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Scrapbooking How to: Creating Patterns with 6 x 6" Papers

Creating with 6 x 6" papers is easy, fast, and so much fun!

If you're looking for more scrapbooking ideas with 6 x 6" papers, try creating patterns for eye-catching and interesting backgrounds.

Supplies used - Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper, chipboard, die cuts, and stickers: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic

One of the greatest things about 6 x 6" papers is that the designs on the papers are shrunken down. The benefit of this is that you can cut smaller pieces without losing the pattern. The even bigger benefit to that is you can cut smaller pieces and create fun patterns on your layout that add an interesting element to your page.

There are tons of different patterns you can create. Here are a few:

• Alternate three 1 x 3" strips, three going vertical next to three going horizontal.

• Use hexagons, squares, crosses, chevron, triangles or any other shape that can lock together or go side by side.

• Weave strips together.

For the pattern on my layout I created a chevron style of design with small 1 x 2" pieces that have slanted ends. If you have a die cutting machine you can cut them on that. If you don't have a die cutting machine you can create one piece out of cardstock and use it as a template. To go really fast you can cut 1" strips and then use the template to draw your slants, then use your paper trimmer to cut on the pencil line slant.

To add a little extra detail I added some hand-stitched lines throughout the whole background pattern.

If you haven't tried 6 x 6" papers on full size layouts yet, I challenge you to do it! They really are a lot of fun to work with and they make it so easy to create with! If you don't know where to start, I've got several sketch bundles specifically for 6 x 6" papers. They can be really helpful and the combination of using 6 x 6" papers AND sketches really makes it fast and easy!

Sketches for 6 x 6" Paper Pads: Two-page Sketches

And, if you are looking for 6 x 6" paper pads to purchase, we have a lot to choose from at Scrapbook Generation:

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