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Sketch Support #32 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 1

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!

It's time for another week of sketch fun! That means another free sketch, four layouts, and a YouTube video! Yay!

This month there is a free one-page sketch. This sketch was created last year for a sketch challenge group. It was one of those sketches that I kept seeing in my sketch folder and couldn't get out of my mind. I wanted to create with it! So, I thought it would be a fun one for Sketch Week.

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

You can also grab the Sketch Support #32 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: My Mind's Eye, Pebbles Inc., Simple Stories, and Echo Park; Star cut files: Sweet Afton, Silhouette Design Store #309189; Acrylic Stars: Color Cast Designs; Wood title piece: Elle's Studio; Wooden arrows: unknown; Stickers: Echo Park, Bella Blvd., and Simple Stories; Watercolor: Taylored Expressions; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Anytime I see a more feminine style sketch, my mind immediately wonders to how it would look with a more masculine touch. Being the mom of boys I always automatically think about converting things to have a more boyish feel. I knew this sketch would be a fun one to change up in that way!

I ended up making lots of small changes while still following the general design of the sketch.

Variation #1 - Using different strips.

I used both smaller/thinner strips and I changed the style of them. I love this wooden arrow/chevron patterned paper from Echo Park and decided to cut along the design of the paper to create arrow strips instead of the banner strips on the sketch.

A little tip for the strips: if you want to use scraps or 6x6" papers you can cut two smaller strips and hide the seam between the two strips behind the photos. It's creating the illusion of longer strips without wasting paper. That's exactly what I did with this layout. I am hoarding this patterned paper so I didn't want to waste any of it. I ended up only needed to cut three 12" strips instead of the five you see on the layout.

Variation #2 - Adding a shaped background.

I loved the idea of adding a large shaped background to this sketch design. Since I was going with a star theme, I used two larger stars layered together. This was a fun way to add an extra element to the sketch design without having to alter anything else.

Variation #3 - Changing the flower embellishments to stars.

To go with my boyish theme I swapped out those flowers and butterflies for stars. I used mostly die cut patterned paper stars. I also added three acrylic stars for added dimension and I loved that it added a different texture with all the papers.

I also added some paint splatters and rings around the whole design.

Variation #4 - Adding an extra photo.

For this set I had four 2 x 3" photos. Because they are slightly smaller I had enough room to squeeze in an extra without having to change anything else on the layout.

That's all for day #1! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another layout using this sketch!

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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