Use up those paper scraps

Posted by: deleted Cardamama

It's no secret in my house that I have an addiction. However, I am surrounded by enablers. It's pretty harmless actually. I love pretty papers and colourful card stock. I can't get enough of it.

The problem is that my inventory far outweighs my production ability. So I try to place self imposed limits on myself. I want to make sure that I am really and truly maximizing the current papers I have, right down to the last little bit. This has forced me to be very creative in the cards I make. 

For example, I made this card using trimmed off strips of card stock. It's not my usual style but this design is getting a lot of attention. I like the bold, modern look and the off-side placement really works:

simple modern birthday card

In this Happy anniversary card, I cut up little strips of leftovers in coordinating colours and just glued down one end of each little strips, overlapping them like little shingles. The effect is striking yet simple. I even taught a Christmas card workshop using this exact technique last winter.

Happy Anniversary card

You can also use a paper punch to make the most of your scraps. Place them either randomly or following a specific pattern onto a card. The possibilities are endless!

Butterfly punched card

I hope some of these ideas will inspire you to look at your scraps in a different way. If you need more ideas, take a look at the Pinterest board I created all about making beautiful cards from scraps.

Once I've made a dent in my scraps, I may just allow myself to buy more paper. Oh who am I kidding? Christmas is coming and if I ever needed an excuse for more paper, that's it! Thanks for reading!

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Oct 18, 2014 | Craft Boutique

I'd never guess that these beautiful cards were made from paper scraps. So creative! Thanks for sharing :)

Oct 17, 2014 | Fairy Cardmaker

Great ideas! I'm always finding new ways to use scraps. I try to impose the rule of "When is a scrap too small to keep?" but instead I always follow the rule of "When is a scrap too pretty to throw away!"

I met someone recently who's daughter is a teacher who does crafts with her class from time to time. I was able to donate a good chunk of my more sizable scraps and "last of the pack" pieces.

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