Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 1/23/2013 8:25:07 AM|
I was just wondering if any of you cut out the middle of your pp when using as a background so only the boarder shows as a frame? Then you cover the gap with another paper. Make sense?
Seems kind of a pain but I'd then have a good sized piece to use elsewhere.
Just curious if anyone does this and is it worth it?
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 1/23/2013 8:29:05 AM|I have been doing this forever.
But not lately.
I have so much paper, I just have to let my frugal ways go.
But I do still do it if I need that paper for a different area on a layout or a card.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 8:59:22 AM|
When I 1st starting scrapping 20 years ago I did, but I have so much now I don't.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 8:59:45 AM|
I do. I usually end up giving the scraps to my kids, but at least they are being used!
Loc: southern IN
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:04:50 AM|
Yep, me too. Maria
Loc: Southern Ohio
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:05:15 AM|
i do especially if i love the paper- i save all my scraps
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:06:21 AM|
I'll do that with patterned paper when I only have one sheet and want to use it somewhere else on the layout. Otherwise, I don't. I have tons of paper that I need to use up.
Loc: DFW, TX
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:07:36 AM|Not me - I have soooo much paper that it doesn't seem worth the effort.
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Loc: Pea-get Sound
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:11:28 AM|I do 2 pagers and usually use pp for the background on one side and cs or a different pp on the other. If I can cut out some of the background papers it gives me pieces to use as mats or layers on the facing page.
I seldom buy more than one piece of anything
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:14:34 AM|I sooo do. Especially if its one I love because it feels so wasteful otherwise
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:14:42 AM|
I do this a lot particularly if I like both sides of the paper. I sort of cringe when I see people using entire sheets in a video and then covering up almost all of it with other papers.
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Loc: New York
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:15:15 AM|
I did that once in my life. I wanted to use both sides of the paper on a page I was doing. Otherwise I let it go. It's not worth the worry that I might cut too much out or change my mind before gluing down. I am "blessed" with lots of paper. I am gonna use it!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: Mesa, AZ
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:21:55 AM|
The first few years I scrapped I did this. Now I only do it if I need a little of the same paper on another layout. Otherwise I have so much paper, I'm never going to use it all. I just wince a little inside and go for it.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:26:07 AM|
I do this a lot of the time. I have a weird phobia about using up a paper/pattern I really like and then never being able to find it again if I have a photo/layout down the road where I'd really want to use it. I have a ton of paper but still can't seem to let that go.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:29:25 AM|
I do it all the time!!! I don't do this with my background paper as I need a sturdy base but with PP, yup!
I love being able to stretch my paper stash and if you can't see it anyway, it just seems like a waste to me!
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:31:15 AM|
Yes! I normally don't frame out a whole page, but I have before. I trim my LO's to 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 so if I want to frame a LO I now do it by using those leftover strips I've saved.
I do it a lot of time with cardstock if I'm matting a photo. It cuts down on the bulk/weight and gives me extra scraps for other little things. Especially if I like the color.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:40:52 AM|
I have so much paper that I don't worry about using it up. I just need to get busy and use more of my paper.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:42:16 AM|
I've done this many times, but I don't do it as much anymore because I'm really trying to use up older paper in my stash. I have SO much paper that it's not a big deal if I use a whole sheet. Even if I want that paper for another layout later, I've never had a problem finding something in my stash that is either similar or would work great instead.
I'll still do it if I REALLY love the piece, though.
Loc: SE Wisconsin
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:49:27 AM|
I only have done it when I needed more of that particular paper. Glad to see I'm not the only one who's not frugal in this way.
Loc: London, UK
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:49:29 AM|I do sometimes if most of it is going to be covered up, I might make a 2 inch frame out of it for instance and use the middle for something else because it's still a decent size. If I wasn't too fussed on the paper I wouldn't bother, but if it's something I know I would use again or really like/want the B-side then I'll do it
|Posted: 1/23/2013 9:59:37 AM|
I have been doing that forever... cutting the backs out of my paper.
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 1/23/2013 10:09:55 AM|
I do this ONLY IF:
1. I have another piece of paper to back the piece with the cut out in the centre. Even when layered under more paper, it seems to make the layout weak and flimsy with the cut-out piece on the back/bottom layer.
2. The piece I cut out is going to be large. At least 9 or 10 inches square.
3. I really really LOVE the paper.
I used to try to save paper and be really frugal, but in the end it cost me so much in time and stress it wasn't worth it. I buy paper to use it. I buy what I can afford. I buy more than I actually use. So having tonnes of little scraps around and fussing about saving as much paper as I could just wasn't helpful or necessary for me.
If my prioritites or circumstances changed, I would certainly try to be much more careful with saving paper where I can. Right now I think I do well using it, and not throwing out scraps unless they are truly too small for laying or punching small items from.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 10:17:25 AM|
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 10:19:04 AM|
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 10:26:19 AM|
I do if it is a paper I'm enamoured with. Or it is good for journalling. If I'm just using up stash, I don't bother.
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Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 1/23/2013 10:34:45 AM|
I never have done this. I heard of people doing it when I first started scrapbooking, but we all used fairly thin paper to begin with then, so I questioned how having the piece cut out would give the page enough support.
