Friday, May 20, 2011

Add-on Week, Part 5 and a bonus sketch


Add-on Sketch #5

You can download and print this sketch by clicking on the add-on sketches link found under the "printable sketches" tab on the right sidebar.

"Our Little Family" by Allison Davis
Supplies - Patterned paper: Bella Blvd and American Crafts (clouds); Alphabets: BasicGrey (our), American Crafts (little), and Bella Blvd (family); Rubon: unknown; Stickers: Cosmo Cricket and Bella Blvd; Jewels: Kaisercraft

I thought the tree would be a fun way to embellish a page about my family. When I saw a super cute chipboard piece by Bella Blvd. that had a tree with a heart on one branch I decided to combine it with the add-on sketch for my layout.

Variation #1 - Instead of the trunk going behind the circles I added branches and kept mine in sight.

Variation #2 - Because I wanted the branches to show I didn't layer my circles on top of each other and instead have them spaced apart. I tried to keep the same overall circle look to my tree as the sketch.

Variation #3 - I add a red heart to one branch. I loved the thought that it kind of represented our own little branch in our family tree.

Variation #4 - I used green jewels to help fill in the really small spaces.

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Bonus Sketch
Two-page Sketch #14 - based on Add-on Sketch #5
You can download and print this sketch by clicking on the two-page sketches link found under the "printable sketches" tab on the right sidebar. 

This sketch is also based off of my layout, "Our Little Family". There are a few things I wanted to share with you about this sketch and the different ways you can use it. 

Photos - There are 19 photos on this sketch! That's a lot! The fun thing about layouts that have a grid design is that they are easy. I used wallet size photos so I could still have most of the picture in sight when I cropped them down to the 2 1/2" size.
Most photo processing places offer wallet sizes but if the place you use doesn't you might check out They have a wonderful free software called Photo Sheet that allows you to group several separate images into a single image, like six 2 x 2 photos printed on a 4 x 6. 

You can also use larger photos with the sketch, like 3 x 3 and adjust everything as needed. Obviously you won't be able to fit as many photos but it will still work. You can also add in a larger focal photo somewhere too, like a 5 x 5 (cropped from a 5 x 7) in place of four photos or a 2 1/2 x 5 in place of two. Another way you can add in a bigger picture is to put one in place of the tree and then use smaller embellishments beside it.

Theme - This sketch will work great with a collection of your favorite photos, like I did on my layout. You could do a month in review, birthdays, holidays, etc. And you can remove the tree and add many other larger embellishments in it's place like:

• a big birthday hat
• a wedding cake
• big splashes of water
• a Christmas tree
• tall flowers
• a house
• tall guitars
Stitching - I absolutely love stitching on my pages but I understand that not everyone is as big of a fan as I am. And I'll admit, the stitching was quite time consuming on this layout since there is so much. If you don't like stitching you can always do "faux" stitching with a pen or just add straight lines with a pen to get a similar look. 


scrapinbabygal said...

This sketch is incredible!! I just want to say THANK YOU for always putting out and coming up with AMAZING sketches that really help me scrapbook. I really have found no other blog that caters to 2pger scrappers. THANK YOU again!! This sketch rocks and I will probably use it several times!
happy friday

dawn said...

I love this grid look and that it holds 19 photos. The tree is fun and I like the branches and circles too. The heart is such a sweet extra touch. Great job on this and thanks for the extra bonus sketch and the ideas to use it for. It's been a fun week, thanks for all you do.

Erica said...

This is beautiful Allison! I love the bonus sketch! Thanks!

Linda said...

This layout is beautiful. I love your work.

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

NINETEEN PHOTOS!?!?!? WOW! Holy smokes! Great job! I love it. I was thinking it would be a good layout sketch for all those random pictures you have that may not tell a full story or maybe did not make the cut for the other pages. Does that make sense?

Amy said...

WOW!!!19 huh? I LOVE always rock each sketch and can't wait to see what you do with em!

Scrapthat said...

Holy smokes! That's a whole lot of sketch! LOVE it!! :)

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love. Your stuff here is just awesome! Thank you!

Jill Sarginson said...

Allison - you hit it out of the park! A sketch I must do! Thanks!

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Thanks for the bonus sketch! So versatile, but so are all of your sketches!

COScraps said...

Wow! Love your LO Allison...
The sketch is great I love all the photos on it now just to figure out how to print my photos in that smaller size!

Andrea said...

EXCELLENT! I love your tree!! Goes perfect with all of your wonderful pics. I also LOVE the stitching!

Þorbjörg said...

I love the LO and the sketch! They're awesome!

Paper Doll said...

Love it!