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Sketch Support #21 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 4

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!


Another day of Sketch Support and another adaptation of the sketch. I really enjoyed creating this one!


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



You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements by clicking here.


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!


You can purchase the bonus sketches by clicking here.


Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned papers: Bella Blvd., Simple Stories, and Echo Park; Foam alphabets: American Crafts: Alphabet stickers: unknown; Arrow cut files: Jennifer Wambach from the Silhouette Design Store; Photo frames: Jillibean Soup; Star cut files: Silhouette from the Silhouette Design Store; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic


Variation #1 - Removing the large background piece / Extending the arrow strips across both pages.


I love creating big backgrounds with lots of smaller pieces and strips is definitely my favorite go-to for doing that. I decided to remove the large background piece and instead extend the arrow strips to create one large background going across both pages.


All of the strips are the same size and I arranged them staggered and some are overlapped onto others. I also added in a few arrow strip die cuts to edge the photos (the white arrow strips.)



Let me tell you, I really enjoyed creating with this color combo. I pulled the colors from Jackson's shirt and used a variety of different patterns and shades of those colors. It often feels like there isn't much to choose from for boyish layouts and I felt like this color combo ended up being such a fun combo for a boy layout. I was really happy with the way it all came together!



Variation #2 - Adding an extra photo and changing the orientation. (Left page)


I had two 4 x 6" photos with this set and I wanted to include them both. I've mentioned a few times that there's lots of room on the left page of this sketch to add extra photos if needed without having to adjust really anything. It was very easy to make these two photos work.


Variation #3 - Add more photos. (Right page)


I had three more 3x3" photos than the sketch does and I was determined to make them work. Originally I had planned on simply moving the block up and adding a third row of photos. However, I came across these little Polaroid-style frames in my stash and I really wanted to use them.



I added a frame to each photo and then arranged the photos so that they are all slanted and overlapped. Then to make sure each photo frame stood out I added a stitched border on each one. Then to add lots of detail to the photo block I added lots of stars and some word stickers.



That's all for day 4! Be sure to check back tomorrow to see the last layout and then on Monday I'll be sharing the YouTube version!


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