The sketch that I'm using, from our DVD - Stretch Your Scrapbooking, as a starting point for all five layouts this week.
Layout #4 - "Arnall Tradition"
Supply list - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper, stickers, and alphabet stickers: Pink Paislee
The 4th of July is not only one of my favorite holidays to enjoy but it's also one of my favorites to scrapbook! On this layout I used the same collection from the Pink Paislee giveaway.
Variation #1 - Since I was making a 4th of July layout I thought stars would be a great substitution for the circles. While the circles would have looked great too, the stars just fit the specific theme so well. Just think of all the different elements you could use in place of those circles: hearts, arrows, flowers, flourishes, squares, trees, etc.
Another thing I want to point out is the difference of the circles, or stars on this layout, grouped together. Don't stress yourself out trying to get the exact shape of the circle groups on the sketch or even the same size. As long as you've got the elements in that general area it's going to look great. If you go back and look at all the layouts I've posted this week not one looks the same as the others as far as the circle placement goes. I always lay mine out before I adhere them to get an idea of what it's going to look like. Plus it's easier to add one here, take one out there if they aren't glued down. Once you've got them in a place you like and are happy with the results then start adhering them.
Variation #2 - I kept the same 2" striped strip that the sketch suggests but I want to tone down the boldness of it just a little bit. I was able to do this by adding another patterned paper strip in a lighter color over the top of it and leaving only 1/4" of the stripe showing above and below it.
Variation #3 - Yesterday I talked about my frustration with border strips and only getting one in the package. Well, on this layout I copied a border strip that I liked by making it with patterned papers. In place of the scallop strip on the sketch I instead used circles and stars punched out of patterned papers and added them across the page. Of course it took a little longer than just adhering a sticker but this way I was able to stretch the complete design all the way across both pages.
Variation #4 - Last week I posted a 4th of July layout with the photos arranged in a grid. I love how grid designs are an easy way to get a lot of photos on the page. I somewhat followed that same pattern here. I always have so many pictures from the 4th that it's so hard for me to narrow my choice down to just a few. By cropping my photos into smaller sizes I was able to include a lot of little details of that day on my layout.
I still kept the same measurements as the four 4 x 4 photo group suggested on the sketch but instead used smaller photos to fill that space.
Variation #5 - And the last one, a small one, I used a simple journaling block instead of having my journaling directly one the page. I know I probably sound like a broken record, but I can't repeat it enough, the journaling section of the layout is always one that can be altered to fit the length of your story.
Two more days for a chance at winning the Pink Paislee giveaway or the Sketches for Scrapbooking giveaway. :)