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Double Hexagon Quick and Easy Scrapbook Page Idea

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Double Hexagon Quick and Easy Scrapbook Page Idea
Scrapbooking with Hexagons

Jennifer Schmidt shares a quick and easy scrapbook page layout idea that uses two overlapping hexagons of patterned paper to make a fast and interesting, trendy background.

Jennifer Schmidt
This quick and simple scrapbook page can be completed in minutes or you can add techniques and embellishments to it to make it more your style. The hexagon shapes are a hot trend in scrapbooking but also add timeless style to the page. Hexagons have been used in crafting for a very long time, especially in quilting. They have now found their way into scrapbooking and card making and seem to be here to stay. One of the great thing about hexagons is that the shapes naturally nest together to fill a scrapbook page, make a page boarder, or make a fun line across a greeting card.

To get started making a scrapbook page similar to the one shown above, begin by selecting two photos - one full-size focal point photo (4 inches x 6 inches or 5 inches by 7 inches) and one smaller supporting photo (approximately half-size at 3 inches x 4 inches). You can add more small photos to the layout if you wish. Then, follow these easy steps:

1) Select a background piece of solid or patterned cardstock to use as the base of the layout.
2) Choose two coordinating pieces of patterned paper to make into the hexagons.
3) Save the Free Hexagon Pattern here on About.com Scrapbooking to your computer and print it out so that it is about 6 1/2 inches tall. You can print it directly on the back of your patterned paper or print it on regular office copy paper and use it as a pattern to cut out the shapes from your patterned paper.
4) Overlap the two patterned paper hexagons as shown across the background paper.
5) Place your photos where you would like them on the layout.
6) Print your journaling (or hand-write it) and cut it into strips.
7) Add the journaling strips around the photos.
8) Add any additional embellishments that you desire. Jennifer used chipboard shapes on her layout. You can find Free Paisley Patterns for chipboard and Free Photo Mount Patterns both here on About.com Scrapbooking so that you could make your own chipboard embellishments.
9) Jennifer further embellished her layout by adding hand-cut embellishments from patterned paper. For tips and tricks for cutting designs from patterned paper be sure to read 6 Tips For Making Flower Embellishments from Floral Cardstock.
10) Jennifer also used a bird cut out on her page. You can find Free Birds and Tree Branch Patterns here. We also have Free Birds and Trees Paper Piecing Patterns for Scrapbooking.

Technique Ideas:
Inking Chipboard - Jennifer used plain chipboard pieces and made them match her layout by inking them. Read 8 Tips for Inking Scrapbook Pages if you need help.
Using Large Shapes - Large background shapes make it quick and easy to add a designer flair to any scrapbook page layout. You can find an entire gallery of free large patterns here - Free Large Paper Piecing Patterns for Scrapbooking. This gallery includes a pattern for a pumpkin, leaf, apple, and a sail boat. Scrapbooking Before and After Photos - Challenge yourself to make a Before and After layout. A few ideas to get you started include: You could do before and after a big event, a weight loss goal, a hair-cut, or the birth of a baby.

Supplies Used on This Scrapbook Page:
Pattern paper from BasicGrey Urban Prairie line including papers called Wild flowers, Bluebird, Harvest, Monarch, and Meadow; Dymo Label Maker; Stickers from Me and My Big Ideas; Chipboard Shapes from Tim Holtz idea-ology Grungeboard; and Chalking Ink from Quick Quotes Powder Puffs.

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