Sketch Support #22 | 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!


Day two includes a fun themed design within the circle grouping. I really had fun with 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 #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!


You can purchase the bonus sketches by clicking here.


Supplies - Patterned paper: Simple Stories, BoBunny, American Crafts, We R Memory Keepers, and Echo Park; Stickers: Simple Stories; Star punch: Recollections; Circle punch: Fiskars; Embroidery floss: DMC; Glitter: Stickles, Ranger


Variation #1 - Using smaller circles and adding more rows.


As I was flipping through my photos, when I came across this one of Drew an immediate idea/question popped into my head. Could I create a flag with smaller circles? I was definitely game to try it!


In order to do it I was going to have to use smaller circles. So, I used 1" circles in place of the 3" circles on the sketch. To create the flag, I used blue circles for the top left corner. For the rest I alternated rows of red and white patterned papers to create the stripes.



Originally I had planned on matching the same 6" height on the sketch, but I wasn't happy with the color order that I ended up with when using only 6 rows. It left me with a top red stripe and a white stripe at the bottom. To me it looked better with a red on the top and bottom. There's plenty of room to add another row of circles so I didn't have to adjust anything for it to fit.


I also added a hand-stitched border to several of the circles. I didn't want to overwhelm the look with stitching on all of them so I just added it on a few here and there.



Variation #2 - Moving the stars.


To complete my flag look, I used white cardstock stars on the center of each blue circle. It's a slight change from the sketch with stars on all the circles, but I wanted this to really come together as an American flag and I felt those stars where better on the blue circles to achieve that look.



I also add some Stickles on the stars to add little sparkle.


Variation #3 - Using a larger photo in place of the three smaller photos.


I substituted a 6 x 4" photo in place of the two 2-1/2 x 3-1/2" and one 2 x 2" photo. The photos on the sketch are small and tightly grouped together and there's a lot of empty space below the circle design so really there's a lot of room there to include a larger photo in their place. I didn't have to make major adjustments to make it work either. The title and journaling are still in roughly the same place as they are on the sketch and the photo really doesn't take up much more space than the original smaller photos.



That's all for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the day 3 layout!


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