Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Cheeky Challenge Tuesday - Extend Your Stash!

Today is a two-part challenge, if you do the first part the second part will be easier. If you do the second part, it will stretch your stash out more and use paper that would otherwise be wasted. 

1. Use a large photo, at least 7x5, the larger the photo, the better.

2. Once you've chosen where your photo will go it is time to gut your paper. Firstly, mark lighly in pencil the corners of where your photo will be, then measure an inch or so in and draw a rectangle. This section is what you will cut out, so cut it out either with a craft knife or, it's quicker with a paper trimmer, but be careful not to go over the lines. This will work better with double-sided paper, but even if the back is just white, you could always stamp a journaling block on the spare piece, or stamp images and cut them out to make embellishments.

Below is the layout that inspired this challenge, it is from my wedding album. Here I have used Bo Bunny paper, and the block of black paper is the piece I have gutted from behind the photo. 

I hope you enjoy the challenge, I would love to see what you do with it.


  1. That's a clever way of making the most of a lovely double-sided sheet. I sometimes feel sorry to use one side, as then I can't have the other side too... this is a best of both worlds technique!
    I do already do this sometimes, then use the spare piece elsewhere. I'm making an 8"x8" photo album just now, with patch-work style pages. Cutting out middles and using them on other pages is definitely the order of the day!

  2. Popping over from Shimelle's Blogging for Scrapbookers. Really like your blog!! Nice job. :)

  3. i always do this..punch some out if possible just to save some paper!!! :)