Thursday, October 25, 2012

Welcome to It's Hip to Be Square Day 7: Cricut Cuts


Welcome to Day 7 of It's Hip to Be Square! Today is the last day of this series and I'm kind of sad to see it come to an end. I've gotten so much positive feedback and I'm so happy to know that it has given you new ideas.

My guest today is my friend, Alicia Giess. Not only is Alicia one of the sweetest and caring people I know, but she is one talented scrapper too! Her cut work is extraordinary, as is her photography. Of course it doesn't hurt that she has four gorgeous kids to photograph. :) Alicia currently designs for My Creative Scrapbook and Creative Imaginations and is a contributing artist for Scrapbook.com and Scrapjazz.com.

Let's take a look at the layout Alicia is sharing with us today. She created everything on this page entirely from the 6x6 paper pad that is part of Creative Imaginations Oceanside collection!


Alicia put her Cricut to use by cutting 5" circles from 6x6 papers and using them behind her photo. The scalloped edging you see around the page and the palm leaves are also Cricut cuts made from the same paper pad. Alicia hand cut the remaining embellishments — the seashells, starfish and butterflies — from 6x6 papers in the collection as well. Isn't it amazing how you can create such beautiful layering with a variety of cuts? I think so!

You can see more of Alicia's gorgeous work on her blog, Inspired and Blessed.

Now it's time to recap the different ideas we've seen over the past week. What can you do with 6x6 paper pads?

1. Make a banner using a 6x6 chipboard album as a base.
2. Create custom blocked backgrounds for a layout (or card) using either machine stitching or washi tape to cover the seams.
3. Punch shapes to use as embellishments.
4. Use a 6x6 piece of paper as the back drop for a large or long title, quote, etc.
5. Tuck a tag into a pocket created with two small strips of 6x6 paper.
6. Layer 6x6 papers on 8 1/2 x 11 pages.
7. Emboss the edges of 6x6 papers.
8. Create a grid design by cutting the papers down a bit and adhering to a cardstock base.
9. Make an easy photo corner.
10. Use as a photo mat.
11. Make a variety of cuts using a Cricut (or other die cutting machine) and then layer them for dimension and interest.

But you know what? That's not all...

12. What if you folded a 6x6 paper in half and created a pocket or file folder of sorts (you could even use a full sheet if you needed a larger pocket). The edges could be machine stitched, hand stitched, sealed with washi, etc. It could hold additional photos, memorabilia, artwork, etc. The possibilities are endless!
13. The rest is up to you...:)

So there you have it, seven guest artists sharing a week's worth of inspiring projects and more than 10 ways to use your paper pads. Are you ready to USE your 6x6 paper pads and not just hoard them? :) If you create something based on any of the ideas you saw in this series, I'd love to see! Drop me a line or send me a link through the "Contact Me" tab on my home page. In the meantime, I've created a tab on my home page that links to all of the posts from this series. Nice to have it all in one place, don't you think?

I will close out this series with a big, huge thank you to all of my guests over the past week. I couldn't have done this without you. :)

Remember I mentioned on Day 1 that there would be a prize involved at the end of the week? One lucky reader will receive a box of goodies from me. :) I will be using a random number generator to choose a winner from all of the comments left during this series. The more posts you comment on, the greater your chance of being chosen. I will choose the winner on Sunday, 10/28 at 12:00 p.m. EST. :)
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32 comments:

  1. what a wonderful series lisa!! loved every day!

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  2. I loved this series! Thank you so much for putting the inspiration together-it gave me some great ideas for using those 6x6 pads!

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  3. This was such a great idea for a series, Lisa. You had such beautiful and creative projects from your guests. I just got the Sn@p 6x6 pad in the mail this week. I'm off to make a pocket!!

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  4. Great series, Lisa! Thanks for sharing all this talent.
    Have a great day!

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  5. I love love love this idea!!!!! LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE her lo too!! LOVING the circles and the colors!!! GORGEOUS!!!!! Thanks for such a GREAT series!!!!

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  6. Fantastic ideas, I am going back to read the other posts cause I never know what to do with 6x6

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  7. Love the ideas and as I wandered thru my LSS I found myself fondling 6x6 packs - however, they were old paper and I wanted new so I'm going to check it oout when the new stuff gets out.

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  8. TFS these great ideas, I'm often struggling with 6x6 papers.

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  9. Great ideas today! It is wonderful to die cut the smaller-scale patterns on 6x6 papers, thanks for the reminder.

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  10. Thanks for this series Lisa. It was great to see all the new ideas for using 6 x 6 paper pads!

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  11. Thanks for this series Lisa. It was great to see all the new ideas for using 6 x 6 paper pads!

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  12. Gorgeous and I've loved this series Lisa!

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  13. Love todays layout. I scrap lots of beach photos, so I'll definitely try using circles. Love the scallops too. This has been a week of great ideas. Thanks!

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  14. Such a gorgeous layout!
    Great job with the series, Lisa!
    Hope you will do another one soon!!

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  15. another great layout! those pads are perfect for cricut as I only have a baby bug which means i have to cut my paper down to 6 in. thanks.. hope you do another one soon.

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  16. love it, and a bow on that kind of layout is unexpected but really fits in great.

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  17. great layering~and great color combo!! another great idea!!

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  18. She did a great job - this was such a good idea to run the series! Thank you.

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  19. I LOVED this series-I'll definitely be trying some of these ideas soon!! Thanks so much for doing this!

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  20. I love these circles. Great way to frame the photo. This entire series has been fun! Love getting so many 6x6 ideas. I really don't use them as much as I should so this is a boost for me to get them on my desk and use them! Thanks for the inspiration, Lisa!

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  21. Thank you for a series of great ideas. I am starting to put my 6x6 pad to good use.

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  22. Just found this link on 2peas, and I am in LOVE! Maybe housework can wait til tomorrow...

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  23. This has been great. I love the 6x6 for my cameo (4 to a sheet) and then I can cut out four different papers in one pass.

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  24. WOW! Fabulous page, Alicia! Lovin' those beautiful circles and the scalloped accent behind them - clever :)

    Nice summary and great feature tab for future reference! To my talented friend, so BLESSED and THANKFUL for allowing me to be part of such a talented line up to be SQUARE! LOL! xo

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  25. This is an awesome layout.
    I love the colours, the papers and the whole theme of this page.

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  26. Thank you for all the great ideas! Today's is very inspirational!

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  27. That page is amazing - love those big circles! x

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  28. Another gorgeous layout! Lisa, thank you for a week of great ideas using up these 6x6 pads we all have!! it's been a fun week here!

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  29. Thank you Lisa for this series! Very inspirational.

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  30. I'm going to have to catch up as I like what I saw and read. Thanks!

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  31. Thanks for this great series! I'm just seeing it today, but enjoyed looking at all the different ideas. I have to say that the last one really was my favorite. I need to find that Oceanside pad. A big thanks to everyone who contributed!

    Janet N. (jsnoble at cox dot net)

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