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Sketch Support #17 | 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!

My day 2 layout swaps out all those circles for stars and includes a lot more photos than the sketch.

Here's the sketch that I have used as the starting point for each layout this week:

You can also grab the Sketch Support #17 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 and Bazzill; Patterned paper, foam word (awesome), and stickers: Simple Stories; Star background cut file: Silhouette; Foam alphabet: American Crafts; Alphabet stickers: My Mind's Eye; Star punch: Fiskars; Paint: Ranger; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Changing the circles to a different shape.

I had this really cool star background cut file that I thought would be perfect for this sketch. Plus, I like using stars on layouts with my boys. It's my go-to boy element.

All of the white stars are connected and it creates this large, 12 x 12" star background. I thought by using this that I was going to save some time, but man, adding the patterned paper backing to each one...yeah, it was a time drain. But, I was so happy with the end result that I didn't really care about how long it took to put together.

While I did love the die cut stars, I wanted to added some texture and dimension to help fill it out. I added some smaller punched stars adhered with foam adhesive all throughout the openings between the large stars.

I also added my go-to texture adding technique - hand-stitching.

Variation #2 - Using smaller photos in place of larger photos.

I had a lot of photos with this set. They were all printed in 3 x 5" and then I cropped them to better fit what I had in mind so I could include all of them.

In place of the three 4 x 4" photos, I used four 3 x 4" photos. In total they still span 12" across the layout, so I didn't have to make major adjustments. I did shift the whole 12 x 12" design with the stars and photos 1" towards the left since I used 3" wide photos and I wanted that seam between the photos to land on the seam between the two pages.

In place of the three 6 x 4" photos I used all 3 x 3" photos. In total width and height they cover the same exact area as the 6 x 4" photos so I didn't have to change anything to make them work in that space.

Those two photos changes took this from a 7 photo sketch to an 11 photo layout without overcrowding or changing a whole lot of the design.

Variation #3 - Removing the strips.

I removed the two vertical strips on the left page. By shifting the whole design over an 1", it gave the layout balance without needing those strips.

Variation #4 - Moving the journaling.

I was one photo short of having eight 3 x 3" photos on the right page so I decided to move my journaling to that space to fill in that area.

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

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