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Sketch Support #22 | 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!

Today my layout gives a whole new look to the sketch design by simply switching the circles to themed elements.

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 - Patterned paper: Pretty Little Studio, Simple Stories, and Heidi Swapp; Die cuts (balloons, clouds, hearts, "extraordinary"): Pretty Little Studio; Alphabet stickers: Pretty Little Studio; Word/phrase stickers: Simple Stories and Authentique; Watercolor: Pinkfresh Studio; Embroidery floss: DMC

This super cute Pretty Little Studio collection "Here Comes the Sun" is available at Scrapbook Generation. You can find it all here:

Variation #1 - Rotating the sketch & using themed elements in place of the circles.

I knew right away with this sketch that I wanted to use a themed element in place of the circles and when I came across these photos, I knew it had to be clouds and hot air balloons. Lucky for me, we just got this collection from Pretty Little Studio in at SG and the second I saw the hot air balloons, I was sold!

I could have kept the sketch as it was and made it work that way too, but I really wanted the clouds and the balloons to go all the way up the page. I wanted it too look like a big sky full of hot air balloons.

Variation #2 - Add a background piece and some strips.

I could have very easily just created the scene with balloons and clouds on their own, but I loved the idea of using that sunburst patterned paper as a background. Pretty Little Studio makes 8 x 8" papers, so I cut two sheets of the sunburst design into 6 x 6" squares and placed them together to create one big 6 x 12" piece. There is a balloon and cloud over the seam to help me hide it so it looks like one big piece.

I also added a few strips to the edges of that sunburst background. The blue and white striped strips were the first that I added and I had not intention of adding more, but...a watercolor mishap happened. So, the dark blue strips helped me cover up a little bit of my mistake. I ended up really liking the darker blue and how it matches the title color. It feels like it gives a better spread of that dark blue throughout the whole layout.

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

I only had two 3 x 5" photos to use and just like I said yesterday, since the photos are tightly grouped together and there's a lot of empty space there, you really have a lot of space to add more or use larger if you need to. I overlapped the two photos, similar to the photos on the sketch. The only change I had to make was I had to move my journaling to the top edge of the photos instead of near the bottom left.

That's all for day 3! Check back tomorrow for the last layout of the week!

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