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Sketch Support #8 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 4

This layout had both shrinking and enlarging to create a completely different look.

Here is the one-page sketch that I have used 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 paper: Glitz; Raindrop cut file: Silhouette; Splat cut file: Sophie Gallo; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Studios; Watercolor: Pink Fresh Studios; Word stickers: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer fonts; Avenir Next Condensed (journaling), Felician (ice), and Felician Cap (cold)

I went through so many emotions while creating this layout. I loved it. I hated it. I loved it again. It was okay. It was horrible. I loved it. It was such an up and down moment. I had the idea in my head and it just didn't quite come out that way and trying to adjust to the ideas as they came was a roller coaster. The end result ended up being fun and I am happy with the way it turned out.

Variation #1 - Shrinking the photos.

I had these three photos that I really wanted to use with this design, but they were all quite a bit smaller than the 4 x 6" photos on the sketch. However, they were vertical photos just like the sketch so I thought, "I can definitely make this work!"

Shrinking your photos while still using a similar photo ratio and the same orientation as the photos on the sketch can be easy and produce a drastically different layout.

I also arranged them so that they are overlapping and tilted instead of straight like the photos on the sketch.

Variation #2 - Enlarging the circles.

I really wanted to create these unique circles made out of a droplet shape to mimic the splash of the water in my photos. I made them quite a big bigger than the circles on the sketch, but because I used small photos, I had plenty of extra space.

I used my Silhouette to design two large droplet circles and positioned them so that they would be cut out on a sheet of cardstock where I wanted the designs to be on my layout (one on the bottom of the photos and one at the top of the photos.) Instead of trying to use all of these tiny droplets and arrange them on my layout, I took the easy way and used the cut out piece as my layout base and just placed a piece of patterned paper on the backside to show through the cut outs.

I added lots of extra details to the circles. I used foam adhesive to adhere some of the cut out droplets. I added Nuvo Drops in several colors including some Glitter Drops to cover a few pieces with sparkle. I also used some watercolors to create tiny drops.

Variation #3 - Mixing up the shapes.

To fill in the rest of the circles, I used my Silhouette to cut out splat designs. They still somewhat hold that circle shape, but it's different enough to create a unique look.

A great way to get a different look with a sketch it to play around with different shapes. It's amazing how a tiny change like that can change the look of everything! You can find lots of shapes that still resemble a circle. Think about things like snowflakes, tires, flowers, or bubbles.

Variation #4 - Removing the horizontal strip.

I had so much going on with the droplets and splats and I just didn't see a horizontal strip fitting in with this design.

Removing strips is always an easy solution if you want to get a more clean look or in the case of my layout you've got too much going on and you don't want to overwhelm the design.

Variation #5 - Removing the circle photo.

I removed the circle photo on the sketch. I only had three photos for this layout so instead of putting a circle photo on my layout, I used that space for my title. It actually worked out kind of perfectly since I removed the horizontal strip where the title was on the sketch. I love it when things work out like that!

That's all for day 4! Check back tomorrow for another layout!

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