Monday, October 13, 2014

6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial - Revisited

It's been two years since my 6x6 paper pad tutorial was posted on Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps blog. I thought it would be fun to redo the tutorial with a little bit more detail, since I now have my own blog. Go HERE to see my original 6x6 tutorial.

I absolutely love using 6x6 paper pads to make cards. When I first started using them, I would have lots of little paper scraps from the unfinished pads and couldn't find a good way to store them. Plus, it just drove me a little crazy to have all those little scraps. So, I decided rather than find a way to store the scraps, I would just use up the entire 6x6 before starting another one. I shared pictures of the entire lot of cards from one 6x6 with other card makers and was soon asked to write a tutorial on my card making method. My overall goal isn't to make as many cards as possible. I just continue making cards until the paper is gone. I average between 20-30 cards for a 24-sheet 6x6 paper pad.

Kristie Marcotte's 6x6 paper pad tutorial

I first select a 6x6 paper pad. I'm using Doodlebug's Friendly Forest. I prefer the ones that are double sided, since there's generally more pattern paper variety. Then, I gather coordinating cardstock. Usually I use one color to do all the matting, and the other colors will be used for some of the background papers. Next, it's time to pick a card sketch to use. Sometimes I will make several cards using the same sketch, but not always. The first sketch I chose is My Favorite Things Sketch #193.


I like to pull out the papers so I can see all the different patterns.


Here are the four cards I created using the My Favorite Things sketch #193. Most sketch sites don't list measurements on their sketches, so I figure them out on my own.



The next sketch I chose to use is OWH sketch #239. Operation Write Home sketches are great because they already have the measurements listed on them.


And here are the four cards I created from the OWH sketch #239.




The next sketch I chose is Mojo Monday sketch #353. Again, I just figured out the measurements on my own.


Here are the four cards I made using Mojo Monday sketch #353. I love using a variety of different pattern papers together on a card. This is easy to do when using 6x6's since the papers generally all coordinate together. 



I still had quite a few full sheets left, so I chose to use the Deconstructed sketch #111 next. Although this sketch is a square sketch, I just changed it to work for an A2 card. 


Here are the four cards I made using the Deconstructed sketch #111. Since I make most of my cards to donate to Operation Write Home, I don't use thick embellishments. In fact, most of my embellishments are made from paper using die cuts.



Since now, there are fewer full sheets left, and lots of scraps, I looked for a sketch using some smaller pieces. Here I chose Reverse Confetti sketch #15. Once again, I came up with measurements.


Here are the four cards I made using Reverse Confetti sketch #15. I enjoyed using some of the scraps to paper piece the sweet Lawn Fawn deer and chipmunk. 



Next I chose OWH sketch #123. (My absolute favorite sketch.)


Another four cards completed using OWH sketch #123. 



With no full sheets left, I looked for a sketch that would be perfect for just smaller scraps. I selected OWH sketch #154 since it uses lots of small squares.


This time I made five cards using OWH sketch #154. Since the background papers were all solid cardstock, I embossed them to add some extra texture.



While I was making the previous square cards, I also made this final square card using Mojo Monday sketch #238. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the scraps before this card.) This sketch works so well to finish off lots of those small scraps. The final scraps have been donated to my 4-year old daughter since I don't really like to use any scraps smaller than 1 1/4". 



And here are all of the completed cards. I made a total of 30 cards.


I hope you enjoyed my 6x6 paper pad tutorial and that it inspires you to use those cute 6x6's you may have been collecting. 

Here are closeups of all of the cards and products used for each one. Paper for all cards is Doodlebug's Friendly Forest 6x6 paper.


Sketch - My Favorite Things #193, flower die cuts - Lil Inker Designs, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, stamp - Reverse Confetti, twine - Divine Twine, ink - Memento


Sketch - My Favorite Things #193, leaf die cuts - Lawn Fawn, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, stamp - Reverse Confetti, twine - Divine Twine, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #239, stamps - Lil Inker Designs, puzzle die cut - Lil Inker Designs, border die cut - Paper Smooches, oval die cuts - Spellbinders, brads - from stash, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #239, stamp - Paper Smooches, border punch - EK, oval die cuts - Spellbinders, brads - from stash, ink - Memento


Sketch - Mojo Monday #353, stamps - Reverse Confetti, flower die cut - Reverse Confetti, embossing folder - Cuttlebug, stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs, border die cut - Lawn Fawn, markers - Copic, ink - Memento


Sketch - Mojo Monday #353, stamp - Avery Elle/Simon Says Stamp, flower die cut - Reverse Confetti, border die cut - Paper Smooches, stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs, ink - Versafine


Sketch - Deconstructed #111, stamp - Paper Smooches, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, button die cut - Memory Box, ink - Memento, embroidery floss


