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Sketch Support #15 | 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!

Happy Thanksgiving!! I am thankful for all of you and your support over the years! You all are the best! I'm also thankful for another day 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: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Simple Stories; Foam words: Simple Stories; Word/phrase sticker: Simple Stories; Snowflake punch: Recollections; Corner rounder punch: Fiskars; Acrylic paint; Glitter: Stickles; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Flipping the sketch.

It's not often that I flip a sketch twice! The reason is the exact same reason as my first layout, I didn't want my son, Drew, facing off the layout. Plus, since I knew that I was going to have photos overlapping onto the empty space in the large photo, I needed to have the empty space in the correct position on the layout.

Variation #2 - Using a large photo in place of the background piece.

It's also not often that I'll use a large photo in the same manor twice in one Sketch Support. But, I really liked this set of photos and I had a vision for them so I couldn't resist.

The photos on this sketch weren't printed together. I had actually printed the large photo as an 8 x 8" when I first noticed that was an option for printing at Wal-mart where I get my photos printed. I thought it would be a fun photo size to experiment with. The photos of Drew throwing the snow were all printed as wallet size (2-1/2 x 3-1/2") a long time ago. I was actually thinking about using them for the one-page layout I was going to create from this sketch, but then I came across the large photo and decided to put them all together.

I decided to keep the 8 x 8" size of the photo and adjust everything else to fit. I used less strips on the left page to accommodate the large photo size.

Variation #3 - Using different elements to create a background.

While the large photo took the place of most of the background, I decided to add some extra details to add even more of a frame around the whole design. First I used a stiff paint brush with white paint to create a spray of white all over the black base paper. I thought it would be a fun detail to match the snow being thrown in the photos.

The second detail I added was a stitched border.

Variation #4 - Changing photo sizes to better fit what you have.

I had five wallet size photos to use in place of the three 3 x 4" photos and 3 x 4" card/rectangle. I removed the card so that gave me space for an extra photo, but I still needed room for one more. The large photo I used has a lot of empty space, so I overlapped my photos onto it. This gave me the room for five photos instead of the three you see on the sketch.

Because I have photos overlapped onto that large photo, I left myself with limited space for my title and journaling. I placed my title somewhat closely to where it is on the sketch, but I had no room left for journaling. Since I didn't have photos to use in place of the 2 x 2" photos on the sketch, I used that space for a journaling block instead.

Variation #5 - Using smaller shapes in place of a few strips.

This is one of my favorite things to do with layouts that have lots of strips! I like to remove a few strips and use small shapes in their place. I used snowflakes to go with the snow theme of my layout, but you can do this with any shape and any theme. It's an easy way to add interest, definition, different textures, and a fun extra special element to fit your theme.

That's all for day 4! Tomorrow is the last day of layouts!

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