The sketch, from Sketches for Scrapbooking, Volume Four, that I have used as my starting point for all seven layouts.
Layout #7 - "Notre Dame"
Supply list - Everything on this layout is Pink Paislee
• Variation #1 - For this layout I used my stretching technique that I talked about last month. Notre Dame has so many amazing details and I wanted to include a lot of smaller pictures of those details. I "stretched" the layout so that I could add those two rows of three 2 x 2 photos. I didn't actually use 4 x 6 photos as the sketch suggested, they have 1/2" trimmed off to make a little room for the two rows of 2 x 2 photos. If I would have kept the 4 x 6 size it would have had the strips on the left and the right running a little too close to the edge of the paper. The biggest problem would have been not having enough room on the right for my journaling.
• Variation #2 - Sometimes it's fun to mix it up and use a patterned paper for the background. I am usually a white or french vanilla cardstock user and mostly because I like for all the elements to stand out. One white and french vanilla the pictures, the papers, the embellishments, the journaling and the title really stand out and grab attention. Plus it makes it so easy when I pick my cardstock color. But there are times that a patterned paper can enhance your pictures. I thought this pattern was so pretty next to the pictures on the layout and really complimented the colors and the overall look of the pictures.
• Variation #3 - Instead of the stars that are suggested on the sketch I used a small grouping of cork circles from Pink Paislee.
I also added rubons around them. In the picture below you can see how I even added a rubon to the folded fabric strip. That is one thing I love about rubons, they will pretty much transfer onto anything. (I even used them on my face for Halloween one year!)
• Variation #4 - I fell in love with these folded fabric strips from Pink Paislee the second I saw them and I was so pleased with how it looked across the bottom on top of the 1 1/2" strip. Adding elements and little details like this is a great way to enhance a sketch and really make it fit your style.
• Variation #5 - Instead of using journaling strips like suggested on the sketch, I used a shaped journaling paper. Because I had stretched the layout and the journaling paper was a larger size than the space I had, I trimmed a little off the left edge and then adhered it so that it was flush with the pictures. That way it kind of looks like the paper still continues under the pictures.
Today is the last day for the giveaway! :)
Also be sure to check back on Monday when I'll post the winner. You'll definitely want to check, I might have a little surprise! :)