Use your Scraps!

I don’t know about anyone else (well actually, I’m not having it that this doesn’t happen to every crafter) but I have LOADS of half-finished projects; there’s folders with random die-cuts, backgrounds, shapes, sentiment strips, sentiment die-cuts…

Basically I’ve got bits of cards that I’ve started but then for some reason changed my mind. I never throw them away because a) it’s wasteful and b) I tell myself I’ll use them.

What usually happens though is that these half-done things sit in my desk and I never go back to them.

So I was completely inspired by the wonderful Mary Polanco on YouTube, who posted a video where she used up some card scraps. I decided to use up some of these things I’ve got sitting round and make some cards and let me tell you, I MADE SO MANY CARDS! It was so satisfying – it was like crafting and cleaning all in one so felt doubly productive!

Firstly I had quite a few alcohol ink backgrounds that I hadn’t used for whatever reason. I decided now was the time. I have so much fun making these things but I often just have no actual plan for using them.

For some of them I had few sentiments and frames so mounted the backgrounds on some coloured card and made these 3 simple cards.

Another couple of spare alcohol ink backgrounds were used with some tropical bird die-cuts from Sizzix where I’d die cut the whole set TWICE but then not used them. I decided these pink and orange backgrounds would be nice and summery with the birds. Again I had a couple sentiments already cut out and once mounted on some bright card these came together nicely.

With the last couple of alcohol ink pieces, I ended up using them behind some background die-cuts that I also had lying in a drawer. I really like the subtle way the colours come through and as I’d added foil to the alcohol backgrounds there’s a nice bit of sparkle on them. I decided to keep these two cards nice and simple and added some sentiments in bright card stock that matched some of the alcohol ink colours.

For these next two cards, I already had the card bases sorted – I’d just not put anything on them! I think I made these when the weather wasn’t too nice so decided the bright colours were not matching my ‘wintery vibe’ so stuck them in a folder. I had some Lawn Fawn pinata die cuts which I’d already coloured in so stuck these on to some bright circles along with the banners which I had already. I added a sentiment onto the same orange cardstock and that was these two done. They’re busy but I like them!

Moving on, I remember making these next backgrounds which were done by heat embossing some flower stamps and then randomly painting on watercolours. I wasn’t sure I liked them when I’d done them so stuck them away. I’m glad I kept them – as messy as they are I think they’re nice and bright so just adding a black sentiment was enough for these.

The next backgrounds were made ages ago when I decided to use small stamps from a few different stamp sets and repeatedly stamp the images to create my own background paper. I never really decided what to use them for but in the spirit of using up what I already had cut, I pieced together some sentiments and before I knew if had four more cards!

Finally, I had a couple of silver foiled backgrounds that I’d made using a star stencil and Gina K transfer gel. I had the Lawn Fawn ‘Out of this World’ die-cuts already cut & coloured in my stash, as well as the ‘little town border’. On this I added a bit of silver ink so it matched in with the background a little bit more. I finally added a a sentiment from the same set. For the second background I mounted it on purple card and stuck it down onto a base. For the sentiment, I grabbed this I had this die cut/heat embossed sentiment from my stash which was a perfect for the card but was a little dark. I just cut the same sentiment using white cardstock and put it behind to create a highlight. Finally I stuck this onto a white glitter card circle from my stash, which I’d used some Distress Oxides to colour. I really like the way these cards turned out!

All in all, I got 17 cards out of my stash without having to die cut anything! (okay so I cut one sentiment out) This was definitely worth doing and it took around 6 hours to do spread over a couple of days, which I think was a good use of time!

I feel much less wasteful and have some nice new cards to boot. Will definitely try and do this every few months or so. Thanks Mary!

Sutz x

Products Used

  • Lawn Fawn stamps/dies – “Out of This World’; “Year 7” (pinata)
  • Lawn Fawn stamps – “Let’s Toast” (the avocado); and “Summertime Charm” (the strawberry)
  • Lawn Fawn dies – “Little Town Border”; Scripty Smile”; “Scripty For You”; “Scripty Love”
  • Sizzix “Tropical Bird” die set
  • MFT dies – “Happy Birthday”; “Twice the Hugs”
  • MFT Stamps – “London Mouse” (bus & traffic lights)
  • Hero Arts “Hello” die
  • Fuzzy Lemon “You’re a Star” die
  • Altenew “Simply Friend” die
  • Altenew “Hello Sunshine” stamp set
  • Mama Elephant “Hello” die
  • Gina K decofoil Transfer Gel
  • Creative Stencils “Stars”
  • Purple Onion Designs stamp set – “Hometown Bakery” (‘It’s Your Birthday!’ sentiment)
  • Ranger Alcohol inks in Purple Twilight, Honeycomb, Poppyfield, Patina, Indigo; Copper & Snow Cap Mixitives

4 thoughts on “Use your Scraps!

  1. These are fabulous!! Way to go on using your scraps and bits and bobs. I love doing this same thing. Tons of cards with really nice results…..and a miniscule dent in my stash to boot! Thanks for sharing.
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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    1. There’s a card winging its way to you as we speak! Well, it got posted last night so hopefully will arrive before the weekend! Everything I’ve sent my mum has took ages! Still, can’t blame the posties – they’re doing what they can!
      Hope you’re doing okay J-Mu xxx


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