Today’s quick tip is just a reminder that before you toss out any scrap pattern paper or cardstock, check to see if there’s room to punch an image. Can you punch a butterfly, a scalloped circle or a flourished journaling square?
I have a couple of small containers that I keep right near my work space that hold a variety of punched images. One holds butterflies, the other one holds everything else.
Like anything, if it’s close to your work space and easily accessible, the odds are higher that you’ll actually use it.
5 handy reasons to punch scrap paper
- Maximize your stash of cardstock and pattern paper. If you have a container of punches near your workspace in colors you often use, you’ll reach for them instead of reaching for a fresh sheet of cardstock or a larger scrap paper.
- Helps you make use of every inch of paper when you cut images on electronic die cut machines. Instead of just cutting the few images you need, fill in all the open space with generic, easy to use images (like flowers, tags, flourished frames, etc…).
- Helps you make decisions on size and scale of embellishments. Use a punch temporarily on an in-progress layout to get a feel for what size embellishments might work. The punch can act as a place holder until you find the right flower or diecut.
- Allows you to use every inch of that last piece of pattern paper you absolutely adore. If you punch a few images from it, you can use that paper on more projects.
- Might prompt you to add the perfect finishing touch to a layout. If you have a variety of punched butterflies and flowers right there, they are super simple to add and help you finish off a page.
What are your favorite punches?