Simple Patterns: Stretch Your Stash

SimplePatterns COVER 350px Simple Patterns: Stretch Your StashHere’s a quick quiz to see how Simple Patterns for Paper Crafting & Scrapbooking can help you keep your stash under control:

True or false: You buy patterned paper just because you love it.

True or false: You hoard save your favorite paper and supplies for just the right project.

True or false: When you do use your paper, you trim it just so to avoid creating unnecessary scraps

True or false: In the event you generate a scrap, you save it–no matter how small it is

If you answered true to even one of these questions, you treat your stash like Fort Knox and NEED this special issue! From die-cut positives and negatives to masks that can be used as design elements, the ideas are endless.

How many times have you set aside a perfectly good die-cut shape or sentiment because it wasn’t part of the project you intended to make? Take a tip from Teri Anderson, who made the most of positive and negative die cut sentiments with this fun and graphic card set:9b Card Set by Teri Anderson Simple Patterns 1024x335 Simple Patterns: Stretch Your StashJulie Campbell saved her speech bubble die cut from this Missing You card and created a funky gift tag with it:22b22c Card and Tag by Julie Campbell Simple Patterns 1024x552 Simple Patterns: Stretch Your StashExtra die cuts can also be used as masks for inking or misting, and the misted die-cut can then be added to your project as an embellishment. Check out what Kim Watson did with a die-cut wood veneer sentiment, using it as both a misting mask and tinted title:

11a Life Layout by Kim Watson Simple Patterns 1014x1024 Simple Patterns: Stretch Your Stash

Kim used a “Love this Moment” wood veneer sentiment as a mask on this layout, and saved the misted wood veneer for the project below.

11b Love This Moment Layout by Kim Watson SimplePatterns 785x1024 Simple Patterns: Stretch Your Stash

Kim’s misted wood veneer sentiment goes from mask to layout title!

Whether your stash is overflowing with scraps you just can’t bear to throw away, or it continues to grow because you’re not quite sure what to make with that favorite collection, I know you’ll get dozens of ideas from this fantastic special issue.

Let me know in the comments if you’re a scrap saver or a scrap tosser, and I’ll send three random winners a copy of this special issue. Be sure to leave your comment by 5pm MDT on Monday, May 5.

Here’s hoping you’ll hop into your stash with the help of some Simple Patterns for Paper Crafting & Scrapbooking!

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Jennifer Schaerer, Editor in Chief


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98 Responses to Simple Patterns: Stretch Your Stash

  1. Denise Bryant says:

    I’m a scrap saver… sometimes a little piece is all you need!

  2. Tina Prosser says:

    definately a scrap saver, have separate folders for each colour, how pedantic is that !!!

  3. Lindsey L. says:

    I chuckled and winced as I answered true to each and every question…looks like I need to pick this issue up!

  4. justasiam says:

    I am absolutely a scrap saver and use these constantly to make cards. I love the recent trend for “quilted” type cards.

  5. Amber R. says:

    I have to say I’m more of a scrap saver but I’m a little of both! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. I’m a scrap saver. Small size papers comes handy for small details like paper piecing and small accents like hearts and other small shapes

  7. Kayla F. says:

    Scrap saver! You never know when that itty bitty piece will come in handy!

  8. Yep, I’m a Saver/Hoarder!! HAHAHAHA!! My husband can’t stand that I SAVE EVERYTHING!! =) I can always see a use for the scarps so its so hard to throw them away!! LOVE all of the INSPIRATION!! THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  9. Maye M.L. says:

    Ooops, I am in serious trouble according to the short survey. Most definitely a “saver”. Hence, Simple Patterns is needed in my crafting world. Happy Friday!

  10. Chris Cross says:

    I save “everything”!! I have drawers in my storage unit that separate all of my scraps by color. Love it!

  11. Deana says:

    I am a scrap saver. (Deana)

  12. Jill h says:

    Definitely a saver–I do actually use them. I just wish someone would organize all my bits somehow. Lol! :)

  13. Dana W says:

    Saver for sure!! In fact I’m pretty much always overflowing even though I try to my scraps!!

  14. Susan says:

    Boxes full of scraps because they’re all so pretty and have such potential!

  15. Cindy C. says:

    Oh I am definitely a scrap saver!! I answered True to all questions!!!! And yes would love to learn how to my beloved scrap more efficiently!!!

