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Sketch Support #13 | 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 = endless scrapbooking ideas with little effort. Sketches do all the heavy lifting allowing you to have all the fun!

Here is the two-page sketch I used as the starting point of each layout I'm sharing 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: Authentique, Simple Stories, Echo Park, and My Mind's Eye; Stickers: Echo Park; Letter stickers: Simple Stories; Chipborad word (fun): Fancy Pants; Wooden flowers: Simple Stories; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Studios; Wave cut file: Lisa Norris from the Silhouette Design Store; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Rotating the sketch.

When it comes to rotating a two-page sketch, you have to look at it a little differently than when you rotate a one-page sketch. With a one-page sketch since it's a square, it always fits. With a two-page sketch, when you rotate it you end up with a 12 x 24" design that won't fit on a 24 x 12" layout. So you have to find a way to squish it down to fit the smaller height and stretch it out to fit the longer width.

The way I approached rotating this sketch was visualizing my layout in two parts, like you see on the sketch: left and right, photos and sunburst. Instead of putting the photo block on one side of the layout and the sunburst on the other, this time I was going to put the photo block on the bottom half of the layout and the sunburst on the top half.

My reasoning for rotating the sketch is that I wanted to create a beachy, sun on the horizon look to go with my photos.

Variation #2 - Adding extra details to the sunburst strips.

I love a water themed layout and I can't seem to resist incorporating waves into my designs so of course I had to find a way to squeeze some waves in somehow!

I picked three of the sunburst pieces and instead of having one solid piece, I layered wave die cuts across them in strips.

To do this I used a solid piece of cardstock and cut it as the sunburst piece to use as a base for all of the wave strips. Then I adhered the strips on top of that cardstock piece, trimming off the overhang. After I was done and adhered the sunburst strip on the layout, I added some stitching detail to help the wave design stand out.

You can cover a sunburst strip with many different elements to help customize your sunburst design. Try using:

• any kind of decorative border strips like scallops or chevron

• 1/4" or 1/2" strips of patterned papers

• shapes that can lock together like hexagons, crosses, squares, triangles, or diamonds

• a stamped design

• watercolors

• make a dotted pattern with Nuvo Drops

• use a stencil and some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse or Glimmer Paste

Variation #3 - Using different photos sizes.

For the block of photos, I used different photos sizes to better fit the rotated design. I used a mixture of 2-1/2 x 2-1/2", 3-1/2 x 2-1/2", and 5 x 2-1/2" photos to create the large block that stretches across both sides of the layout.

For the two photos on the left side of the sketch, I replaced them with a 5 x 3-1/2" photo and a 2-1/2 x 3-1/2" photo. With the rotation of the sketch and the stretching of the sunburst design, I had a little more space for the width of photos so I could go with a wider photo.

To embellish the layout I used a large wave sticker, a surf board sticker, a few wooden flowers, some starfish stickers, and some Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9 in the center of the flowers.

That's it for day 4! Check back tomorrow for the layout layout of the week!

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Sep 24, 2020

Thank you, Peggy! I love stitching so I was really enjoyed adding all of the stitching details!


Peggy Rose Nardini
Peggy Rose Nardini
Sep 24, 2020

Again, a beautiful layout. I love how you incorporated so much stitching. As always, you paper selection and the colors compliment the photos so well. I would love to spend a day learning to create with you.

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