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!