10 Ideas For Your Paper Scraps

Cardstock comes in all colors, sizes, patterns and textures. It is the one supply that paper crafters cannot do without! So, why not make the most of your cardstock?! In this blog entry, we will be discussing 10 fun ideas for your paper scraps and how you can cut down on waste by doing so! 🙂

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Paper Bows

Paper bows are easy to make and are a nice embellishment to add to your cards, scrapbook pages, or gift boxes. These little bows can also double as toppers for paperclips to add a cute, decorative touch. Paper scraps are perfect for bows since only a small amount of paper is needed. You can find free bow templates online or simply purchase a bow punch that does the tedious work for you!

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Shaker Confetti

Shaker cards – an ongoing trend in the card-making world that’s a crowd pleaser! Many crafters fill their shaker cards with sequins… but with a few paper scraps, you can make your own shaker confetti! Simply use a hole punch on your paper scraps and create your own shaker mix! You can use shaped punches or a standard hole punch. Experiment with mixing and matching colors… it’s so fun to customize your own shaker confetti!

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Die Cut Sentiment Banners

I would say that the majority of handmade cards usually include a sentiment on the front of the card. Why not use your paper scraps and make up some sentiment banners ahead of time?! It saves time when making cards. I usually set a side a night or two to go through and die cut all of my small scraps into little banners using my Sizzix machine… kind of like a die cutting party! Haha! 😉 You can even stamp them ahead of time if you want, or leave them blank for future use.

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Crinkle Cut Gift Packaging

Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays… there are many fun gift-giving occasions. Put your paper scraps to good use by making your own crinkle cut gift packaging! Simply cut your scap paper into long, skinny strips and fold in a zig-zag pattern. Mix and match colors and patterns for a fun look! P.S. Find out how to make your own gift boxes HERE.

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Bookmarks or Bible Journaling Panels

Bookmarks are so fun and easy to make with your longer pieces of scrap paper. Simply cut scraps down to 2×6″ and decorate as desired! This is fun for kids and adults, alike. Not only is this size great for making bookmarks, but it is also nice to use as side panels for your Bible art journaling!

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Pocket Letter Inserts

If you love to partake in swaps or have a pen pal, you already know how much fun Pocket Letters are to make! What I love to do is go ahead and cut my scrap papers down to Pocket Letter size so I have many colors and patterns of paper to choose from when I start creating! These little 3×4″ cards are not only great for Pocket Letters, but they also double as Project Life cards!

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Gift Tags

Gift tags are easy to make on your Cricut machine or by using a tag die cut. You can make them as small or as large as you choose – which is why they are another great idea for all sizes of scrap paper! Gift tags are fun to embellish to coordinate with the gift, jar of homemade jam, or card which they are attached to!

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Embellishments

Handmade embellishments are so versatile and can be used on so many different craft projects! Most embellishments are small, so your paper scraps will come in handy to make a whole variety of embellishments. You can make miniature pinwheels, paper roses, and ephemera – just to give you a few ideas. If you’ll notice in the card pictured below, I used paper scraps to make the tiny flowers to embellish this card. So much fun!!

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Polka Dot Card

Not long ago, I designed a clean and simple polka dot card. Well, the idea stuck and I’ve been making these cards for a while now for various occasions! Polka dot cards are perfect for when you want a colorful, handmade card but are strapped for time. Simply use a 1″ circle punch and punch out circles from a scrap piece of patterned/colorful cardstock. Arrange on the card front, adhere, and decorate as desired. Super easy!!

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Envelope Seals or Stickers

This idea sort of feeds off the previous idea in using the 1″ circle punch. Simply punch out circles from a scrap piece of paper, stamp, heat emboss, and run through your Xyron Sticker Maker. Presto! You have your very own custom envelope seals! You can stamp them with your initial for even further customization! I made my very own Christmas envelope seals last year and really loved creating them! Additionally, you can use your shaped punches or die cuts to make your very own stickers from paper scraps!

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I hope you found these ideas helpful! I’m sure there are hundreds of more ideas which you can use your paper scraps for – so put them to good use! For more ideas on how to organize your scrap paper, please see my previous entry HERE.

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Upcycling: Coloring Book Crafts!

Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved to draw, color, paint, and craft. For those of you like me, let’s bring our childhood creativity back to life! Coloring books have such fun, happy images in them that can be used for so many craft ideas. In this blog entry, we will touch on a few ideas to get the creativity flowing! Some fun crafts to make out of coloring book images are:

~Scrapbook embellishments

~Vinyl Wall/Window Clings

~Greeting Cards

~Hanging Mobiles

~Stuffed Animals

~Door Hangers

~Framed Art

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list – but maybe it will help inspire you. This is a great alternative to paying fees for downloadable images. In a coloring book, you get tons of images for a fraction of the cost. In fact, many Dollar stores will carry jumbo coloring books for only $1.

Alternately, you can upcycle used coloring books that either you or your child has colored in already. As long as the black outline of the image is showing, it doesn’t matter if the coloring is neatly done or not. You see, for many of these craft ideas, you will be tracing the image onto a separate sheet of cardstock anyway. Cardstock is much heavier and more durable than the thin paper used for coloring books, so I recommend backing all of your images with cardstock (if you wish to use the original image from the coloring book). Also, you may back your images with foam, felt, fabric, or any other item you choose!

Below is an image I made from a Care Bear coloring book. I completed this little guy by using the paper piecing technique. To see how to paper piece, click HERE.

Made from coloring book image, then paper pieced!

Made from coloring book image, then paper pieced!

This next image was made by using the original, hand-colored image from the coloring book. I cut it out, backed it with cardstock, added some glitter, and baker’s twine for the balloon strings.

Card made from coloring book images!

Card made from coloring book images!

Ideas:

~Many coloring books will have also text which could be used as a sentiment. You could make a card or even a super cute bookmark!

~Instead of using crayons or colored pencils, why not try to watercolor paint your coloring book image for your project or use your Copic markers?!

~Create your own scene by using images from different pages of your coloring books.

~Mix flat 1-dimensional images with 3-dimensional (3D) embellishments to bring your project to life!

~Use the coloring book image as a pattern by tracing the image on tracing paper, tissue paper, or thin white paper. Lightly adhere or pin tracing paper onto fabric or heavy cardstock and cut out along the edges of the image. If cutting out in fabric, duplicate a mirror image and sew together. Stuff with cotton and embellish for an adorable stuffed toy! I highly recommend a Light Box for tracing.

~Always back your coloring book image so it doesn’t look ‘cheap’, transparent, or too thin. This will also keep it from ripping. You can adhere anything to the backside of your image such as cardstock, fabric, foam, etc. (depending on your project). Alternately, you can use the image as a pattern only. It is totally up to your creativity!

~For a FREE coloring page download, click HERE.

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DIY Initial Bookmarks

I’ll admit, I’m not an avid reader. But when I DO read, I can never find a bookmark – so I end up using a fast food napkin or an old envelope to mark my page. Fancy, huh? Do-It-Yourself bookmarks are the way to go! They are quick and easy to make with very little materials required. You can make your bookmark as basic or as embellished as you like! If you’re sharing a book, these initial bookmarks will make it easier – unless your names both start with the same letter!

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Supplies Needed:

~ Cardstock (you choose the color/design)

~ Fiskars Paper Trimmer (or scissors will do)

~ Cord (ribbon or yarn can be used also)

~ Large Beads (with a hole in the center)

~ Laminating Papers (found at office supply stores)

~ Hole Punch

~ Alphabet Stickers

Instructions:

STEP 1 – Cut your cardstock to the desired size. For precise, straight lines, I like to use my Fiskar’s Paper Trimmer. However, if you do not have a paper trimmer, you can always use a ruler and pencil to make straight lines (as a guide) on your paper before cutting with scissors.

STEP 2 – On your alphabet stickers, find your initial and adhere it to the top of your bookmark. Be careful not to get it too high because you still need to have room to punch a hole at the top of your bookmark. After decorating your bookmark, you may laminate it with your laminating papers and trim off the excess. Be sure your embellishments are flat and not three-dimensional – this way, the lamination will adhere better.

STEP 3 – Using your hole punch, punch a hole in the top/center of your bookmark. Be careful not to get your punch too close to the edge. After punching the hole, run your cord through it and tie a slip-knot. On the ends of the cord, put two beads and secure by tying a knot in the cord under the beads. And just like that… YOU’RE DONE!!

Tips/Ideas:

~ Even though glittery cardstock is pretty, lamination papers do not stick to it very well. It’s best to stick with matte cardstock for this project.

~ If you want both sides decorated, think of adding the designed cardstock on front and a solid/matching cardstock on back. This will make your bookmark look professionally finished. Simply glue the two pieces together before laminating.

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