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Sketch Support #28 | 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!

In someways the layout for today is simplified and in someways it's not. Sounds confusing, right!? Trust me, you'll get what I mean when you see it!

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

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!

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; Cloud die cuts, stickers, and chipboard pieces: Simple Stories; Cloud stickers: Echo Park; Alphabet stickers: Elle's Studio; Wave cut files: Silhouette Design Store #1846; Embroidery floss: DMC; Stickles: Ranger

Variation #1 - Simplifying the design by using straight strips.

I loved the idea of simplifying the design by straightening those strips. It really makes this sketch so easy to use and the end result still has a fun, detailed background.

Variation #2 - Adding a decorative edge to the strips.

One of my first ideas with this sketch was to add a decorative edge to the strips and of course my first thought when straight to wave strips. I think it's possible that I have an addiction to creating water pages and using wave strips.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the strips and then I layered them, alternating the direction of the waves. To really make that wave design stand out, I added a hand-stitched border along the edge.

Variation #3 - Using three smaller photos in place of two photos.

With this set of photos I had three 2-1/2 x 3-1/2" photos. I arranged them similarly to the photos on the sketch and because they are smaller they really don't take up too much more space than those 3 x 5" photos.

Whenever I change up the photo sizes or amounts I always shoot for arranging them closely to the same general area as the photos on the sketch. Usually that's all you need to do to make it work.

Variation #4 - Changing the embellishments to fit the theme.

I swapped out those larger flowers on the sketch for a sun, clouds, phrase stickers, and some small accent flowers.

As a finishing touch I added some white Stickles on top of the smaller, plain white clouds.

That's all for today, but not for the week! Come back tomorrow to see the last layout!

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