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Sketch Week #3 | How to Use and Adapt Scrapbook Sketches | Day 2

Updated: Oct 24, 2019

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

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

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

My "Skater Boy in Training" layout has several changes while still following the general design of the sketch. One sketch can provide the inspiration for several layouts and with a few minor adjustments each layout will look completely different!

Variation #1 - Using different strips for the background.

I made a few changes to the background strips.

1. I used less and instead of extending them all the way across the layout, I only used them in a 12" section of the layout.

2. I made most of them banner strips. The sketch uses a mix of banner strips and regular strips. As a personal preference, I tend to gravitate more towards banner strips for backgrounds. Simply put, I just like the way they look. This is another easy way to change up the look of sketch, substituting banner strips for regular strips and vise versa.

3. I changed the size of the strips. Instead of having a large variety of sizes, I went with six 2" strips to make the background and then added three 1/2" arrow strips.

Variation #2 - Adjusting the amount and style of 3 x 5" photos used.

I decided that since my layout had a playful theme, I would mimic that in the arrangement of my 3 x 5" photos.

I used one less photo so my photos don't stretch to the left and right edges of the layout. This gave me some room to add some photo mats to a few of the photos and arrange them slanted in different directions and overlapping.

Variation #3 - Removing an element.

I removed the rectangle piece to let the background strips show through that gap in between the 3 x 5" photos.

On the sketch, that rectangle piece is there to help the title and journaling stand out among all those strips of patterned paper. Since I used less papers and larger strips, I felt I didn't need that rectangle piece plus I like having those papers show more.

Variation #4 - Adding in a few small supporting photos with the embellishments.

I added some 2 x 2" photos in the same area of the embellishments. I love adding 2 x 2" photos here and there to have a variety of photo sizes. Small photos can be a great substitution for embellishments and they are a fun way to highlight smaller details of your theme.

Variation #5 - Framing my photos with a fun dotted border.

The last change I made was adding a large frame of dots around the whole layout. I used a mix of small gold punched circles and small metallic gold paint dots. This helped to not only frame my photos but also create an interesting decorative element to the white space.

Don't miss the last day of Sketch Week on Friday!

Supplies used: Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Doodlebug Designs "Hello"; Alphabet stickers: American Crafts Thickers: Die Cuts and stickers: Doodlebug Designs "Hello"; Word stickers: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: American Typewriter

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