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Tips & Tricks

Using Negatives

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. 

Happy Friday!


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