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Sketch Support #25 | 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!

It's time for another round of Sketch Support!! Yay!!

This month there is a new, FREE two-page sketch that I'm sharing with you all plus I've created four layouts all based on that same sketch. The point of Sketch Support is to show how you can easily adapt and customize a sketch to fit any needs whether it's theme, photos, or supplies. I'll be sharing a different layout Monday through Thursday and then on Friday I'll share the video version on YouTube.

This sketch was a combination of sketch requests through YouTube comments and me wanting to work in a heavy themed element. If you don't want to work with a heavy themed subject it can easily be adapted to fit any and every theme and you can decide how much or how little you want to inject that theme into the design. It's a fun one!

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, stickers, die cuts, and chipboard pieces: Cocoa Vanilla

Variation #1 & 2 - Combining the background with the themed element.

Since my subject is not heavily themed I decided to do something a little different than the flowers and that background piece as they are on the sketch. I thought it would fun to make an interesting and detailed background. Kind of like I was taking the background and that detailed flower arrangement and smashing them together into one big design.

To create this look I used a pencil and ruler to draw the outline of the background piece in the same measurements as it is on the sketch. Then I filled that whole space with tons of stars in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures, colors, and patterns.

There are so many different shapes you could use to create a design like this and it doesn't have to be as detailed as mine is.

You could use shapes like hearts, circles, squares, hexagons, triangles, or even more themed specific shapes like leaves, paw prints, Easter eggs, or ghosts. To simplify it you could use shapes of all the same size and arrange them in straight lines in a grid pattern.

Trust me, there's a lot you can do with this design concept from simple and easy to detailed and intricate.

Variation #3 - Moving the photos up.

Since I got right of the flowers for my layout I decided to move my photos up just a little. It's one of those things that it just looked a little better to me for them to move up just a smidge. I tried to use a similar margin from bottom of the photos to the bottom of the background as the margin on the right edge of the photos to the right edge of the background. It felt like a good balance.

Variation #4 - Changing photo sizes to better fit.

With this set of photos I liked the look of having mostly vertical oriented photos. It just fit better for these photos of Jackson. I used 3 x 4" photos in place of the two 4 x 4" photos and two 3 x 2" photos. There wasn't a need for major adjustments since they all have the same height or the same combined height (the two 3 x 4" photos) so it was an easy change. The only big difference was losing 2" of width for that photo block.

That's all for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another layout!

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