6×6 Summer Continues

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I was working on a 6×6 challenge.  This is my 2nd layout that features some lovely 6×6 papers.  I am absolutely determined to get some of those pads used.  I swear they multiply in my scrap room.  It couldn’t be that I keep buying new pads even though I clearly don’t need any more!

In this case, I started with a photo.  This was a cake that was purchased for our fabulous teacher of the year.  (Sorry for the terrible job I did removing some identifying information.  I have NO photo editing skills whatsoever.)  I decided to repeat the green, yellow, and red colors that are found on the cake when choosing my papers.  The one little adjustment I made was the shade of green.  Though I had pulled a grass green at first, it just made the page much too dark.  And let’s be honest, I love me a light or lime green.

Our Hero

I am working through Jen Schow’s video series about using 6×6 pads on layouts.  This layout features randomly layered rectangles using the 6×6 pad.  I chose to use that black and white floral as well as the red with polka dots as is.  No cutting is always a plus!  The black paper with the arrows was cut in half.  The yellow matte was also cut down from the pad.  In order to fill the rest of the page, I grabbed pieces from my scrap box as well as a couple of pocket page cards.

There really isn’t any correct way to stack the papers.  Generally I start by figuring out what the layers will be from top to bottom.  In this case, I knew I wanted the black and white paper near the top.  However, it was much too busy to place directly behind the photo.  The yellow contrasted well with the photo, so it became my top layer.  That left me with the light green and red polka dot from the papers that I first chose.  I needed a layer between the light green and the background, so the red ended up being in the back.  I glued that section together and placed  it on my background.

It was nice, but it left far too much white space (well, green space in this case).  As always, I decided to go with what I know.  It was time to create an “L” shaped layout.  I snatched that yellow chevron out of my scrap basket and made it my anchor on the bottom.  Then I went through the pad again and chose that black arrow paper to begin forming the top of my “L.”  I needed some more bulk up there so I filled in with those journal cards and scraps.

The decorations for this are a little sparse.  With a room full of supplies, I found very little in the red, green, and yellow that I needed.  It’s not that I don’t own any embellishments in these colors.  I didn’t have them in the correct shades.  Why oh why don’t all reds match?!  As a result, I relied mostly on those black swirls for embellishment.  And bonus, it pretty much finished off the pack of them.  I only have a couple of hearts left, so those will be used up shortly.

I know that the area directly above the photo looks a little empty.  I plan on adding a bit of journaling to that spot.  That will finish out the page.

Though this isn’t the most amazing page in the world, I love how easy it was to put together.  Those 6×6 pads really can be used for 12×12 pages.  Come on scrappers!  Get out those little pads of joy and start scrapping!

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Experiment Failure

Not everything  goes as planned.  Okay, rarely does anything go as planned… at least in my experience.  This is one of those pages that I envisioned for greatness.  Alas, it came out not quite as I had hoped.

In this case, I started with a Shimelle paper down at the bottom.  I adore all of those multi-colored circles.  They seemed a little sparse to me, so I had an idea.  Wouldn’t it be fabulous to add paper circles of my own?  Then I would pop some up on dots and it would be some magnificent work of art.  The idea was decent.  The execution was less than spectacular.

Be a Star

I admit that I am frustrated.  There were elements on this page that I forced, even though I knew they weren’t quite right.  Honestly, pretty much all of the embellishment seems off to me.  *Sigh*  I think the sad part is that this page had some good paper choices.  The bare bones of the page aren’t bad at all.  It’s what I did after the papers, pictures, and journaling were down that ruins it for me.

So let’s talk about what I do like.  I do love the papers and the color choices I made.  I wouldn’t change a thing about them.  I actually like this photo of myself.  (Hey, that doesn’t happen too often!) It’s a grainy phone selfie, but that expression is totally me.  I really like that for once I spent some time journaling.

Most of my pages are fairly free from journaling.  This page actually has quite a bit.  In fact, there’s more than you see.  At the top right corner of this page is an aqua tab.  That’s the top of a recipe card that contains some hidden journaling.  I was careful of where I put the glue so that it formed a pocket behind the green cardstock.  Just pull up on that little tab, and voila!  More writing!

I don’t know why I love hidden journaling so much.  Maybe because I’m a bit of a private person.  However, I think it is more than that.  It reminds me of a hidden door in a house.  I’ve always wanted to find one of those!  This is my own little hidden door.  I know where it is.  Now can anyone else find it?  (Not much of a challenge since I have told you where it is.  Look for more hidden journaling in the future!)

Oldie but Goodie

I was looking at some projects I wanted to frame, and ran across this one.  As far as scrapping goes, this is a very basic page.  It has a beautiful ombre paper in the background.  On top of that I just placed a few rectangle scraps and a 6×6 paper.  The embellishments consist of some Silhouette cuts, die cuts, and a couple of chipboard pieces.  Easy peasy.

Despite the lack of scrapping finesse, I find it is one of my favorite pages of all time.  Most of my scrapping is therapy.  It is time spent alone creating a work of art.  The process calms my mind and makes me happy.  In this case, I find it is the photo itself that brings me such joy.  Photos rarely move me.  They may be cute or beautiful, but not moving.  Usually they just document a time in my life.  This photo, however, is special.

When my niece was a child, she would spend a week with me every summer.  We would swim, bake cakes, or create art.  I loved this time together with her.  Then I met my husband.  I wasn’t sure what the dynamic between them would be.  It turns out, for a week every summer I wound up with 2 kids on my hands.  They were silly and often ganged up on me.  It was fabulous.

Love Always

This candid photo on my niece’s wedding day is a reminder of those wonderful times.  My husband loved that little girl. She may be all grown up now and 3,000 miles away, but I will always cherish the times we had together.