Monday, July 20, 2009

All Those Scraps

I'm sure I'm not the only one who keeps every scrap of leftover background paper. I'm also sure we all have our own way of organizing them. Me? I have a basket where I keep my smaller scraps. Large scraps (over 1/2 a sheet) are kept in plastic envelopes up on my shelf. The smaller ones are sorted by size and color - one baggie for big scraps and another baggie for small scraps. Am I bit compulsive about sorting? Maybe. I've posted a picture of the scrap basket so you can draw your own conclusions. LOL.

Anyway, I'm always looking for a way to use up these scraps and I've had this idea in my head for awhile so yesterday I decided to try it out. It was really quite simple and didn't take much time to do. I just took a sheet of 5.25 x 4 card stock and began laying out coordinating scraps of background paper on it until I found what patterns and shades worked together. Some of the scraps fit perfectly and others I had to trim down a bit so they fit on the card stock, but really I didn't do much cutting. I use double sided tape on all my cards, so once I was happy with the way my papers looked, I taped them down. Then I ran the whole sheet through my Cuttlebug with the Paisley embossing folder - to give it a quilted look. Then I just used that sheet like it was a piece of background paper for my card. I think it turned out really pretty!

Stamps credit: Great Impressions

I hope this is helpful to other scrap hoarders out there!
Sue :o)

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