Confessions of a Paper Hoarder
Hi, my name is Merit and I'm a Paper Hoarder. I see a pretty pattern and I have to have it. As you can see from the huge de-stashing sale I had, I gave in to that impulse A LOT!
I made an effort to use it, but most of my stash was procured before my Stampin' Up!® days. That meant I had a lot of mismatched hues to contend with. Now that my cardstock coordinates with my DSP (Designer Series Paper), I'm determined to use it all!
Too Pretty To Cut
I hear from a lot of my fellow hoarders that their paper is too pretty to cut. For me, that's never been a problem; I see it as too pretty too keep hidden away in a box.
One way to use a full sheet and make a lot of cards is to use a One Sheet Wonder template. This is a great way to make a quick stash of cards or a boxed set to gift.
I'll admit to being less than stellar with math, so I turn to Pinterest for templates. You can check out my One Sheet Wonders board to the left to try your hand; it can be an addictive past time. Don't say I didn't warn you!
What's All The Fuss About?
Some papers are just begging to be cut up; not for layering, but embellishing! This is a great way to put together quick projects which look completely polished without having to break out your markers.
When All Else Fails, Scrap It!
One of the ways to avoid taking scissors or a trimmer to your DSP is to create is to create a scrapbook layout with it. It's an easy way to dress up a simple layout as well as bringing color in. The latter works especially well with black and white or sepia photos.
What A Treat!
My last tip is to use your DSP to create boxes and treat packaging. Stampin' Up!® DSP is a nice, sturdy weight for box making. These cute boxes were made with 6"x 6" DSP and the Envelope Punch Board!
I hope this post has inspired you to dive into your paper stash and start sharing those pretty patterns! Head on down to the comments and let me know your favorite way to use patterned paper!