Scrapbooking with 6x6" Paper Pads: Using 4" Squares

I love creating designs with 4" squares (and photos) and that's a common size I like to turn to when using 6x6" paper pads. The smaller patterns on the 6" papers really helps pack a lot of pattern detail into a 4" square.


For the layout I'm sharing today, I used six 4 x 4" squares to create a background to help highlight a 4 x 6" photo.


Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper, embellishments: My Mind's Eye; Wave cut file: Sophie Gallo #19023 from the Silhouette Design Store; Droplet cut file: Amy Robison #83594 from the Silhouette Design Store; Nuvo Drops: Tonic Studios; Embroidery floss: DMC; Computer font: Century Gothic


To help the 4" squares come together as one background, I added a stitched border around the edge.


Creating backgrounds, like this layout shows, are probably the most common way I like to use 4" squares. Here are a few ideas for 4" square backgrounds:


• arrange four together to create an 8 x 8" background

• arrange six together vertically (like shown on my layout)

• arrange six together horizontally

• arrange nine together covering a 12 x 12" area


These are all super easy ways to create backgrounds with lots of color, detail, and patterns.


You can also mix in some photos with the squares to create even more easy designs. There are several photo sizes (and not just square ones) that pair really well with 4" squares like:


• 4x4" photos

• 3x4" photos

• 4x3" photos

• 6x4" photos

• 4x6" photos

• 2x2" photos


These squares will always be a fun size to play around with when using 6x6" papers and full size papers too!


Here's a closer look at the rest of the details on my layout:


I added some embellishment clusters in the corners of the focal photo.




And there's a coordinating cluster on the journaling block.



To go with my water/beach theme I added some die cut wave strips and Nuvo Drop water droplets along the edges of my photos.




This layout is based on a sketch from my Scrapbooking with 6x6" Paper Pads: Two-page Sketches bundle. You can find it here:


Scrapbooking with 6x6" Paper Pads: Two-page Sketches



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