If you throw them away – I am speaking to you here – because you are wasting so much money that you should not need to!!! Times are really hard right now; folks do not have a great deal of money to squander on interesting things like scrapbooking. But memories and time spent with family and friends are still there! You do not need to have a huge amount of products merely to make things look good – it is about the goods that you do have and what you do together to save you money! Using scraps can allow you to save money!
As you begin to create, examine the pieces left – do not throw them easy paper airplanes that fly far, arrange them to use later on! As I scrapbook, I have a folder with different sort of scraps inside I normally draw from that first, until I pull a complete sheet of paper out – particularly if it is merely a little bit that I need. To begin to arrange, you may need:
- file folders
- Accordion style holder
Use the file folders to the scraps themselves organized by color, the pen/marker to set the color on the cover of the file! The accordion style holder can be whatever you like – mine is a red file folder holder that I managed to get as freebie, find what you want or can use, even if it is a box!! I make certain you put colors such as silver and gray together, and that I have a misc. Folder for all of the pattern papers that do not have a specific color associated with it! Listed below are a few specific things you can do with bits left over from some of your other scrapbook projects:
- Use bits of paper with your paper piecing patterns, rather than using full sheets of paper.
- Use them to create bookmarks in various colors – then decorating with punches, die cuts, stickers and scraps to make a one-o-a-kind bookmark to give as gifts, to use, or to market!
- Use scraps to produce card bases to grow cards when you want them. They take up less space, and you can add them to a card base and ship it off when you will need to.
- Use them to create tags to the top of presents, or to add to a fun gift that you are giving someone.
- Use them for punches and die cuts if you use a size type machine where you have individual die cuts in order to have different paper in your creations which still matches.
- Use strips for visual interest from the design or card – instead of a complete sheet of paper. This not only saves money, but makes it the product is truly one-of-a-kind!