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Sketch Support #20 | 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!

Today the layout is all about showing how you can also use a one-page sketch to create a two-page layout.

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: Pink Paislee, Carta Bella, Simple Stories, PhotoPlay, and Pebbles Inc; Chipboard alphabet: American Crafts; Alphabet stickers: Echo Park; Cork board pieces: unknown; Hearts punches: Recollections; Word stickers: Pretty Little Studio; Enamel hearts: American Crafts; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Using a one-page sketch to create a two-page layout.

Never, for any reason ever, let the size of the sketch determine the size of your layout. There are always ways to adapt and stretch and twist and extend to make a one-page sketch work for a two-page layout.

The main way I made this sketch work for a two-page layout was by adding a photo block on the right page that lines up with the sketch design on the left page. Photo blocks are one of the easiest ways to make a one-page sketch work for a two-page layout.

I only had three 4 x 6" photos so to finish out the block design I also added a 4 x 6" card. This would have also been a great place to add some journaling, if needed.

The rest of the changes I made to create a two-page layout will be detailed in other variations.

Variation #2 - Stretching elements to create a two-page layout.

As I was going through my papers I had already selected all of the yellow, red, white, and blue papers and I just so happened to set the black decorative edge design paper on top of them for a brief moment while I was grabbing another paper and I instantly loved the mix of the black with the color combo I had going. It really made those colors feel brighter. Suddenly this black paper that I had no intention of using became a big part of the design for this layout. It's funny how we stumble onto ideas sometimes.

I decided to use that full 12 x 12" black paper in place of the large vertical strip. The larger, stretched size fit nicely with my plan to create a two-page layout.

Because I had stretched that large vertical strip, I went ahead and stretched the banner strips too. I actually doubled the size of the strips by using 8 x 1" instead of the 4 x 1/2" strips on the sketch.

Variation #3 - Customizing the banner strips to fit the theme.

I swapped out the banner strips for arrow strips. I like using arrow strips on more boyish designs, especially when there's some action in the photos. It's not that arrows are really super boyish or anything like that, I just like that arrows can represent movement. Plus, it's a great way to get a different look out of strips whether they are originally straight, banner strips, or other decorative styles.

I added stitched border to each arrow strip. This idea to border the strips with stitching was inspired by Cortney Eakin. She had added layout in the Sketch Support Facebook group and she had stitched borders on her banner strips. Typically when I stitch on banner strips or arrow strips I will do a straight line close to a few edges, but it never occurred to me to stitch a border all the way around them. I loved the look on her layout and knew right away that I had to give a try sometime soon. So, thank you, Cortney for the inspiration!

Variation #4 - Using a larger photo in place of three smaller photos.

I once again went with a 4 x 6" photo. It covers close to the same general area as the three photos on the sketch do, so I didn't really have to make any major adjustments.

Variation #5 - Moving elements to better fit.

This particular 4 x 6" photo was a little tricky to work around because the frame is almost completely full of action. I found it was easiest to move the journaling to the right edge of the photo. It fit really nicely there, especially with the stretching of the strips and background piece.

I also moved the embellishments to better fit on a two-page layout so I could have that visual triangle to help frame the whole layout design.

I have a little cluster of hearts on the right edge of the photo block on the right page.

There is another cluster in the top right edge of the background paper and it overlaps onto the top left photo in the photo block.

That wraps up the Sketch Support posts, but we've still got the video version coming up on Monday. Be sure to check back to see it!

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!

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