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Sketch Support #13 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 1

Once a month learn how to use scrapbook sketches and adapt them to fit different styles, photo sizes, and themes. Sketches = endless scrapbooking ideas with little effort. Sketches do all the heavy lifting allowing you to have all the fun!

It's my favorite week of the month, Sketch Support! I've got another new, FREE two-page sketch for you to download and I'm sharing, everyday this week, a different layout that I have created all based on that same sketch. Then next Monday, September 28, I'll share the video version of Sketch Support on YouTube.

The sketch this month is so much fun to play with and I've been bubbling with excitement to share it with you all so...

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

At first glance it might seem like there isn't really a whole lot of variation you can do with a sunburst design, but there is! There are five completely different sunburst ideas coming at you this week.

You can also grab the Sketch Support #13 Bonus Sketch Examples!

This month it is a 3-page PDF of 22 different sketch options. That makes 23 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 three one-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 papers: Simple Stories, Echo Park, Bella Blvd., PhotoPlay, Crate Paper, and My Mind's Eye; Glitter foam (happy, arrows): American Crafts; Letter stickers: Doodlebug Design; Chipboard and die cut hearts: Bella Blvd.; Word stickers: Simple Stories; Word/phrase die cut pieces: Bella Blvd; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Extending the design to include more photos.

I had so many photos from this moment of Jackson and his little toothless giggles. Seriously, I could have included twenty more photos if space would allow it. He was just so cute and I could stop taking pictures of him. The struggle of a mom with a camera!

I decided to use all 3 x 3" photos on the right side and add in some extras so that they are extended to the right edge of the layout. That way I could take those nine photos on the sketch and turn them into twelve for my layout. A great thing about this sketch and the large photo block on the right is that you can really do pretty much any combination of photo sizes to create that block. There isn't anything on that side of the layout that is dependent on that block so you can easily adjust it and customize it to fit what ever your photo needs are.

If you look at the sketch you can see that the sunburst on the left page and the photo block on the right page are the exact same width and height. I wanted to continue that so I extended the sunburst design on the left page to go all the way to the left edge as well.

Variation #2 - Replacing elements with photos.

While brainstorming with this sketch, I had an idea pop in my head that I knew I just had to do. I wanted to remove a few of the sunburst pieces and put a large photo in the opening. I thought it would not only add an interesting element to that sunburst design, but it would also really highlight that photo.

I had an 8 x 10" photo printed and removed a few of the sunburst pieces. Instead of trying to cut the photo to fit, I instead have the two sunburst pieces by the photo (the red and pink) overlapped onto the photo. That made this design super easy to create without having to worry about cutting my photo wrong.

For the sunburst pieces I used a rainbow of colors to match the happy theme of my layout. I used several different patterned papers and colors of embroidery floss to create this fun rainbow look.

I also included some hearts in the same colors around all of the middle elements on the sunburst design.

Variation #3 - Using smaller photos in place of larger photos.

Since I already had a large photo and I didn't want to cover up too much more of the sunburst rainbow design, I used two 3 x 3" photos in place of the two 3 x 4" photos. They are only an 1" smaller so it wasn't a big change, just big enough to allow a little more of that color in the sunburst to show.

Variation #4 - Adding extra elements.

I added the black "you are my sunshine" strips across the top and bottom of the whole design. I love the look of black with a rainbow of colors. That black always seems to make the rainbow colors pop off the page.

There's plenty of room above and below the design for more, so adding that extra strip didn't require any adjustments or changes.

That's all for day one of Sketch Support! Check back tomorrow for another sunburst variation!

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Julie Finn
Julie Finn
Sep 29, 2020

Always love your layouts! Do you happen to know what brand/collection the paper strip that says You Make Me Happy comes from? Thank you!

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