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Sketch Support #12 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 5

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!


The last day is always a fun one! This one-page sketch has been turned into a two-page layout.


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 papers: Simple Stories, Echo Park, and TPC Studio; Splash title cut file: Miss Kate Cuttables; Splash flourishes cut file: Echo Park; Wave cut file: Lisa Norris; Chipboard sun and word/phrase stickers: Bella Blvd.; Alphabet stickers: American Crafts; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic


Variation #1 - Creating a two-page layout from a one-page sketch.


To go from a one-page sketch to a two-page layout I extended the photos and stretched the papers to fit onto a two-page layout.


I always say never let the size of the sketch determine the size of your layout. When you get a new sketch there are always ways to adjust, stretch, decrease, extend, or shrink to make it work on a different size of layout. You have so many possibilities with just one sketch. The 3-page PDF of bonus sketches is proof of that! There are 24 different sketch examples all based on this one sketch!


Variation #2 - Rotating elements on the sketch.


I've shown and talked about rotating a sketch a lot, but this is a little bit different. Usually I'm talking about rotating the whole sketch. This time I'm only talking about rotating two elements on the sketch:


  1. The photos.

  2. The strips and stars.


Imagine that you grab the photos on the sketch with your left hand and the strips and stars with your right hand. Then you rotate them clockwise until the photos are above the strips with the strips still going from left to right. Think of a Ferris wheel at a carnival and how as it rotates, the buckets with the passengers stay in the same position as the wheel rotates. It's the same concept. You are taking these two elements and rotating them without flipping their direction. I hope that makes some sense!


I decided to rotate this way so that I could include more photos to showcase the action sequence going across the layout while also having my strips going all the way across the layout with a big splash on the right page.




Variation #3 - Using vertical photos in place of horizontal photos.


I had six 4 x 6" photos that I wanted to use. The 6" height matches the combined 6" height of the photos on the sketch so it was an easy substitution. Plus, they fit perfectly across the whole layout since I rotated the elements and have my strips along the bottom.


Variation #4 - Changing elements to better fit your theme.


I created several wave strips to use in place of the strips on the sketch. On the right page, instead of the stars, I created a large splash design. I wanted it to almost look like an extension of the splash in the photos.



To help highlight each wave I added a stitched border along the top of each one.



That brings us to the end of the blog version of Sketch Support, but there's still more to come! Stay tuned! The video version will be posted on Monday!


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