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Sketch Support #33 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 2

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 #2 layout I made some big changes! You might even look at it at and say there's no way this came from the sketch. Trust me! It did! And, you'll totally get it when you read my reasoning.


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




You can also grab the Sketch Support #33 Bonus Sketch Examples!


This month it is a 3-page PDF of 22 different sketch options. That makes 23 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 three one-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 and stickers: Echo Park; Water droplet cut file: Silhouette Design Store #83594; Circle punch: Fiskars, Nuvo Jewel Drops: Tonic Studios; Computer font: Century Gothic; Embroidery floss: DMC


Variation #1 - Rotating the sketch.


Usually rotating a sketch is most commonly thought of for a one-page layout. The 12x12" square size makes it super easy to rotate without having to change the size of anything. But, with a two-page layout rotating means a little more work because of the 24x12" rectangle shape. You have to change the 24" design to fit withing the 12" height and the 12" design to fit 24" length. You have to swap shorter pieces for longer stretched pieces while condensing longer pieces. It's quite the change! BUT, it's a fun way to use a sketch and get a completely different look out of it.


I decided to rotate the sketch because I really wanted to use wave strips in place of the vertical strips on the sketch. Sure I could have used them as the sketch was, but I loved the idea of the photos being tucked into the waves. That was much easier to accomplish by rotating the sketch.


My large photo block now stretches across the bottom section of the layout, from left to right edge. Add the strips design is along the top of the photos.



Variation #2 - Changing the strips into themed elements.


I love playing with themes and finding ways to incorporate them into the design of the layout. I especially love doing this with water themed layouts!



Instead of using the straight strips, I used one large patterned paper strip as a background and then added three layered wave strips along the bottom edge.


Variation #3 - Changing the embellishments to fit the theme.


I can't seem to make a water layout without adding some splashes! It's by far my favorite thing to create on water layouts!



I created three clusters of splashes arranged by the photos tucked into the waves.


I wanted to have a lot of detail and dimension with these. To achieve that I first used two different types of stitching. On the smaller pieces I used a back stitch and on the larger pieces I used a chain link stitch.



Then I adhered them with foam adhesive and added some Nuvo Jewel Drops all over. To finish I added some summer themed stickers and word/phrase stickers.



That's all for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow to see 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.





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