Hi everyone! Katie here, and I’m back today to share three ideas for you to use your 6×6 papers. All three layouts I’m sharing today use the gorgeous Succulents collection – two using a mix of all papers and another highlighting one specific paper design.
The great thing about 6×6 papers is how versatile they are, but I know at first glance it can be a little daunting knowing how to translate them into working on a 12×12 layout! Here are my three ideas:
1. Cut them into strips
A great way to use the whole collection, especially when all the papers are as beautiful as the next. As I’m using just the one paper pad from one collection, I don’t have to worry or think about the papers and colour scheme going together, because they already do. You can use a mix of 6×6 papers and collate them together but I love the ease of just grabbing the one paper pack. It takes me a while to create a scrapbook layout as it is and going through all of my supplies makes me very distracted so keeping it simple is my way to go!
For this layout, I cut the papers in thin strips and layered them together to create one main centrepiece to back my photo onto. To complement the lines, I used a sewing machine and sewed lines vertically down the background. This adds more texture and interest to the layout but doesn’t detract from the papers because I used a white thread. I then added on a simple title with letter stickers and custom cut letters using my Cricut Joy.
2. A hidden join
Sometimes I want a strip of paper spanning the length of the layout. The 6×6 papers are perfect for this if you don’t want to cut down any full 12×12 sheets. You can hide the join behind a photo or cluster of embellishments and no one will ever know!
I also used mixed media on this layout to create the floral background pattern. I added in some other embellishments including the Succulents ephemera pack to decorate around the photo and draw the eye.
3. A grid layout
As someone who takes far too many photos and therefore likes to use multiples on one page, I love a grid layout. It works really well to tell a story too, and a great chance to show off lots of papers. As with the strip layout, it’s perfect for a collection as they automatically look great together and you don’t need to worry about matching different papers to colour schemes! For this layout, I used smaller squares to create a grid of 12 photos layered over squares of patterned paper from the Succulents paper pack. This layout also works really well with larger squares and photos, such as a 3×3 grid.
I added some stickers for my page title as well as some smaller letter stickers to add a secondary header in the grid. I added my journaling on to a tag to sit under the grid.