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Paper Crafts - Things You Can Do With Your Scraps From Other Projects

March 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 175

Do you keep your scraps that are left over from other scrapbook projects - or do you throw them away? If you throw them away - I'm talking to you here - as you are WASTING so much money that you shouldn't have to!!! Times are really hard right now; people do not have a lot of money to waste on fun things like scrapbooking. But memories and time spent with friends and family are still there! You don't have to have a ton of products just to make things look good - it's about the products you do have and what you do with them to help you save money! Using scraps will help you save MONEY!

As you start to create, look at the pieces left over - don't just throw them away, organize them to use later on! As I scrapbook, I have a folder with different type of scraps in it - I normally draw from that first, before I pull a full sheet of paper out - especially if it is just a small piece that I need. To start to organize, you will need:

  • File folders
  • Accordion style holder
  • Pen/marker

Use the file folders for the scraps themselves - organized by color, the pen/marker to put the color on the top of the file folder! The accordion style holder can be anything you like - mine is a red file folder holder I was able to get as a "freebie", just find something you like or can use, even if it's a box!! I make sure to put colors like silver and grey together, and I have a misc. folder for all the pattern papers that do not have a specific color associated to it!

Here are a few specific things you can do with scraps left over from some of your other scrapbook projects:

  • Use scraps of paper with your paper piecing patterns, instead of using full sheets of paper. That way your creations are truly one of a kind - as you are using what you have available to you versus spending money on things you won't use.
  • Use them to make bookmarks in different colors - then decorating with punches, die cuts, stickers and scraps to create a one-o-a-kind bookmark to give as gifts, to use, or to sell!
  • Use scraps to make card bases to add to cards when you need them. They take up less space, and you can add them to a card base and send it off when you need to.
  • Use them to make tags for the top of gifts, or to add to a fun present that you are giving someone.
  • Use them for punches and die cuts (if you use a Sizzix type machine where you have individual die cuts) to be able to have different paper on your creations that still matches.
  • Use strips for visual interest in the layout or card itself - instead of a full sheet of background paper. This not only saves money, but makes it so the item is really one-of-a-kind!
  • Use with punches, die cut shapes, and stickers to create one-of-a-kind tags and embellishments for your projects.
  • Let your kids play with some of the scraps you have plenty of - with punches and things to let them create their own stuff!
  • Save scraps to make your own paper - this way your projects truly are one of a kind as each paper made would be different!

If it wasn't for me keeping a lot of my scraps over the years - I would not have been able to keep scrapbooking through the hard times! This is one way to help save money - and helps so that when you do buy a supply - the cost of that supply actually starts to pay for itself every time you use it. My Sizzix machine has actually more than paid for itself with just the die cuts I have right now! By saving your scraps, you will save money, be able to create more one-of-a-kind things, and save the environment too! The way I see it is this, for every "thing" I make that is made out of scraps I have accomplished many things - but the best of what I have accomplished is the personal mark I make on the item that I have made!

Lynda Jeffs is the designer and owner of Memories in Tyme, teaching others the art of scrapbooking and card making...the easy way! Lynda has been able to scrapbook on what she has at home and available to her for over 9 years now! She has been stamping for over 20 years scrapbooking since 1998! Join her while she gives you all the tips she has learned along the way!http://memoriesintyme.blogspot.com/http://www.memoriesintyme.com

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