Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Getting the most out of your kits using paper strips

Hi everyone!  Good morning!
I have a post up on the Paper Bakery Blog today to share with you one of my favorite techniques for using up leftovers from my kits.  For the following projects I used extras I had leftover from the March SCRAPBOOK kit called Daylight Savings!
When I really want to stretch my kit I use leftover punched pieces that I may have from a prior project and paper strips.  Using paper strips to create a visual design is a great way to use up your kit.  To create my first layout I layered several paper strips together in a horizontal fashion along the right side of my layout.
 Family Forever and Ever Layout

I used paper strips in different lengths and widths and layered them together.
Because I had so much going on on the right side, I kept the left side of my layout minimal so that the layout would not seem too cluttered.  It is always a good rule when working with several patterns to allow your layout to have ‘white space’.
To finish off my layout and frame my photo I used a few punched star pieces that I had leftover from another project.

For my second project I cut a chevron background file using my Silhouette Cameo and then backed several pieces with paper strips
in a diagonal fashion.
Love xoxo Layout

I used a variety of pattern papers but also left some pieces of my design empty to allow the background cardstock to show through.

I added some journaling below my photo and also tucked behind on a small shipping tag.  I embellished my layout using
a fun combination of wood veneers and chipboard pieces included in the kit.

I hope you found some inspiration here for using your paper scraps creatively, effectively, and efficiently!  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Awesome layouts Gina!! Love how you used the leftover pieces from your kit!