Dissecting Design: The Four Square Grid


I go to the foursquare grid time after time when designing layouts.  It is a solid foundation for creativity.  Even with using it so often, I never feel like my layouts look alike.  There are just so many other things that can be varied like product choices, block size, number of photos used, and placement on the page.

In the layout above, I have used four 4×4 inch squares to create my foundation.  Only one of the squares is a photo, but the square on the opposite corner is filled with fun pineapples that I cut using the free digital cut file for subscribers.  Notice how the pineapples break out of their box at the top to give the layout a more dynamic feel.  With this layout, my grid is placed exactly center and then I’ve further enhanced the symmetry by centering the little brackets on the top and bottom.


My second layout uses product from the same kit, but still looks completely different.  I changed up the sizes a little by using two 4×6 photos with two 3×4 cards.  I also offset the grid towards the top a bit to make room from my title across the bottom.  I further altered the dimensions of the grid my machine stitching a border around it and writing in my journaling.

Have you used a four square grid recently?  Try the challenge of creating two with the same kit!  You may be surprised at how differently they turn out!


  1. Sharin Johnson on Facebook

    Great layout and design info, Doris. Thx once again for the inspiration. btw, cute pineapples!

  2. Jeanette

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. I´m in for a scrapevent in a couple of week and now I got some great ideas for my photos!

  3. Marti

    Grids are my go to! Love these pages, Doris!

    • doris sander

      Thanks, Marti! I didn’t realize it for the longest, but they are definitely my go to, too!


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