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Sketch Support #8 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 6

I can't believe we are on day 6! This layout was a little trip outside of my comfort zone. I think it's good if every now and then we try something a little different than what we would usually do. Usually you learn something new and that's always a win in my book!

Here is the sketch that I have used as the starting point for each layout.

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

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned papers: Echo Park and Simple Stories; Water droplet cut file: Amy Robison; Wave/flourish cut file: Loni Stevens; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Studios; Alphabet stickers: Simple Stories; Computer Font: Avenir Next Condensed; Chipboard fish: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC

Variation #1 - Use one large photo as the whole layout base.

Every year we travel to Destin, Florida. It is one of my favorite places in the whole world. The water is so beautiful and so clear. I end up with the most amazing photos because of the color and clarity of the water. I take over a thousand photos a day because I just can't get enough of it.

I've always wanted to experiment with using a full 12 x 12" photo as the base of my layout and I figured one of these Destin photos would be a good photo for that. Because it's the base of the whole layout I used one that has lots of empty space so that I could add the cluster, title, and my journaling on top of it.

Variation #2 - Moving the cluster of circles.

Since Jackson is swimming at the bottom of my layout I moved the cluster to the top side of the layout.

Variation #3 - Using a different shape to create the cluster.

Since it's a water-themed layout I wanted to create a splash and wave type of look. I kept one circle as a home for my title and journaling and then surrounded it with splashes/droplets.

Variation #4 - Replacing the horizontal strip.

In place of the horizontal strip, I used a bunch of die cut waves. I used four different colors and overlapped and intertwined them across the layout. It still serves a similar look as the strip, it's just paired to support the theme of my layout.

You could play around with lots of different decorative lines in place of the horizontal strip. Things like chevron, scallops, squares, or small vertical strips would work too.

To complete the look I used several different types of Nuvo Drops to add some more splash detail to the cluster. Let me tell you, Nuvo Jewel Drops are ah-mazing for water themed layouts. My favorite colors are Sea Breeze and Aqua Plains because they look exactly like water drops when they dry. We have tons of Nuvo Drops, including the two I mentioned, at

That rounds out the layouts for this month's Sketch Support. Come back tomorrow to see the video version. I typically can explain things in greater detail while speaking so sometimes there are some added tips and tricks that I might talk about.

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May 03, 2020

Thank you! I actually had this printed at Wal-mart. I just happened to notice they had a 12x12 print option and figured I would try it out.


LOVE IT~ How did you print the 12x12 main photo? or was this all digital?

I didn't know I could order 12x12 prints - My wide format printer is not as professional as I'd like for edge to edge. Maybe I'm not using the right paper? love to hear your insight.



Peggy Nardini
Peggy Nardini
Apr 27, 2020

This is an amazing layout Allison! Everytime I look at it I see more and more detail.

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