I have quite the collection of 6×6 paper pads. In theory, I purchased them for card making. In reality, they sit on a shelf mocking me because I rarely make cards. At this point, I’ve put a buying freeze on all 6×6 pads until the space I have dedicated can fit more. Spoiler alert: That will take a year at least.
Luckily there is an expert in creating layouts using 6×6 pads. Allison Davis has made some magnificent sketches that are designed to be used with 6×6 papers. Though the sketch I used was created for a 2 page layout, I adjusted by using only one side of the sketch. That meant I needed to change up the placement of the title and embellishments as well.
My first step was choosing the papers I wanted to use. As I examined the photos, I knew that I wanted to stick to blues and greens. It really was a no brainer. The photos have green backgrounds, while the people all have on blue. (No, I didn’t plan our outfits. I really don’t plan that well!) When I reached for my 6×6 pads, I couldn’t find the papers I wanted in just one stack. So I wound up using a couple of collections.
The design is a really simple one. It’s a grid that’s just pushed to the side. All of my other grid layouts are centered, so I liked this little twist on an old favorite. Please note that even after buying a T-square ruler, I still didn’t get my blocks placed perfectly. Sigh… someday I will get it right.
In the spirit of using supplies that are old and have been largely unloved, I started by sorting through my bits and bobs on my desk. I keep a couple of containers of items that either never got put away or were the last few pieces from a pack. Everything except for the enamel dots came from my containers of orphan items. It felt so good to give these items a home. And honestly, I love how they look!
One of my favorite parts of this layout, other than the photos, is the title work. Originally, I was going to place the title on the white cardstock at the left side of the layout. It seemed logical since there is more room over there. I am so glad that I reconsidered and placed it around the corner. For once my title looks like part of the design, rather than an afterthought!
Hopefully I can create a few more layouts that include 6×6 papers. I will definitely be reaching for more Allison Davis sketches to help me reach my goals.