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Sketch Support #22 | 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!

I'm so excited! It's time for the first Sketch Support of 2022! That means a new FREE sketch and four layouts to share with you.

If you are new to Sketch Support, throughout the week I share several layouts that have all used the same sketch as the starting point. It's all about showing how you can adapt and customize a sketch to better fit your needs. It's my absolute favorite week of the month! I'll be sharing a layout Monday through Thursday and then on Friday I'll share the video version 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 #22 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: My Mind's Eye, Echo Park, and Simple Stories; Baseball cut file: Carta Bella | Silhouette Design Store | #208970; Star cut file: Kristen Magee | Silhouette Design Store | #66739; Star punches: Fiskars; Alphabet stickers: Simple Stories; Word/phrase stickers: Simple Stories; Baseball stickers: Paperhouse; Stencil; Tim Holtz; Distress Ink: Tim Holtz; Tickets: unknown; Embroidery floss: DMC

Variation #1 - Flipping the sketch.

One of the most common reasons I will flip a sketch is due to my photos and the direction the subject is facing. For these photos, with Jackson facing the right, I didn't want to place the photos on the right and having him looking off the layout.

If I can avoid having subjects facing off the layout I will. To me it pulls the attention off the layout. It's kind of like when you automatically look in the direction someone points. It's just one of those things that bugs me with photos and their direction.

Variation #2 - Adding a themed element to the circles.

I could have easily stuck with those stars on the sketch for this layout, but I loved the idea of using that space for something a little more theme specific. I opted to go with baseballs to match the baseball theme.

To add a little interest, I cut them in varying sizes and then used foam adhesive to most of them to add some extra dimension.

Variation #3 - Add extra pieces to the design.

This was one of those layouts where I started with adding one little extra detail and somehow it evolved into adding lots of extra detail.

It all began with adding the baseball glove in the top right corner and quickly progressed to adding tickets, word stickers, and stars all over the place.

Another extra addition I added that is not really sketch related is the stenciled hexagons on my base paper.

The hexagons to me create a look similar to a chain link fence and I thought that would be a good fit for a baseball layout. I wanted it to be a very subtle background so I used a lighter ink and mainly focuses on the area where the circle are.

That's all for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another layout using this same sketch.

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Isabel Martinez
Isabel Martinez
Jan 26, 2022

Hola Allison, que alegría volver a disfrutar de los bocetos mensuales, me encantan!!!!! y gracias por utilizar el blog me ayuda mucho el traductor ya que mi ingles es muy pobre.

Adoro tus trabajos y me encantaría algún día poder asistir a un seminario

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