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PRT083 – The 6×6 Paper Pad Show

This week we’re talking about 6×6 paper pads. Why are these things getting so popular? What can you do with them? Come listen!

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  • Debra

    Obviously I haven’t listened to the show yet because you’ve just posted it, but I thought I’d mention this…you may have mentioned it in the show too….October Afternoon does 8 x 8 paper pads which I personally love. I love Oct Arvo and I love the 8 x 8 size. I have some 6 x 6 pads, but sometimes I find the prints too small – esp. if I have the 12 x 12 versions too.

    With the onset of the 6 x 6 of late, I’ve been a little concerned that Oct Arvo will switch. I hope they don’t!

    Here’s to papercrafting and wishing we could have it our own way all the time,

    Debra in Australia

  • Katie Scott

    Oh, how did I get behind on these?  Not complaining, but 2 in one day new to me :) yay!  I’m still in love with those hard bound ringed albums mentioned on the last show.  I was looking for that link so I get to altering a hard backed novel.  So in love with those.

  • Patty Zimmerman

    Looking forward to listening to this one on the train tomorrow morning:)
    I would really love to hear a show about inspiration, how to start a page, where to get some ideas to build a page, etc.  There are so many challenge sites out there and sketch sites, wondering if any of you guys use them or perhaps how your process starts when beginning a page!

    Patty
    coloredsprinkles.blogspot.com

  • Christine

    Some companies, such as Nikki Sivils and We R Memory Keepers, have put their 6×6 papers on a 12×12 sheet of paper. So on 1 sheet of 12×12 there are 4 – 6×6 patterns on the front and then 4 on the back. So you get 8 designs for the price of 1 sheet of paper.

  • http://www.cindyderosier.com Cindy deRosier

    I really enjoyed this episode!  I’m very drawn to 6×6 for two reasons: 1) I love the smaller patterns; and 2) I’m cheap.  :)  I totally agree with Nancy that some patterns are usable at 6×6 that are too gaudy for my taste at 12×12.  I’d love to see the scale of 6×6 patterns put on 12×12 sheets. 

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Hey, Patty – did you hear the episode where we each shared our process for conceiving and designing a specific recent layout? I chose that topic to do what you’re asking and we’ll be doing it again I’m a few weeks.
    If that doesn’t meet your needs enough though please let me know and we can work on doing a show that does for another week.
    I can tell you right now that for me inspiration for most of the design comes from my story. I ask myself how the story/memory feels and I choose my colors, pattern, and style of design to reflect howy story feels.
    I my photos inspire photo placement and the overall structure I create with the photos. They also help me pick out the colors I use in some aspects.
    So I don’t bother with looking for sketches or layouts for help. I go into all of this in lots of detail an with examples in the Paperclipping videos.

  • Anonymous

    I bought some 6×6 pads recently, for the first time.  Wasn’t sure how I was going to use them but I was thinking of including them in my Week in the Life album.  Didn’t end up using them there but they were perfect for a Photo Album Scrapbook project that I’m working on.  I think I now have a new love!  http://scraplifters.blogspot.com/2011/08/photo-album-scrapbooking-pas.html

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Photo album scrapbooks — that’s another great purpose for 6×6′s that we didn’t think of! Thanks for sharing!

  • Cara

    Yeah, I was going to mention this too, it’s great for those of us who know we won’t be able to use up a whole 6×6 pad. I don’t make cards and a whole pad is just too much of one line for me for just LOs, I’m like Noell and like to mix lines.

    Echo park does this as well. I think they have a full 12×12 on one side and then 4 on the back.

  • Cara

    Hi, just wanted to mention, that you can use photo pens on slick surfaced journaling spots. American Crafts has their slick writers for example.

