Getting More Mileage From Favorite Pattern Papers

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!

Thanks for stopping by today!

29 Comments

  1. Your layout looks great! I hold on to all my scraps I have way more then I will probably ever use. I don’t have a lot of punches but I’ve been trying to use my cricut more and make embellishments for future use using only scraps. Which has been working out great because I’m actually using my cricut which was just collecting dust.

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    • I do the same with the Silhouette, though it takes a bit more time to get it out and set up than to grab a punch. But the idea is the same – no tools should be collecting dust! 🙂

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  2. Cute layout and great ideas for using up scraps!

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    • Thanks! 🙂

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  3. Great tip! Love how your layout turned out.

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    • Thank you!

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  4. Great layout, love the hearts & good idea!! thanks for sharing

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    • You’re welcome!

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  5. Love your layout Tammy, all those punched and die cut hearts look great! Awesome tip too. I have some “saved” paper as well and just might spend my afternoon punching away…after the doctors appointment that is 🙂

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    • Hope all is well! Enjoy your punching…. 😀

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  6. I too, hold onto the tiniest of scraps. Especially if it is a pattern that I love. Great idea to stretch that penny. Love the way your LO looks! Layering the hearts was a grand idea!

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    • Thanks! I’m not sure why we hoard the way we do. Especially something we love so much. Isn’t it better to see actually on a layout??? 🙂 Even still, I don’t think I’ll stop hoarding anytime soon.

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  7. CUTE layout! Love it. And um… you are not the only one who saves scraps of particular papers for 5+ years. I promise. 🙂

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    • That makes me feel so much better! 😀

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  8. Tammy, I’m sure I still have very old Chatterbox paper scraps too! What a great way to use them up and enjoy them; guess this would work nicely on cards too! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • You’re welcome! I still have a big stash of Chatterbox too. Maybe because they were one of the first companies that came out with “lines” of paper that all coordinated? It was almost too pretty to use, which I can prove since I still have so many 12×12 sheets. 🙂

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  9. Love the LO!
    I save my favorite scraps to use on cards or mixed media projects. Love that Chatterbox paper….I have some others of theirs in my scrap box.

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    • How funny! I wonder how Melody would feel to know so many of us are holding on to that pretty paper? 🙂

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  10. Love your layout – I still have that same paper!

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    • Somehow, this really does make me feel better. 🙂 And I still have a 12×12 sheet of the very same pattern, only with the green back ground. I loved that one sooooo much I was never able to cut it.

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  11. Adorable layout!!!! I love the shape of the hearts. Would you share which heart you used from the Sil library? What great inspiration-now I need to do something similar (only I use more photos) and Yes! I do hoard paper- Chatterbox being one of my top, top FAVS and that particular pattern also! There are some papers that make their way to the trash bin when they’re too small, but of the ones I love, no piece is too small!! Look at Kristina Werner’s blog-she uses tiny strips of patterned paper a lot.

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    • Sure – I used the heart in this shape: heart_house_C00167_24282. I just ungrouped the house, took the heart and deleted everything else. I love Krinstina’s cards. When I need card inspiration, I go watch one of her latest videos. 🙂

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  12. Great tip…I do that too!

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    • Thanks!

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  13. count me in, I hoard my pretty paper scraps, teehee.
    Your layout is so pretty, love that paper 🙂

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    • Thanks Tracy. It sounds like we’ve got quite the hoarders club going on. If only I could make myself use more of what I already have and not shop so much….. Nope! Not gonna happen. 😀

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  14. I do this same thing Tammy! I always punch every little bit out of my scraps before I toss them. I have small containers that I store them in and then when I need a little bit of something, I have those ready to go.

    I love the way your layout turned out….so very cute! Hope the move preparations are going well…

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  15. Oh, I love this layout. The hearts on it are great. Such fun!

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  16. What a great idea, Tammy. I think it would also work with extra patterened paper that never seems to match your layouts! That “other” stash of paper we hold onto! 🙂 A little bit of color is easier to work with than a whole 12 x 12. Good tips and inspira8tion! Thanks.

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