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Sketch Support #21 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 3

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!

I admit, this layout really caused me some trouble, but thankfully it all came together in the end. I was so set on doing something theme related, but no matter what I tried I could not recreate the silly string in my photos. I finally gave up and this layout ended up veering far from the sketch. It may not be exactly what I had envisioned in the beginning, but it all worked out.

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, wooden arrows, and stickers: Simple Stories; Star cut file: Silhouette from the Silhouette Design Store; Star punches: Recollections; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: SerifSketch

Where to start with this one!? It's one of those that it looks absolutely nothing like the sketch, but I promise it definitely started with it!

Variation #1 - (a.) Including more photos, (b.) using different photo sizes, (c.) extending the design to the edge, and (d.) adding extra elements.

It's so much easier to explain this all together.

With this set of photos I had eight 3 x 4" photos and one 4 x 4" photo.

On the left page, I used the 4 x 4" photo and two of the 3 x 4" photos. There's only the one photo on the sketch on that whole left page so there's really a lot of room to work in more photos or larger photos, whatever you need there. This side was the easy adjustment.

On the right page, it really kind of evolved into something so different than what I had started with in mind. Originally I was going to arrange the photos very closely to what you see on the sketch, in a large block together with a journaling block. But, then I came across the patterned paper with the "hello life" strip and things just started going in a completely different direction.

I ended up adding some color photo mats and a quote card along with lots of stickers and details and the whole design stretched to the left and right edges of the right page.

I always try to be very open to change when creating. I couldn't even begin to tell you how many times I have an idea and then the end result looks nothing like what I had planned. I think being able to roll with the punches and adapt to changes makes creating more fun and lot less stressful. If I do get stuck trying to force an idea that just isn't working, sometimes it's best to walk away for bit and come back to it later. I actually had to do that with this layout because I so badly wanted to create something that represented silly string and I just couldn't not come up with anything that I liked. I finally had to tell myself to let it go and move on to the next idea.

Variation #2 - Using a large shape as a background piece.

On the left page, I took that larger star on the left and blew it up to become the background for my photos. I knew with this sketch that I wanted to play around with using a large shape in place of the vertical arrow strips and this, again, ended up being so different than what I had originally planned.

I had first thought that my photo block on the right page would not extend to the right edge, but instead two photos would be on the left page and then my large star would fill in the rest of the left page. BUT, I had so many photos that I had to make some different plans.

I used my Silhouette to cut out three stars in three different patterned papers. I layered them together and then added a stitched border. I wanted the star to be large enough that you could still see that it was a star after the three photos where added on top.

Variation #3 - Shrinking the arrow strips to fit.

I still wanted to include some arrow strips so I have a few to the left of the large star.

That's all for day #3! Come back tomorrow to see the fourth layout of the week!

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Can you tell me specifically what simple stories line you used? Love it!

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