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"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!