Sketch - Deconstructed #111, stamp - Paper Smooches, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, button die cut - Memory Box, ink - Memento, embroidery floss


Sketch - Reverse Confetti #15, stamps - Lawn Fawn, stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs, border die cut - My Favorite Things, embossing folder - Darice, marker - Copic, ink - Memento


Sketch - Reverse Confetti #15, stamps - Lawn Fawn, stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs, border die cut - My Favorite Things, embossing folder - Darice, marker - Copic, ink - Memento


Sketch - Reverse Confetti #15, stamp - The Stamps of Life, stitched square die cut - Lil Inker Designs, star die cuts - Lil Inker Designs, border punch - Martha Stewart, embossing folder - Lifestyle Crafts, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #123, stamp - Avery Elle/Simon Says Stamp, star die cut - Lil Inker Designs, embossing folder - Design Objectives Ltd., ink - Tim Holtz distress and Memento


Sketch - OWH #123, stamp - Avery Elle/Simon Says Stamp, star die cut - Lil Inker Designs, brads - Recollections, ink - Tim Holtz distress and Memento


Sketch - OWH #123, stamp - Mama Elephant, flower die cut - Reverse Confetti, embossing folder - Cuttlebug, ink - Versafine


Sketch - OWH #154, stamp - Simon Says Stamp, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, embossing folder - Darice, small circle punch - McGill, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #154, stamp - Simon Says Stamp, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, embossing folder - Darice, small circle punch - McGill, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #154, stamp - Simon Says Stamp, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, embossing folder - Darice, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #154, stamp - Simon Says Stamp, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, embossing folder - Darice, small circle punch - McGill, ink - Memento


Sketch - OWH #154, stamp - Simon Says Stamp, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, embossing folder - Darice, small circle punch - McGill, ink - Memento


Sketch - Mojo Monday #238, stamp - Paper Smooches, circle die cuts - Spellbinders, twine - The Twinery, small circle punch - McGill, ink - Memento

Check out my 6x6 Paper Pad Tutorial video HERE.

Some of my favorite and commonly used crafting tools:
Tonic Studios guillotine paper trimmer
Scotch ATG (Advanced Tape Glider) glue gun
Sizzix BIGkick die cut machine
Scor-Tape
We R Memory Keepers brad setter and piercing tool
We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper
Scotch Mounting Tape 3/4"
Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive liquid glue
MISTI stamping tool
Accent Opaque Digital 100# cover weight paper for card bases
Tombow Xtreme Tabs

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

43 comments:

  1. AWESOME tutorial!!! I have a TON of 6x6 paper pads that I now know what to do with!

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  2. FANTASTIC, Kristie!! I have that paper pack on my must buy list. :) BTW, how do you keep track of all your sketches? Do you have a binder that you flip through, or are they on your computer?

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    1. Thank you! Even with all of today's technology, I just like to print out the sketches and attach them into a composition notebook. Then I figure out the measurements and write them directly onto the sketch. So easy and it works perfectly for me.

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  3. Thank you Kristie, the tutorial is awesome. Your cards are fantastic too!

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  4. oh my gosh...thank you for this!!! I am ready to CASE the entire tutorial...love the papers, the colors, the sketches (with measurements) ALL super great cards.

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  5. Thank you sooo much for sharing this. I have been following your 6 x 6 paper creations and CASEing many of then. OWH sketch 123 sure is a keeper isn't it? Its great that you shared the measurements for the Mojo Monday 238 sketch. I see you using that sketch over and over and I was struggling to copy it.

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    1. Alicia, it took me a few tries to get the measurements correct with Mojo Monday sketch #238. It's a sketch I tend to use to finish off the last of the scraps.

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  6. Kristie, I loved this then and love it now! You should submit this as a magazine article. I would love to attend a class where you lead us through your process--what fun that would be!

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    1. You're so sweet, Sherry. I'm not sure what magazine would really be interested in my tutorial. If you're ever in western Washington, come on over and we can make cards together. But really, it's just me making cards. Nothing fancy.

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    2. I bet Kelly Herrold of Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine would be interested. Email her and ask. Tell her I sent you. www.scottpublications.com/catalog

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  7. Kristie, I love your revisit of your signature methodology. I learned so much from your first tutorial and appreciate the update with more detail. They always come out looking very polished and professional.

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  8. I especially like the fact that your goal wasn't to make fifty or sixty cards from one 6x6 pad. We've all seen tutorials where one card might have just one little square and one little strip of patterned paper. If I had very little paper or was on a strict budget, that kind of tutorial would be for me. But I've already purchased paper to last me a decade or more, so the goal for me is to use as much paper as I can, and your method is perfect. Thanks!

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    1. Elsie, I think I could match your decade of paper. Lol!

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  9. Kristie,
    Thanks for sharing your update. I can't believe it's been two years since you first revolutionized 6x6 paper for us! It was fun to scroll through and see the paper pile diminishing as you make cards.

