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Sketch Support #9 | Learn How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 3

Now we are starting to get into some bigger changes to the sketch!

Here's the new, FREE two-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 by clicking here.

Supplies Used - Cardstock: American Crafts: Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye; "Shine Bright" cut file: Paige Evans; Stars punches: Fiskars and Recollections; Computer font: DMC; Embroidery floss: DMC; Glitter: Stickles

Variation #1 - Using larger photos.

I used 4 x 6" photos in place of the 3 x 5" photos and extended them all the way to left and right edges of the layout. It's still the same amount of photos of photos as the sketch, just slightly larger.

Variation #2 - Using a large shape in place of a background piece.

I used a large star in place of the 6 x 5" piece behind the title, journaling, and smaller photos. I really liked the idea of using a large shape there and when I came across this super cute "shine bright" cut file I knew that this could be a good fit.

The star is quite a bit bigger than the rectangle piece on the sketch, but since I extended the photos to the edges, this gave me an 8" wide open section between the photos to work with. Plus, I could go pretty big with this star and only a small portion would overlap onto the photo on the left. I tilted the star to make sure those points on the star were not covering Jackson's face.

Variation #3 - Adding extra background pieces.

I decided to add an extra background piece behind the star to help it really pop out and grab attention. Since the star is so big, I used a big background piece. I used an 8 x 12" strip so that it cover from top to bottom of the layout.

I also added a striped strip on the left and right of the extra background piece. I don't know why, but I just like to use striped strips to frame big pieces like this. It's a weird quirk that I have!

Variation #4 - Using background strips in different sizes.

I still used vertical strips on the background of my layout, but I changed them up slightly. This paper collection is an older one, but it will always be one of my all-time favorite boy collections. One of my favorite papers in this collection is the arrow strip that I used for my vertical strips.

I used smaller strips than suggested on the sketch and I arranged them at different heights. I also cut along the arrow design to create an arrow strip instead of the flat edge on the strips on the sketch. I really like using arrow strips for boy themed layouts.

The strips still cover roughly the same area as the strips on the sketch, they are just different in appearance and design.

Variation #5 - Removing photos.

I removed the bottom 2 x 2" photo. Mainly it was due to the title on the star. It's so large that I just didn't feel I had the space I needed for that photo.

That's all for day #3! Check back tomorrow for layout #4.

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Amy Cunniff-Bleau
Amy Cunniff-Bleau
May 27, 2020

Allison, I’ve noticed more and more that you are not inking the edges of your paper. Are you distressing the edges of your paper? Or is it a design choice? I’m just curious. . . 😁

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