Saturday, October 30, 2010

Free Flowers

A person who scrapbook's or makes cards can never get enough embellishments.  We use all sorts of pretties on our handmade items.  I read a tip on punching out the center of the mats you use with pictures.  While making a project I matted over 100 pieces of patterned paper, so I remembered that little tidbit and wanted to give it a try.  

My rectangles measure larger mat 2 1/2" x 4 1/4" and smaller is 2 1/4" x 3 3/4".  These small mats will be incorporated in a secret Christmas project which I'll post later. 

Some time back I picked up some flower punches in 1", 2" & 2 1/2" by Paper Studio.  I found these at Hobby Lobby really really cheap.  ($2-$5)

In the larger mat (which you will be covering) simply place it in the punch in the middle being careful to not get too close to the edges so it won't show once you add your paper to the top and just punch a flower or anything else you might need multiples of. 
I used a 2" punch.

It's so easy and I never really thought about how much of the pretty paper & cardstock
is going to waste and being covered up.

Ladies...this is prime scrapbook real estate. 
Go punch your mats and get some free flowers! 
It feels so great to get something FREE.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! I would have never thought to do this. I will using this trick in some of my upcoming projects. Thanks for sharing.