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I love to use die cuts to create backgrounds for my layouts, but sometimes I like to take a simpler approach. There are a lot of ways to use squares on a layout, and I thought it would be fun to cut squares on my paper trimmer from the Snow & Cocoa 6x6 Paper Pad from Crate Paper, to create large plus signs on a wintry layout.
I cut 1 inch squares from several different patterned papers in the 6x6 paper pad. Then I placed them on the layout, to create the plus symbols. After I had all of the squares lined up, I added a touch of adhesive to each square and then machine stitched through each symbol. I wanted to add some more texture to the background, so I also traced 4 more plus signs in the open spaces on the background paper and hand stitched each one with embroidery floss colors that coordinate with the Snow & Cocoa collection.
I moved my photo around several times, trying to find the best place for it. I finally decided to place it on the far left-hand side of the layout to keep from covering the background design. I kept my title and embellishments clustered closely to the photo, which helps draw attention to the photo. Most of the embellishments are from the Snow & Cocoa Stickers. I love the pops of color they add to the layout!
This technique is a great idea for using up some of your paper scraps! I know I always have those left over pieces of paper, that I just can't throw away. You never know when they might come in handy for a fun design!
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