Using your Scrapz

I’ve found that there are two kinds of scrapbookers in the world: 1) those who get rid of all the scraps as soon as they finish a project; and 2) the remaining 99.5% of us who save even the smallest pieces of beautiful cardstock or patterned paper, sure that one day they will come in handy. If you’re among the many who save scraps, here are some tips for actually using them.Shop your scraps first

If you are serious about actually using your scraps, they should be the first papers you consider when putting together a layout. For my son’s first-day-of-school picture this year, I wanted to add some small pops of color to bring attention to the photo. Instead of turning to my regular stash of patterned papers, I went straight for the scraps. Since I only wanted small pieces, there was no need to cut down full sheets when I had tons of perfectly good scraps. I found some tiny scraps of patterned yellows and reds and layered them haphazardly under the photo. The fact that they are different sizes adds interest.


Keep your scraps organized and accessible

In order to use your scraps, they have to be somewhere that you can get to them conveniently and they should be at least somewhat organized. I organize scraps by color in plastic storage envelopes. When I scrapped the photos of our family’s Angry Birds jack-o’-lanterns, I wanted to bring in oranges to emphasize that it was a Halloween layout. I found scraps of three different orange patterns and cut them into strips to go under the photo and into triangles for a banner across the top right. 


Be realistic about what size of scraps you will use

There are a lot of different opinions about how big a scrap has to be to justify saving it. I’ve heard people say it should be big enough to mat a photo. Others keep anything big enough to use with a punch. Still others keep anything larger than a postage stamp. I tend to fall in with the postage stamp crowd, especially with versatile solids, because I know I will use them. On this layout, I used a 2” x 3” scrap of white to house my title, then matted that with a black scrap. I cut tiny white scraps into even tinier pieces to write my list of adjectives. I save small scraps because I know I will use them. If you keep pieces smaller than what you will realistically use, they will only get in the way of you using the larger ones.


Stretch your scraps across hidden areas

Because I save small scraps, I sometimes find a perfect scrap that isn’t big enough to fit the place where I’d hoped it would go. That’s when I have to get creative and stretch the scrap. By cutting a strip and hiding it behind another feature, I can make a scrap appear much larger than it actually is. In this layout, the strips behind the photo don’t actually extend more than a millimeter behind the photo. I arranged the small pieces on each end to appear as though they run nearly the width of the layout, when in fact you are seeing the entire scrap, minus that millimeter tucked under the edge of the photo mat. 


Make a card

Avoid moving scraps into long-term storage where they might be ignored by using them as you generate them. When you finish a layout, use the scraps that remain on your desk to make a quick card. Because they worked together on the layout, you already know they’ll work together on a card. Here’s a card I made immediately after finishing a layout. The paper scraps, punch, flower and Stickles were already out; all I had to do was cut them to size and put them together.  It took about three minutes.  A quick sentiment stamp and it was ready to go.


I hope these tips have inspired you to use your scraps.  If you have any other tips to share, please mention them in the comments below.


By: cindy312 | 24 Mar 2014

Layouts, Quotes

Quote of the Day

Some weeks you really need Saturday…on Wednesday!

 Author: Unknown


Monday Madness

Scrapin Scraperz,

As you know it’s Madness Monday:

What does that mean (you say) Simple all that we had to put to the side over the weekend now sit on our crafting table to be finished today. OH don’t forget to get the kids on the bus, make sure he/she has a snack, a little housework, did you do the laundry, one more thing what are you going to make for dinner? 

Where do we find the time to get our crafting done We just do…

Time for us to get back in our crafting space and Create! 

As Alwayz  Scrap Craft & Laugh 



Hello everyone,

How are you today; I hope that you are well and that you are off to a wonderful day. I know that we’re always saying TGIF (thank GOD it’s Friday) but I have a little ?question 4 you. What are you really thank-in GOD 4 are you just saying it. Is it something to say because you’ve heard so many others saying it. 

So let’s start with me I will answer my own ?question. I thank GOD daily for of course not only waking me up but waking up my family in my home as well as around the world along with my friends. I thank GOD daily for the lessons that I learned those that are still to come, and so many other things my Blessings.

Just a little of what’s going in my head that I choose to get out of my head today. Maybe you’ll ask yourself this question maybe you wont…. it’s all good 


As Alwayz Scrap, craft & Laugh 


Quote of the Day

“‘For I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord, ‘plans to proper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11

 Author: Jeremiah 29:11


Throwback Thursday

Good Afternoon Scrapin Scrpaerz, 

How are you, I hope that all is well? 

So what’s up to today you know that it’s Throwback Thursday right whatcha got for me? Any older work that you would like to share. I would love t o see I think that we all would like to see. Never take you creations lightly would you don’t think is wonderful can inspire another… SO SHOW THOSE OLDER CRAFTS OFF

TBT is not just for selfie pictures not in the crafting world 🙂

As Alwayz Scrap, Craft, & Laugh


Random Thoughts

04/17/2014 was a day it’s started off great but quickly moved to I wish I could skip over the rest of the day. ( that this part of the day never ever happened) but guess….





Good afternoon, Sending a very special and happy birthday to my baby girl…at 15 years old I know that she is saying as loud as she can I’m not a baby but she’s still my baby. I hope that she get’s all that she could ever dream or ask for that GOD continues to bless her and show her favor.


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