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10 (more) ways to use up your scraps


Back in January 2015, I shared 10 ways to use up your scraps. Evidently, the scrap pile has grown so here are 10 (more) ways to use up your scraps. :)


1. Create a paper weave

This is a great way to use up quite a bit of your scraps. Cut them into strips of equal width and create a paper weave out of them to use as a focal point or fun mat for your photos. You can mix and match different colours and patterns. Keeping the widths the same creates a cohesive look.


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This little fella


2. Try a limited colour palette

Decide on a colour scheme then pick out your scraps to match. Sticking to few colours creates a streamlined feel that is pleasing to the eye.


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The Yam circus


3. Punch them out into shapes

Use the punched out pieces and the negative piece as design elements on your layout. 


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Let's take a stroll

4. Mix them up to create a whimsical "scene"

Have a bit of fun with your fussy-cut bits.


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The layout with lots of stuff

5. Create a "messy" mat of fishtails for your photos

This is a great way to use up the paper strips in your stash.


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Someone had an ice-cream birthday cake

6. Play with shapes

Shapes can bring dynamism to your projects. Here I played with rectangles, circles, hearts and stars.

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My version of pocket letter

7. Use your scraps to make pocket letters.

The fun little bits are perfect for decorating pocket letters to send to pals.

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The pile it on card

8. Run your scraps through a die-cutting machine

Every few months or so, I spend an afternoon running my scraps through my die-cutting machine so that I have a ready-supply of fun die-cuts to use on my projects...like on this fun card.

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Paper scraps and rub-ons on an envelope

9. Tear them up to create a paper collage for a decorated envelope

Mismatched patterns and a gazillion small pieces? Glue them on a recycled bubble envelope and give them some mixed media love. The subtle patterns peeking from underneath all the media makes your project appear even more artsy fartsy.

One tip on the envelope if you want to actually mail it out: leave a blank space for the stamps. The lady at the post office had to give me a postage label because my design "overpowered" the stamps!

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Japan travel pages Part 1

10.  Use them to decorate your travel notebooks

The little scrap bits are perfect for adorning your travel pages.


There you have it.  10 (more) ways to use up your scraps. What is your fave way to use up your scraps?


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7 comments:

Dr Sonia S V said...

Such cool tips Yvonne!!
Cheers
Dr Sonia

Lisa said...

You use scraps better than anyone I know!! These are all amazing!! Thanks for the fab tips!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Cindy deRosier said...

Nobody does this better than you! Most of my scraps become cards.

Suman Pandit said...

agree with Cindy above..no one does it better than you :)

Lizzyc said...

Wow these are such great ideas and they look so good too.. thanks for sharing!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I third what Cindy said!!!!!!! :)

Audrey Pettit said...

You have such amazing ideas, and I just adore your fun, eclectic style! I see one project, and say to myself "this is my favorite"... Until I see the next project! And then that one quickly becomes my favorite! Just so pretty!

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