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Sketch Support #18 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 1

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!

Sketch Support is here again! Have I ever mentioned I love this week? (The answer is yes. Yes, I mention it all the time! It's my favorite week of the month!)

This month I have a new, FREE one-page sketch and I have created five layouts examples, all based on that one sketch. I'll be sharing a layout Monday through Friday and then next Monday I'll share the video version of Sketch Support on YouTube.

I had so much fun creating with this sketch and what I love about it is at first glance it might look like there's not really a lot you can do with it, but let me tell you, there are tons of ways to play around with this one. I can't wait to show you what I've done with it so let's get to it!

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

You can also grab the Sketch Support #18 Bonus Sketch Examples!

This month it is a 3-page PDF of 23 different sketch options. That makes 24 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 four two-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: Echo Park; Chipboard and foam alphabet / word / hearts: American Crafts: Glitter hearts: unknown; Word stickers: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Flipping the sketch.

Usually when I flip a sketch it has to do with the photos and the direction my subject is facing, but this time it all came down to the paper I decided to use for my triangle. I had used a small part of this paper on another layout and it just so happened that I had cut into the top right corner of it. I couldn't get the full triangle like the sketch unless I flipped the triangle to the left side of the layout.

Variation #2 - Adding some extra mats/background pieces.

I added a few 3 x 4" pieces of patterned paper behind the photos. I did it at first because I wanted to work in some more colors, but in the end a large portion of those pieces ended up being covered by hearts and my title and the journaling so you don't really see that as much as I had wanted. Oh well! It happens!

I didn't make a lot of changes to the sketch for this layout. I was putting so much of my focus on creating a stitched background. I really wanted to create a layout with this sketch using that large triangle as a large stitching detail.

I added stitching around each and every heart on the patterned paper I used, matching the colors of my embroidery floss to the colors of the hearts on the paper. I love doing this with patterned papers! It's a great way to give texture and extra detail to a pattern. It really turns that paper into an interesting element on the layout.

This stitching technique is also really great for those of you that are interesting in learning how to stitch but find that you don't know where to start or you're hesitant to try your own stitched designs. You can easily pierce your holes along the lines of details on a patterned paper. You can pick a few details on the patterned paper here or there or you can stitch over the whole design like I did on this layout. Either way, it's a less intimidating way to get started with stitching. I think the most important thing you need to do is be careful in selecting your embroidery floss colors. When I am stitching along a design on a patterned paper, I try to find colors that are a few shades darker than the colors on the paper to give that stitching detail a little more pop. It still matches the colors on the paper, but it stands out and you really see that texture and detail.

That's it for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow for my second layout using this sketch!

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