I know I've mentioned my fondness for the 9-square grid here before and you've seen countless pages from me using it. But another favorite (that I don't think I've used here lately!) is a grid based in rectangles, rather than squares. It's perfect for vertically-oriented photos and also works well with the pocket page cards that are so popular right now. Here's a layout I did for my All About Me album using this type of grid:
Because the design is so simple - three rows of 2.25 x 3 rectangles - I took the opportunity to add funky little details on several of the blocks. On one, I stitched a random circular pattern in the center before adhering flower stickers (and adorning the centers with enamel dots).
On another, I layered a circular transparency over the block and stitched it in place around the outer edge, trimming off the overhang. And, as I like to do on almost every grid layout, I "connected" a few of the blocks by allowing the title to spill off the edges and flow onto adjacent squares.
This simple variation on my favorite grid is just as quick and easy as the original, but results in a completely different design. And it's not limited to just rectangles - you could use ovals, circles, hexagons, or stars (or go really crazy and mix them all in!) Which just proves that not all grid designs have to look the same...and only reinforces my love for this tried-and-true design framework!
And since it is Cinco de Mayo, I would remiss not mentioning another thing I deeply love....margaritas. (Follow the link to my favorite recipe!) ¡Olé!