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Sketch Support #30 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 4

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 4 layout I took a very different approach to the sketch to create a two-page layout. Those triangles got changed to a different shape yet I still implemented some of the same details from the sketch.

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 papers: Simple Stories and Echo Park; Chipboard frame, foam words, stickers, and die cuts: Simple Stories; Mickey punch: EK Success; Glitter paper: DCWV; Star punches: Recollections; Embroidery floss; DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Extending the one-page sketch design to create a two-page layout.

To make this one-page design work on a two-page layout I first extended the design across both pages by adding more of the shapes. I also extended them to the top and bottom edges of the layout to work with the photos I had and the way I wanted to arrange them. (I'll explain more about that later.)

Variation #2 - Changing the triangles to a different shape.

For this layout I decided to go with circles and Mickey ears in place of the triangles. I used the circles as a base and kept the colors neutral with a white grid paper and a solid black paper.

I loved the idea of a "split" shape like you see on the sketch. How the triangles look like a square split in half. I really wanted to try applying that concept while using a different shape. I thought it could look really cool with hexagons or circles and using one of those was my original idea. But, as I was gathering supplies for this layout I came across my Mickey punch and thought it would be fun to use that as my split shape.

I punched tons of Mickey ears out of a variety of patterned and solid papers and then cut them all in half. Then I mixed and matched them on top of the circles. Some of them have been adhered with foam adhesive to add some dimension throughout the design.

Variation #3 - Changing the photos to better work on a two-page layout.

I had six 3 x 5" photos to work with for this layout and my usual go-to for those photos would be to arrange them straight across the layout, three to a side. I thought that arrangement would work well with this sketch design. They have been moved upward a bit to work better with the background design and shapes. I also added a tilted chipboard frame to the last photo, giving a similar look to the photos on the sketch.

For the rest of the layout I kept things really simple. I didn't feel like there needed to be much more detail since the circles have so much. I added a few stars to the chipboard frame and some word/phrase stickers to a few photos. Creating With Sketches: A Guide for Adapting & Customizing Sketches

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