Though most of us have MUCH patterned paper, this might help you stretch a favorite, or make that stash last that much longer!
1. Study carefully the pattern on your scrapbooking paper. If it is a double-sided patterned paper, study both sides and see how you can maximise its usage. Place your photo over the paper and see where's the best placement for it so that the photograph can be framed pleasingly by the scrapbook paper design. Then turn the paper over and see whether you will be cutting out anything you might need in the reverse side of the paper.
2. Paper that's not visible; for example the part of the patterned paper that will be sandwiched between the background paper and the photo can be cut out to be used on another project, to embellish corners or for punching out any shapes.
3. Make doubly sure before using any permanent glue to attach your photo to the paper or any paper to your scrapbooking background paper. Use tacky glue or the non-permanent tape runner instead. Use the permanent glue tape only when you have decided on your scrapbook layout.
4. You can also cut out strips from the four borders to be used on another scrapbook page or on a handmade greeting card.
5. Cut a full sheet into quarters for 6" x 6" albums.