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Sketch Support #33 | 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!


For my final layout using this sketch I adjusted the two-page design to work for a one-page layout. I always say that you should never let the size of the sketch determine the size of your layout!


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: My Mind's Eye, Simple Stories, and PhotoPlay; Chipboard title and pieces: Elle's Studio; Glitter paper: DCWV; Paint: Tonic Studios; Foam stars: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC


I had so much fun creating this layout! From picking out the colors and papers to the whole process of putting it together. I told myself that if I ever designed my own paper collection(s) I would focus on boy theme/colors and this would be my first combo. To me the blues, black, white, and gray is just a fun combo.



I actually followed the sketch quite a bit with this layout, it's just been shrunken down, adapted to the smaller size, and customized to my ideas. The design of the sketch is not something that you have to follow exactly. A lot of times I like to take the concept and then adapt it to fit what I want. And, that's exactly what I did with this layout.


For the photos I took the idea of the large photo block on the sketch and grouped four 2 x 3" photos together in one block. It's still following the same concept of a photo block, but it's been shrunken down.


With the strips, I still used the same concept as you see on the sketch, with strips on the left and right edges of the photo block. I changed it up a bit by using just 1/2" strips and I arranged them at different heights and layered some of them. I thought this added a playful look to go with my photos.



Since I didn't have three photo to use, tucked into the strips like you see on the sketch, I decided to use three larger stars instead. They are arranged like the photos on the sketch, but you get a completely different look. Again, it's the same concept, but it's been customized to a different idea.



For the rest of the layout I just kind of did my own thing. I love designed with lots of detail and clustering so I went kind of crazy with that along the top and bottom edges of the strips.



That's all for this week of Sketch Support! Come back Monday for the YouTube version!


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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