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Sketch Support #37 | 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!

I always love it when this week rolls around each month! Sketch Support time is the best time! Included in the fun is a new free sketch that you can download at Scrapbook Generation and I'll be sharing three new layouts this week, all using that same sketch as the starting point.

Here is the one-page sketch that I'll be using this week:

You can also grab the Sketch Support #37 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, stickers, die cuts, and chipboard title: Simple Stories; Wave cut file: Silhouette Design Store #49510; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

I ended up making some big changes while still following a lot of the details of the sketch.

Variation #1 - Altering the wavy design to work with wave strips.

I picked out these photos because the wavy motion of the water seemed so perfect for this design. But, I wanted to implement some waves into the design to represent water.

I first cut out a wavy strip on my Silhouette and then covered it in wave strips. Then I adhered it to the layout and added some stitching to really define the shape of the waves. I also added some schools of fish on the waves.

Let me tell you, the stitching on this was a roller coaster of feelings! Usually with stitching like this I would have used a coordinating color for each strips, but I thought it would be fun to do something a little different from my norm and instead use a high contrast color for all strips. As I was stitching it one minute I loved it and then the next I hated it. It was a back and forth throughout the whole process! Now seeing the completed layout I don't hate it, but I don't really love it either. But, that's the thing about stepping out of your comfort zone, you always learn something from it!

Variation #2 - Using two smaller photos in place of the bottom photos on the sketch.

This was a super easy swap! I ended up using two 3 x 3" photos instead of the two 2-1/2 x 3-1/2" and didn't have to adjust anything for them to fit.

Variation #3 - Using embellishments in place of the top photos on the sketch.

Since I only had two photos for this layout I decided to add some fun embellishments in place of the two photos along the top edge of the wave design.

I used palm trees and several cute die cuts to build a little beach scene.

That's all for today! Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the second layout from this sketch!

Also, if you enjoy all of the free sketches that I have created, be sure to join us in the Creating w/ Sketches Facebook Group! We have layout gallery for all of the free sketches that I have created.

Shop all sketches here: Allison Davis Sketches 

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