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!
For my second layout I took a similar approach as I did with my first layout. I combined that background with the flowers and created a large themed background.
Here is the sketch that I have used as the starting point for each layout this week:
You can also grab the Sketch Support #25 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!
Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper and stickers: Echo Park "Endless Summer"; Wave cut file: Paige Evans from the Silhouette Design Store #354011; Nuvo Jewel Drops: Tonic Studios; Embroidery floss: DMC
Variation #1 & 2 - Combining the background and the themed elements.
I knew that one option I wanted to play with was a wave design and I really liked the idea of the waves covering that whole background area. Originally I had planned on layering long horizontal wave strips, but then I saw this cut file and thought it would be an interesting design for this sketch.
One of the toughest things about creating two-page layouts is creating designs that go over both pages that are supposed to line up together. That background piece on the sketch is 14" so you have to use two separate pieces to cover that space on both pages. With a simple block background that's not such a big deal to get them to line up correctly. With a die cut, that was a challenge I had not anticipated!
First I had to stretch the cut file to 14" and cut two separate pieces. That part was actually quite easy. All I had to do was cut the 11" piece first by having the left 3" off the cutting area. Then I erased the 11" section and moved the remaining 3" onto the cut space. I'll show how I did it in the YouTube video on Friday.
The complicated part was making sure that as I added the patterned paper backing that the lines on the inner edges of both the 11" piece and the 3" piece lined up together. It doesn't sound all that complicated, but trust me, it was. Because the lines on the inner edge don't have an anchor point you really have to pay attention to how they adhere to the patterned paper backing and that it still lines up with the connecting line on the opposite page. It was definitely a challenge and took more time than I was expecting.
To finish out my themed look I cut out a bunch of little fish and arranged them throughout the wave design. I also added some bubbles with my favorite Nuvo Jewel Drops in Sea Breeze.
Variation #3 & 4 - Changing the photos and moving them to better fit.
I had one more photo than the sketch so I changed it up a bit to fit. I ended up using one 6 x 4" photo and five 3 x 2" photos for the photo block. My original plan was to cut the 6 x 4" photo into a 4 x 4" photo like the sketch, but my plan changed to better fit with the large wave die cut. The wave die cut doesn't have the same height as the background piece on the sketch so I wanted my photos to go all the way to the right edge of the background so that you couldn't see that it doesn't go all the way down.
Side note: Usually I wouldn't split a photo between two pages, but as long as it's not split over a person or important detail I'll do it occasionally.
I also moved the photos down to the bottom. I wanted as much of that wave die cut to show as possible.
That's all for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow to see layout #3!
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