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Sketch Support #21 | 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!

It's time for another round of Sketch Support! I very much enjoyed this sketch and hope you all do to!

This month I am using a new, FREE two-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.

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

You can also grab the Sketch Support #21 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!

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned papers: Simple Stories, My Mind's Eye, and Carta Bella; Foam word: American Crafts: Alphabet stickers: October Afternoon; Wooden cameras: Studio Calico; Star punches: Recollections; Word/phrase stickers: Simple stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Using vertical strips in place of the large background piece.

I had every intention of following the sketch very closely with the papers, but each and every patterned paper I picked out, I happened to only have one sheet so that left me with no way to create that large background piece since it's 14-1/2" total. My solution was to go ahead and use vertical strips of several patterns to cover the same area instead of one big piece. Sometimes when supplies are limited, you have to find ways to group together smaller pieces to create larger designs and that's exactly what I did here.

My original plan was to use the wooden paper for the background piece and the colorful patterns papers for the arrow strips, but after making the change due to paper limits I decided to swap them. I had more of the patterns than I did the wooden paper so it was my best option.

Variation #2 - Using different photo sizes.

I was working with a set of six vertical 3 x 5" photos which is quite a bit different than the photos on the sketch.

For the left side, there's a lot of room on the sketch to add more photos on the left page, which means there are countless ways you can adapt this sketch to fit whatever photo sizes and amounts you have. I decided to use three of my photos grouped together, slanted and overlapped.

For the right side, I arranged the photos in a straight line, similar to the photo block.

Variation #3 - Moving elements to better fit.

The photos on the left do end up overlapped onto the arrow strips more so I made some changes the stars. I moved the largest over to include near the title.

I also moved my journaling over to the left page. With the change in photos on the right page I was left without a journaling space. I liked the way it fit above the photos on the left page so I moved it there along with some more star embellishments.

That's all for my day one layout! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the next one!

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