I never like to waste a single thing when crafting and given that often the packaging has been designed with as much attention to detail as the product itself, this should not be overlooked.
Take for instance the Dovecraft Time to Sparkle collection. The paper pad comes with a beautiful double layer cover, one of which has a selection of all of the papers contained within, complete with foil effects. Now, you could just throw this away when you’ve finished your pad. And you could painstakingly cut a series of thin strips and adhere each one individually to your card / project. Or, you could simply use the packaging and make a beautiful creation in seconds.
The card above has been made with the 8×8 paper pad, I chopped it down to fit a 7×5 cardblank and layered it into black paper. I covered up the logo and pack contents details with a wooden snowflake, topped with a stamped image, and used the dimensional stickers and glitter pearls to add a few decadent details.
Packaging works equally well for scrapbooking too. Look at this cute layout featuring a picture of my son when he was tiny, all wrapped up snug. These papers compliment the image perfectly and meant I could speed-craft and create several layouts in one evening. Crucial when you’re a working mum of two!
This is an 8×8 paper pad cover on an 8×8 layout. Again I’ve added a few dimensional stickers to add interest and the glitter photo corners are amazing!
I’ve used this technique before on other cards. On the one below I made a row of banners by snipping inverted V shapes into the end of every panel at different lengths. Again, it only needs a little embellishment to be a great finished project.
Another tip is to fussy cut some of the images from the other packaging such as adhesive pearls, photo frames, sticker packs or paper flowers. As they are designed to compliment the collection they will match the papers and other embellishments beautifully.