Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Two Page Layout Using a 6x6 Paper Pad

Each Wednesday on the blog we bring you a dose of inspiration for using the 6x6 paper pads in our Pocket Life kits, and today I've got a double dose for you! I used my 6x6 pad on a two-page, multi-photo layout, which is a great way to both get lots of photos scrapped at once and to use up quite a bit of paper in the pad!

My idea for this layout started with this sketch from PageMaps- I've always loved Becky's sketches!

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At first glance, it looks like the patterned paper in the sketch is in two main blocks- a big 12x12 piece offset on the right, and a pair of 5x12 strips running across the middle of the page. You could absolutely use those paper sizes on this design, but if you look more closely, you can also see that there's an opportunity to use smaller pieces, too. None of the blocks is over 6 inches in either length or width, meaning that you can cut those pieces from a 6x6 sheet of paper! I flipped through the pad and pulled out two sheets each of the yellow and purple prints, and, with a little careful measuring and alignment, pieced them together with my photos to make this page!


I also used two sheets of another print- an orange floral- to use as the photo mats where they were specified in the sketch.


Since the photos were already quite busy and the patterned papers very bright, I kept the embellishments to a minimum and used lots of neutrals- the cork butterflies, the black letter stickers, and the wood chip hearts.


The only item on the layout that wasn't in this month's kits is the journaling card- I needed something sort of plain and neutral, so I reached for a cream ledger print card and layered a tag from one of the Maggie Holmes cut apart sheets over it.


Next time you start to use a sketch that looks like it uses big blocks of patterned paper, look again and see if it's possible to break those sections down into smaller chunks and use a 6x6 pad instead!

1 comment:

  1. I love smart tricks like this one! What a great, bright and sunny double pager!