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  10. This is great. Thanks for sharing. I love how you laid it all out and made the instructions so accessible. I'm definitely going to CASE these too! 6x6 pads, here I come.

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  11. I enjoyed the revisit of your tutorial.

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  12. What an awesome post! Love love love all of your cards! Thanks so much for sharing. I hear a 6x6 paper pad trying to jump out of the drawer! Better run..... :-)

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  13. Love this! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial!

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  14. Wow! this is a great tutorial on using a pad of paper and all the scraps. Great job!

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  15. I've used your original tutorial and it's fabulous. I've sat at a crafty retreat and disappeared a 6x6 pack in a day+. I get the 36 sheet pads, so I make a few more cards than you, but it's an awesome way to spend a day!

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  16. I absolutely loved this tutorial! It is perfect for me. I have one question. What did you use for card bases? Matching Cardstock or just plain white?

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    1. I always use white card bases for my cards. I use International Paper Accent Opaque Digital 100# cover weight. I buy it by the case from my local paper store and have them cut it in half for card bases.

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  17. Kristie, you are amazing. Thanks very much for sharing your new template and inspiring collection of cards.

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  18. A fabulous tutorial! Thanks for explaining it in so much depth for all of us! I agree, OWH sketch #123 is one of my all-time favorites!

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  19. I just came across this tutorial and am very anxious to try this!!!!! Thanks so much for all of the inspiration!!!!

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  20. I just stumbled across this tutorial, although I've seen reference to it on the OWH facebook page. This is great! I pinned it for future reference, as well as sending it to a friend that has a bunch of paper. I have more than a decade's worth, I'm sure. HA! Thanks for sharing. From Laura P

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  21. Beautiful cards and a great way to use a whole pad of paper. Thank you so very much for inspiring me to use the whole paper pad. I just happened to find your other youtube video and it is fantastic, too.

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  22. I just tried my first 6 x 6 pack, a la your tutorial! (which is totally inspiring, btw). I made 29 cards and have enough paper left for at least 6 more (I think it was a 36 pager). Thanks for the tutorial and the new video, too--it really makes sense to me now. Okay, abut 750 more pads to go... ha ha! Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad my tutorial was helpful to you. Sounds like you are doing an awesome job. I may have lots of 6x6's, but definitely no where near 750. Lol! I guess you had better get busy. :)

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  23. Hi Kristie
    I was so inspired by your video. I have a thing about hearts and loved the pink card with the hearts with the I love you. Can you please tell me the name of the heart punch? I am going to have to get out my 6x6 paper pads and get going. Loved all your cards TFS ;)

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    1. Thank you, Ollie. I'm so glad I could offer you some inspiration. There are no pink cards with hearts in my Revisited Tutorial. Perhaps you are referring to a different blog post. Maybe this one? http://eponinekc.blogspot.com/2015/08/figuring-out-measurements-for-card.html If so, those hearts are made using a die cut set from Lawn Fawn.

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  24. Thank you so much! I watched 3 of your videos, wow, so much inspiration and great tips! Thank you so much!

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  25. I love the 6x6 pads, but I use them much differently than you do. I can also do my way using the 12x12 c/s cut into 4 6x6 pieces. Here is my way. From two sheets of 6x6 I choose which one will be the front of the card. That one is then scored 1" on the left side. This is then bent backwards and this 1" strip is used to put double sided tape onto the piece that would then hold the back 6x6 piece. Line up the back piece to the fold crease and press it to the back piece. This will leave you with 1" sticking out on the right back piece. I simply cut this off using the edge of the front piece as my guide line. Your card size will then be 5x6". Of course I end up with lots and lots of 1x6" pieces that can be used other places on the card or just saved to use on another card. I hope you will try this a couple of times.
    Joyce at oldcardlady28@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for sharing your process, Joyce. I'm such a huge card sketch fan. So that's generally where I first go for card ideas.

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  26. HELLO KRISTIE. I REALLY ADMIRE YOUR TALENT. THANKS FOR SHARING IT WITH US. I WISH I COULD HAVE MORE TIME TO PLAY WITH THESE TOYS.

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  27. Hello Kristie, I just watched your video. How awesome!
    Thank you.

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! I'm happy you enjoyed it!

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  28. Kristie, I have just found your YouTube videos and love them. I've got so many 6x6 pads to have fun with now .. thank you.

    What brand of plain cardstock do you use for your cards?

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    1. Hello, Cheryl and welcome. I'm so happy you are enjoying my videos. I definitely love using 6x6 paper pads for card making.
      I use a variety of different brands of cardstock. I prefer the Recollections brand for black. As far as the other colors, I use whichever brand I can find coordinating colors. Since most of the local craft stores have closed in my area, I now use either Bazzill or Coredinations from Joanns. I wait for their sales and stock up.

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