This is a follow up of my previous post regarding getting the most out of your scraps. Another way that I like to reduce waste is to use negatives. If you have never heard of the term, a negative is the image left after your punch, for example:
The piece to the right that is left, those butterfly outlines are called "negatives". I have always thought that negatives are beautiful and artsy in their own way and I try to use them in layouts. In the layout below, I punched butterflies for another project and had the negative strips left. I layered them behind my pictures for a little bit of "something-something".
This was a quick and easy layout. I curled up the edges, stapled them, inked the edges, layered the negatives underneath the cardstock and matted photos, added a journaling spot, some butterflies on top and voila! If you read my previous blog post, I will point out to you that the squares were punched from patterned scrap paper immediately after I was done wih that particular layout, so the squares were handy to be used. The butterflies were also already punched out and I used those as well. This was a very quick and easy layout since I already had everything punched an on hand. Just another quick trick for easy layouts.
Here is a layout where I used the flower negative:
Oh, one more thing. I did a sketch of this layout for you. I am not Ms. Professional Photoshop or anything, so please forgive the rudimentary look...but, you get this gist.
You can use any punch. You can also use Cricut negatives instead of a punch. Sometimes I cut out a succession of die cuts on the Cricut and have those negatives.