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Sketch Support #22 | 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!

Today's layout is all about showing how you don't have to let the size of the sketch determine the size of your layout.

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 - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterend paper, chipboard, stickers, die cuts, foam embellishments: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC

Variation #1 - Creating a two-page layout from a one-page sketch.

This sketch was really easy to adapt to a two-page layout. All I did was extend the design across both pages by adding more circles (or squares in my case.)

Extending a design is a great way to help a one-page design fit onto a two-page layout. All it takes is adding more of the design onto the second page by repeating the elements to fit on two pages.

Variation #2 - Using a different shape with the circles.

When I started this layout I had every intention of following the sketch very closely with circles, BUT I love this collection from Simple Stories so I was trying to think ahead as far as how I use this paper and potential scraps leftover in the future. I cut 4" squares of the patterned papers and then used my Silhouette to cut out a 3" circle in the center. My plan was to cut the circles in the middle so that I was left with a square I could still use on a future layout.

However, after all of the squares were cut, I really liked the idea of using them instead and creating kind of an reversal of the circle design. And, that leads me to...

Variation #3 - Using photos in place of a few circles.

The main reason I considered using the squares had to do with the photos I wanted to include as circles. I figured it would be a lot easier to use the squares as frames a not have to mess with cutting my photos into a circle. It saved me time and the headache of having to be super careful cutting 3 x 3" photos into 3" circle photos. There was zero room for error! The square with circles made it effortlessly easy.

I think extending this sketch and adding photos into that circle design is a wonderful way to include more photos while still follow the sketch design.

Variation #4 - Add extra elements and using a different shape on the circles.

I swapped out the stars on the sketch for hearts and used foam adhesive to add them to the middle of the circles without photos.

I also added a lot of extra details to every circle. There are word and phrase stickers, arrows, chipboard pieces, speech bubbles, flowers, and tags. It was fun to embellishment each circle with different pieces.

I also added a lot of hand-stitching to this layout. For the open circles I add a stitched border on the inside and one the circles with photos I added a stitched border on the outside. Then I also added a stitched border on the hearts.

Variation #5 - Using one larger photo in place of the three smaller photos.

I had one 4 x 6" photo and I wanted to highlight it on it's own. I added it to the same general area as the three photos on the sketch, but I used it in place of one square/circle. To really bring attention to it, I added a chipboard frame, the title, and a few embellishments on it.

Variation #6 - Moving elements.

With the changes I had made to the sketch I left myself without a lot of room for my journaling. My solution was to add a journaling block in the top left corner. I thought that was a nice balance with the larger photo on the right page.

That's all for today! For the last day of Sketch Support I'll be posting the video version on YouTube (and here) so be sure to check back tomorrow!

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