  • lsalthouse

    I’m only about halfway through the show and already have even more ideas for using my growing collection of 6×6 paper pads. Love them so much, I am to the point where I will not purchase a paper line if it doesn’t include a 6×6 pad. (Nancy, can you pass that on to all the manufacturers, lol) 

    Another way I use my pads is organizational. Since they are so compact, they sit right on my scrap table in two piles, one for the more vintage lines and the other for brighter colors. When choosing paper to scrap with, I flip through these pads first, then go grab the corresponding 12×12 sheets I want. After I use a paper line, that paper pad goes to the bottom of my pile, so I always know what papers I have used recently, and the ones I have not been using sit at the top of the pile, reminding me they are in my stash. It is also so quick and easy to see which paper lines may coordinate with each other simply by placing the 6×6 pads side by side and flipping through them. I know this may be a little thing, but I love that I can constantly re-arrange my 6×6 pads right at my desk, while keeping my 12×12 stash neatly organized. Great show, as always, thanks for all you do!

  • Sue Althouse

    I’m only about halfway through the show and already have even more ideas for using my growing collection of 6×6 paper pads. Love them so much, I am to the point where I will not purchase a paper line if it doesn’t include a 6×6 pad. (Nancy, can you pass that on to all the manufacturers, lol) Another way I use my pads is organizational. Since they are so compact, they sit right on my scrap table in two piles, one for the more vintage lines and the other for brighter colors. When choosing paper to scrap with, I flip through these pads first, then go grab the corresponding 12×12 sheets I want. After I use a paper line, that paper pad goes to the bottom of my pile, so I always know what papers I have used recently, and the ones I have not been using sit at the top of the pile, reminding me they are in my stash. It is also so quick and easy to see which paper lines may coordinate with each other simply by placing the 6×6 pads side by side and flipping through them. I know this may be a little thing, but I love that I can constantly re-arrange my 6×6 pads right at my desk, while keeping my 12×12 stash neatly organized. Great show, as always, thanks for all you do!

  • lsalthouse

    I apologize for the double post. 

  • Marissa McConnell

    I agree with Nancy that the price point makes a HUGE difference for me between the 6×6 and the 8×8. I love the 7Gypsy’s 8×8 papers, but my biggest issue with theirs is the weight. For some reason they make theirs really lightweight in the pad.

    I also wish that ALL the 6×6 paper pads would be double sided. I use a lot of them for jewelry applications and having them double sided really helps.

    I stack my 6x6s the same way Tammy does. :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/ruth.bonser Ruth Bonser

    Loved this show, its fun when you guys switch it up and have Nancy take point. This topic was so interesting because I have recently gotten a couple of the MME 6×6 lost and found pads, and was planning to cut-out some of the words on the pages, it seemed like a cheap way to get some cute embellishments, but have surprised myself with reaching for them quick a few times, they are unexpectedly easy to use for a commited 12×12 double page scrapper! I guess I really related to what tammy said about hesistating to cut into a full 12×12 but feeling guilty free about hacking into half a pad for little bits of several different pages on a single layout. It certainly makes it easier to make a matching little cluster when you pinch bits from several co-ordinating papers in one line (not Noells style I know but for designer noobs like me, it works pretty well).
    I wanted to ask about a future topic – I am doing the MotherLOAD, which you recommended a few months ago on the show (yep I did use my paperclipping link) and there is a lot of talk about scrapping faster. Lain is very expert on that topic, and I was thinking it would be an interesting listen to hear you guys chat about it on this show. Some of the awesome people you have on the show sometimes seem to be pretty quick off the mark, particularly the ones who video their process live, like Kristina Werner and Shimelle, and of course you’ve had the queen of faster scrapping on there too, Lain. I hope you havent done one beore and I’ve somehow missed it? Or maybe I hope you have, because then I would be able to listen to it straight away haha! I have heard that Stephanie Howell is apparently quite quick too, apparently she finishes some in 15 minutes, but they look so awesome – how does she do it? LOL. Anyway, every episode I am glue to the headphones, even topics that I think aren’t “me” captivate my interest, so thanks for another great episode, I now look forward to next week!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Thank you for supporting our show and using our link!

    I think that’s a great topic and some good guests to go along. We’ll see what we can do! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/NancyNally Nancy Nally

    Using those slick pens like that scares me…I always seem to end up smearing them. :-( 

  • http://twitter.com/NancyNally Nancy Nally

    Thanks for the compliment Ruth! Glad you enjoyed the topic! 

