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Sketch Support #18 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 3

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!

I'm getting so anxious for warmer weather and beach days so I figured if I can't be at the beach, I'll bring the beach to me through scrapbooking. Creating this layout made me so happy!

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: American Crafts; Patterned paper: Simple Stories and Echo Park; Splash/flourish cut file: Echo Park from the Silhouette Design Store; Water droplet cut file: Amy Robison from the Silhouette Design Store; Wave cut file: Studio Ilustrado from the Silhouette Design Store; Scallop punch: Fiskars; Stickers: Simple Stories; Glitter: Stickles; Nuvo Jewel Drops: Tonic Studios; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Using a 4x6" photo and card in place of the smaller photos.

For this layout I only had one 4 x 6" photo that I wanted to use with this design. My original plan was to use the the single photo, but then after I selected my papers I decided to add the 4 x 6" pink flamingo card as well.

A good thing about this sketch is that you have tons of photos options. (The 3-page sketch example PDF show a bunch!) You can easily add more photos, use less photos, use smaller photos or use larger photos and it will all work in well with this sketch design.

I placed my photo and card right in the center of the layout, just like the photos on the sketch. Because the card I used had "Sunshine & Happiness" on it, I let that stand in place of my title.

Variation #2 - Using horizontal strips to create the triangle.

I was certain when I selected this sketch that I had to create a layout with waves. That seems to be where my brain goes with a sketch, always wanting to customize it to a water theme.

To create this wave background I started with a base triangle cut out of cardstock, exactly as you see on the sketch. Then I added my wave strips on top of the triangle piece and trimmed off any that was hanging off the slanted edge of the triangle. This way I end up with a triangle that is made up of strips.

You could do with this so many different strips and shapes like:

• horizontal or vertical strips

• decorative strips like scallop, chevron, fringe, or wavy

• shapes like hexagons, circles, squares, hearts, stars, flowers, arrows

There are lots of ways to customize that triangle into any type of theme or decorative element!

To help my wave strips stand out, since I've layered them all on top of each other, I cut a white cardstock wave that is slightly bigger to use as a mat for each wave. Then I added a hand-stitched outline to give it some texture and detail.

Variation #3 - Adding extra elements.

With the waves arranged in a triangle shape, that angled edge reminded me of the waves crashing into the beach. I decided to add a white cardstock scallop strip along the edge to look like the white edge of the waves. I also added some glitter to the edge to give it some sparkle.

For my embellishments I used a combination of splash flourishes and some water droplets arranged along the edge of the scallop strip. As a finishing touch I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops in my favorite "Sea Breeze" along the splashes.

That's all for day 3! Check back tomorrow for another layout using this fun sketch!

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