I’ve got a quick tip for today, in which I am taking my own advice.
I was looking through the May issue of Scrapbook Trends magazine and a layout by Lisa Dickinson (pg. 90 if you are following along at home) had me rushing to my craft room to scrapbook. I loved the simple design. I had a recent photo that would be perfect so I started digging through my stash of pre-cut embellishments for the perfect hearts.
Only, nothing was working for me. It happens. Sometimes it’s a time saver to punch your scraps and sometimes you won’t have anything that works. Not to be discouraged, I started hunting through some pink pattern papers and I came across this:
I have been saving this scrap from a Chatterbox 12×12 pattern paper for 5 or 6 years now. I loved this paper. It’s one of my favorite patterns of all time. Does anyone else out there hold on to scraps of your favorite patterns? Is it that we are waiting for the right page to come along? Do we even remember we have it when we are working on a page?
Looking at this paper, I knew exactly what I needed to do. Punch the entire piece into various shapes. And now I have these:
Not only do I have punches for the current layout I’m working on, but now I will be able to use this beloved pattern on several other projects. I even punched half shapes from the edges of the paper. This is a great way to get more mileage from that favorite pattern.
With my punched hearts and a few more hearts I cut from with my Silhouette, I created this:
I added a few tags at the top to add some journaling detail. I love how it turned out and I love that it includes a few scraps of that favorite paper.
The next time you come across that paper you’ve been holding onto, I hope that you consider how you can make it strech just a little bit further. And then use it!
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