When I love a collection it’s really really hard for me to throw away my scraps from my projects. The problem is that sometimes they stack up and I forget about them. Hi friends, it’s Wendy Sue here with you today, and one of my new goals is to use up my scraps as I go. One of my favorite ways to use up my scraps is to make cards! Here’s a look at a set of cards I created using scraps from the “This is Family ” Collection!
Here’s how easy it was to make these cards using nothing but scraps and a fun coordinating tag:
- Start by gathering several coordinating strips of scraps (they don’t have to be from the same collection, just make sure they work well together):
2. I also cut one piece of patterned paper for the base of my card front. This paper could also be a scrap, and you can choose to cover it completely OR allow some to be exposed.
3. Start arranging paper strips on the background. This particular background worked well because I wanted the strips to be placed diagonally. The stripes were a perfect guide. Lay the strips down and decide on a pattern you’re happy with before you glue anything. Make sure the ends of the strips go all the way to the edge of the background. Don’t worry about trimming them yet, just arrange and then adhere them to the background.
4. After adhering the strips, flip over the base. You can easily see where to trim the strips. Go ahead and trim them off with scissors or with a paper trimmer.
This is how your card base will look after the edges have been trimmed.
5. An optional step, but one I recommend, because I love how it looks, is to stitch around the edges with a sewing machine and white thread.
6. Now add a coordinating tag like this one! I used foam adhesive squares for a bit of dimension:
7. Next, tie white thread through the tag hole:
8. Add stickers or ephemera to embellish a bit more.
9. Finally, add the entire piece a white card, created from white cardstock!
If you have enough scraps, make a second (or third or more) card too!
Don’t let your beautiful scraps go to waste ever again!!
These cards were created with the “This is Family” collection.