Scrapbook Generation's Free September Sketch
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Supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: TPC Studio, Cosmo Cricket, Fancy Pants, and Little Yellow Bicycle; Baker's twine: The Twinery; Alphabet stickers: Prima (birthday) and Doodlebug (balloons); Word stickers: Authentique; Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink; Embroidery floss: DMC; Corner rounder: Fiskars; Star punch: Fiskars
At first glance this layout looks nothing like the sketch but that's what is fun about sketches and what makes them so useful. Sometimes the sketch can just be a starting point, which is the case with my layout today. I looked at the sketch and let my creative ideas take over instead of following every detail on the sketch.
Variation #1 - I used all 4 x 6 photos in place of the 3 x 4 photos on the sketch. I basically took that line of photos and stretched them across the whole page. I used the same amount of photos too. Since I used photos with more height I decided to remove the larger background piece.
You could do the same, stretching the photos all the way across the page, with many other sizes too like: 3 x 4", 4 x 4", 3 x 3", or 3 x 5".
Variation #2 - I flipped part of the sketch. I kept the title and journaling block in the same spot but flipped the rest of the sketch. The balloons are what I used in place of the banner strips and stars at the bottom of the sketch. Since I flipped that part, I have the balloons along the top.
Flipping the sketch is such an easy way to get a different look from the same sketch. For my layout I flipped the sketch from top to bottom but you can also play around with flipping it from side to side or flip just one side of the sketch. There are a lot of possibilities there!
Variation #3 - One thing I do often is try to find a way to play around with the theme of my layout and incorporate it into the design on my page. I love taking elements in the pictures and making them come to life on the page. I did this by creating the balloons that replaced the stars and banner strips.
Here's a closer look at the balloons:
To make the balloons I drew an oval with the little triangle on the bottom in three different sizes to use as a template. I traced and cut out the balloons from several different patterns and colors.
After I adhered the balloons on my layout I used a ruler to draw a line from the bottom of the balloon to the top of the photos. Then I added the hand stitched "strings" on the balloons.
To finish them I added a few little details like stars, bows, and word stickers.
They were really easy to make!
Variation #4 - Along the top of the photos I didn't do any of the stitching or add the striped strip as it is on the sketch (it would be on the bottom of the sketch since I flipped it to make my layout.) I ended up just adding a striped strip along the bottom of the photos and a super small orange strip to fill in for the suggested stitching on the sketch.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and be sure to check back on Monday to see who won the giveaway! :)