Papercrafting: Tuesday’s Tips for Quick Creating
We’re sharing quick tips to help you do more creating…more quickly!
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As I’ve been working on projects recently, I’ve thought of a few “quick-creating” ideas that work for me and that just might work for you.
I thought I’d start sharing them with you in short, quick-to-read posts.
Small Paper Pads
Today’s tip centers around using small paper pads, one of my favorite purchases!
I have quite a collection of 6″ x 6″ and 8″ x 8″ paper pads, most of them purchased when I fell in love with a new paper collection and wanted a couple sheets of a few of the designs, but didn’t want to buy the whole collection and/or a bunch of larger (12″ x 12″) papers (since I didn’t have a specific project in mind for them).
Often, the new collections only include a few papers that I really love, and I want a couple sheets of those, so these pads (which usually contain at least two of each design) are perfect!
Stash Control & New Releases
If your stash is overwhelming you, but you still love adding in some of the new collections when they’re announced (and who doesn’t, right?), grab a small paper pad from the new collection.
These take up very little space, usually provide a sampling of all of the new papers in a collection, and will give you a chance to play with the new stuff that excites you!
Then, if you really love some of the new papers after creating with them, you can always grab more of that design (or the whole collection!) in the larger size.
Waste Not, Want Not
By using these smaller pads when creating smaller-scale projects – projects such as mini albums, tags and ATC cards – you’ll have more appropriately-sized product and less waste.
I created the paper bag album below using regular 12″ x 12″ papers from a collection and, while I like the outcome, I think it would have looked better with smaller-scale papers, and I certainly would have had less paper waste.
Since most manufacturers print their larger paper prints in a scaled down version in these pads, the patterns will be complete and they won’t overwhelm your project.
And, you’ll have less waste since you won’t be cutting down your larger patterned papers (like the 12″ x 12″ papers I cut up for the project above) for these smaller projects.
Cards, Photo Mats & Gift Items in a Flash
This smaller size paper is also perfect for card fronts, gift tags, sticky-note holders (see the ones I made above) and other small-scale projects, and takes the guess work out of creating – the images are proportionate and all the papers are coordinated, so they’ll all look good together!
Making a papercrafted gift and want a matching card or tag to go along with it?
Use a larger piece of patterned paper for the gift and the smaller version of that same paper for the card or tag – perfectly coordinated and perfectly sized!
Well, that’s it for today’s Quick Creating Tip.
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