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Sketch Support #27 | 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 layout today is one of those that looks nothing like the sketch, but once you read what was changed and how, I think you'll see the connection. Sometimes the sketch can just be a starting point that you build ideas from and that was definitely the approach I took with this 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 #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: My Mind's Eye, Echo Park, Vicki Boutin, Simple Stories, and Carta Bella; Foam word and stars: American Crafts; Word/phrase stickers: Bella Blvd.; Hexagon cut file: Silhouette; Hexagons punches: Fiskars; Alphabet stickers: Pretty Little Studio; Embroidery floss: DMC

The one part I did follow the sketch was with the photos. I used the exact amount, size, and arrangement as you see on the sketch.

Variation #1 - Removing the vertical strips.

Because of the design I had in mind, I decided to remove the vertical strips. They would have ended up being too much for what I wanted to do.

Variation #2 - Making the star clusters the main design.

Do you ever get in a mood to create with a particular design or shape? I do! For some reason I was really wanting to create with hexagons and I thought this sketch could be a good outlet for that. At first I thought that I could use hexagons in place of the strips, but then my focus turned to the stars on the sketch. I liked the way they kind of framed the edges of the photos and thought that concept could work really well with hexagons.

I extended the star design to stretch a little further across the top and bottom edge and slightly wrapped them around the left and right edge as well.

I used a medium size for the main base layer and then a smaller size for a few to layer on top. I also added a hand-stitched border on a few of them for added texture and dimension.

I also added some foam glittery stars on a few of the hexagons and used my Silhouette to cut out tiny hexagons to arrange around the edges. Anytime I'm creating a larger grouping of shapes, I like to add in some tiny pieces too just for extra detail.

Variation #3 - Reducing the size of the journaling block.

Since I removed the vertical strips it just made sense to me to go ahead and reduce the size of the journaling block to fit with the size of the photos. The journaling block on the sketch can easily be adapt to fit your designs or the amount of journaling you want to do. There's always a way to adjust it to better fit your needs.

That's it for day 3! Come back tomorrow for the last layout and then on Friday I've got the YouTube version for you to watch.

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

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