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Sketch Support #18 | 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!

My layout yesterday and the layout today are so similar to Missouri weather - warm and sunny to cold and snowy in 24 hours!

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: Fancy Pants and Simple Stories; Alphabet stickers: Fancy Pants and Bella Blvd.; Foam alphabet: American Crafts; Snowflake cut files: Sophie Gallo from the Silhouette Design Store; Snowflake punch: Fiskars; Enamel dots: Simple Stories; Enamel hearts: Bella Blvd.; Jewels: Kaisercraft; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Studios; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Shrinking the design.

If you want to get a completely different look from a sketch or possibly accommodate different photo sizes, an easy option is to either shrink or enlarge the details of the sketch.

With this sketch, because the design extends to the edges of the layout, you can't enlarge it, but you can definitely shrink it down. I chose to shrink it to work with the design concept I had in mind with the second triangle filled with snowflakes.

Variation #2 - Filling in the top/right triangle section.

My original idea was to fill in the bottom/left triangle with shapes, but I loved that orange snowflake paper so much and really wanted to use it as a large piece. Then I realized I could fill in the other triangle section with snowflakes. It was taking the sketch and my idea and mashing them together for a completely different spin on the design. Just think of the different shapes and themes you could use with this idea!

• hearts

• stars

• Easter eggs

• pumpkins

• leaves

• flowers

• arrows

• jack-o-lanterns

• ghosts

• presents

• streamers and confetti

To create the snowflake triangle, having an adhesive that is re-positional was key. I started by cutting a triangle out of white cardstock to use as a base to help me position the snowflakes. I arranged and lightly adhered the snowflakes until I was happy with the look. Then I cut off the snowflake pieces that were hanging over the edges of the triangle. Now, at this point you could just adhere the triangle to the layout, however, I didn't want that white cardstock piece. I wanted only the snowflakes to form that triangle. To transfer the snowflakes over, I pulled each one off the triangle and re-adhered it inside the stitched triangle using those cut edge snowflakes as my guide for creating the straight lines around the edges of the triangle.

To add some texture and detail to the snowflakes I added enamel dots and jewels to the center of a few. I also added some small jewels and Nuvo Drops in the spaces between the snowflakes to help fill in that design.

This snowflake design idea is what led to shrinking the design down as mentioned in Variation #1. I didn't want to have that large orange triangle and the snowflakes going to the edges of the layout. To me, that felt a little too busy. Shrinking the design down and having the white frame around the design helped tame it a little in my eyes.

Variation #3 - Using larger and less photos.

For this set of photos I only had two 3 x 5" photos instead of the three 2-1/2 x 3-1/2" photos. Because of the design of this sketch, with none of the papers or design details hinging on the photos and instead being a backdrop to the photos, you really have a lot of room for changing up the photos without having to change up the design.

I placed my two photos right in the center, just like the photos on the sketch.

That's all for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the last layout of the week!

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