That is a word right? Hey – I never said I was an English major….In fact, I’m feeling pretty special in all I’ve learned homeschooling my son in 1st grade phonics. I have a problem with English. How’s that for an intro? Completely off the subject and random. Sigh. Perfect!
If you’ve been in any scrapbooking aisle in the last couple years you’ve noticed that 6x6 paper pads are taking the industry by storm. It seems every manufacturer is releasing their papers in a 6x6 size as well as the full 12x12 size. There are definite benefits to the 6x6 size, especially the obvious, for cardmakers. The smaller size is perfect for the smaller canvas. In addition to just being smaller in size, the scale is usually smaller as well. Most commonly it’s 25% of the the original scale (however I have found some exceptions as I’ll show). But the benefits go farther than just cards. These paper pads are a great option for the scrapper on a budget. It allows the consumer to have the entire (or majority) of a paper line at a more affordable cost. Most 6x6 pads are $6 each, less than the comparable 12x12 collections at $15 and up. One more benefit is the smaller scale. I know I already said that, but I related it to cards. Now, I want to relate it to scrapbook layouts in terms of die cuts.
To demonstrate this, I pulled from my stash some papers that I had in both the 6x6 size and the 12x12 size. Then I punched circles with my 1 1/4” punch in both the full scale and the 6x6 scale. I have photographed those punchouts as well as the sheets of paper together. The full size is on the left, the 6x6 is on the right in all the pictures.
Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas
My Minds Eye Stella & Rose (both sides of paper)
Echo Park Happy Days (this one appears to not have as dramatic reduction in scale)
My Minds Eye Lost & Found TWO (both sides of paper)
Studio Calico Memoir
I hope these visuals allow you to see the benefits of using the 6x6 papers in your papercrafts. Take a chance and try something new. I did, and haven’t regretted it yet (as you can see below )