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Use your Paper Scraps!

By December 6, 2012Uncategorized

Paper scraps… card makers, scrapbookers, papercrafters of all kinds… we all tend to hoard paper scraps.  We can’t figure out what the best way to store or use them is, but we keep them anyway because they are just too pretty to throw away.

We’re not going to tackle the storage today, but I am going to share a card idea with you that will help you use up some of your pretty paper scraps.  A stack of these thank you cards would make a GREAT gift!! (and use up lots of your paper scraps Smile)

Make this card in just a few simple steps…

  1. Gather your pretty paper strips and cut them into different widths and lengths if they aren’t already that way.
  2. Cut the ends of each strip with the corner of a square punch to make a banner end.
  3. Arrange them on a card front mixing busy patterns with monochromatic ones.
  4. Add a greeting.
Go grab some of your paper scraps and start creating!


Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Marlene Wilhelm says:

    I never thought of using a square punch to get the banner edge! I always just used my scissors and prayed I got consistent angles on all the strips so they looked alike. That was another ‘duhh’ moment! I love your tips 🙂
    Keep them coming!
    I would like to know how you organize your scrap pieces. I have a basket that i throw everything in but sometimes it smooshes and ruins the smaller pieces.

    • Jessica Taylor says:

      Thanks Marlene! Unfortunately I don’t have a perfect organization system for my paper scraps either. Mine either go on my paper shelf or in a big bin too. When I come up with a better system I will certainly let you know!

  • Pamela Oram says:

    I have hanging folders in my desk labeled red scraps, green scraps, blue scraps & misc. scraps. When my misc folder gets to full, I purge a color such as purple and start a purple scrap folder. I file by the dominent color. The paper doesn’t get wrinkled this way and is easier to find when I need a specific color scrap.

  • Julie Stoker says:

    I do my scraps much like Pamela, but I use everyday office folders in “rubbermaid” tubs. Each color has a file. I have a file for solid colors and a file for prints of each color. I also put my 8.5 x 11 paper into those files with my scraps.

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