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Sketch Support #15 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 5

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!

Day five is always about showing how you can adapt the sketch to fit a different size of layout. This month it's about taking a two-page sketch and creating a one-page layout. And, this month the layout is one of those that at first glance you think I'm bonkers for suggesting that this sketch inspired this layout. But, that's the great thing about sketches - they are not a rule to follow, simply a suggestion for your own creative ideas to springboard off of.

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 papers: Simple Stories, Jillibean Soup, and Bella Blvd.; Star punch: Fiskars; Stars: Bella Blvd.; Word/phrase stickers: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer fonts: American Typewriter (for journaling) and Darling Romance (for quote)

Variation #1 - Using a two-page sketch to create a one-page layout.

To create my one-page layout, I mainly focused on the middle section with the strips and row of photos and used that as my starting point.

I have three wallet size photos that follow closely to the sketch, the strips are where things get a little different. One of the options that I had wanted to play around with when using this sketch was using horizontal strips in place of the vertical strips. That was where the idea for this layout began, but then the idea of using words in place of horizontal strips quickly took over my design plans.

This quote was so perfect for photos of Jackson because, like my journaling says, he's always so happy and it radiates so much that you can't help but to be happy when you're around him.

To create the quote, I used my Silhouette to design and cut out the words. I first figured out the measurements of the photos as a whole and then adjusted my words to fit above and below where the photos would go.

After the words were cut out, I added a strip of patterned paper behind each word. Then, because I HAVE to find ways to work in my favorite technique, I added a hand-stitched border around each and every letter in the quote.

Variation #2 - Adding extra elements.

I added a striped strip on each side of the quote and then added some stars and word/phrase stickers on them.

I didn't really add a lot because the quote design is so big and bright, I didn't want to clutter it up too much.

Variation #3 - Adding the title and journaling.

One of the more challenging things about creating a one-page layout from a two-page sketch is that you might find that the part of the sketch you chose to use doesn't have a title or journaling space on it. Luckily for me, the large quote is my title and then I added a few journaling strips in some empty space on the right edge of my photos.

That's all for the layout portion of Sketch Support. Check back next week for the YouTube version of Sketch Support!

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