Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sketch Week, Day 2

Yesterday was download day so if you haven't had a chance yet make sure you go grab the July free sketch at the Scrapbook Generation online store. It's the sketch that I'm using as my starting point for all the layouts this week. *All the downloads, including classes and bundles are 10% off right now.

I'm so happy to have a few more people joining me during Sketch Week and creating layouts based on the July free sketch. Click the links below to see layouts from a few of the girls from the past Sketch Support creative team.

Andrea Friebus
Lynette Jacobs

Scrapbook Generation's Free July Sketch
Download by clicking here.


"Ready to Go Swimming"


Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs; Stickers: Fancy Pants Designs; Alphabets: Fancy Pants Designs (ready to go) and American Crafts (swimming); Flourishes: unknown; Embroidery floss: DMC

One thing that this layout has in common with the layout from Monday is that I wanted to add three more photos into the design. Where they differ is the size of the photos. On the layout from Monday I could easily get away with just adding a few small 2 x 2" photos that didn't require any adjustments of the surrounding elements. Today's layout required some changing to allow those extra pictures! 

Variation #1 - Let's start with the photos on the left page:


I added an extra 2-1/2 x 3-1/2" photo in the row on top and then a 3 x 5" photo beside the 7 x 5" photo. Basically I took that photo block on the sketch and extended it to hold more photos. 

I love photo blocks because they are so easy to stretch and adjust to fit whatever size or amount of photos you want to use. It's kind of like a puzzle figuring out what sizes can go where but really it's an easy change you can make!

One the right page I did the same thing, extended everything to hold another photo.


Since the photos on the sketch are 3 x 5" I had plenty of room to add in an extra 3 x 5" photo. I arranged them slightly different than the sketch. The one on the far left is a little slanted while I kept the other two straight, a little lower, and aligned. I did this to accommodate for the title and the journaling.

Variation #2 - I made the background pieces stretch to fit the whole page. Since I was extending the photos on both sides that seemed to be the easiest solution to the background. Too much of it would have been hidden if I had just left it the same as the sketch. 

Variation #3 - I add a few more strips to the background. Since I extended the background to the edges and because I used just plain cardstock for that background, I want to add in more color with the strips. For the most part I just added a few 1/4" strips and changed the sizes of the strips on the sketch to a wider size. 

Variation #5 - I changed the line of stars with the stitched line through it to fit better with my theme and with the extended photos. 


I used a phrase sticker with a few splashes of "water" made out of patterned paper. I added a few finishing touches with stitching and the small blue flourishes.

I added the same splashes by the title too. 


Splashes are one of my go-to embellishments for water pages. I love how easy they are to make and how much fun you can have with them. You can make them larger and layer lots of them together to make a super splash element on a page or you can just cluster a few small ones here and there like I did on this layout. I like mixing different patterns in the same colors too! 

Variation #6 - When I added another photo on the right page I lost my journaling space as suggest by the sketch. Earlier I talked about why I arranged the photos the way I did on the right page and how part of that was to accommodate for the journaling. With the photos arranged the way they are I was had a nice little open area below the photos for my journaling. 

I also used a journaling block instead of the journaling strips on the sketch.

Be sure to check back on Friday to see the last layout of Sketch Week! And, don't forget about the giveaway! You can find the info for the giveaway in the post from Monday - Sketch Week, Day 1

23 comments:

stace said...

This is awesome Allison!

Linda said...

The pics are fantastic and perfect for your sketch! Great stuff!

Scrapthat said...

Super cute!! I love it (it doesn't hurt to have an adorable subject as well!!) TFS girl :D

janet said...

Such another awesome layout Allison. You always rock the water splashes. And I love all the color here. So happy to see some of the gals from the previous creative team. Both Andrea and Lynette did such beautiful layout and awesome work with the sketch. Thanks for bringing Sketch Week back to us Allison- it is such a TREAT for us.

HeatherK said...

Love the pictures and the way you stretched the sketch to accommodate the extra ones. Great variations as always.

GLOANN said...

So much fun to be able to see LOs by some of the designers who were regulars on Sketch Support. Loving their pages along with yours. Fun week here at your blog.

wteagon said...

I love the color combinations here!! I also like the idea of adding additional photos without trimming them here. This layout is great and I love all the little details here!!

LauraB said...

Thank you so much for bringing Sketch Week back and having guest designers from your Sketch Support DT. It's so fun to see sketches and layout again!
Love that you used a summer water theme for this sketch and added the stitching detail to the water splashes!

Marcia said...

Love how you added the bigger pictures and explaining how you did it.

Lara said...

Your sketches are amazing out they come out different every time even when you give us the measurements! Thanks for the great ideas!

Lynette said...

Super fun layout Allison. Now I want to do another one :-P

Ruth said...

wonderful layout Allison, Im going to get my scrap on right now with this sketch!!

dawn said...

I love this layout so much!! The colors and the pictures are just awesome!! You ROCK at making splashes, really makes the page more fun!!

Tasha said...

So cute! I wish my hand stitching looked as even as yours.

Steffanie said...

Absolutely love this---especially the detail in the simple embellishing!

M Salazar said...

The photos are definitely the highlight of this page. They really stand out with the paper and embellishment choices you made. I love it and can't wait to use some "splashes" for some water pages on my list of pages to complete. Thanks for sharing!

Pam's Place said...

What a fun LO, i'm definately using the sketch for a summer page!

Julie in Sweden said...

A great LO. Its fun to see other people using your sketches. It shows how versatile they are.

Do you have any advice on choosing picture sizes?

Kim M said...

I haven't had time to comment every day but I just want to say how much I enjoy these sketch weeks. I know it is a lot of work but all your talent is definitely appreciated!!!

csewy-csescrap13 said...

Another wonderful sketch & layout! Your photos are adorable! Thanks for more great inspiration.

HeatherK said...

I think splashes are my favorite embellishment, I have so many water, beach pool pictures. Great layout and it is great to see how you accommodated so many pictures

momtotucknlexi said...

Love these photos of your son- so cute and they just pop from the page. Also love your use of the fancy pants paper line with this sketch.
Michelle B

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