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Sketch Support #18 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 5

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!

For the last layout this week I've created a two-page version of 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 #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, PhotoPlay, Bella Blvd, My Mind's Eye, and Carta Bella; "Together": Pink Paislee; Alphabet stickers: unknown; Arrow cut file: Jennifer Wambach from the Silhouette Design Store; Star and heart punches: Recollections; Enamel dots: Simple Stories; Word stickers: Simple Stories and My Mind's Eye; Puffy stars: Bella Blvd. Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Turn a one-page sketch into a two-page layout.

It's always tradition to take the last day and use it to show how to adapt the sketch to different layout sizes. In this case taking the one-page sketch and turning it into a two-page layout.

To create my two-page layout I stretched the sketch across two pages. It's like I grabbed the left side of the sketch and stretched it until it reached the left edge of the left page.

Variation #2 - Use vertical strips to create the triangle piece.

I decided to use vertical strips this time mostly because I wanted to create a rainbow across the layout. Using smaller (1" ) strips in place of the large triangle piece made this a really easy effect to create. I started with red on the left page and ended with pink on the right page.

I really wanted this to be a playful design to go with the playful photos so I added lots of little details to the vertical strips in coordinating colors. I used punched hearts and stars, enamel dots, puffy stickers, and word stickers to continue that playful vibe within the rainbow design.

Variation #3 - Adding extra elements.

Because I had so much detail with the papers, I didn't really feel the need to add the embellishments. Instead I decided to create a strip of arrow pieces that are in line with the slanted edge of the strips. Anytime I am working with photos that show progression or movement I tend to think about directional elements to support that. I thought the arrows were a good detail to highlight the movement of Drew and Jackson going down the slide.

I used the same papers for the arrows and arranged them in the same order as the strips to continue that rainbow color across the layout.

Variation #4 - Using larger photos.

With this set of photos I had all 3 x 5" photos. Like I've mentioned on previous days, this sketch really has a lot of room for photo adjustments and working with different sizes, bigger or smaller. Even though the photos I used are larger, I was able to arrange them exactly as they are on the sketch so no other adjustments were needed.

That's all for today! Check back Monday for the YouTube version!

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