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Sketch Support #30 | 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!

With my day 3 layout I went a little rogue, but I think once you read the explanation and where I was coming from you'll see that it's not all that far off from the sketch. It may look different, but the sketch still had a major influence in the design.

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

You can also grab the Sketch Support #30 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: Paige Evans "Blooming Wild"; Tags: Pink Paislee; Alphabet stickers: Authentique; Star punches: Fiskars; Embroidery floss: DMC; Watercolor: Taylored Expressions; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Changing the direction of the triangle pieces.

I love using paper to show movement and these triangles were perfect for that! I turned the triangles around to all face the same direction creating lines that look like arrows. I still used the same amount of rows as the sketch. The arrows do create a taller background so I added several more to balance out the width.

And, I get that this looks nothing at all like the sketch background, but the idea came from that design. A lot of times I will look at a sketch and one element jumps out at me (in this case it was the triangles) and an idea forms that in the end doesn't really look like the sketch. I think that's the fun of using sketches, so many ideas can come to you from just one sketch! You have endless possibilities when it comes to adapting and customizing it to your needs, your ideas, and your style.

Variation #2 - Adding extra elements.

As I was going through my stash, I came across the tags that are peeking out of the top of the photos. I've always loved the look of tags on a layout, but seldom use them. Lately I've been kind of challenging myself to use them more so I jumped at the opportunity here.

The tags were the perfect color to compliment the papers so I layered them and tucked them slightly under the photos.

For the rest of the design I added a bunch of different stars. I always save all die cuts and punched pieces so all these are leftovers from previous layouts. Some from years ago!

If you enjoy using sketches and want to learn how to adapt and customize them, I have a new guide called Creating With Sketches. It's goes in depth of how I breakdown a sketch design and adapt to work with my needs. It covers everything you need to know about making sketches work for you.

Shop all sketches here: Allison Davis Sketches

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