Scrapbook Generation's Free July Sketch
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"No Grown Ups Allowed"
Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Simple Stories and Echo Park; Alphabets: Simple Stories (no), American Crafts (grown ups), and Echo Park (allowed); Wood grain stamp: My Mind's Eye; Ink: Prima chalk ink; Stickers: Echo Park; Embroidery floss: DMC
My third use of this sketch and here I am adding more pictures again!
Variation #1 - I changed a lot when it came to the photos. Yesterday I took the photo block on the left page and extended it to the left and with this layout I took the photo block on the left page and extended it to the top and bottom of the layout.
I decided to basically remove all the photos on the left page of the sketch and do my own thing to work with the extra amount of pictures I wanted to use. I did kind of use the three smaller photos on the sketch as a starting point but used a row of three slightly larger photos (3 x 4"). I continued the same row of photos to cover that whole area. I removed the background behind the photos because obviously that whole area is covered with photos on my layout.
On the right page I substituted one 3 x 5" photo for a 4 x 6" photo and added a small 2 x 2" photo.
The 2 x 2" photo was just add to help support the story. The photos of the boys are taken up close so you don't see the whole playhouse/swing set. I felt like I needed to get at least one picture in there of that. I like 2 x 2" photos for little details like that. They are easy to add pretty much anywhere you need them.
Variation #2 - I tried to follow the sketch closely for the papers.
On the left page I added a few extra strips and instead of them being only 9-1/4" in height (as the sketch suggests) I went ahead and extended them with that photo block.
On the right page I added 1" to the background piece. The reason I did this had to do with the larger 4 x 6" photo that I used. Since I had a photo with 1" more than the sketch suggests I compensated by adding 1" to the background.
I also added a fun element to the paper design on the right page. I used a wood grain stamp to make "wooden" strips.
I was lucky enough to find a patterned paper that matched the color of the wood in the pictures almost exactly! I added them on the blue piece in a way so that you can see three of the "wooden" pieces. I finished them with little metal "nails" at the end of each piece.
Variation #3 - I used the same stamped "wooden" pieces to embellish the left page.
I cut a little notch at each end, layered them over each other, and finished everything with a stitched star, arrows, stickers, and some twine.
Variation #4 - I moved my journaling to the same spot as my layout on Wednesday. I didn't want to cover the stamped pieces too much and there was plenty of space below the pictures.
I also added another stitched star and an arrow by the journaling.
Be sure to check back on Monday to see who won the giveaway! Have a great weekend!