Thursday, June 20, 2013

Using Your Scraps and Off-Cuts

Hi there! Practical Scrapper Alison here with another way to use your scraps.

I have been digging deep into my stash this year in an attempt to use it, first of all, and save money by not adding to it! I've been creating a ton of projects and falling in love with older papers all over again. But ... my scrap bin is over flowing!!

What's a girl to do?
Figure out a way to use those scraps in a fun way, of course!!

I went through that over loaded drawer and pulled out some papers to get me started. I tried to pull out all different colours. Then I cut them into various widths (there was no measuring involved here - just cut and go!) until I had something that looked like this.


My next step was to cut some card fronts out of plain white card stock. These are 4.25" x 5.5" - basically take a standard 8.5" x 11" piece of white card stock and cut it into 4. Once everything is adhered you can trim the edges so they fit nicely onto a standard sized card.
Then I got sticky!! With double sided tape that is.


Once my card fronts were covered with tape, I started laying down strips in a manner pleasing to my eye.


And then took off the tape backing and stuck everything down. Several hours later (I did this in front of the TV :)) I had a stack of rough card fronts that looked something like this.


Next step in my stash busting challenge was to dig through my stash of embellishments and find some that I could add to make cute, quick cards. 
First up was some baby themed chipboard pieces - perfect for making a set of congratulatory cards for new parents.


With my creative juices truly flowing, I dug even deeper into my stash and uncovered 4 cupcake embellishments which turned these next 4 into birthday card fronts ready for anything. And yes, I said card fronts. I don't know about you, but when I am making a card for someone, my colour choices are driven by that person. So I left these as card fronts only which means I can choose the base colour when I need a birthday card and know it will be perfectly suited to the recipient. 


Using my Big Shot to cut out the stamped images got me wondering ... could I cut out one of my creations into a shape to be added to a card?


Yes, I could!
These were made from the off cut pieces of the original strips. Pretty tricky, eh? Normally all these small bits would have been swept into my recycling bin but as I was sitting in front of the TV, my recycling bin wasn't nearby. Looking at the growing pile of little squares and rectangles got me wondering if they could be put together to create a quilted look. 
Yup!
These are blank cards, just waiting for some suitable occasion.

I wasn't quite finished. I found one more chipboard shape ...


I think this one may be my favourite. So happy!

I still have several card fronts waiting to be embellished which is awesome! No need to get stressed if I need a card any time soon! In fact, there are a few teachers who will be needing cards in another week ... :)


Which ones should I use, do you think?

Thanks for visiting the blog today. I'd love to hear how you use your scraps! Leave a comment with your best ideas, who knows, maybe one of us will use it for our next feature! If you give this method a try be sure to leave us your link so we can see or you can upload a photo to our Facebook Page

25 comments:

Annu said...

awesome tip! thanks :)

TeenaBugg38 said...

Awesome idea and these are so dang cute!!!

Olya Chudoolya said...

great idea, thanks a lot!

Debbie P said...

Really awesome post! Fun ideas!

Beckie said...

Great stuff! I love how you used the scraps.

Be blessed, Beckie

Bhawana said...

thats a fabulous use of using scraps.. moreover buyer will never feel that they are made like this.. In addition to this ur put ur embellishments so nicely.... love each of the card.

Laura said...

Fabulous idea Alison and great tutorial. ... Love the cards too!

Laurie LaRiviere said...

SUPER CUTE!! I love any ideas to use up scraps, esp on cards!

Jean said...

These are just so cute!!

Ashley Horton said...

What an awesome idea Alison, and such a fun way to use your scraps! The cards turned out really cute!!

Katherine (sutty) said...

Gorgeous ideas, thank you

Lanette said...

Love it!!! We all need to sit down and do this!! Great idea thanks for sharing :)

Jacqui said...

Great ideas to use your stash!

Monika Wright | I Love It All said...

Such a perfect idea! I did the same thing with my growing supply of washi tapes {also in front of the TV} and they've been some of my favorite cards to use!

LisaM said...

What a great idea! Super cute cards!

A-M said...

This is a great idea.. thankyou for the inspiration.

Kim Ryden said...

CUTE!!!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

LOVE!!!!!

Brenshevia Baker said...

Awesome projects alison, great way to use up those scraps!

Poornima said...

lovely use of scraps !!

Jessica said...

What a great idea - I've done something similar with smaller strips and this just made my life way easier!

Tone-Lill said...

Love your fab ideas, great way to use paper scraps. Thanks for sharing :) x

Stacia Brandt said...

What a great idea!!! I have a lot of chipboard pieces and die cuts that I haven't used! That would be a great way to put them to good use! Thanks for the tips :)

toni-n-tn said...

wow, what a great idea, and such a great way to use up scraps, too!
TFS

Buffy Esser said...

Love this idea! I just might have to give it a try!