Stash Busting with Scrappy Canary: Punch it up to use your patterned papers09:00
Welcome to Stash Busting with Scrappy Canary, it's Ruth here with an example and an idea to use up lots of smaller pieces of patterned paper. July's PL kit has gorgeous 6x6 paper from Teresa Collins, with really dreamy colours, I wanted to bust a lot of that gorgeous colourful stash in my layout, so I pulled out a trusty punch.
A word about buying punches, I find the most boring designs to be the most useful. Circles, hearts, stars and scallops are the ones I pull out most of all, they match everything and don't fight with the other patterns. Next most popular for me are simple and unthemed designs like butterflies and notepad borders, things that can add meaning to a page without being super themed on their own. Butterflies might mean light, whimsical, free, girly, outside, flying, happy and notepad borders might mean school, teacher, writing, learning, serious, youthful, untidy or any number of other things, if you pair it with a relevant story. When you buy your punches, think about what you might use it with. Highly specific shapes can be hard to use on lots of pages without it being a bit repetitive, BUT if you are making lots of travel layouts or mini albums, then an aeroplane punch might be the image that ties all your pages together, so I'm not saying dont buy themed shapes, just that you need to know you will get value from it, whereas circles are easily used over and over and over.
Paige Evans who does a lot of quilt-inspired piecing on her layouts and uses her punches a lot!!