Dig It Out or Use It Up Hop (final) follow up #3


Today we’re wrapping up my tips and tricks for using up a whole 6×6 paper pad in 1 go. If you missed the Dig It Out or Use It Up Hop, click here to start from the beginning. If you missed the previous follow ups explaining my process click here for #1 and here for #2.

OK, onto what you all *really* wanted to know. What the heck do I do with those weird pieces of paper that you look at and immediately think there is no way I can use that on an A2 card. I’m here to prove you can! Let’s start with this piece of paper (which I actually remembered to take a picture of before chopping it up), along with pics of the cards made from the 2 identical sheets.

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Whoa! Right??? And here was my trick:

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I dug through my stash of old Spellbinders Label dies and landed on Labels 25. With a little trimming I was able to fit the sentiment on an A2 card on top of cardstock embossed with the Petite Spot embossing folder from Die’sire. The bottom half was trimmed to 5.25″ which removed the foil border and weird pointy cuts left from the die cutting. I die cut the same label shape from light blue cardstock scraps and used it to make the top half of those cards. The patterned paper was popped up on foam tape while the blue was glued flat showing a tiny line of the red cardstock underneath. I heat embossed a large sentiment from a Creative Stamping magazine freebie and some snowflakes from a MFT set called Hand Lettered Holiday. I love how the hardest paper to use came out so unique and fun!!!

This next one I really had to think about before making the first cut. I wish I had thought to get a picture of the paper before chopping it up but once the plan came to me, I was off to the paper trimmer!

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OK, let’s see if I can piece this back together for you. The sheet of paper had the peppermint border around all sides, but had the green Christmas tree image in the bottom right corner. I cut those 2 sheets into quarters, using the tree corner pieces as focal points. Those were layered on red cardstock stamped with the SSS Poinsettia background which has a peppermint like style to it. I heat embossed a sentiment from the Recollections Merry Christmas stamp set, and used another really old foam snowflake embellishment on each layered over a blue cardstock circle and vellum scalloped circle die cut. Then onto the other 6 corners. I paired 2 with cut aparts to make 2 more cards. Since the corners and cut aparts were all square, I used ribbon to fill the empty space on the sides. Then for the final 2 cards I used the last peppermint corners and color coordinating cut aparts matted on cardstock and foil to make this triple square design. All 3 squares were layered over more of the SSS Poinsettia stamped cardstock. The sentiments are from the Hero Arts Holiday Messages and Frames set, which fit nicely in the limited amount of space I had. As simple as the designs are, I am most pleased about this set of cards because of the challenges the paper presented.

After this project, I feel like I could tackle any other paper pad now because I can find ways to creatively use difficult designs. I also feel like I know what to look for when buying paper pads in the future. Cause who are we kidding… we Use It Up so we can buy more, right??? I want to thank you all profusely who had read to this point, or scanned long enough to get the gist. You’ll see in my older posts that I don’t normally write a thesis for each post. 🤣 Let me know if you decide to try using up a 6×6 pad and tell me if you have found other tricks to use those tricky papers!




5 comments on “Dig It Out or Use It Up Hop (final) follow up #3

  1. Sounds pretty, Karen! I wanted to view what you were talking about, but your blog does not allow click-and-enlarge, and your photos are small. The appear to be lovely, but I cannot enjoy the details you describe. WAHHHHHH! hugs, de


    • One of the downsides to WordPress. My photos have much higher resolution but then I upload them and it downgrades them. Very frustrating to me too. WAHHHHH! I spent a day researching to see if there was anything I could tweak in my settings but I think this is it. One day I’ll dedicate more time to it and chat up their Support staff for help. You would think with all this Covid stuff that I’d have more time on my hands but its been exactly the opposite. I promise, if/when I get this fixed I will be shouting from the rooftops in every post!


  2. Karen, I need to do a bit of using up somethings I have had for a while! You have created some lovely cards! The foil makes them pop! Thank you for sharing! Stay safe, Stay in and Stay Healthy!


  3. […] The amazing Courtney Kreeber has a Facebook group that is a wonderful community of cardmakers. Today, some of us from the group are having a hop in an effort to dig out supplies we haven’t used in awhile or to focus on trying to use something up. You should have gotten here from Jennifer Holder Schoolcraft, but if you came here first, start here with Lucille Holmes Manos! For my project, I decided to use up an entire 6×6 paper pad, and incorporate some other older supplies in the process. I’m proud to say I made 35 cards from a 24 page pad of single sided paper from Recollections! Today, I’m just posting a lot of pictures and not writing a ton of details about them. Over the next couple days, I will explain my process, give tips, and show how I worked with some of the more challenging pieces of paper. 2 pages were just borders, 2 pages were cut-aparts, and 2 pages had a full page sentiment design meant to be framed or used on a 6×6 square card. (ETA: Here are the links for the follow up posts: Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.) […]


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