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Sketch Support #19 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 2

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!


Day two of Sketch Support is a good option for those of you that enjoy working with uncropped, 4 x 6" photos.


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



You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements by clicking here.


You can also grab the Sketch Support #19 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!


You can purchase the bonus sketches by clicking here.


Supplies used - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Jillibean Soup, Simple Stories, and Pebbles Inc.; Alphabet stickers: Fancy Pants and Authentique; Chipboard word (fantastic): BasicGrey; Die cuts: Jillibean Soup; Star punch: Recollections; Word/phrase stickers: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Memory Thread; Computer font: Century Gothic


Variation #1 - Substituting all photos with 4 x 6" photos.


I really wanted to use this set of five 4 x 6" photos and I knew that I could make it work with this sketch without having to make major changes.


On the left page, I used three of the photos overlapped together in place of the photo block you see on the sketch. It's not quite the same, but it's not that far off either. These three photos cover close to the same general area as the photos on the sketch do, they are just arranged a little differently. There are tons of different photo combinations and arrangements you can use to create that grouping of photos and it doesn't have to look anything like the sketch. A good rule to follow is aiming for your photos to cover the same general area as you see on the sketch.


On the right page, I used two 4 x 6" photos in place of the three 3 x 5" photos. The combined width is only 1" less than the photos on the sketch so I didn't have to make any changes to accommodate that. The height is an 1" taller and I made a few changes to the background papers to work better with that...


Variation #2 - Customizing the background piece.


I really liked how the vertical banner strips give an opportunity to add in lots of different colors and patterns, but because I used taller photos, if I wanted to use them, I was going to have to increase their height as well. I decided to eliminate the large horizontal background piece and replace it with taller vertical strips. This way I still have that background that goes across both pages and I get to use those strips as well.


I cut my strips into arrow strips with a point at the top and a notch at the bottom. I love using arrow strips with boy themed designs so I thought it would be a good fit here. I also added some coordinating stitched lines on a few of the arrow strips.


Variation #3 - Changing elements to better fit your theme.


For the big clusters, I used a mixture of larger stars, tags, arrows, smaller stars, and some word/phrase stickers.



For the larger stars I have two stars layered together and then I added a stitched border that matches the color of the largest star.




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


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