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Sketch Support #8 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 2

Day 2 takes the four photo sketch and turns it into a nine photo layout! You would think that would require lots of adjustments, but it didn't at all. It actually stays pretty close to the sketch.

Here's the one-page sketch that I am using as the starting point for each layout this week.

You can download the full sketch with measurements and placements here.

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned papers: Simple Stories, Pebbles Inc, Bella Blvd., and Jillibean Soup; Alphabet stickers: American Crafts; Watercolors: Pink Fresh Studios; Star punches: EK Success and Fiskars; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Including more photos.

An easy way to include more photos is to substitute multiple smaller photos in place of one larger photo.

I used eight 2-1/2 x 3-1/2" photos in place of the three 4 x 6" photos. The height of the combined photos, top to bottom, is 7" which is only 1" taller than the photos on the sketch. Usually you can get away with a little extra here and there without it altering the rest of the layout.

I also arranged them in a more messy pattern instead of the straight line of photos you see on the sketch. I liked the look of it with the silly way Jackson was running, it gave it a more whimsical look.

Variation #2 - Adding in different elements to replace photos.

With the photos I used, they didn't fit across the page in the same way they do on the sketch. As quick and easy solution was to add in some cards to fill in some empty space, to highlight a photo, and for a journaling block.

Anytime you don't have enough photos to fill a space use a card, a piece of patterned paper, or an embellishment instead.

Variation #3 - Using a different shape in place of the circles.

Maybe it's because I'm the mom of boys, but stars are one of my go-to shapes.

I substituted stars in place of the circles. I ended up using stars that are slightly smaller than the circles on the sketch. Taking up an extra inch with the photos plus using smaller photos with less empty space in them left me with less room for the cluster designs. With large photos I can get away with overlapping the cluster on top of the photo quite a bit. With smaller photos, not so much.

There are many different shapes you could use with this sketch design. Try using hearts, flowers, butterflies, arrows, snowflakes, splashes, etc.

Variation #4 - Removing/replacing strips.

I decided to remove the horizontal strip on the sketch. With the smaller cluster and the extra inch added to the photo section, I wanted to use something smaller instead.

My idea was to create a pattern with watercolor (the circles) and then add a few arrow strips on top of that.

That's all for today! Check back tomorrow for layout #3!

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