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For the love of 6×6 paper pads

Hello Magpies!

Julie here with you today! This is not only my first blog post as part of the Hey Little Magpie Creative Team (which I am thrilled about!) But it’s also my first blog post EVER!

Hope everyone is enjoying this lovely heatwave that we’ve been having! It’s the perfect excuse to retreat to our craft rooms, and do some scrapping, as it’s not too much exertion! This month, I’ve worked with a bit of a mixed bag, some Fancy Pants Everyday Circus, some Crate Paper Open Road and a few bits from Chic Tags Let’s Go, both the Wood Veneers and the Tidbits (which I would buy just for the great name!)

Before I go any further, I must confess to you my obsession of 6×6 paper pads. They’re so versatile, and whenever I buy a new collection, I ALWAYS include the 6×6 paper pad. I absolutely adore the small scale of the designs, and the fact that you have every available design of the collection, in one miniature pad. It suits me perfectly, as I love to add small die cuts and embellishments to my work.

The first collection I worked with was Fancy Pants Everyday Circus, as I was drawn to the colours and patterns.

Everyday Circus Sneek

As you can see, I did go with the circus theme, but there’s enough in the collection to suit every occasion. It has primary colours, but muted and vintage looking (which I love!). The ephemera pack is full to the brim with die cuts, which have a lovely texture to them.

Everyday Circus Ephemera

I’ve used mists on the background, Studio Calico’s Mister Hueys Clay, to give some texture. I also did some sewing on my layouts, and then cut and layered all the papers and embellishments in a vertical line down the centre of the paper, adding foam dots to give some depth.

Everyday Circus Layout

On my second layout, I went with the collection Open Road by Crate Paper. I have always been a fan of Crate Paper, and was certainly not disappointed when this collection arrived!

Open Road Sneek

Again, I would say the colours are muted, and there’s a definite vintage vibe to the whole collection. The LO I did was about my love of driving, but you could go many ways with this collection, as it includes flowers, ledger, spots, etc, it’s a very generic collection!

Open Road Layout


I also added a few pieces of the Chic Tag Let’s Go collection, such as a few wood veneer pieces and a couple of die cut pieces from the Gold Accent Tibits (I still can’t get over that name!). These really complimented the other products on my page!

Let's Go Tidbits                    Let's Go Wood Veneers


I also included a Hey Little Magpie Exclusive Flair Badge, of which there are many of lovely designs to choose from, and at 59p are an absolute steal!

Open Road Layout Flair Badge


Lastly, I made a quick card with what was left over on my desk after making the first layout. This is something I always try to do, as I feel that it is a sin for scraps of gorgeous collections to go to waste!

Everyday Circus Card


Back soon! Happy crafting!





  1. Ann

    Lovely layouts! I especially love that idea about the card made from the leftovers, think I might try that next time! Love that everyday circus paper!

  2. Jackie xxx

    Two fab layouts and love the idea of making a card with the scraps left on your table.

  3. Liz

    Lovely LOs I must admit I would not have given the circus papers a second look but love what you have done with them

  4. Morag Cutts

    Totally fabulous projects. Just love all the detail and layers. Fantastic first post. Can’t wait to see more.

  5. Jo

    I’m with you Julie, I love the 6×6 paper pads, they’re so versatile. And those scraps end up in a basket at my place, perfect for making cards. You’re very organised to make cards straight away, mine tend to be last minute makes the night before the impending occasion!

    • Julie taylor

      I also end up doing that as well Jo 🙂 Just try to make 1 or 2 while my desks ful of small bits of lovely stash