ScratchArea Object (Publisher)
Represents the area outside the boundaries of publication pages where layout elements may be stored with no effect on publication output.
Use the ScratchArea property of the Document object to return a scratch area. Use the Shapes property of the ScratchArea object to return the collection of shapes that are currently on a scratch area.
This example assigns the first shape on the scratch area of the active document to a variable.
Dim saPage As ScratchArea Dim objFirst As Object saPage = Application.ActiveDocument.ScratchArea objFirst = saPage.Shapes(1)