SYSSS Week 10 – Get on the Grid!

Welcome to Week 10 of our Scrap-Your-Stash Summer Saturdays! Thanks to all who played along last week with the challenge to use banners or pennants and added your layout photos to the album on the facebook page!

If you’re just joining us, this is how it works: Each Saturday until September 8th (only two weeks away!) I’ll provide you with the theme of the week and a checklist of supplies. You’ll “shop” your supply stash and choose the items and photos that you want to use.

The checklist will be specific to the TYPE of items you’ll need, but you’ll have total flexibility as to the ACTUAL item you choose to use. For example, the checklist might say “floral paper, cardstock, flower embellishments”, but you can choose the color & style of the floral paper, the color of cardstock to coordinate with it and whether you want to use die-cuts, stickers, or punched flower embellishments.

Substitutions are encouraged: if you don’t have or don’t like a suggested item in your stash, switch it up for something you do have/like. For example if you absolutely hate floral papers, sub in a striped or other patterned paper, cardstock to coordinate and some geometric embellishments. It’s totally up to you! All that’s left to do once you’ve chosen your items is to create and share!
(Note: feel free to use ANY brand of supplies – you do not need to use Creative Memories…although that’s probably what you’ll see in my layouts ha ha!)

I can hardly believe that it is week 10 this week and we are going to GET ON THE GRID!

Grids are an incredible way to organize a page so that photos AND embellishments all have a space to live in. Each square on the grid is like a little “home” that you can fill. You can make grids in any size when you are working with scrapbookers math…nine 3″ x 3″ or 3.5″ x 3.5″ squares are the most common (imagine a tic-tac-toe board!), but four 5″ x 5″ squares, twelve 3″ x 4″ rectangles or sixteen 2″ x 2″ or 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares would work great as well! Here are a few sketches to help you visualize:

There are many possibilities as well! Once you’ve decided on the size you want each of your spaces to be, cut squares in that size from patterned paper, solid cardstock or a combination of both. Each section can then be filled with a photo, an embellishment cluster, letters or journaling! Check out this week’s Pinterest board for some great examples of how you can use grids to your advantage in layouts!

Since I am home from vacation I’m planning on creating a grid layout
and catching up on a few layouts from weeks past in between all the loads of laundry today! I’m excited to get back into my scrapspace and dig through my scraps…pics to come!

Here’s our Supply List for this week:

– 12″ x 12″ paper for the layout base (cardstock or album page)

– Variety of patterned paper and solid cardstock scraps…probably a minimum size of 2″ x 2″ and up to 5.5″ x 5.5″.
– Variety of embellishments, punched shapes, letter stickers, die-cuts etc.

– Any other supplies you want to add to your project as you are creating it!

Once you’ve picked your supplies, create your layout, take a photo of it and upload it to the OCM Facebook Page in the Week 10 Album (follow the link or choose “Photos” from the left hand sidebar on the main page, click on the Week 10 image, and then click on “Add Photos”…or simply add a comment with a photo.)

You can post it anytime, but those that are posted in the album by next Friday night will have a chance at our next prize!

Happy scrapping!

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