I have a lot of scraps, and I am very frugal with them, in that I usually look to the scraps first before I would cut new paper these days. (Some of the papers where I have a whole collection to work with are exceptions.) I manage the scraps I have fairly well, probably use more than I add, but if I were cutting pieces out of my mats or backgrounds, I think I'd have more trouble managing them.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 10:37:10 AM|
I used to do this quite a bit. But then I realized I hardly ever used the pieces I cut out so I quit doing it.
I have so much paper that I really need to just make a dent in it and not have a bunch of scraps and extra pieces.
The only time I will do it now is if I want to use the backside of that paper on the page I'm working on.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 10:44:53 AM|
I do it all the time! I think it is worth the effort especially when you love the paper!
|Posted: 1/23/2013 11:24:40 AM|I generally just buy an extra piece of paper if I I love both sides. I find that cutting my paper makes my pages less sturdy.
However, just last wknd I was using Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook paper, and I REALLY REALLY wanted to use both sides of my background paper for the layout. So I cut out what was behind the photo mat and used it on the same layout!
So yeah, in spite of my best intentions sometimes it still "just happens"! A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 1/23/2013 11:57:13 AM|
I have done it a couple of times with a double sided piece of paper because I wanted to use some of the other side. It did make the page feel flimsier. I think I glued some scrap paper down over the hole, but it was going into an album, so not really a big deal.
Loc: Big Bear Lake, SoCal
|Posted: 1/23/2013 11:59:11 AM|
No. I buy my paper to use it up. If I REALLY liked both sides, or wanted to use it again on a specific project, maybe, but for pieces like that I usually have purchased two. It's so rare that I don't end up with extras. Other than that I like just layering without thinking.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 12:08:21 PM|
At one point in my life I did.
At this point, excessive consumption of paper is the goal, not an undesirable thing! Use it up so I can justify more!
I will still do some paper gymnastics when I've got, say, ONE piece of cs that works with the current LO and I want to s.t.r.e.t.c.h it as much as I can!
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 12:09:06 PM|I use to do that years ago, but now I like the added sturdiness it gives my layout. I actually got the idea to back layouts with cardstock to give it sturdiness for photographing from Wilna's video. I love it! I try not to worry about saving a certain paper to use in the future too much...I just use the side of pattern paper that works for the layout I'm working on and move forward. Also, if I like both sides of a patterned paper I buy 2 sheets...yay!!!
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Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 1/23/2013 12:15:51 PM|
I have done this several times.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 1:10:01 PM|
Not usually but I did when I was working on a duplicate set of albums before Christmas. I have bought two collection packs of paper to use for the two sets of albums and wanted to stretch my stash as much as possible. Cutting out the centres of paper in this way really helped. But normally I don't fuss over it - much easier and smoother to not worry about it.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 1/23/2013 1:24:36 PM|
Well it's good to know that I'm not thinking crazy waste of time! I've wondered this when I see a nice piece of pp all around and cs in the middle.
Thanks everyone! I'm going to start cutting out too. Makes sense to me!
Loc: Orange County
|Posted: 1/23/2013 1:45:34 PM|
I used to be frugal...but not anymore! I have wayyyyyyyyyy toooo many papers to care.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 1:54:15 PM|
I don't cut the middle out.
I like how sturdy the background is when I leave the first bottom sheet a whole sheet.
It is too troublesome for me to bother cutting out the middle.
It will leave me with yet another paper scrap, which I already struggle with too many of.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 1:59:30 PM|
only when I absolutely have to
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 2:20:54 PM|
Not usually. But I do on occasion. I was working on a layout over the weekend using some paper from a collection I got a couple years ago and only had 1 sheet of what I was using as my background. I wanted to use some of the other side for another layout so I cut the middle out.
But usually I don't do this because I want to use my stash and I don't go through my scraps to use like I should.
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 2:46:39 PM|
I'm frugal enough to do that! I do it to cs too! Usually if I have plans to use the same color for a journaling block or mat and it isn't a base color like black or white...with pp, I might do it if I want to use the bside somewhere on the lo or I REALLY like the paper!!
|Posted: 1/23/2013 3:44:18 PM|Always
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|Posted: 1/23/2013 3:56:20 PM|I do if I love the paper. And if I'm doing a long strip somewhere you'll only actually see tne ends (behind a block of paper for example) I cut off the middle part.
If I have a sheet where I love both sides but want to use one for a background, I will usually cut out the part that will be covered by photos/paper etc and mount the layout on cs to stablise it.
And I keep teeny tiny scraps too. Almost no scrap is too small I use them in embellishment clusters or with tiny punches.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 4:02:25 PM|Yes i have done many time's, esp when i LOVE that pp & i want to use it for something else, or keep on using it.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: East Coast
|Posted: 1/23/2013 4:48:54 PM|Never! I have enough pp to paper every house in my neighborhood. There is no way I'm going make extra work for myself in order to scrimp on it. And I change my mind frequently when doing LOs. I'd hate to not be able to change something because I "gutted" the middle of the paper.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 5:16:24 PM|
I do it when the paper is large enough to bother. Not to save the paper but to make my books weigh less.
Loc: New Braunfels, TX
|Posted: 1/23/2013 5:26:55 PM|I used to when I started scrapping years ago. Now I only do it if I need it for the layout, want to reduce how thick the page will be, or if I really really the paper.
|Posted: 1/23/2013 10:04:35 PM|
I dont, because I like to use up my stash. I have plenty of paper, and I want it in my albums, not stashed away. I want to be able to buy more! If its a paper I really REALLY love, I have either bought two or will throw another one in my next order.