  16. Natalie Winterstein says:

    I am a super saver. I was actually looking through my scrap basket the other day and realized I have slivers – yes, SLIVERS! – of paper in it. Lol. I need help! haha Thanks for the chance to win and HAPPY FRIDAY ALL! :)

  17. diana says:

    I’m a scrap saver. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this issue! ;-)

  18. Cynthia X says:

    Truth be told, I save scraps – the ones that even fall on the floor. Talk about a horder! I have a special folder I keep them all in and I leave it at the foot of my desk. That way I can rummage through it for a specific color/patterned paper to add to it. My husband thinks I am crazy.

  19. Elise C. says:

    I answered true to all of those questions, so I definitely need to get this issue! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  20. Michelle Bartos says:

    I save it all. Sometimes I even save the little tiny punch pieces to use for confetti.

  21. irmz says:

    I save almost all my scraps, I figure I can reuse them somehow. I honestly feel like I am wasting scrappy goodness when I recycle/trash any little scrap.

  22. Pai Meng says:

    i’m a scrap saver for sure

  23. Agata says:

    I’m a saver for sure!!! But trying to become more of a tosser…

  24. annie dill says:

    Oh my, we are all savers!

  25. Pat says:

    I need help…I’m a scrap saver…and it’s overtaking my room! :)

  26. Lory C. says:

    I’m a scrap saver-big time!

  27. Abby C says:

    I have such a habit of saving every piece! I feel so bad throwing out any paper – especially when the patterns and colors are awesome!

  28. Michelle Price says:

    Scrap saver here and my drawers runneth over!

  29. Cammie says:

    “True” for every statement—I am definitely a paper saver/hoarder. Thanks for the chance to win this issue which will help me with my paper addiction.

  30. Aliceson S. says:

    It seems like ever since I’ve had my Silhouette, it’s very hard to throw out scraps. I tend to save even the little pieces. :P And even though I have tons of paper, I still can’t resist buying more. :)

  31. sandi h says:

    I’m afraid I’m a hoarder.

  32. zubmomi says:

    I’m a scrap saver !!! Thanks for the chance :)

  33. SandyP says:

    I’m a scrap saver. Even the smallest scraps get used by punching out shapes. I, then, send those to my niece for my great niece to let her creativity flow!

  34. Jacquie says:

    I’m a definitely a scrap saver – love all the pretty little pieces!

  35. Caroline says:

    Definitely a scrap saver. I think you wrote this issue just for me! Hahaha

  36. Definitely a scrap saver!!!

  37. Michelle says:

    I am definitely a saver. I have to force myself to throw away itty bitty paper bits. “Saver” sounds so much better than “hoarder” though :)

  38. Definitely a scrap saver.

  39. Mimi says:

    I save every single piece of scrap paper!

  40. Definitely a scrap saver, want to stretch it out to make as many projects with my favorite papers.

  41. Amante del Papel says:

    I trye to be a scrap saver jejeje

  42. Katie B. says:

    Scrap saver! I love both of those layouts. Love that banner with the little pieces of paper. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Katie B.

  43. I’m a total scrap saver! ANY size, no minimum. It pains me to cut into papers too! If I layer a PP for the background, I cut out the inside. If I die cut them, I save the negative. Even if the piece is less than a half inch, I save that too. I just LOVE paper and they are all my favorite. Heck, you can use a small circle punch and make a confetti card or design element on your page with them, right? I would LOVE to get this magazine and learn what else I can do with them, cuz I have so much of it and I need help!

  44. Sandra Jensen says:

    Scrap saver!! Big time!! I keep my bits and pieces of scrap paper and drop them in colored file folders. That way when I need something green I go to my green folder and shuffle through for just the right piece to match my project. It is so easy to do and makes finding what I need easy too.

  45. Marcy Helzer says:

    Hi my name is Marcy and I am a scrap paper aholic! I hoard it like its the end of the world and its the only food left! And I never ever use it because I cannot figure out how to make it work with what I am currently working on! I need intervention!

  46. Wendy Orme says:

    I save every little bit and piece!

  47. Abbie Bryant says:

    My true response to the true or false is that all of them are true about me….. As far as scraps….. I think I sometimes take it past the extreme…..I have been know to keep the hole punchs because I’ll find something to do with them……. Sadly enough I actually have a, (4) small pill like container that holds all my hole punches and small stuff like that…. Is that bad? I can’t wait to see all the great things in this special issue!! Hopefully it can help me with my little issue!! Thank you!!

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