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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Ideas to use up your papercrafting scraps!

In a post on scrapbooking and Crafting friends,Diana S Holt Briley shared these pointers on how to use your scrapbook leftovers. Do you get the paper crafts magazine? If so turn to page 68. If not, on page 68 there is section starting that it titled "crafting the scrap". It gives ways to scrap the scraps. Ideas are... cards, Gift Bag, home decor balls. It gives tips at the bottom of each idea.

1. Use small punches on paper scraps make even the littlest scrap go a long way.
2. Using small bits of paper from a collection, trimmer into small shapes, and sewing in a patchwork pattern is a great way to dress up a layout or card.
3. Using up letter stickers can be as simple as using lots of the same letters to make your own sentiments. Or, try using someone's initials or mix-and-match letters in a sentiment for an eclectic look.
4. Instead of throwing away your sticker sheets when all the stickers have been used, create another alphabet by using the negative portion and adhering it to cardstock or patterned paper.
5. When using chipboard letters think of it as getting twice the letters! Both the positive and the negative work great for card accents.
6. Lots of paper craft products packaging comes with cardboard. Lightly distress the cardboard and then use with your die cut machine.
7. Trimming patterned paper scraps into strips for cards are a great way to mix and match patterns.
8. Even the tiniest of scraps can be used in bulk to make a statement on a precious card by punching the same shape repeatedly and adhering as a pattern.
9. Small fabric scraps from another project are a wonderful addition to card making.
10. Save ribbon from gifts you receive to use on cards.
11. Trimming small accents and shapes from scraps of pattered paper is a great way to incorporate different design and patterns in your cards.
12. Look for examples of paper patterns or embellishments on the packaging of paper, stickers, and other paper crafting supplies.
13. Tiny scraps of paper are perfect to stamp on and then trim the image for a new and fresh stamped accent.
14. Using images from product packaging is a great way to save money on supplies, while still getting a stylish effect.
15. After you’ve embossed and cut out a piece of paper, you’re bound to have scraps. Those scraps are the perfect size for punching small accents.

Give some of these great ideas a a try and be sure to come back and give us a link to your creations so we can see what you came up with!

Happy Paper Crafting!

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