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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Only One Sheet!!!!



 










Do you ever find the "perfect" paper for a project, only to realize you only have one sheet of the paper and your project is a 2-4 page project? Not to worry! Plan it out and you can make your paper stretch!

In the first example, there were FOUR pages of tropical fish that I wanted to use my coral reef paper for. I cut it in half, and then carefully tore each half in approxmiately half lengthwise. This gave me 4 borders -- one for each page. I paired them with coordingating paper. On two pages I put the borders horizontal and on two I put them vertical.

In my 2nd example, I had one sheet of striped paper that was 11 3/4" x 12 and I wanted to use it for three 12 x 12 pages! The first two pages were pretty easy -- I cut 2 strips 11 3/4 x 2 1/2", and used the dark paper to "frame" it so the fact it isn't the full 12" long doesn't look weird. The 3rd page (this was my mock-up, I don't have a picture of the finished page) was a bit trickier. I first cut a couple of strips for the top and bottom. Once again, they were 11 3/4" long, so I matted them onto white to make the full 12" length I was looking for. From the remaining piece I carefully cut out a frame for the large picture. From the inside of that frame, I cut out the two frames for the smaller pictures beside it. From the inside of the two smaller frames and a bit of scrap left over from the cut of the original frame, I cut out the letters for the title.

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