The time long struggle for scrapbookers has always been with picking and using paper, whether that be using up that horde of a paper stash or simply picking paper to use on your next layout. These two struggles work hand in hand and I hope that the rules I’m about to share with you will help you use up your paper stash by giving you guidelines on how to pick it out more effectively.
Category: Paper Tips
When I started working for Kiwi Lane almost 2 years ago, I was not a scrapbooker….not even close actually. But as I have been surrounded by cute layouts and cards and fun projects over the last little while, scrapbooking has started sinking into my creative bones. I really hesitate still to call myself a scrapbooker, since I am surrounded by experts, but it is very fun and rewarding to see a layout come together with pictures of loved ones surrounded by fun, cute patterned paper.
I love paper but It has been a journey, that’s for certain! There have been two parts of this journey; 1. defining my relationship with paper and 2. managing it, and in between the two I’ve had to simplify the process of using it. Before I go into how I’ve managed my paper stash, I wanted to talk about my relationship with paper and how it has evolved over the years. From single sheet paper to Double Layout Kits, there has been something to be learned from all of it.
A year ago Susan made a personal challenge to send out the stash of cards that were piling up in her bin. She had gotten good at making cards on a daily basis but bad at sending them out! As Susan was preparing to send these cards out, she looked at her envelopes and said ‘what if I dressed them up?’ There are so many ways you can add color so that your envelope stands out from day-to-day junk mail!
Let us set the scene: You just finished a project, it could be a layout, card, snap frame, or whatever you’ve sat down to do! You’re all sunshine and rainbows because it’s finally done! And then you look around, realizing you’ve made a mess (Unless you’re that rare clean crafter type- let us know!) and you’ve come to a crossroad….throw out the scraps or keep them? The decision doesn’t have to be hard if you know how you’re going to organize that mess! Here is the key to organizing and condensing your scraps so that you can easily use them later down the road!
Our job as designers of paper is to make your job as the designer of your page as simple, fun, fulfilling, effective, and practical as possible. That’s why we spend many hours analyzing our paper and spending our time getting it right so when you use it, it comes together simply. We thought it was about time we share what we think about when we design paper so that you can effectively use your paper!