difference so you really don't have to make big adjustments or alterations for it to work.

I also add a few photo frames instead of using the photo mat on the sketch. I like the fun and playful look the frames add to fit the silly photos.

Variation #2 - Using a large shape in place of the large background.

This is one of my favorite ways to really get a different look out of a sketch. Any large background can be swapped out for a large shape or if there isn't a large background you can usually still add a large shape background in there somewhere. Shapes are fun!

I used a large star in place of the large background. I needed the star to be large enough that you could still see it behind the photos so I stretched it really big and have a few of the points going off the layout.

I used three different sizes of stars in three different patterns and colors to create one large, layered star design. Then I added a stitched border to add a little extra detail of texture and dimension.

Variation #3 - Removing elements.

I removed all of the horizontal strips. I kept the stars, but I thought it would be fun to have a huge cluster of them on the right edge of the star background. It still follows that design of stars at the ends of the strips, it's just been changed to the ends of the large star instead.

I add a grouping on top of the large star and a grouping that is tucked under the large star for a fun, layered detail.

Variation #4 - Adding an extra background to the layout.

I love that black and white stripe on the photo frame and really like the addition of black and white to the blue and green color scheme. It inspired me to work in some more black and white to the whole layout.

I first added the star background paper. Then I added black and white striped strips cut into 1/4" strips to the outer edge of the white cardstock paper.

Variation #5 - Changing the journaling format.

You can probably see a trend here! I told you strips were my favorite!

Again, I felt like strips worked better with this design. It gave me the opportunity to shape my journaling to fit around the stars.

That's all for day three! Check back tomorrow for layout #4!

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