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Exercise 2: a Quick Grid Layout- scrapbook sketch

Many of us have a collection of pocket page cards from Project Life and other pocket page card collections. The cards build up quickly and often they contain many duplicates.  It’s easy to use those extra cards to create a quick grid layout. Simply choose your theme or color palette and six 3×4 cards to start.

HalloweenGridFinal1CS Hello Autumn by Christy Strickler Supplies Patterned Paper: Basic Grey; Letters,  Pocket Cards, Buttons,Stamps: Jenni Bowlin; Ink: Ranger; Punches: Fiskars; Jewels:  Freckled Fawn, Webster’s Pages; This layout originally appeared in an article for the Art Studio

To Create This Scrapbook Layout:

  1. Lay the 6 cards in a simple grid on your 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock or patterned paper. Note: you may wish to choose one of the cards to be used as a journal spot. Place it so that you can easily add your story.
  2. Divide the grid in half using a piece of washi tape, ribbon or a strip of paper so that there are three cards in a row on top and three card in a row on the bottom.
  3. Place a sheet of 6 x 6 patterned paper (or other similar size paper scrap) slightly off center on top of the grid.
  4. Add your photos, embellishments, title and journaling and your layout is done.

You can easily add layers to the grid with stamping or stencils. On the scrapbook layout shown above, I added a few stamps to each corner of the cardstock prior to building the page.


Changing the theme of the layout is as easy as changing the theme of the pocket page cards. Match the theme of your stamps and patterned paper to the cards for a quick, go to design that will enable you to create a layout on the fly at any time of the year.

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