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 time for another round of Sketch Support! Yay!
This month I've got a new, FREE two-page sketch and I'm sharing five different layout examples over the course of this week that are all based on that one sketch. Then next Monday I'll share the YouTube version of Sketch Support.
Here's the sketch that I have used as the starting point for each layout this week:
You can also grab the Sketch Support #15 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: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Simple Stories and Carta Bella; Stickers: Simple Stories; Heart punch: Recollections; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer fonts: Avenir Next Condensed (for journaling) and Freestyle (for "gather" title)
Variation #1 - Flipping the sketch
First things first, just in case there is someone new reading this, what is flipping the sketch? Flipping the sketch is when you flip the orientation of the sketch. The left page of the sketch is used to create the right page of your layout and the right page of the sketch is used to create the left page of your layout. You are taking the contents and flipping them.
Most of the time if I'm flipping a sketch, it has to do with the photos and the direction of the contents of my photos. I don't like to have people looking off the layout because I feel like it naturally pulls the attention off the layout. I will flip the layout to have those subjects looking toward the center of the layout and keeping the attention on the layout.
Variation #2 - Simplifying the sketch.
When I first looked at this sketch and started planning my layouts, I knew that I wanted to create one that had shapes in place of the vertical strips and of course, hexagons were the first shape that popped in my head to use. Well, lucky me, the paper collection I decided to use with these photos had a paper with hexagons on it. Now, instead of having to punch and place a bunch of hexagons, I could just cut this sheet down to fit and save myself the time. This really simplified the sketch and made this layout go together really fast. You could do this with any patterned paper too.
To incorporate my favorite technique and add some definition to that hexagon design, I added a hand-stitched border around the hexagons. The paper already had a brown outline on the hexagons so all I had to do was pierce along that design. Talk about easy!
If you wanted to create a similar look by using shapes in place of those strips, you could cut a sheet of cardstock to fit the same area as the strips and then cover it in shapes like:
There are a lot of possibilities for making that a unique, shaped filled area!
That's all for day 1! Be sure to check back tomorrow for more!
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