Be you "gut" your paper when you cover most of the base sheet?

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Posted: 10/22/2013 6:57:17 AM
So do you? Let me explain...when you make say a 12 x 12 LO and use a full 12 x 12 sheet of paper and then cover most of it , so that say only a 1 inch border shows around the edge, do you cut out the middle of the base sheet so you can save that piece of paper to use on another LO?

I have before, but honestly i rarely do this. I have some pretty paper from "The Pier" though and I am pretty sure when I use it I will gut it so I don't waste it!


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Posted: 10/22/2013 6:59:30 AM
I don't remember if I ever did, but I have thought about it in the past. I don't do it it think about it now because I have enough paper and don't need to keep all that extra.
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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:02:50 AM
Only if I really, really love it or want to use a piece of it and only have one sheet. For example, I did it for a two-page LO a couple weeks ago because I wanted to use the same design to mat a photo on the second page.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:07:11 AM
I did it ages ago. Then I realized doing that just meant I ended up with even more scraps of paper, so I stopped.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:16:07 AM
No, and honestly the thought never crossed my mind. It's a good idea though, now that I think about it...especially if you really love the paper and are trying to save $ on scrap supplies.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:16:30 AM
I've only done it when it is my only sheet of a particular color or pp and I need more of it to complete the look I want (use for matting, embellies, etc.). Or when it is a double-sided piece and I want to use both sides on the LO.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:17:06 AM
I always do. I've always been one to mat photos, so I use the gutted part as an additional layer, mat, or to make embellishments from. I use it on the same layout if it's just a one off layout, I'll use it on a different layout if it's for a series of layouts to help maintain cohesiveness.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:31:53 AM
I almost always do this. And I almost always use the middle!


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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:33:08 AM
If I really love the paper, I sure do.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:35:47 AM
Yes, I've done this lots, esp. if I only have one sheet of a paper and I'm going to make a double-page l/o. However, I'm trying to be in a "use it up" mind-set now, so I'll prob. do it less often. Maria

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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:40:30 AM
Like almost everyone here, only if I love the paper and plan on using it for something else.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 7:54:34 AM
I used to do this with all mats and everything. Ugh! To save money and stretch my paper. It was a pain and I got tired of all the little scraps. I have so much paper I am trying to use up now, plus I really do not need to be that frugal!
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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:07:01 AM
If I really like the paper or it's a color of cardstock that I go through quickly, and I am always searching for scraps of, then yes I will gut it first.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:08:20 AM
I don't do it often, but I will if it's paper I really love that's brand new and I want to get more use out of. I can usually get a 10x10 square out of the unseen part of the paper, and that works well as a base layer on another page.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:12:44 AM
Nope. Never have. I have WAY too may papers and scraps to have the need to do that.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:21:52 AM
If it is patterned paper or cardstock I really like then I will gut it. It's a waste of paper to me to cover it up when I use the scraps. Plain, boring cardstock I don't.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:25:12 AM

If I really love the paper, I sure do.


I try and reserve this kind of stuff for papers I really don't like the overall pattern of. the kind of paper where it's okay when just an inch or so is showing, but more than that would be overkill, kwim?

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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:32:17 AM
I've done it maybe 5 times. Although, most of the times I use 2 papers like that it's because I don't really care for the bottom piece and don't want to completely waste it.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:37:51 AM
Nope, never have and not planning on anytime soon. I like the support instead of a flimsy page.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:40:56 AM
No. I really don't like to end up with a bunch of scraps. I'm not very good at using them up.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:44:32 AM
Sometimes...but only if I plan to use it on the current layout in some way (like on a two page layout).

I am not a fan of scraps so I endeavor not to create too many.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:44:38 AM
No I find it annoying to do so. I was in a CKC class one time and we had to do that. I hate the flimsy feel as well.

I just buy more paper if I need it.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:51:58 AM
Never except sometimes.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 8:55:25 AM
I've only done it when I want to use the paper for something right away (maybe part of a 2 page layout or something). I don't think I've ever done it to save it for later.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:22:10 AM
If I am using the base as a one inch border and I like the paper or the flip side, I will gut it. I will tend to use it to mat pics on that same layout or use it for die cutting, etc.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:23:45 AM
I would if I really, really liked the paper and didn't have any more of it. But then i would have to use an "ugly" paper to back the layout to support it.

Most times I don't bother. I do remember doing it before when I was working with Basic Grey and I only had a limited supply of it, and knew i wouldn't be able to get any more. You bet your butt I saved every little scrap of that I could to use elsewhere.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:24:28 AM
Sometimes. Depends upon:

1. How much I like the paper.
2. If I can imagine using the leftover portion again soon.
3. If I only have one piece of a paper and want to use it on the other page or in the album elsewhere.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:28:07 AM
I do if I plan to use the paper for other elements on the same layout. For example, if the base paper is colored cardstock, I will often cut out a portion to use as a mat for the photos or to make a die cut title for the layout - because obviously the color of the photo mats and title will match the page border. If the base paper is a 2-sided pattern paper - same concept I will often use the b-side of the cut out paper to make an embellishment for that same layout.

I don't usually just cut out the paper to add to my stash for a future project.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:29:45 AM
Yes. Unless I don't need it or if I want it to add strength. (Like with Creative Memories thin paper v. a heavier weight paper).


