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: Wrapping Paper Shaker Card!

Upcycling? Shaker card? What does it all mean? For those of you who may be new to the crafting world or re-entering it, these terms may seem odd. However, let’s get you up to speed!! 🙂

Upcyclingto process used goods or waste material so as to produce something that is often better than the original. (Source: dictionary.com)

Shaker Carda card with a window and items – usually sequins – inside the window that make you want to shake the card; thus, a shaker card! (Source: my brain – haha!!)

Most of us know what it’s like to wrap a present and have a tiny bit of leftover wrapping paper. Many people would simply wad it up and throw it in the trash… but not us! We can use it to craft with, right?! In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a super cute shaker card with your scraps of wrapping paper.

And since we are frugal crafters here, I’ve found another huge money-saving idea for your shaker cards. The clear sheet (window) used for shaker cards is acetate… and acetate is expensive! I got to thinking about what else I could use and I decided to try clear overhead projector transparency sheets. Wanna know something? They worked GREAT and I could get an entire box for way cheaper than just a few sheets of acetate. Okay, so enough of that rabbit trail – just had to share that with you!!

So, now that we know what we are working with, let’s get started…

Supplies Needed

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White Cardstock           Fiskars Paper Trimmer         Bone Folder

Xacto Knife or Die Cut           Wrapping Paper         Glue runner

Scissors          Clear Transparency Sheets         Double-Sided Foam Tape

Ribbon           Sequins           Pink Cardstock

Rubber Stamp          Ink Pad           White Gel Pen

Instructions

Step 1: Begin with your white card base in the size you choose. Use a die cut or Xacto knife to cut a square in the center for a window. Adhere wrapping paper to front and trim excess from window.

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Step 2: Cut your sheet of acetate (or transparency sheet) larger than your window. Add adhesive around the backside of window and secure in place. In other words, glue the adhesive on the interior side of the card.

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Step 3: On the interior/back side of your card frame the window with Scotch double-sided foam tape.

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Step 4: Lay aside your card base for now to work on the backdrop for your window. I chose to stamp “Birthday Wishes!” in the center of pink cardstock and add hand-drawn stars around it. I also surrounded my sentiment with ribbon.

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Step 5: Add your sequins to the inside of card window. Remove your Scotch double-sided foam tape backing (so it will reveal the other sticky side) and adhere your backdrop you just made in the previous step. Be sure NOT to get it upside down! 🙂 Line the inside of the card, if you’d like… and you’re all done and ready to SHAKE!!!

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FINISHED CARD

FINISHED CARD

I hope this project was a fun and enjoyable way to upcycle your scraps of wrapping paper. Handmade cards always brighten people’s day and this one is sure to bring delight! Shaker cards are perfect for any holiday or celebration. Have fun, crafters!!

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