Easy-to-Make Photo Grids

Photo Grids #ctmh #closetomyheart #photogrids #memorygrids #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #ctmhfreshair

We’re cutting photos up today and exploring new ways to display more of your favorites! Photo grids are very popular in the digital photo market, so we put our paper loving spin on things to show you just how easy it is to make them yourself and what some of the advantages are of creating them out of a variety of components rather than one flat (boring! 🙂 ) printed sheet.

Before we get into the meaty artwork details, let’s talk page design. If you’re like us and prefer things in a 12″ x 12″ format, you’re going to want to use 16 2-inch squares arranged in a 4 x 4 grid or nine 3″ squares arranged in a 3 x 3 grid. You could also fit four 4″ or four 5″ squares, it really depends how many photos you’re hoping to display. Keep in mind, the more squares you choose to use in your project the trickier it will be to keep them all perfectly lined up. It isn’t impossible, we’ll show you how to make it work, and the results are worth it!

Both of our examples today are arranged in a 4 x 4 grid using 2″ squares.

To build the grid, you will want to use a T-square or draw some light pencil marks to follow with a ruler. We left 1Âľ” margins on all sides and separated our squares by ÂĽ”. Once you have your guide marks on your base page, start by attaching the top left corner square first. Placement of this first square is crucial because the other squares will build off it. Make sure it is straight and exactly where you want it to be. (In the provided examples, the first square is 1Âľ” from the top and right side.) After your first square is on, attach the rest of the top row and first column. After that, keep attaching all of your squares until your grid is complete.

Once you get the gist of how to assemble the grid itself, you can get creative with its pieces.

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For starters, not all of your squares have to be individual photos. Our first example is a collage of photos, patterned papers, and journaling.

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One of our photos was even cropped and cut to fit into two squares instead of one. You have so many options available to you displaying your memories this way.

Photo Grids #ctmh #closetomyheart #photogrids #memorygrids #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #ctmhdocumented

The biggest perk to creating your own grid over printing it is the dimension that is at your disposal. You can use embellishments to add colors, height, and even textures.

The second approach we took for a grid display is the large image created by the parts. In other words, we cut up a big picture into small squares and attached them in a tile-like way.

Photo Grids #ctmh #closetomyheart #photogrids #memorygrids #scrapbooking #memorykeeping #ctmhfreshair #ctmhdocumented

What’s especially fun about this particular example is that it looks like you’re inside a cabin looking out a window. You can recreate this same look, maybe not a cabin if that’s not your vibe, by following the same steps to assemble the grid. The only difference is that you start out with a large square photo, in our case an 8″ x 8″, and cut it in to 16 2-inch squares.

Display your memories in style, and more of them, using a photo grid as your guide!


12″ x 12″ Collage Page
X7234B Documented Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X7234C Documented Complements, Z4177 Documented Dots, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, 12″ x 12″ Frame

12″ x 12″ Grid Photo Page
X7232B Fresh Air Paper Packet, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z4171 Documented Titles, 12″ x 12″ Frame

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The Power of the Page

Today is the day we glorify the page—the single (but never lonely) scrapbook page. Sometimes after a special life event, we feel the need to create layout after layout to fully capture every moment . . . and then, inevitably, we fall behind in our scrapbooking. The solution? Don’t underestimate the power of a single scrapbook page! It can handle a lot more than you may think (and look good while doing it, too!)


In this fun page celebrating a trip to Greece, our artist used squares to organize all the chatter on the page. Even though the three photographs are small, the artist chose ones that make an impact and provide a great overview of the trip, capturing both the beauty of Greece and the smile of the happy adventurer. The artist then organized the journaling into eight journaling squares at the bottom of the page. EIGHT! All on one page! And there’s still plenty of room for embellishments and other stamps! What a great way to remember the best moments of a vacation without the pressure of trying to create multiple layouts before the memories fade.

Now how about those of you who’ve got a teenager at home but haven’t documented any of her shenanigans since she was a child? Children grow up in the blink of an eye, and it’s hard to capture their milestones and quirky personality traits before they’re on to the next phase of life. Rather than worry about dedicating an entire page or layout to each milestone or trait, you can use one page to document several milestones and traits at once.

My Name is Carly

Look at all that information about sweet Carly! We love the variety of colors and textures on the page that create a personality almost as vibrant as Carly’s. The three pictures on this page capture Carly in a simple yet beautiful way and contrast nicely with all the rainbow colors. The journaling strips in each square cover timely details about Carly that would be easy to forget if they hadn’t been recorded.

Wouldn’t it also be fun to create a similar page showing “a day in the life” of someone in your family? You could take candid snapshots and use journaling strips just like above. It would provide a great inside peek into a loved one’s life.

Now stop stressing about how behind you are, and start cramming one page with oodles of information! If you give the single scrapbook page the glory it deserves, you’ll catch up on your scrapbooking in no time and have some creative fun along the way. 🙂


12″ x 12″ Greece Page
Reflections: Triple Play—Over the Top™
B1416 My Acrylix® Keyboard Uppercase, D1600 My Acrylix® Here We Go, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5771 Flaxen Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2031 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Assortment, Z2140 Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z3041 Oceanside Sequins, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® Le Pen™ Journaling Pen, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
2″ Shift <Font> “GREECE”

12″ x 12″ Hello, My Name Is Carly Page
Reflections: Sampler—Nine Photo Quilt™
D1555 My Acrylix® All the Details, X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet, X7190B Brushed Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5668 Honey Cardstock, 1272 Cranberry Cardstock, X5927 Ruby Cardstock, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5757 Gypsy Cardstock, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, Z2170 Ruby Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2116 Cranberry Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2123 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2140 Outdoor Denim Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2190 Gypsy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2193 Cotton Candy Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2446 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Black Marker, Z1853 Aqua Dots, Z1934 Flamingo Dots, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3042 Coral Reef Sequins, Z3041 Oceanside Sequins, Thread

Cricut® Shapes:
11″ Overlay <x> (p. 69)
3 ½” Overlay <y> (p. 53)
3 ½” Overlay <k> (p. 65)
3 ½” Overlay <2ofakind> (p. 78)
3 ½” Overlay <Happy> (p. 86)

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