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Sketch Support #27 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 2

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 made a few changes based on the photos (using more and using a variety of sizes that differ from the sketch) and the theme.

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!

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper, die cuts, chipboard pieces, and stickers: Simple Stories; Paint swipe cut file/brush dingbat: LebahStudio #290326 from the Silhouette Design Store; Embroidery floss: DMC

Variation #1 - Changing the photo sizes and adding more photos.

I had several more photos that I wanted to include with this layout and I needed a mix of both horizontal and vertical photos. My solution to that was to create a photo block with a mix of larger and smaller photos and extend them all the way to the edges. I used one 6 x 4" photo, three 3 x 4" photos, and six 3 x 2" photos.

There is plenty of room to extend the photos to the edges with this sketch and the photos I used are 1" shorter than the height of the photos on the sketch, and both of those were easy adjustments to work with.

Variation #2 - Use smaller vertical strips, adding more vertical strips, and turning the vertical strips into a themed element.

I thought a fun way to incorporate the theme into the design was to use swipes of paint in place of the strips, but I didn't want to do it with actual paint. That would have been a lot of paint and a lot of potential warping of the paper. I happened find a brush dingbat font in the Sihouette design store so I decide that would be the perfect way to get that look of paint without using actual paint.

I found a striped paper from Simple Stories that had 1" stripes which ended up being the perfect size that I needed for my paint streaks.

I also decided to add some hand-stitched lines in coordinating colors on each strip. Originally I had hoped that this would kind of mimic the brush texture in a swipe of paint, but I don't think it really ended up having that effect. But, I liked the look of it regardless so I wasn't too upset about it.

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

I used a combination of crafty embellishments like cameras, thread, scissors, paint, etc. in place of the stars on the sketch.

I layered them all together and use foam adhesive to add some dimension. I didn't really go to detailed or crazy with them since there's so much detail in the paint strips.

Variation #4 - Changing the journaling/photo area.

Instead of having the two 2 x 2" photos within the journaling block, I use two 3 x 2" photos and arranged them within the photo block.

That's all for day #2! Be sure to come back tomorrow for another layout using this sketch!

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

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