Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sketch Week, Day 2

If you haven't had a chance yet be sure to head over to the SG online store and grab the free sketch. It's the same sketch that I am using as my starting point for the layouts this week. If you would like to see all the new downloads for this month you can check out my post from yesterday.

Scrapbook Generation's Free February Download
* you can download by clicking here


"The Wind Wins"


Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Pebbles Inc.; Alphabets: Pebbles Inc. (umbrella vs. wind), American Crafts (the wind wins); Word stickers: Pebbles Inc.; Embroidery floss: DMC

I love one-page sketches but there is no doubt that two-page layouts are my comfort zone. Most of the time I have too many pictures to condense down to just one page. If you are in the same boat and mostly create two-page layouts, no fear, a one-page sketch is still usable for you too! It's all just a matter of stretching the design to fit onto two-pages. It's super easy to do!

Variation #1 - The starting point and my reason for stretching the one-page sketch into a two-page layout began with the pictures. Instead of just having one larger photo (the 3-1/2 x 5" photo on the sketch) I used three 4 x 6 photos instead and stretched them across the layout.

Variation #2 - The second change with the photos is the size of the smaller accent photos. On the sketch there are three 2-1/2 x 3-1/2" photos but I used three 2-1/2 x 2-1/2" photos. I printed those photos as wallet size but they were horizontal, not vertical like the photos on the sketch. I didn't have enough room to use them as they were so I cropped them down to squares.

Variation #3 - I removed the photo mat from the larger photo on the sketch and instead used photo mats on the smaller accent photos.

Variation #4 - Because I adjusted everything to fit on a two-page layout I had to do some minor adjustments with the paper. On the right page the large photo is all the way on the left edge which created more space where the vertical strips hang down. This was the perfect opportunity to add more strips to fill that space.


Variation #5 - Since I added more strips to fill that space I had more space for journaling. I used longer journaling strips than suggested on the sketch.

Variation #6 - I added a little extra detail around the title to support the theme of my page. (I actually got the idea of the stitched "wind" swirls from my oldest son Drew. Whenever he draws pictures he always draws wind in the clouds and it looks exactly like the wind I stitched on my layout.)


The stitched wind also helped to fill a small gap I had at the end of my title. I wanted my title to extend across the whole bottom of the 4 x 6 photos but it fell a little short. This was an easy fix for that little gap.

Variation #7 - I didn't add a banner across the top of the photos as suggested on the sketch. Instead I added clouds cut from patterned paper.


Two groups of the clouds are roughly where the ends of the banner would be had I added it to the layout.

Be sure to check back Friday for the last layout I have created based on the free Feb. sketch and then Monday to see who has won the download giveaway. 

If you have created a layout based on the free sketch for February be sure to leave a link to it in the comments. I always love to see how people use the sketches!

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love the stitching! It really accents the title.

Shara

tbrighton said...

I love how easy you make it look. I have never tried making a one page sketch into a two page layout...off to try this. Thanks.

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing with us. I love the 2 page layouts.

Lynette said...

I love the sketch converted to a 2pager...and I love your stitching.

momtotucknlexi said...

I am a two page gal too (same reason-too many photos). Love how you converted this sketch and I will be definitely using this version of the sketch.
Thanks
Michelle Bittner

LauraB said...

I really like how you turned this into a two page sketch. I mainly make two page layouts, although recently, I've been making more one page layouts. I really like this sketch, can't wait to use it!

tape said...

Beautiful page, nice adaptation!

Julie B said...

Wow! What an amazing layout! You are so talented!

Suzanna Lee said...

You rock the stitching Allison; you always have! Love the conversion from 1 to 2 pager.

Cathy A. said...

The layout is great and I love the 2 page take on the sketch as most of the time I do 2 page layouts. Thanks!

Lori said...

Love how you stretched this into a a two page layout. Beautiful work!

Chris said...

I have to say I love two-pagers!

CodyandTraci said...

I can not tell you how happy I am for sketch week and a 2 pager... HEAVEN!!!

LouAnn said...

I love how you turn one page sketches into two page layouts. I have the same problem of too many pictures and rarely do single pages.

dawn said...

I'm sooooo thrilled about sketch week, couldn't wait to see this today!! You still ROCK at the two pages and stitching Allison. Love the added clouds instead of a banner.

Thanks for making my Wednesday brighter!

Will give this a try!

hrk_md said...

What a great variation. I usually do 2 page layouts as well and it is great to see how you adapted the design to fit two pages.
The clouds are such cute accents and I love all the colored strips of paper- would be great for using up scraps. Can't wait for another on Friday

Julie in Sweden said...

Great LO. Love the stitching. Cute pictures.

Tasha said...

Love this! How do you get your stitching to look so great? Mine leaves larger holes and it doesn't look nearly as good. Yours looks almost like a machine did it.

shutterbuggin said...

I'm definitely a two page girl as well. Love how you adapted it and including the stitched wind. What a great reminder of something your son does.

Rodriguez Family said...

Love this! Love it being two pages even better and the stitching is awesome.

cutiephinphin said...

Awesome 2 pager. I love how you stretched the sketch and I'm always having headache with 2 pages. Takes me double the time. Thanks for sharing. Love the stitching btw.

Janelle H. said...

When I saw the one-page sketch, I was thinking about how to stretch it to a two-pager, and you did it for me!!

wteagon said...

This is absolutely amazing!! I love everything about it and all the details and elements. This would be perfect for me to use and get rid of some of my scrap paper. Can't wait to see the next LO from this sketch!

Anonymous said...

Man, I wish my stitching would look
so good. Love the layout!

Laura J said...

Love all the stitching on this! Very fun layout!

Robin Kay T said...

I confess I never would've thought about taking a one-page sketch and making it into a two page layout. Amazing! Can't wait to try it. Thank you!

allimci said...

Love the wind stitches! I'll have to try that.

janet said...

What a gorgeous layout...Love so many details about this page. The title and topic are just wonderful and like everyone else stated- YOU ROCK the stitching. Please post a tutorial someday about what you use and some pointers. Mine sometimes comes out a little crooked. Yours is always perfect.
The elements and papers you selected are just perfect as well.
Thanks for sharing. RIGHT into my FAV file!

Karina said...

I love your stitching... I never tried before, but seeing your pages i have to try it !!! Thanks one more time for doing this again, beautiful work.

Michele said...

opps, my comment got lost! I always love it when a 1 page sketch is interpreted as a 2 pager ... awesome stitching!

Kim M said...

Love the two pager!

Charlene said...

Love the clouds made out of patterned paper!

kimba720 said...

What a cute layout. I love the clouds and the stitching. I need to try more stitching on my layouts.

mthata said...

Love that sketch week is back! Lov'in your examples, Allison!

Marisa T. said...

Great tips. never would have thought to stretch it out to two pages

Jennifer Cowan said...

Thanks for the inspiration for my layout!

Colleen said...

Love how you stretched it into two pages. Your hand stitching elements, as always, rock. Nice job!

Anonymous said...

Love the clouds! Do you freehand them, use a Silouette or something else?

Kim M said...

Love the free sketch!

dlhfks said...

I love your two pagers. You are so creative.

Marcia said...

What a fun photo shoot. It's so totally different. Love it.

Jennifer E. said...

Always love how you turn a one-page sketch into a two-page layout. Thanks for the ideas.