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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:30:39 AM
I do. I have been doing it for many years. I started doing this when CM came out with their 12" trimmer ages ago, much like the fiskars one. Every once in a while it gets me though. I went to photo a DT LO and I could see through the back. I just stood another piece of white card stock behind it. I like doing that because it cuts down on the weight in my books/albums, and also if I like the paper, I can stretch it out and use it on more than one project.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:34:15 AM
Nope! I dont think that far in advance When I sit and work on a layout I'm not thinking about saving anything, just thinking about creating a layout and its just paper there I said it.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:37:22 AM
Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. It depends on the paper and my mood.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:43:23 AM
No, because I like that sturdy feeling the layout has with lots of full layers.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 9:44:11 AM
I have done this lots of times ESPECIALLY when i really love the paper. What boggles my mind (and I'll never understand it) is when I watch some process videos and they'll put "splatters" on the paper and then cover 99% of it up with layers of other stuff. It makes me crazy!! What is the point of putting splatters or other stuff down when you cover it up?!! Really bugs me!! LOL!


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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:10:09 AM
Yes, if it's a paper I love and it's my last sheet.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:11:52 AM
When I started scrapping, I did it all the time, even with cheap card stock. Now I rarely do it, usually because I need that piece for the second part of a two page layout or because I absolutely adore the paper and can't bear to part with it. However, I am in more of a 'use it up so you can justify getting more' mindset.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:16:14 AM
Yes I do - mostly because I love the design and know I will use it again. If I do gut large sections of paper, I will mount the LO on the white inserts that sometimes come in plastic sleeves - got plenty of those

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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:16:30 AM
I do some of the time. I love the feeling of a really heavy layout, but I also sometimes have an internal battle over whether I like the pattern best as a frame or as a larger visible section, so if I can't make up my mind I will gut the paper to stretch it so I have both. It's pretty rare (though not unheard of) that I have two sheets of any given paper, so it's a compromise that works.

What boggles my mind (and I'll never understand it) is when I watch some process videos and they'll put "splatters" on the paper and then cover 99% of it up with layers of other stuff. It makes me crazy!! What is the point of putting splatters or other stuff down when you cover it up?!! Really bugs me!! LOL!

This made me laugh because for some completely unknown reason I cannot fathom, I just get better splatters if I do the splatters first and then cover it up. I know it's bonkers. But too many sadface moments the other way around of leaving the splatters till later and trying to get them in just the right place and.... failing miserably! If I do them first, then I can see the spots that will work best to complement the layout and which ones to cover.
...but even when I'm doing it, I *know* it makes pretty much zero sense to spend time adding stuff that will just be covered.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:30:04 AM
Not normally. I usually forget to use my extra scraps and the few times I have gutted paper, it was because I needed the same paper for another page and used it right away.



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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:41:40 AM
If I love the paper yes. I know I can buy another sheet , but why when I can just gut it in 2 minutes. It is just the frugal me

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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:50:26 AM
Yes, I do this every time. I work hard for my money and my stash, and while it is only a $1.00-$1.50. It is times when I am frozen such as right now because we just put a huge patio in and I need to pay it off. This well take me about a year which means, no shopping for me.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 10:56:34 AM
I will gut the paper if I use that piece right away. Otherwise I do not. Sometimes I just want to use up my stash and that is great way to take a not so loved sheet of pattern paper out of my stash and into my album where it belongs.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 11:13:52 AM
Interesting!! I have never heard of someone doing that. I would think that it would make the project a bit more floppy and not have such a good base to it. But, who knows!

I really like to make smaller layouts because I hate using up the entire 12x12 piece of paper. Lately I have been making 8x10 to fit in a photo frame and using the additional scraps for cards.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 11:15:13 AM
I will if i need more of the paper right away, but otherwise I'm with the use it and get new stuff mind set. Usually with in a year or so something very very similar will come out.... just an example right now is the new CP valentines collection looks a whole lot like their V-day collection from last year ( i acutally used what I had of that one up, and not just by letting DD make her valentine cards from the scraps) so in a month or so I can get more.

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Posted: 10/22/2013 11:24:39 AM
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Posted: 10/22/2013 12:24:12 PM

I've only done it when I want to use the paper for something right away (maybe part of a 2 page layout or something). I don't think I've ever done it to save it for later.

Same here, I think I've done it once and it was because I was short that pattern and wanted to use it on the other side

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Posted: 10/22/2013 12:34:37 PM
Almost never.



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Posted: 10/22/2013 12:35:16 PM
I use to all the time. But I started preferring the heaver LO. Some of the printed paper back then was really flimsy. Now I only do it if I need to use that paper on the LO, say for matting. I mostly do 2 page LO's so I usually buy extra cs. But if I don't have any extra then absolutely I will.


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Posted: 10/22/2013 12:36:28 PM
Pretty much never. Maybe once or twice I gutted a tiny piece so I can punch out matching embellishments for that very same layout. I refuse to hoard scraps. I have enough paper to last me a while and I hate the flimsiness of gutted papers.



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Posted: 10/22/2013 12:41:57 PM
Usually not, as I like the sturdy feel of whole sheets. On rare occasion, when doing DT work, I have gotten only 1 sheet of a 2 sided paper and I needed the other side to layer, then I might gut it for the B side. Most of the time I just use the whole sheet. I have far more paper than I will ever use in my entire lifetime.

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