February 11, 2010

$$Frugal Friday Tip$$

Faux Mats by Kathy
This is a very simple tip that saves paper 0r in some cases stretches your paper.

Instead of putting a piece of 7" by 12" blue cardstock behind the 3 pictures in this layout - I cut two 1/2 x 12" strips and butted them right up against the pictures - so it looks like the pictures are matted. A savings of a 5 x 12" piece of paper.

Another example is in the "Where is your Popcorn" layout. The red and white striped paper was actually only 8 1/2 x 11 - so by cutting it into strips and butting it up against the pictures it appears that the stripped paper goes all the way across the 12" page under the pictures, but actually it is 4 strips glued above and below the outside pictues. Because it was not wide enough to reach across a 12 x 12 page I actually pieced it behind the center picture.

The title word Popcorn is an example of an earlier Frugal Friday tip on how to do fake chipboard letters . To learn how, go to Labels on the sidebar and click Frugal Friday tips to see all the tips.

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  1. Thanks Kathy, so simple; so why can't i think of things like that! LOL
    Great idea and money saving!

  2. Great tip Kathy...I'll have to try that. Very cute layouts too!! :)

  3. Love your tips Kathy! That does save a ton of money on paper. We all have scraps and this is a great use of them.

  4. I need to remember this tip, I always use a whole piece of paper ! Great idea!!!!!

  5. Great tip! I love that Popcorn layout!

  6. I will have to remember this tip. I always reach for a full sheet of paper.

  7. What a great reminder! I hate wasting paper too, and I guess we waste more than we realize sometimes! Also a great way to use my scraps that I sometimes think are too small for anything!