Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday Craft 'n Chat - Reusing Scrap Papers

Welcome to this week’s edition of Thursday Craft 'n Chat. Every Thursday will feature a different crafty tip/technique from one of the Made Especially For You design team members. Click here to view last weeks tutorial on how to use Tim Holtz Distress Inks to create backgrounds.

Hello everyone ... it's Eileen here from the Scrapping Actuary!
Welcome to another Craft 'n Chat Thursday!

I am one of those scrappers that is always keeping every little bit of my scraps ... in fact, people are often giving me their scraps because they just don't know what to do with them!  I really enjoy the challenge of using up my scraps to make something wonderful ... I've even created cards with the barcodes that come on the various products I've bought (check it out here)!

So today I thought I'd share some simple ideas for ways that you can use your scraps to create some lovely cards!

Here is a sample of some of the scraps that I end up with after creating a layout or some cards. Now, most people I know would just throw these out ... but not me!

This card shows an example of how you can make use of any long strips that you have left over ... as you can see, I wrapped some twine around the strips and then used a left over sticker embellishment for my sentiment.

This gift card shows how I've used some wider & shorter strips to create the banners along the bottom half of the card.  In fact the cardstock used for this card was left over when I trimmed down a piece for a larger card ... don't forget that you can use your cardstock scraps to create cute little gift tags!

And finally ... when you are out of  strips of paper and you only seem to have random shaped pieces left, you can always use a tiny punch (like this butterfly punch) to create some embellishments.  I have even used tiny circle punches to create some fun cards with my scraps in the past too (check it out here).

Thanks for checking in today!
I hope that you've been inspired to craft with those scraps!



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  2. Thanks for the great tips Eileen. I also save all my scraps, hugs Ursula

  3. Fabulous idea and what wonderful and beautiful projects you created. TFS

  4. Awesome tips for those scraps. My basket is filling up. I should make some of these cards with them and send them to Operation Write Home!

  5. WOW very creative use of those scraps Awesome.


  6. Great way to use up your scraps. All of your ideas are awesome. Great job!!


  7. Love your cards, great use of your scraps!
    Hugs, Jamie

  8. Wow I love the use of the scraps. So many sweet and cute cards. TFS AJ~


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