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Sketch Support #14 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 3

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 sketch that I 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: American Crafts; Patterned paper, foam letters, foam stars, stickers: Simple Stories; Star punch: Recollections and Fiskars; Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink: Black acrylic paint; Embroidery floss: DMC; Watercolors: Pinkfresh Studio; Computer font: Century Gothic

This layout is like a mash-up of two elements on the sketch - the circles and the embellishment clusters.

Variation #1 - Replacing the circles with a different element.

Sometimes I just get in the mood to stitch and that thought leads my creativity. And, that's exactly what happened here. I really liked the idea of replacing the paper circles on the sketch with some stitched circles.

I used a large chipboard circle to trace five circles onto the middle of my cardstock base. There's a little method I use when drawing the circle to keep balance with that design. I wanted the whole design to be centered so I start with drawing the first circle right smack in the middle. Then the second one is shifted slightly up and to the left. The third one is shifted slightly up and to the right. The fourth is shifted slightly down and to the left and the fifth is shifted slightly down and to the right. Doing that, gives you a circle shape that is balanced and not lopsided or wonky looking.

After I was done with the stitching I used a brush and some watercolor and flicked it all around the stitched design.

Variation #2 - Extending the size of the embellishment clusters.

Since I removed the paper circles, I wanted to go crazy with the star pieces that I decided to use for my embellishments. I made the choice to place them all the way around the circle instead of just in those two sections you see on the sketch.

I used a variety of foam stars, sticker stars, and punched stars.

Variation #3 - Changing photo sizes to better fit what you have.

For this set of photos I had three 3 x 3" photos. They aren't too far off from the photo sizes on the sketch so I could easily make them work. I arranged them just as they are on the sketch.

Variation #4 - Adding extra backgrounds.

I have two extra background pieces that I added on this layout.

For the first I used a few tilted squares of patterned papers behind my photos. I wanted to have just a little bit more color and detail in the center of the circle, especially since I had eliminated the patterned paper circles. To go with the playful theme of the layout, I decided to tilt those pieces just for fun.

The second background is the 12 x 12" black and white checkered paper that is the base of my layout. I really liked the black and white details that are mixed in with this collection and want more of it to show. That black and white checkered paper was just what I was looking for!

That's all for day 3! Check back again tomorrow for another layout using this sketch!

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