Getting More From
Your Paper
Mandy Harrell
This is an easy tutorial on how to get a multi layered layout using only three sheets of 12x12 paper.  


One sheet of cardstock.
Two different sheets of patterned paper (double sided is the best)
Cutter and Knife Tool (Not Pictured)

Start with your cardstock and cut out approximately 10x10 square from the center.  I use my Fiskars cutter for this because I can measure both
vertically and horizontally.  

Next I took one sheet of my patterned paper (that I will not be using as my background) and in my Cricut Expression, I cut out my circle and
circle frame.   The cartridge I use for this is the Printing Press cartridge and the option is circle frame which I set for 8.50” (I measure mine in
10th on my machine).  You can also use several different styles of circle cutters for the same results.

After I cut out my circle, I cut two 1” strips from one and then turned my paper to cut two 1” strips from the other side.  Your first two strips are
going to be your longer two which you will most likely trim down to fit on your layout.

Next I cut out a photo mat from the sheet of patterned paper I will be using for my background.  For this I had to have a pretty good feeling of
where I was going to be placing my pic on the layout.  The easiest way for me to cut out the piece of paper is by using my knife tool.  

Now it’s time to layer your goodies.  I based my page on Suepup’s sketch for the February kit, so I layered my papers to go along with that.  
Here is what my layout looks like after I layered all my strips of this and that on to it.  As you can see I flipped some of the black and white polka
dot paper over so it looks like I’m using more paper than I really am.  So if you don’t mind that the backside of your layout looks a little odd
then you should really try this out.  It saves money in the long run and you get more layouts out of your kit.

Here is the finished layout.  As you can see I used part of the black cardstock and the piece I cut from my background paper to create a
double photo mat.  I finished it off by adding several different embellishments from the kit!  
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