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Sketch Support #17 | 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!

With the layout for today I once again focused in on that circle design. It's such a fun area to play around with!

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; Patterned paper: KaiserCraft, Simple Stories, and Crate Paper; Wooden "hello" and journaling tag: Crate Paper; Alphabet stickers: Authentique; Wooden hearts and camera: Studio Calico; Word stickers: 7gyspies; Gold hearts: American Crafts; Embroidery floss: DMC

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

Never let the size of the sketch determine the size of your layout! Ever! You can always adapt and shrink and stretch and move things around to make it work.

With my layout I focused on using the circle design as my inspiration. I created a grid of sixteen 2" circles to recreate that circle design on a one-page layout.

I used a 6x6 paper pad for all of the circles. Anytime I know I'm going to be using or punching smaller pieces, I like to browse through my 6x6 paper pads first. The prints on the 6x6" papers are small so they work wonderfully with smaller punched pieces.

Variation #2 - Adding photos into the circle design.

When I was searching through my photo stash I came across this set of photos of Drew peeking through the hole of the slide and instantly knew I had to use them with this sketch. I love taking elements in the photos (the circle hole) and using a design that matches (the circle design on the sketch.)

Right away I was envisioning punching the photos into circles and using them as part of the circle design.

I used a 1-3/4" punch on the photos and then a 2" punch for a photo mat.

Variation #3 - Removing the embellishments.

I opted to skip the three groupings of embellishments you see on the sketch and instead added small embellishments to each circle.

I used wooden hearts, gold hearts, a journaling tag, and a wooden camera. I also added a stitched border around each patterned paper circle.

Variation #4 - Adding extra background pieces.

I added two extra background pieces behind the circle and a stitched border. I couldn't decided on which paper to use as a base for the whole layout between the white grid paper and the letter / word search puzzle paper. I found a compromise and used them both! One as the base and one as a background behind the circles along with a tan border.

That's all of the layouts for this round of Sketch Support. Be sure to come back Monday to see the YouTube version!

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