Sketch Interpretation and Variations

Two pages can be a lot to fill. You may be unsure about the number of photos to use or how many embellishments to add. That’s where a sketch is handy. Start with a literal approach and then move on to variations.

The Sketch


Stacy Cohen created her Library layout as a literal representation of the sketch. Notice the rosettes hung on string across the upper corner, the row of buttons along the bottom of the photos, and the journaling in the half bracket frame.

Library by Stacy Cohen

Library by Stacy Cohen

The Variations

Many events result in more than just a few snapshots, and you can make room on this layout for additional photos as long as you scale back other elements. Gretchen McElveen‘s Misner Family Affair layout has the banner on just one page, which opens up space for an additional photo. She also used a simple paper scallop border instead of a large embellishment border.

Misner Family Affair by Gretchen McElveen

Misner Family Affair by Gretchen McElveen

Shrinking this sketch down to fit a two-page 8 1/2″ x 11″ layout requires a few simple tricks as seen on the Celebrate Today layout by Amy Mallory. She overlapped her photos so that they’re still the focal point but don’t take up as much room. You can also use smaller photos to accommodate more on your layout. Amy also chose a smaller title in a different location. She also included additional journaling under a photo.

Celebrate Today by Amy Mallory

Celebrate Today by Amy Mallory

You can find this sketch and others in The Scrapbooker’s Handbook, as well as other tips for creating well-designed scrapbook pages.


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One Response to Sketch Interpretation and Variations

  1. Jillian says:

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