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Sketch Support #20 | 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! Yay! I have been counting down the days to share this sketch with you! It's such a fun one to play around with whether you want to simplify, customize, or adapt.

This month I am using 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 felt like this one was a lot of fun to customize to different themes!

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

You can also grab the Sketch Support #20 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, chipboard, stickers, foam embellishments: Simple Stories; Watercolor: Pinkfresh Studio; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: American Typewriter

Variation #1 - Replacing the horizontal banner strips with 2" squares.

You all know that I love Simple Stories and one of my favorite things they produce (seriously, I think all they make is a favorite at this point) are the papers covered in 2" squares. You'll find these with most of their collections and they are so fun. There's a mix of words and phrases and graphics and colorful patterns throughout the squares.

Originally I had planned on following the sketch really closely with this set of photos, but after I picked out the papers I wanted to use with these photos, I saw the 2" squares paper and thought that would be a really fun element to use in place of the horizontal banner strips and the large vertical background piece. The only thing this changed was it made that background area slightly larger, but since it's a background piece, I didn't really have to adjust much of anything to make it work. It's was an easy substitution that gave this layout such a different look.

Anytime I have a grouping of squares like this, I like to add in some stitching to give it some texture. Sometimes I'll add an individual border to each square and sometimes I'll add in lines across all of the edges, like you see on my layout. I just love the detail the stitching adds!

Variation #2 - Adding in some extra vertical strips.

On the left side of the squares I have the same strips you see on the sketch, plus a torn piece on the edge. On the right side I added an extra striped strip and another torn piece on the edge. With this sketch, there's lots of room to add in some extra strips to those edges if you want to.

Variation #3 - Using different photo sizes.

The sketch has two wallet size photos and a 2-1/2" square photo. The photos I had are two wallet size photos and a 3 x 4" photo. I arranged them very closely to the photos you see on the sketch so I didn't have to make any kind of dramatic changes to make them work. They take up a little more space, but there's plenty of space on the sketch for more photos.

Variation #4 - Changing the embellishment arrangements.

I did use stars like you see on the sketch, but I arranged them a little differently.

I used a lot of smaller stars and also added in some watercolor drops and rings to go with the boyish theme.

My title ended up being huge and so I liked the look of the smaller stars instead.

That's all for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another layout based on this sketch.

If you enjoy this sketch you might want to check out all of the sketches we have at Scrapbook Generation. There are tons to choose from!

And you won't want to miss the NEW upcoming class! The deadline to join ends soon on May 2!

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