The sketch, from Sketches for Scrapbooking, Volume Four, that I have used as my starting point for each layout.
Layout #6 - "Drew's Farm"
Supply list - Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker, KI Memories, October Afternoon, and Bella Blvd.; Foam alphabet: American Crafts; Alphabet stickers: Doodlebug Designs; Chipboard tree: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker; Foam animals: Jolee's; Brads: Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker, Doodlebug Designs, and We R Memory Keepers; Jewels: My Mind's Eye and KaiserCraft; Embroidery floss: DMC
• Variation #1 - One weekend when I was teaching a class at one of our retreats I overheard a girl say, "I never take vertical pictures." The class I was teaching happened to be all vertical pictures. I stayed with her after the class to show her that many times you can substitute horizontal pictures in place of vertical ones. What started as a problem ended with a layout that worked with what she had. On my drive home from the retreat I knew that this would be a great variation to show for Sketch Week.
The paper design for this page easily allowed for the extra height needed for horizontal pictures.
• Variation #2 - Since I had more height on the page, because of the 8" height of photos instead of 6", I had to alter the papers just a teeny bit. I substituted the 1 1/2" strip on the bottom with a 3/4" strip. Having a larger strip put it a little too close to the bottom for my liking. I try to have close to the same margins along the top and the bottom (most of the time).
• Variation #3 - One thing I loved about using horizontal pictures was the extra space I had one the left and right of the page. Since it was one 4 x 6 it was only a 6" width instead of two vertical 4 x 6 that ended up with an 8" width. This extra space allows for a larger embellishment (the big tree) on the left side.
One thing I love about Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker mini albums is that they don't have pre-punched holes. You can easily use them on your layouts as embellishments for those times that you want to have a larger element on the page. To see it you would never know that it's suppose to be a mini album page.
To make the tree I first cut a strip of brown patterned paper, pleated it, and then adhered it to the trunk part of the tree. Next I covered the top portion with green patterned paper. To dress up the tree a little I added brads in all shades of green, green apples cut from a patterned paper, dots from some green alphabets, and green jewels. I also added two stitched lines to the trunk. Stitching on chipboard is little harder than paper just because it's a little tough to get the paper piercer through it. Once you get the holes pierced it's super easy to stitch.
• Variation #4 - Just like on the left page, I had some extra room on the right page. All I had to do to balance out the big tree was use longer journaling strips. I used 4" strips in place of the 3" strips suggested on the sketch.
• Variation #5 - I had so much fun with these cute little Jolee's foam farm animals that replaced the stars suggested on the sketch. I also had an idea to pull from my journaling by adding the little word bubbles with the animal sounds. In the journaling I talk about Drew making all the farm animal sounds and thought that the word bubbles would add a fun element to the page and support the story at the same time.
To make the bubbles I drew the shape out of cardstock, cut them out, and added a stitched border. You all know how much I love stitching! It's such a great way to enhance a simple or plain cardstock element like this one. For the words I printed them onto yellow patterned paper, cut a block shape around them, then added them to the center with foam adhesive.
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