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!
The layout for today is one of those that at first glance you might not see the sketch, but I promise, the sketch definitely influenced the design. I think you'll get it when you read/see the explanation for the changes.
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 paper, die cuts, stickers, foam elements: Simple Stories; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Stuidos; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic
Lots of changes were made for this layout!
Variation #1 - Rotating the sketch.
Variation #2 - Using horizontal photos.
With this set of photos I had six horizontal photos. Long ago I had them printed in 4 x 2", which is not a size I often do, but because of the action taking place in the photos, I thought it would be a fun size to use and imagined arranging them in a strip. In my brain it would look like a film strip and be a great way to show action taking place in the photos. To make that work I rotated the sketch so that the photos are arranged vertically on the layout instead of horizontally. This also worked well with the strip design I had in mind.
Because I had three more photos than the sketch I extended that arrangement to the top and bottom edges of the layout. I also tilted the whole strip slightly.
Variation #3 - Adding more strips.
I really wanted to do some sort of wave design with the strips and in my eyes, the more waves the better! Originally I had planned on using die cut wave strips, but a striped paper from Simple Stories gave me a different idea. I loved how well the colors of the stripes coordinated with my photos and decided to cut them into individual strips and then add a stitched wave design on top. I'm always looking for different ways to play around with water themes and this was a new approach to that.
Variation #4 - Changing elements to fit the theme.
For the rest of the layout I mostly followed the sketch by arranging clusters along the edges of the photos.
I used several different elements like rainbows, a sun, smiley faces, and flowers. Then to go with the water theme I added a few Nuvo Drop droplets to look like water splashes.
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.
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