    I could definitely use some advice on fast scrapping…I’m the world’s slowest scrapper. Maybe I should get some advice on the show LOL

  • http://www.karenscorneroftheweb.blogspot.com Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc)

    All the talk about 6×6′s has changed my thinking. When I was thinking about an element for a page, I thought “Need small scale piece. Aha, look in a 6×6 pad!” Really made that particular page come together . Thanks.

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    I’ve been noticing a bunch of 12×12 papers that would serve me better shrunk down since this episode, too!!

  • Melinda Kirk

    What’s not to like about a 6×6 pad of papery goodness?  I love them simply because they afford me the luxury of using a large range of coordinating papers without investing a lot of cash or storage space – both of which are at a premium at my place. My favourites are from KaiserCraft (the activity not the paper genre :) They have 24 sheets – 2 of each design and 10 of those are glittered, flocked, embossed or some other sort of extra pretty. They also include 4 sheets of die cuts AND you can buy a totally stinking cute book of coordinating journalling tags – so they are perfect for low effort high wow factor mini books. Not bad for ten Aussie bucks or eight US ones if you can buy from Scrapbook.com. Love it!

  • seml

    I love the new 6×6 papers and albums. I hope that they don’t displace the 8×8 albums but they make a really fun and quick album.

  • Barbara Wilbanks

    Noell, 
    As I listened to the 6×6 paper pad episode today,  I found myself laughing.  In this episode and in a couple of previous episodes you talk about how you don’t used the 6×6 paper pads very often and what I find so amusing about that is that I started using the 6×6 paper pads because of YOU!  I am also a Paperclipping member and in one of your tutorials you showed how to use 6×6 paper to make a quick mini book.  I absolutely love the idea and concept and have made several mini books following your example. Despite your tutorials and others that I have watched or read, design concepts just don’t want to stick with me. I am getting better but putting coordinating papers together and creating designs is very difficult for me.  Therefore I am a big fan of the 6×6 paper pads as much of the coordinating work has been done for me. I also find them very useful in creating cards as, again, the papers all coordinate. 
    I enjoy the Paperclipping Roundtable and you and Izzy and Nancy and your various guests accompany me as I walk, on the 4 hour drive between my house and my daughter’s house and as I drive around town.  I feel that I have finally figured out who I am as a paper crafter, scrapbooker and memory keeper and feel much more comfortable when choosing projects, papers and embellishments because of the insights shared on this program. I also live in “Mac World” with my MacBook, iPhone and iPad and equally enjoy the tips, app recommendations and ideas shared regarding my technology tools. Thank you for the hard work that I know goes into creating these podcasts and for the relaxed presentation of the show.  I truly feel that I am hanging out with good friends.
    Sincerely,
    Barbara

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Ooh, yeah – that would be bad. There’s def. A need for 8×8 albums that 6×6 cAn’t satisfy, so I can’t imagine that happening!

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    Ha! That’s funny! If you didn’t notice, I’ve always cut my 12×12 down to 6×6. It’s awesome that you can make just two cuts and get 4 pieces!

    But I did go on a mission to try the 6×6 pads and went to my local store last week! I’ll give a report either this week or next! :)

  • Mel

    Just caught up with this episode and a couple of interesting things came to mind. The first is that if so many people buy the 6×6 because of the scale of the pattern why don’t manufactures make the 6×6 scale in 12×12 sheets too? Seems like common sense to me! And also you could use the christmas ones for December Daily – if you do a small book.  

    Personally, while I like the cute size I don’t buy them because there are always patterns in a collection that just aren’t me. And like you Noell, I don’t buy too much stuff. I just don’t have the cash to buy whole collections and love the challenge of mixing maunfactures to get my lo’s.

    Great show and thanks for the inspiration. Maybe I will just buy one 6×6 pad……….

    Mel

  • http://www.paperclipping.com Noell

    I challenged myself to buy some pads — let me tell you, it was so HARD!! I’ll have to give a report on the Roundtable!

    Not to give too much away, I did find something but now that I have the shrunken down patterns, I’m finding I would prefer most of them blown up to the standard 12×12 scale! Maybe I just need to get used to it — or maybe we’re all just a bit different! ;)