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Sketch Support #25 | 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!

My day three layout shows how you can work with and adapt this sketch if you don't have an 8 x 10" photo.

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: Echo Park, Simple Stories, My Mind's Eye, and BasicGrey; Bowling pin and ball cut file: Creative Cuttable Designs from the Silhouette Design Store #64389; Foam alphabet stickers: Simple Stories; Star punches Recollections and Fiskars

Variation #1 & 2 - Removing the 8 x 10" photo and extending the design.

I always feel like when I'm using a large photo like an 8 x 10, it should be a stand out photo and I just didn't have that with this set. These photos are darker and not the greatest quality so blowing one up in size just wasn't going to look that great. That's a common theme with a lot of my older photos and not having a better camera then.

The good thing about this sketch is that there is a lot you can do without having the large 8 x 10" photo. You can either using a combination of smaller photos in that space like four 4 x 5" or 4 x 6" photos or you can extend the photo block, background, and the themed design, which is what I did.

I extended the background across both pages and I used four 5 x 4" photos for my photo block so it evenly extends across both the left and right page. Then across the top of the photos I use bowling pins in place of the flowers on the sketch. Those flowers can easily be swapped out to fit so many different themes and you can really have a lot of fun with that space. Think about things like:

• Christmas trees

• popsicles

• arrows

• birthday candles

• buildings or houses

• Easter eggs

• snowmen

• hearts

• stars

• fireworks

• Jack-o-lanterns

• ghosts

• pumpkins

• leaves

• sports balls, bats, or other equipment

• road signs

I wanted to do something a little unique with the bowling pins so instead of using plain white cardstock I used several different white patterns. Then to add a little texture and dimension I added a stitched border to each one.

On the left page, where the 8 x 10" photo is on the sketch, I added a small photo and a bowling ball crashing into three pins. I thought that would be a fun way to fill in that space where the large photo was on the sketch.

To add a little more detail I added some punched stars.

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

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