Happy New Year’s Eve to you! Time to clear out the old and welcome in the new…. I love the possibilities a new year brings. In addition to my stand-by resolutions to eat better and exercise more, my goals usually involve a renewed commitment to organizing things around the house. This year is no different – holiday preparations and trade show projects have taken their toll on my studio and my craft supplies are badly in need of attention.
The other day I had a few minutes and decided to tackle my ever-growing pile of paper scraps. I came across an idea on Betsy Veldman’s blog and thought it was a great solution for putting those scraps to good use. I thought I’d share my take on the idea here.
The key is to work quickly and not over think the process… a kitchen timer can help with this… go ahead and grab one. Set it to 5 minutes and gather up as many paper scraps as you can find. This is what I came up with –
Now, give yourself another 10 minutes and start trimming… cut each scrap into long strips of varying widths. If you haven’t finished when the timer goes off, stop anyway… you’ll have plenty to work with and can finish up the rest in another session.
This is the pile of strips I had after 10 minutes –
Now, put another 5 minutes on the timer and start sorting the strips into piles – don’t get bogged down here – just start creating piles of strips that seem to want to be together… there is no wrong way to do this and I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results. Ready. Go.
Now, grab a few sheets of paper out of the printer to use as the backing. I decided to cut them in half because that seemed to work better with the size of paper scraps I have… if your strips are longer, you might want to work with the full 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet.
All set? We’re getting ready for the fun part, I promise… just a few more steps. Grab your favorite adhesive – I found a tape runner worked the best for this. This is what I used:
Now apply adhesive around each edge of your printer paper and then several lines through the middle.
and start adhering strips until the sheet is covered.
Now flip over the sheet
and trim off the overhang (you can save these pieces to make accents on cards, etc.)
You’ll be amazed at how quickly this goes – in no time at all, you’ll have several sheets of “new” paper. I probably spent 10 or 15 minutes and came up with these (and notice all the scraps I have left over in the baskets!)…
This is a great project to work on in front of the tv… maybe while watching football today.
These papers are great to have on hand for cardmaking, scrapbooking, or general crafting. I used some to make a few thank you cards using one of my favorite stamp sets.
I used the papers to create a border…
and as background paper…
(love adding dimension with a 3D Foam Square)
I also cut several strips from one of the papers and staggered them on the background.
(coil brads from Karen Foster Design)
I also die cut a border using one of the sheets and adhered it to the edge of a card using 1/8″ SuperTape.
Not too bad… considering it didn’t take much time and I was able to create all of these using supplies I already had on hand. I’d love to see creative ways you find to use up your paper scrap stash or other organizing solutions you have found. Let me know what you come up with and feel free to post photos to our Facebook page.
Hope you have a wonderfully creative 2015!