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Sketch Support #21 | 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!

For day 2 I swapped out those vertical arrow strips for hearts for a completely different look.

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 paper: Simple Stories and Carta Bella (I think, I might be wrong.); Foam stickers and word stickers: Simple Stories; Heart punches: Recollections; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Avenir Next Condensed

Variation #1 - Using shapes in place of the arrow strips.

I knew right away with this sketch that I wanted to create a layout with columns of small shapes in place of those arrow strips. My original plan was for the columns to follow the same appearance as the arrow strips in how they are arranged, with each column/strip staggered. But, I just could never get to an arrangement with these hearts in staggered columns that I liked. I think it all came down the the size of heart I used. If I had gone with a smaller heart, it would have worked out much better.

Since I had already punched out a bunch of the hearts, my game plan switched from staggered columns to even columns that line up with the large background piece. I also added in some smaller hearts in the same wood paper as the large background piece. As a finishing touch I added hand-stitching in coordinating colors to each heart.

Side note: This layout's paper arrangement is exactly what I had in mind for the day 1 layout. I wanted the wood paper to be the background and the patterned papers to be the strips. I think this sketch works wonderfully with using a more subtle pattern for the large background piece and then some fun, bright, or boldly patterned paper pieces for the arrow strips. I was glad that I got to do that with this layout! Of course that doesn't mean it can't be used in the opposite manner, I just really had this vision of the wood paper background with fun patterns for the strips and I'm so happy that even though it didn't work out that way on the first layout, I got another chance to see that vision through.

Variation #2 - Using larger photos in place of smaller photos.

With this set of photos I had five 6 x 4" photos. For the left page, I was all set, but I had to find a way to adjust some things and make this larger photo size work in place of the 3 x 3" photos. And, I had one less photo to work with compared to the sketch. I decided to crop my photos down to 3-1/2" squares and arrange them together like the photos on the sketch. I couldn't quite them down to the 3" size on the sketch, but 3-1/2" is definitely close enough!

Variation #3 - Moving elements to better fit.

Since I had less photos and bigger photos, it changed the look of the photo block on the right page. I decided to create a little journaling tag cluster on the right side of the block to help fill in the rest of that space. I used two tags layered on top of each other along with my journaling strips and a few hearts.

That's all for day #2! Tomorrow I've got another layout and it really took a different route with the sketch!

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