If you haven't yet be sure to visit the Scrapbook Generation online store to grab the free sketch for April! It the same sketch that I've been using as a starting point for my layouts this week.
Scrapbook Generation's May Free Sketch
* you can download by clicking here
Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Echo Park; Alphabet stickers: Echo Park; Chipboard alphabet: American Crafts; Stencil: Crafter's Workshop; Mist: Tattered Angels; Corner rounder: EK Success; Star punch: Fiskars; Stickers: Echo Park; Embroidery floss: DMC; Brads: unknown
Variation #1 - Sometimes the pictures I want to use just don't work for smaller photo sizes like the 2-1/2" square photos on the left page. Part of that had to do with not wanting to reduce the size of any of the three pictures I used. My solution for that was to use them all as 4 x 6 photos and eliminate the smaller 2-1/2" photos.
The photos are still arranged very similar to the photos on the sketch. The best part was that using the larger photos didn't require any major adjustments!
Variation #2 - Like the layout from Day 2, I added a background on this page. I used a stencil and mist to create the pattern. I thought it was a great accent to the muddy theme.
Variation #3 - I also add a few strips to the background of the left page. I wanted to get some color on that page and the strips were an easy addition. That's one thing I love about this sketch! There are so many different things you can add to that left page to enhance it and make it fit your own style.
Variation #4 - I moved the placement a few stars. Since I had larger pictures and they stretched across more of the page, I lost a little bit of space for the stars on the right. I just moved them down by the title.
Variation #5 - I had a lot more photos I wanted to include on this layout and, like I mentioned in Variation #1, I didn't want to crop my photos down too much. I added more photos and moved the strips on the right to make room. Really you could fill that whole right page with photos if you wanted and leave the main embellishing and designing on the left page.
Variation #6 - I used different strips to make room for the extra and larger photos. I used a 1/4" strip on both sides of the photos and then a few at different lengths on the right. I mostly added the shorter strips to add in more color.
Be sure to check back Monday to see who won the download giveaway! And, if you create a layout based on the sketch from this week leave a link in the comments and then on Monday I'll post all the links so everyone can go check them out.
Have a wonderful weekend! :)