Are You Kidding Me?

Bright and Beautiful Card From Scraps - blog.stamp4joy.comI read somewhere recently that someone was recommending, as a way to eliminate clutter in your crafting area, to discard any paper scraps smaller than the size of a card front (basically 5-1/2 x 4-1/4).  Are you kidding me?  I save small pieces of scraps to use in future paper craft projects where you just need a little piece, especially of my designer paper.

If you're like me, I'll often go experimenting, punching or cutting things out of different colors and designs to see which one I like more.  I certainly wouldn't do that if I ended up discarding all the unused pieces once my handmade card was completed!

This card is a perfect example.  Everything used on this homemade Christmas card came from my paper scrap collection, leftovers of previous card projects. 🙂  Not too shabby for scraps, huh?

I started with a piece of 5-1/2″ x 7″ Whisper White card stock, folded in half, and then used what scraps I had on hand that I thought would look good for this layout.  I'll be honest, I have quite a bit of scraps, so it took a little time!  LOL!

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12 Responses

  1. Love this “scrap” card! Do you have your paper scraps organized in any way? If so how? I also save scraps and try to organize them by color families in file folders. Not the best solution I must say, so am wondering how you do it.

  2. There’s no way I’d ever throw away my scraps.I’ve made some yummie cards with my scraps.Not to mention thats not very cost effective at all.

    1. I agree, Valerie, it’s not cost-effective at all! I’d have a heart attack if I found out one of my stampin’ buddies was throwing away card stock or designer paper smaller than that!

  3. I have a clear box where I stash all my scraps. I have a number of small punches & dies, so frequently that scrap paper comes in handy for that. Or, that strip might be exactly what I need to put on a border; or I’ll need a small bit to put on a tag. I don’t throw out anything (which is my problem lol). And, I earnestly attempt to keep at the scraps to add bits here & there on everything I make. It is my attempt to keep the stash down to an agreeable level.

    1. Hi Patti!

      Yes, my biggest hurdle is using my scraps, so I’m working on it right now! 🙂

  4. I’m with you on saving scraps of paper–esp. patterned paper! It also means less trees cut, when you consider what the accumulated waste entails!
    Love this–just the right amount of sparkle; simple but so elegant.

  5. Fab card, Rebecca! Wonderful use of scraps! LOVE the color combo, soft blue and brown/beige is my absolute favorite. 🙂 I agree with you about the scraps! I save everything… And use it. 🙂

  6. Very pretty and great use of your scraps. I too save my leftover pieces from projects and I am sure there are lots of others that do also. 🙂

    1. Thanks, JoAnn. I’m sure many people do, I was just so shocked to hear the smallest size they were recommending to save. I think they’d be shocked if they saw the small sizes I keep. LOL!

      Of course, we can get overwhelmed by all our scraps, too. In the future I’ll do a post covering that topic. And one of these days soon I’m going to challenge myself to use only scraps for my handmade card designs!

      Thanks for the feedback!