Using your scraps

We have been talking on one of my groups about the different ways to store your scraps or off cuts and what system is working the best. I’ve tried the file folders and ziplock bags and have found my current method the most productive so far.

scrapdrawers

I use a set of stationery drawers to pop my off cuts into and have a drawer for each Stampin’ Up! Colour family and another each for patterned papers and neutrals.

They are on my table so they are handy when I’m working to just pop the extra bits straight in the drawer and also if I’m looking for a small piece in a particular colour i know which drawer to open and rummage through.

The picture here isn’t that great but you can get the idea of how it is set up and what I’m talking about – well sorta anyways!
Your scraps and offcuts will come in handy when your layering, using punches, doing mosaics and the like. You can even run them through a crimper to make faux ribbon or thru the shredder for extra purty packing for presents & such.

6x6loveUEmily 1The other night I went through my patterned paper drawer and had enough in there to create this little 6×6 layout.

Mind you scrapping photo’s of this little cutie is that hard to do! I have just used the papers from the ‘Loves Me’ Designer Series Paper pack and a couple of stamps. These papers are in our Summer Mini Catalogue which finishes at the end of March so if you’d like some email or ring me to order them today – who could go wrong with pink & brown??

I cut strips 6×2 and used my corner rounder to make the different edges on them and then layered them over the top of each other and there it is – even the little circle embellishments are from the same paper pack which I have punched out with the 3/4″ circle punch and ‘lifted’ them with stampin dimensionals.

Makes a very quick and easy page – and with a smile like that who needs to write anything other than “love you”.

Your scraps can be used on anything and really should be used more often – besides you want to make sure you get your money’s worth when buying a pack of cardstock or patterned papers as you really dont want to be throwing it into the recycling.

Using your scraps can add a little touch to cards too and here are a couple of samples to show you what I mean. 

4x4offcut       4x4lovedots

 

Now my soft subtles drawer is getting a little full so think I might have to go and make up some cards to use up some of those off cuts!

About Leonie

I am Leonie and I love to create with stamps, ink & paper! I do love to share what I create and hope you enjoy seeing what I've made. I also enjoy (and run on) Coffee! Stampin' Up! has been a huge part of my life since 2006 and such a big blessing to me and my family!! I call Campbelltown home - it's about an hour South West of Sydney, Australia. If you like what I share please feel free to leave me a comment or share it with your friends! Thanks for stopping by :)

5 thoughts on “Using your scraps

  1. Lovely storage idea, I live in a country area so hope I can find something like it. Question though When is a scrap too small to be a scrap? I think if I can find the answer my scrap pile wouldnt be such a problem.

  2. Thanks lonie! I am always looking for ways to store my scrap paper!!! wonder If I can find one of those!! Thanks for the tip! looks like you have been busy crafting as well!! great job on all the cards! & the adorable scrapbook page!

  3. Absolutely love your little cutie page with the delightful “Loves me’ Papers. I too have been more determined in using my scraps lately. Mine are stored by colour theme too but in a box with the colours facing me right at head height. Tucking them away in a drawer last year resulted me in only adding to the pile. “Now I see it – now I use it.” I also store all my ribbons & embellishments by colours too and this is working out much better for me instead of just collecting them all and hoarding them ….

  4. Great idea Leonie. I use expanding files for my older cardstocks but keep my Stampin’ Up cardstocks, each set, in their own case so put the leftovers/offcuts in the same case so I know which colour family they belong to. Mmmm, hope that made sense.

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