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! ūüôā

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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! ūüėČ 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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How To Make a Pocket Letter

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will remember that I posted a blog about Pocket Letters not too long ago (which I will link to HERE). However, that blog entry was more of an introduction to Pocket Letters, where they originated, what they are, and what to put in them. Since that time, I have received some requests to put out a Pocket Letter process video – showing step-by-step how to make a Pocket Letter.

You will find my easy-to-follow video below as well as supplies used. I hope this is helpful, but please let me know in the comments if you have any questions. Happy crafting!

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Supplies Needed:

Trading Card Holders     Cardstock (of your choice)     Embellishments (of your choice)    

Goodies (see list HERE)

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Pocket Letter Craze!

Example of completed Pocket Letter

Completed Pocket Letter

 

Pocket Letters have gained much popularity in the crafting world recently – and so, I thought it would be fun to go over Pocket Letter basics and share some ideas. For starters, the original idea for Pocket Letters began with crafter and YouTuber Janette Lane. You can find more great ideas at her website HERE.

Pocket Letters are a tidy, fun, creative way to share pen pal letters and “goodies” such as stickers, recipes, washi tape samples and other fun crafty items! Of course, it isn’t only limited to crafters, but tends to make more sense when taking part in a craft swap where you exchange Pocket Letters with a pen pal. There are craft swap groups on Facebook as well as Janette Lane’s website if you are interested in finding Pocket Letter pen pals.

The Basics:

The base of the Pocket Letter is simply a 9-slot baseball card holder sheet. I found mine at an office supply store, but you can find them at other places and online (see highlighted link above).

Usually Pocket Letters will follow a theme such as a color, character, event, holiday, or seasonal theme. This helps to inspire ideas to get you started. Some people decorate the front and back of their pocket letters. Personally, I just decorate the front – but it’s up to you. I decorate by inserting small cards of decorated cardstock into each panel. I have a sample template card to cut my 9 cardstock panels from.

Trace template 9 times with a pencil onto back of cardstock and cut out for Pocket Letter panel inserts.

The Goodies:

After you have your Pocket Letter made and decorated, it’s time to insert some “goodies” behind each panel! This is where it can get really fun! There are many ideas of things you could include depending upon the theme and who will be receiving the Pocket Letter. Below, I have listed some ideas of things you could include:

About Me РNote     Recipe     Stickers     Sequins     Project Life Cards     Mini Notepads     Gemstones

Your Business Card     Die Cuts     Hot Tea/Cocoa Packet     Magazine Clippings     Poem

Shaped or Decorated Paperclips     Mini Envelopes     Gift Tags     Gift Card     Washi Tape Samples

Baker’s Twine Samples¬†¬†¬†¬† Buttons ¬† ¬†¬† Ribbon samples¬†¬†¬†¬† Keychain with Charms ¬†¬†¬† Coupons

Flat Makeup Samples     Perfume Samples from Magazines     Photos of Pets     Flat Wrapped Gum/Candy     

Extra Cardstock cards cut to PL size for your recipient’s next Pocket Letter ¬† ¬†¬†Mini Nail File ¬†¬†¬†

Decorative Magnets or Small Magnetic Bookmarks     Small Chipboard Cut-Outs     Enamel Dots

Shaped Erasers     Mini Accordian Fan     Handmade Scrapbook/Card Embellishments

Packet of Flower Seeds     Scented Sachet Cards/Bags     Hair Ties/Barettes     Custom Gift Labels 

Hand-Tied Bow Assortment     Custom Address Labels     Mini Paper Banner     Fabric Samples 

Paint Chip Samples for Crafting     Small Baggy of Glitter     Handmade Jewelry     Handmade Zipper Pulls

 

To see a video of my very first Pocket Letter, check out the video posted below!

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