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Sketch Support #14 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 2

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!

The layout for today has me so excited for Fall. I hadn't quite gotten there yet because I was still mourning the ceremonial covering of our pool and saying goodbye to daily swimming. But, this layout revived me and I am now ready for all things Fall!

Here is the new, FREE one-page sketch that I have used as the starting point for each layout this week:

You can also grab the Sketch Support #14 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: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Carta Bella and Echo Park; Leaf/pumpkin hexagon cut file: Wild Pilot from the Silhouette Design Store; Stickers: Echo Park; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Studios; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Using a large photo in place of two or more smaller photos.

This photo from Drew's first trip to the pumpkin patch is one of my all-time favorite Fall photos! Because it's my favorite, I used it solo as a 4 x 6" photo in place of all three of the photos on the sketch. The larger photo size covers close to the same general area as the three photos on the sketch do so no adjustments were needed.

Anytime you want or need to use less photos that what you see on a sketch you can always substitute a larger photo in place of two or more photos. It's an easy way to custom fit a sketch to what you need!

Variation #2 - Using a different shape in place of the circles.

I love working with large shapes on my layouts so I knew right away with this sketch that I wanted to play around with some different shapes for that background. Hexagons are one of my favorite shapes to use so when I stumbled across this leaves/pumpkin/hexagon cut file I knew I had to use it for this sketch!

I first cut a large hexagon out of the red paper. Then I layered the leaves and pumpkin hexagon frame on top of the red paper.

There are several different shapes you could use with this sketch in place of the circles Think about a:

• square

• triangle

• diamond

• star

• heart

Each of those shapes would give you a unique look for sure!

Variation #3 - Changing elements to fit your theme.

I swapped out the flowers for leaves and pumpkins. The cut file I used made the design so easy!

I backed each leaf and pumpkin with different patterned papers. Then I added a bunch of stickers from the Echo Park "Happy Fall" collection all around and on top of the leaves and pumpkins. The sticker book that comes with this collection is full of awesome stickers including lots of leaves, which is exactly what I was looking for. I love it when a collection has everything you are looking for. It makes creating so much easier!

In the top left corner, I created my own cluster, trying to somewhat match the design of the larger one from the die cut. To finish it all I added lots of Nuvo Drops for added texture and dimension.

That's all for day 2! Check back tomorrow for layout #3!

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