I love my punches but I often don't want to mess up an entire sheet of 12x12 paper to punch out one little butterfly or banner. Yes, I do save and use my scraps....but I have also started saving the packaging that comes with my paper packs. The colors match exactly, and the images are usually just smaller versions of the actual 12x12 sheets.
Here's an example of how I used the packaging sheet from my Bo Bunny Surprise pack:
I used two different punches in various areas of the paper so that I could get different patterns that matched my layout. I used some for the banners, and I used others to "fill-in" the rectangles on my film strip. Fun, easy, and it saved me from punching up all of my 12x12 sheets! Here is my finished layout:
I used three punches on this page:
EK "film strip", Stampin Up "Pennants", and Fiskars "in stitches".
I was going to add a banner to the bottom of my page using these cute triangle punches, but when I started playing with the design, I wanted a round element at the bottom of the page. I like the way this turned out...kind-of reminds me of birthday cake slices! ... and oh my goodness, how cute are Rian's dimples? :)
So visit Frosted Designs and check out other design team members' projects. Then pull out your own punches and get busy! You might win a fun prize if you link up your creation with us!