Tonight I am packing to go cropping tomorrow at Scrapbook Royalty's event to benefit the Cancer Coping Center held at Pink Pineapple Scrapbooks in Vista CA!! Woohoo! I'd better get packing…

BTW, Here's a quick tip:

I use this technique often in my classes–making a piece of patterned paper stretch across tow pages. I'd like to think I ‘invented” this technique but I am sure someone else somewhere else has had the same idea. It works well for water pages, amusement park pages, and anything “fun”.

Anyways, here's how it works, for all you 1am scrappers who only have one sheet of pp and no LSS is open for you to get more:

1. Cut the pp into two 6×12 strips.

2. Turn the strips so the patterns face each other and the back sides are facing out.

3. Mark the center of one side at 3″ on the back.

4. Holding both pieces together, cut a curvy line through both pieces of paper at the same time, starting at the 3″ mark and ending anywhere else on the other end of the paper (the other 6″ side).

5. Separate the pieces. Match up the 3″ sections in the middle of the two pages of your layout.

6. You can also arrange these several other ways, such as those pictured here.

Variation: Cut the paper with the paper patterns facing the same way (one on top of the other) and you will get a mirror effect on the page.

This only works if the pattern does not have a right side up. Stripes, plaid, dots, solids, all over prints work well. Papers that have flowers running up the side or words where there is really only one way to use the paper do not work so well with this technique. Hope this is useful!!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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