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During the month of February, I participate in the LOAD or Layout a Day challenge. Making a layout each and every day isn’t always easy, but it can also be a good way to stretch your creativity a bit. You develop your creative habit a bit more and really are able to take a look at your creative process. Sometimes though, I can’t devote a large amount of time to that particular day’s prompt. I need a quick solution to help me save time. 6×6 paper pads provide me with that option.

6x6 grid example


When you are handling a 6×6 paper pad, you have a pre-measured and pre-cut set of papers that are all designed to coordinate together. The common size of a scrapbook layout is 12×12. Four sheets from a 6×6 pad will cover the 12×12 canvas in a grid pattern. This in itself is the beginnings of a basic design. You could then easily fill each quadrant with photos, journaling and embellishments for a quick an easy layout. However, knowing the dimensions of the paper pad, it’s also easy to cut and place sections of it to create other layout designs. Today, I will be working with a simple design know as the asymmetrical cross.



Lab Exercise 8I used 3 sheets of 6×6 paper. One I left intact ( the dark blue section to the left). I used a 4×6 photo, which I trimmed down just a tad. I wanted there to be a wide seam or border  between the photo and the adjoining patterned paper. Using a 4×6 photo saves time. It’s already 6 inches long. The same length as the paper in the 6×6 pad.I cut a strip from the second sheet( dark blue section) to place to the right of the photo. This strip is approximately 1 3/4 inches wide. If I didn’t desire the seams/borders between the photo  and adjoining patterned paper, then I simply would have cut even increments. The strip to the right would be 2 inches wide. The remaining sheet of 6×6 patterned paper was simply cut it half( hot pink sections). I trimmed it down just a tad to allow for the seams/border to show.




Bicycle Built  for 3 by Christy Strickler for My Scrapbook Evolution

On a Bicycle Built for 3 by Christy Strickler |Supplies Cardstock: Colorbok; Patterned Paper: Studio Calico; Letters: Jillibean Soup, Simon Says Stamp; Stickers: Bella Blvd., American Crafts; Flair,Tape, Paperclip: Freckled Fawn; Journal card: October Afternoon; Die Cut: Basic Grey; submitted for the monthly motif stash busting challenge at Get It Scrapped

Adding the details was pretty easy. Any border I wanted to add simply needed to be cut 6 inches long. I used my sewing machine to stitch around the edges of the blocks and then added the title and embellishments. The design is an asymmetrical cross, however, in reality, I just shifted a grid  around to accommodate the different sizes of the patterned paper I wanted to use.




   To make the design more  interesting, I substituted some of the words in the title for images.






IMG_1516  The journal card is not just a place to house my text. In this case, it also frames the photo. I used a small and simple cluster to adorn it.






Watch the full process used in building this layout:

Using a 6×6 pad will help save you time. It starts off at a size that is easily integrated into a 12×12 canvas. Leave it full size or cut it into strips to work it easily within your design. It sometimes helps to consider the canvas as a grid, even when you work with other design foundations. Just think of it as shifting the grid to work within the chosen foundation.

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Additional Resources

Scrapbook Page Starters: Arrange Photos and Elements in an Asymmetrical Cross- an article from Get It Scrapped









Get It Scrapped: The Asymmetrical Cross– my take on the Get It Scrapped article, a behind the scenes look



Criss Cross- one of the Scrapbook Coach classes now available with the Get It Scrapped Membership.
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