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Sketch Support #28 | 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!


Day two is going have some of y'all saying "This girl is crazy!" (It's okay. I'm just might be!)


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



You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements by clicking here.


You can also grab the Sketch Support #28 Bonus Sketch Examples!



This month it is a 3-page PDF of 23 different sketch options. That makes 24 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 four two-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!


You can purchase the bonus sketches by clicking here.


Supplies - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned papers: Bella Blvd and PhotoPlay; Snowflake punches: unknown; Snowflake cut files: Sophie Gallo from the Silhouette Design Store #52733; Enamel snowflakes: Bella Blvd.; Word/phrase stickers: Bella Blvd. and PhotoPlay; Metal snowflakes: unknown; "Winter" title piece: unknown; Embroidery floss: DMC; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Studio


While I did follow most of the sketch, I made a few big changes as well. Let's take a look at those adaptations.


Variation #1 - Using stitched lines in place of paper.


Let me tell you, when the mood to stitch hits there's no stopping it. We had some colder temps and I was craving comfy clothes, a good movie (or two or three), and some stitching. I loved the idea of using this sketch and creating the slanted sections with lots of stitched lines.


I used my Omnigrid ruler and a pencil to draw the lines 1/8" apart. The hard part was figuring out how I wanted to do the colors. I had them picked out - light blue, blue, red, gray, dark blue, and yellow - but I was unsure if I wanted to do them in a stripe pattern or if I wanted to use one color for each slanted section. I think both would have worked well, it was just a matter of picking one. I finally opted for the stripe pattern. One of my favorite style of striped papers is small 1/8" stripes and I thought that concept could look good with this.



For most of the sections I drew the lines with the slant, but for two of them, because I was doing the striped pattern, I would need to change the direction to show that it was a different section. I decided to do vertical stripes for those so the slanted section design would still stand out.


I'm not going to lie, it took f-o-r-e-v-e-r. But, I was super happy with the end result.


Variation #2 - Expanding the embellishment clusters.


As I was stitching I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do with the rest of the design. I knew that I was definitely going to use snowflakes and in the beginning I planned on following the sketch placements. But, as the hours of stitching went by I started toying with the idea of having tons of white punched snowflakes framing both photos.



I started off with just the white snowflakes, but felt it needed more so I added in some patterned paper ones too.



Then I finished the look with some enamel snowflakes, metal snowflakes, word/phrase stickers, and some Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9.




Variation #3 - Flipping the sketch.


With these photos of cutie little Jackson, he was facing to the left and with the photo arranged on the left side of the sketch, I thought it would be better to flip the sketch and position those photos on the right. That way he's looking more towards the middle instead of off the layout. I try to avoid the subjects of my photos facing off the layout anytime I can.


This layout was kind of an experiment. I had no idea what to expect out of the end result and part of the time I was worried that I was doing all of this stitching and it wasn't going to work out the way I saw it in my head. Thankfully, I ended up loving the way this all came together.


Be sure to check back tomorrow for another layout based on this sketch!


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