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Sketch Week #4 | How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 2

Once a month learn how to use scrapbook sketches and adapt them to fit different styles, photo sizes, and themes.

Day two of Sketch Week is here with another layout based on the new FREE sketch. If you missed day 1 you can check it out here: Sketch Week #4 | Day 1

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

My hexagon punches got a workout with this one! I was in the mood to work with hexagons and I was inspired by the patterns papers I had picked out.

I thought some of those small words would be great accent pieces and they fit the hexagon punch perfectly!

Variation #1 - Flipping the sketch.

Flipping the sketch is an easy way to get a completely different look with just one easy adjustment. I flipped mine so that the photos are going vertical down the page instead of horizontally across.

If you are feeling adventurous I challenge you to take a sketch and create four layouts with it by using it from each angle:

1. as is

2. to the left

3. to the right

4. upside down

Variation #2 - Using shapes in place of strips.

I decided to switch out strips for hexagons. I have a mild obsession with hexagons. It's one of those shapes that you can do so much with and I like that they interlock together to create kind of a cozy, quilt-ish, puzzle-y look. (Yeah. I make up words sometimes.)

I still used the background strips on the sketch as a guide for placement of my hexagons. The hexagons fall into the same general placement on the layout and they have roughly the same width and height as a whole as the strips on the sketch do as a whole.

A lot of times when I see a background on a sketch whether it's one solid piece of paper or several pieces grouped together, I look at it as a whole. Then I explore different options I have for filling that whole background. I can break that whole into different pieces to cover the same size of an area. For example, I can create that whole using:

• one solid piece of paper

• vertical strips - straight, banner, or arrow

• horizontal strips - straight, banner, or arrow

• shapes like squares, hexagons, circles, hearts, stars, flowers, etc.

• pieced together patterns

• mists

• paints

• stamping

There are so many possibilities!

I used three different sizes of hexagons to create my background. The largest was used to create the base layer that create the background. The medium and small hexagons where used as accents. Some of those were adhere with foam adhesive to add a little dimension.

Variation #3 - Changing photo sizes.

I used three 3 x 3" photos in place of the three 2-1/2 x 3-1/2" photos.

I love working with square photos! They are so great for portraits and close-ups of one person. I wanted the photos to capture and frame Jackson's chubby little face front and center.

Since the 3 x 3" photos have just a 1/2" different I didn't have to adjust anything else to accommodate the size change.

I also arranged them with a slight tilt with individual photo mats instead of straight on one large photo mat.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the third layout based on the sketch!

If you enjoy this sketch be sure to check out all of the sketches we have to offer at There are tons of sketches!!

Product used: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Carta Bella; Glitter paper: American Crafts; Chipboard words: American Crafts; Chipboard embellishments: Carta Bella; Hexagon punches: Fiskars; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer fonts: Century Gothic and American Crafts

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Love this layout! I don't know that I would have ever thought to replace the banner strips with hexagons but this is fantastic!


This layout is so awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

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