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Sketch Support #12 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 4

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 4! 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 download the full sketch with measurements and placements by clicking here.


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!


You can purchase the bonus sketches (for only $2!) by clicking here.


Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper and stickers: Echo Park; Word/phrase stickers: Simple Stories; Balloon cut file: Jillibean Soup from The Silhouette Design Store; Corner rounder: Fiskers; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic


Variation #1 - Rotating the sketch.


I rotated the sketch for two reasons.


  1. I wanted the strips to be above the photos.

  2. I had vertical photos instead of the horizontal photos on the sketch.


Anytime you want a different look out of sketch, rotate it! With most sketches you can get four different looks just from rotating it and using each angle. This is a great way to really stretch a sketch and get the most out of it!


Variation #2 - Changing elements to better fit your theme.


Anytime I see vertical strips I think about things that you would see going up or down. In the case of this sketch, to me when you rotate the sketch so that the strips are above the photos, I envision things that would go upwards like:


• balloons

• flowers with stems

• birthday candles

• Christmas trees

• houses or buidlings


If you rotated the sketch the other way, you could play around with things that would go downwards like:


• hanging ornaments

• falling snowflakes or leaves

• spiders hanging down from web


There are so many themes that you could play around with when you think of the strips in that way!



I wanted to create balloons to coordinate with my photos. I used hand-stitched lines in place of the strips and then a large cluster of balloons in place of the stars. To finish the look I add some confetti and streamers around the bottom of the balloons.



Variation #3 - Adding more photos.


I used five 2 x 4" photos in place of the two 5 x 3" photos on the sketch and stretched them to fit from the left edge to the right edge. Because there really isn't anything above and below the two photos on the sketch you have plenty of room to add more photos in those areas if you want to.


Variation #4 - Removing the background.


I removed the background because I wanted to really highlight the balloons and I liked the white on white stitching and cardstock. I knew that I wanted to use white embroidery floss and I wanted it to stand out, while also be subtle if that makes any sense at all. I was afraid a patterned paper there would take away from that detail.


I did keep the 1/4" strips and added them to the left and right edges of the layout.


Variation #5 - Moving the title and journaling.


I ended up using a 3 x 4" card for my title. It fit in so well with my arrangement of photos that I couldn't resist using it there. I move my journaling to fit just above that card. I don't always do it, but I do like to place my title and journaling together a lot of times.


That's all for day 4! Tomorrow is the last day of layouts so don't miss it!

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