I opted to watercolor and stitch a heart behind the photo area instead of the circles shown in the sketch. I lightly traced a large heart to provide a guide for my watercoloring using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a watercolor pen. Then I let it dry and stitched around it.
Tip: when using water on a layout, to prevent it from curling up, first lightly mist the back of the cardstock. On this layout, I didn't mist first, and it dried with a slight curl. After my layout was complete, I misted it on the back and lightly flattened it until it was flat again.
I subbed one of the photos in the sketch with the "love" journal card that I punched with a cross-stitch die (the Simple Stories collection uses a cross-stitch element so I brought it into the layout that way as well).
I used several of the patterned paper, so stickers, so chipboard elements to create the mat, and I used the coordinating alpha stickers for the title.
Next I decided the layout needed to be "grounded" so I created a border with a border sticker, some chipboard and cardstock hearts, and stitching.
Finally, I included the embellishment cluster on the top left instead of on the circle shown in the sketch.
Here is the sketch:
Thanks for stopping by! I'm so glad you could come visit, and I hope this inspired you to do something a little different with a sketch.