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Sketch Support #8 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 5

It's tradition to always show how you can take a one-page sketch and turn it into a two-page layout.

Here is the sketch that I am using a 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: Pebbles Inc; Stickers: Pebbles Inc.; Tires cut file: Snapdragon Snippets; Cloud cut file: Sarah Bailey; Star punches: Fiskars; Alphabet stickers: American Crafts; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Studios; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

Variation #1 - Extending the one-page sketch into a two-page layout.

Since the photos on the sketch are arranged in a straight line from left edge to right edge, extending this sketch was really easy. All I had to do was continue the line of photos from the left edge of the left page to the right edge of the right page.

Variation #2 - Use different photo sizes.

One of my favorite photo sizes to use are 3 x 5" photos. What I like about them is that they aren't that much smaller than a 4 x 6" photo so I can usually crop them from a 4 x 6" print. The best part is that they still fit evenly on a 12 x 12" paper as the 4 x 6" photos do AND you can squeeze in an extra photo. With 4 x 6" photos you can only fit three photos across a 12 x 12" page. With 3 x 5" photos you can fit four.

For those of us that have tons of photos and want to include more, this is one of the best alternatives to using 4 x 6" photos!

Variation #2 - Highlighting a favorite photo by using an enlargement.

I love adding large photos to my layout when I want to highlight a favorite photo. This sketch gave me an easy opportunity to do that. Since I used 3 x 5" photos, I could remove two and add a 5 x 7" photo with a 6 x 8" mat to fill in that space. An enlargement and a large mat really makes that photo stand out!

Variation #3 - Add more strips.

On the sketch there is just the one strip below the photos. For my layout I had the idea that it might be really cute to create a road along the bottom and add some car stickers "driving" on the road.

Then I thought to balance that, I could create a sky above my photos.

Since my 6 x 8" photo mat sticks out above and below the rest of the photos, I thought I would fill in that space with my strips. To do that I added a 1-1/2" strip above and below the photos. On top of that I added a road strip on the bottom and a cloud/sky strip on the top. To finish I added striped strip above and below everything.

Variation #4 - Mixing up the circles to tie to your theme.

I used tire die cuts to create my little cluster of circles on the bottom of the left page. I also added in my title, some word bubbles, and some stars.

On the top of the right page I included my journaling block and some stars, clouds, and a plane sticker to complete that "scene" on my layout.

That brings us to the end of this week, but I've still got one more layout to share with you and a new YouTube video coming up next week. Check back on Monday and Tuesday!

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