The sketch, from Sketches for Scrapbooking, Volume 6 (available July 1), that I have used as a starting point for each layout this week.
Layout #9 - "Our Day"
Supply List - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Pink Paislee; Flowers: Prima; Alphabet and flourishes: Pink Paislee; Glimmer Mist: Tattered Angels; Brads: Pink Paislee; Pearls: Making Memories; Word stickers; Making Memories, Creative Imaginations and 7Gypsies
• Variation #1 - Earlier this week I showed you a layout that had been flipped to create a mirror image of the sketch. The time I flipped the sketch upside down. There are actually two ways you can flip it upside down. The first one is to do what I did and apply everything as if you had stamped the sketch upside down. On my layout the left page on the sketch is still the left page on the layout and the right is still the right. The second way is to take the actual sketch in front of you and flip it upside down. When you do it this way the right page becomes the left and the left becomes the right. Hopefully I didn't confuse you on that one. If I did, try taking a sketch and setting it in front of you. Now flip it so that it's upside down and you should be able to see what I'm saying.
• Variation #2 - Another thing I wanted to show with this sketch, and I kind of already did with the large star on my "Freedom" layout from earlier this week, is that you can also use different shapes in place of the circle. To get a little more specific, I had mentioned that when I look at the sketch I almost instantly assumed that the large circle is meant to be a die cut patterned paper. Well, on this one I used a die cut patterned paper in a square shape. There are so many different die cut patterned paper shapes. You could use so many different shapes and designs in place of the circle.
Another thing I should add, I had the die cut patterned paper going off the edge like the circle is on the sketch. It would also look great centered on the right page as well.
• Variation #3 - The three strips of patterned paper go all the way across the page on this layout instead of being different lengths. My reason? I accidently ripped a little piece of the die cut patterned paper and this was what I came up with to cover it up. :) There's not always an in depth, technical reason for putting things where I do. Believe me I've had finger smudges, ink, a smashed gnat, I can go on and on...
• Variation #4 - With this page I had so much more journaling that I decided to go with a large journaling block instead of the strips. I also kind of felt like the block fit the theme a little better. It's more "classic" whereas journaling strips are more fun. I cut the block to fit in between the pictures with equal margins on both sides. I think the journaling area on a sketch, most of the time, is an area that you can really play around with and fit to what you need. There are always ways to have less or add more if you need to.
• Variation #5 - I used different sizes of photos on the right page. I cropped each photo to the suggested 4 1/2" height and then cropped the width to only what I wanted in the photo. The cake picture was larger and I didn't want to crop the edges off. The dancing photo, on the other hand, had a lot of empty space so I cropped it in to just us. That area of the sketch has a lot of room for playing around with different photo sizes.
• Variation #6 - Since stars aren't usually what I think of when it comes to weddings I used flowers and flourishes detailed with word stickers and pearls instead.
The flowers that I used were cream and black with a script print all over them. I really wanted flowers that match my bouquet so I covered them with Glimmer Mist. I love that the print still shows through the color and they have a pretty shimmer to them.
Right Side of the Sketch
Layout #10 - "Splash Ready"
Supply List - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Bella Blvd.; Lace cut cardstock: KI Memories; Alphabet: Bella Blvd. and BasicGrey; Stickers: Bella Blvd.; Brads: Doodlebug, We R Memory Keepers and Basic Grey
I know that I've already shown you a layout with just the right side of the sketch but the difference with this one is the photos. I wanted to show one that followed (somewhat) the same photo sizes.
• Variation #1 - For the large circle on this layout I cut it out of some lace cardstock from KI Memories and then added a stitched line around the edge to help frame it. On this layout you can see how centering the circle, or whichever shape you choose to use, works great too. You might have to make a few minor adjustments to the other elements on the page but it shouldn't be anything major. It all depends on photo sizes, how many photos you decide to use, etc.
• Variation #2 - Just like the "Our Day" layout, I used a journaling block instead of strips. I really liked the look of the lace cardstock and with the strips I felt like I was going to be covering too much of it up.
• Variation #3 - I added a few little extra details to the strips along the bottom. On the bottom blue strip I added a strip with a wave design over the top.
On the small orange strip I added brads in different sizes and tones of orange.
• Variation #4 - When I used this side of the sketch for my soccer layout I didn't worry about the fact that I was losing my visual triangle when I went to a one page. (the three groups of stars on the original sketch make up that triangle). I didn't feel the soccer page needed it since the important part of the picture, the journaling, the title, and the elements where all grouped together. The focus of the layout was all on the parts I needed it to be without needing that triangle. It also helped to keep the focus on Drew in the picture and away from the other children in the right edge of the photo.
On this layout I felt that the visual triangle was needed. I was afraid that the picture on the right edge was going to be overlooked without an embellishment to draw the attention to it. All I had to do was add a few stickers to complete that triangle that is formed when you draw an imaginary line from the one group of stickers to the others.
• Variation #5 - This time I cut the photos to perfectly frame Jackson. I didn't want to cut them down to 4 1/2" and chop off his feet or part of his head so I just framed it to him. On the middle picture his arms were sticking out so I left it a little wider than the other two because I didn't want to chop an arm off.
• Variation #6 - On the soccer layout I had used the bottom words strips as my title but on this one I placed my title along the top, above the photos. I also didn't include the word strips at the bottom. If something isn't working for you on a sketch, don't decided you don't like the sketch. Just remove whatever part it is that you don't like.
The winner of a copy of Sketches for Scrapbooking from yesterday's comments is...
These 2 layouts looks so different from all the others that I had to compare them to the original sketch to be certain they followed the basic sketch. These are great examples of how to take a basic sketch and make it totally your own. I hardly ever scrap without your sketches.
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Don't forget that I'll have one more Sketches for Scrapbooking to giveaway! I'll be back on Monday to post the wrap up, the winner of today's giveaway, and the date for June Sketch Week.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :)