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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6×6 Summer

I have an unhealthy love for 6×6 pads of paper.  Why is it unhealthy?  Well, 6×6 pads are perfectly designed for card making.  I am not a card maker.  I know… I know… I *DO* make cards.  However, cards are generally a way for me to use my leftover scraps.  I am primarily a scrapbooker.  That means I reach for my 12×12 papers for pretty much every project.  Those beautiful 6×6 pads sit in a cube just waiting to be loved.  As a result of joyously purchasing 6×6 pads when they are on sale, I have accumulated thirty-eight of them.  (There may have been 4 in my last happy scrappy delivery. *Sigh*)

So this summer part of my focus is to put those 6×6 pads to good use.  It is time to get them out of their container and onto pages.  (To be honest, those last 4 packs won’t fit into my storage system.  I told myself that I would never let that happen.  I lied.)

Luckily, Jen Schow has a wonderful Youtube series that is all about using 6×6 papers on scrapbooking pages.  Her first video was the inspiration for my newest page.  With just a few tweaks here and there, I was able to make her design work for my 4×6 photos.

Old meets new

Jen basically chose two 6×6 papers and a 12×12 background for the base of her design.  My starting point was that green arrow paper.  I love it, but I wasn’t sure I would ever use it on a card.  That made it a perfect candidate for a page.  I cut it in half to stretch it across the page.  Then I decided on the green background.  (I just love that green.  It is so soothing.)  That left me with trying to find the right 6×6 block to put in the middle.  After flipping through a few pads, I gave up on trying to match greens or finding a contrasting color.  Instead, I decided the neutral of the white and grey floral was just what I needed.

It was at this point that I decided to pick out my photos.  I found two pictures of buildings in San Fransisco that worked perfectly.  Both include grey and green, complimenting the papers I chose… Yes, my process is strange.  Most people start with a photo and go from there.  My brain just doesn’t work that way.  I go with whatever is inspiring me and then radiate out from that point.  If I try to force the creative process, I wind up stuck for days or weeks at a time.  I am able to work from multiple starting points because I always have a ton of supplies on hand.  I never have to go out and buy anything.  (If I don’t have that perfect supply, I make do with what I have on hand.)  I also don’t have to print off photos.  There are usually a good 100 photos waiting to be scrapped at any given time.  This allows me to select photos later in the process.

When I placed my photos down on the page, I discovered two problems.  First, I didn’t like the photos directly on top of the patterned papers.  There wasn’t enough contrast, so they blended in too much.  I found that yellow-green chevron paper in my scraps to matte the photos.  It helps the photos pop better.  The second problem was the middle square that the photos were supposed to sit on as they do in Jen’s layout.  My two 4×6 photos were much too big and completely covered that 6×6 square.  So I cut it into two pieces as well, and stretched it to cover a larger area of the page.  My photos hide the fact that this is really two pieces of paper made to look like one.

Then it was time to add the title and some embellishments.  The title came together fairly quickly.  My only issue was trying to find an alphabet that had the letters I needed.  It appears I use “e” and “t” far too often.  For embellishments, I started by searching through the items on my desk.  From there I scored the green and black rhinestone border, the grey clip at the top, as well as the yellow hearts.  I added in a couple of stickers and and a few buttons for the finishing touches.

I am pretty happy with how this page turned out.  No one would guess it all started with 6×6 papers.  I don’t think they would even know there is a 6×6 paper on the layout.  Also, check out the color scheme.  There is no pink or teal to be found.  It’s a miracle!  Now on to the next 6×6 adventure.