To Gut or not to gut

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Posted 3/1/2014 by akenyon in General Scrappin'
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aerobigirl
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PeaNut 8,771
December 2000
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Loc: Portland, OR

Posted: 3/5/2014 12:33:15 AM
Yep, I'm a gutter and a stripper. With thousands of paper sb pages, the weight and thickness of my albums has become a consideration.

What I mean by stripping is that if I have a background paper that's going to be covered with a 12 inch strip of a decent width, then I won't just adhere the 12 inch strip on top. I'll cut off a smaller strip of background paper and then overlap the edges of the background paper and the top strip. That leaves me a 12 inch strip of the background paper I can use on another layout.

If the layout isn't going to feel sturdy, I won't gut. But I often do.

Also, I'm more likely to gut or strip it if I love the paper.

Photomats - I frequently will gut those and use the leftover on the same layout as a tag or journaling block or paper strip. Especially if it's a double-sided paper. Then I can feature a little of the other side of the paper.


Nancy

{Betsy}
Creative Dreamer

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April 2003
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Posted: 3/5/2014 12:58:20 AM
I don't. I prefer the extra stability of a leaving the paper solid.



keddypea
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July 2006
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Posted: 3/5/2014 7:59:31 AM
I rarely gut unless I'm working on an actual layout and want to use some of the background for layering. I have enough paper that I can usually find something in my stash to make it work which may or may not be a good thing.


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pigsflyng
PeaNut

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July 2012
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Posted: 3/5/2014 8:20:27 AM
I gut.

I also piece together backgrounds from scraps.

MTCANUK
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April 2002
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Loc: lost in Montana

Posted: 3/5/2014 9:01:36 AM
Never gut. And I still have plenty of scraps in my scrap basket!


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meowgal
PeaFixture

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December 2004
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Loc: Midlothian, VA (near Richmond!)

Posted: 3/5/2014 11:38:57 AM
I only gut when I have only one of that sheet and may need it for matting, etc. on that page. I use a lot of layers and usually only quality papers, so the stability is still there and it helps with the thickness of my layout too.


Carolyn Peaing in VA

cycworker
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Posted: 3/10/2014 9:04:32 PM
It depends how much I like the paper. Also, I'll do it if I'm doing a 2 page LO and only have one sheet, or it's a company that's out of business. For example, I hoard the heck out of my Scenic Route paper.

Often I use a cardstock base. If I then had an 11x11 piece that was going to be covered, I'd do some gutting of that, pluse keep the 1" strips. I'd use the leftovers on cards.


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miss-E
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May 2007
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Loc: Queensland, Australia

Posted: 3/10/2014 10:36:21 PM
Patterned paper always and cardstock only sometimes. When I first started scrapbooking there was nothing near me to by supplies from so I would gut and save every single last little scrap of paper, these days access to supplies is no issue so I only gut cardstock if it is a decent sized piece and I never save solid colour paper.



JamieH
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May 2002
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Loc: Texas

Posted: 3/12/2014 9:21:21 AM
Since I do two-page layouts,I do gut occasionally, especially if I don't have enough of the same paper. I put a lot of layers and embellies on my pages, so if I gut and feel a lack of stability,I put the page on Kraft cardstock.

Heck,If gutting is good enough for Shimelle, it is good enough for me.

Happy scrapping,
JamieH




JamieH
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 39,057
May 2002
Posts: 5,196
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Loc: Texas

Posted: 3/12/2014 9:21:27 AM
Since I do two-page layouts,I do gut occasionally, especially if I don't have enough of the same paper. I put a lot of layers and embellies on my pages, so if I gut and feel a lack of stability,I put the page on Kraft cardstock.

Heck,If gutting is good enough for Shimelle, it is good enough for me.

Happy scrapping,
JamieH



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