I am drowning in Designer Series Paper! I have years worth, and even though I try to use it up, it just keeps multiplying. Of course, that’s because I keep buying it. But it’s SO PRETTY!
So what can I do with it?
One Sheet Wonders, of course.
If you haven’t heard of one sheet wonders, they are plans for cutting up paper to get maximum use out of it. Today I am sharing two simple plans for 6 x 6 pieces of Designer Series Paper – or DSP for short.
Why 6 x 6 sheets? Because when I get a package of DSP it comes in 12 x 12 sheets, right? But I can never remember what each sheet looks like, and it’s awkward and time-consuming to leaf through all those large sheets of paper. Since there are usually two sheets of each design in a package, I take one sheet and cut it up into four 6 x 6 pieces. Then I store all those pieces in a dollar store crate – like this.
I divide each kind of paper with 6 x 7 dividers cut from the backing cardboard, put the name of the paper on it, and voila! My paper is at my fingertips, so to speak. Lately I’ve been putting the colors used in each package of paper on a post it note and sticking it on the divider.
Now I have several year’s worth of crates of paper, and I REALLY need to put it to good use.
Here’s some benefits of One Sheet Wonders:
- everything is cut up and ready to go when I need a card in a hurry
- They also use up card stock scraps
- It’s easy to do when I’m not feeling creative but want to be in my craft room
So I’ve devised a couple of One Sheet Wonder Plans, and have made some cards to show you how I used the pieces. Here’s the first diagram.
Here’s how to cut it:
Measure in 1 3/4 inches from right side and cut all the way down. Piece A is 1 3/4 x 6 inches. Cut 1/2 inch off the bottom of this piece. This is scrap (I haven’t figured out what to do with it yet.)
With the remaining piece, cut 2 inches across the top. This is piece B
Piece C is the 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 square. You can leave it as is, or cut it diagonally into two triangles – which is what I did.
And here’s some cards I made with the pieces.
Here’s the second layout. I made six cards with this one. (P.S. The measurements in the diagram don’t add up. Please use the measurements in the cutting instructions. I’d change the diagram, but then this blog post would be delayed even more…)
Here’s how to make the cuts:
First Cut – cut two inches off the bottom; now you have a 4 x 6 inch top piece. Put the bottom piece aside for now.
Next, cut 2 inches from the right side of the top piece. This measures 2 x 4. Now you have a 4 x 4 inch square
Cut this square in half vertically; cut the left-most piece in half horizontally so you have (2) 2 inch squares.
With the bottom piece – which is 2 x 6 – cut a piece 1 3/4 from the left side, then cut another 1 3/4 piece, which leaves you with a 2 x 2 1/2 inch rectangle. Six pieces in all.
Here’s what I made with them:
You might be wondering how I got the “frame” around the shape I punched out for my sentiment in the first card. Easy! Here’s how:
Punch out the white piece and stamp the sentiment. (or stamp the sentiment and then punch it out. Either way.)
Then punch out TWO pieces for the frame from whatever color of card stock you want the frame to be.
Cut one piece in half horizontally, and the other piece in half vertically.
Flip your white sentiment piece over and put some glue around the top edge. Take one of the horizontally cut pieces and glue it on, leaving a little bit sticking up for the frame.
Do the same thing for the bottom of the sentiment piece.
Same thing for the left and right sides.
Now you have a “frame” for your sentiment piece. Easy, huh.
I keep my cut up one sheet wonder pieces in a sandwich bag labelled with the name of the paper and the colors in it, and then put the bags in a larger bag labelled with the name of the One Sheet Wonder and a diagram. It’s easy to store and easy to find what I want. I also have sandwich bags of ovals, circles, and sentiment shapes so I can just pull out what I want and I’m ready to go.
This is one way to use up my DSP, and also have a card made in a hurry. There are some other ways to use up DSP which I’m exploring, so keep checking back. I’ll share them with you.
I hope you found this useful. I’m creating a freebie to go in the library, but I have some learning to do about creating diagrams before I can put it in.
Thanks for stopping in today. I appreciate your support – you are all really awesome!