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Sketch Support #27 | 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 week of Sketch Support!! Whoop! Whoop!

This month there is another 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 used one of my absolute favorite photo sizes to use: 3x5". I love this photo size mainly because they are so easy to crop from most 4x6" prints.

Here is the sketch that I have used as the starting point for each layout this week:

You can also grab the Sketch Support #27 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, 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!

I made several changes to the sketch to better work with a different photo size and less photos.

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned papers; Authentique, Fancy Pants, and Simple Stories; Flourish cut files: Sophie Gallo #93144 and Lori Whitlock #9778 from the Silhouette Design Store; Water droplet cut file: Amy Robison #83594 from the Silhouette Design Store; Foam alphabet: American Crafts; Chipboard alphabet: American Crafts; Nuvo Jewel Drops: Tonic Studio; Glimmer Brush: Wink of Stella

Variation #1 - Using less photos & a different photo size.

With this set of photos I started with four 6 x 4" photos that I cropped down to 4 x 4". There was so much open space in the photos and cropping them down to just the part of the photo where the action was felt like the best way to use these photos.

I also arranged them to show action from Drew coming out the slide and into the water. I love arranging action photos in a straight line in order to highlight that action, showing movement across the layout.

Variation #2 - Adjusting the width of the vertical strips to fit the photo width.

A fun part of this sketch is that you can easily adapt the width of the vertical strips to work with varying widths of photo sizes. Since I used 4 x 4" photos, I changed the width of the strips to match.

I also made a few more changes to those vertical strips due to the photos. I decided against the strips going all the way to the top and bottom of the layout. At first I had planned on following the sketch in that way and having the strips going to the edges, but because of the different photos sizes and there being less photos, it just didn't have the look I was hoping for. I decided to reduce the height of the strips by 2" so I would have 1" of white space above and below the strips. I liked the look of this better with the 4" photos and strips.

Another change I made to the strips was adding a wave cut out along the top edge. I thought that was a fun and subtle way to incorporate the theme into my layout design.

Variation #3 - Using a themed element in place of the stars.

Naturally, since the theme involves a splash, I knew I wanted to create some big splashes on the layout.

I used some flourishes and droplet die cuts to create the splashes and used stitching, Nuvo Drops, and foam adhesive add lots of texture and dimension.

Since I had more space with the shorter photos and the strips and photos not stretching as far across the layout, I extended the splashes quite a bit.

I also used a Wink of Stella glimmer brush to add a glittery look to the flourishes and droplets. The glitter is so fine that it doesn't always show up well in photos.

Variation #4 - Moving the journaling.

The sketch has a large journaling space and I didn't have a super long or detailed story to tell so I opted for a smaller journaling block. I decided to place it opposite the title within the top right splash design.

That's all for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow for layout #2!

And, if you enjoy using sketches be sure to check out my newest class that starts on July 11!

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Love this layout! Clever how you only scalloped one end and then stitched. Great job as usual!

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