So you’ve cut up some of your precious paper and now there’s a teeny tiny itty bitty piece of paper left… and you think you might throw it away, but then you can’t let go of your grip…You just can’t drop it into the trash. Fast forward, say a year, two years, five years… you have scraps everywhere. Here are some tips on how to get those scraps organized.
- Organize your scraps into some kind of order. Don’t just put all of them in a pile. You could sort by pattern/solid; by colors; by size.
- You can cut some scraps into card fronts so they are ready for quick card making.
- Use dies and punches to cut scraps into pieces that you could use later.
- Challenge yourself to make cards using scraps at least once a month so you can keep chipping away at your pile.
- Throw them away and stop being a hoarder.
I separate my scraps by patterned scraps and solid scraps. If I can make a card out of it, I put it with my uncut 8 1/2 x 11 paper, if it’s smaller than that I put it in my scrap drawer. Organize your scraps by what works best for you and consider the amount of space you have. My drawer for solid scraps tends to get full quicker so sometimes I will make cards using only scraps to keep the pile under control. Did you think I was going to say that I throw some away? Ya right! I’m a paper hoarder too…
This little basket has saved me more times than I can count. In this basket I keep all the pieces that I cut out with my punches or dies that are left over from various projects. I also take my small scrap pieces and run them through the Big Shot or use punches to make them into something to be used later. I go to this basket often when I want to make a quick card. I hope some of these tips help you to keep your mountain of paper manageable. Check back soon I’ll be showing you some fun cards that I made using scraps. Happy crafting.