Tutorial of the Week: What to do with those Paper Scraps…Part 2

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Good morning, everyone!  As promised last week, I have a tutorial for you today 🙂  …and even better yet, I am back on track with the series I started on using up your paper scraps.  But…before we get to it, I must share some sad news.

If you’ve visited the shop lately, you’ve probably noticed that there is alot of out of stock items.  Don’t worry…I am working toward changing that as we speak.  What it does mean, though, is that I have spread myself too thin.  Going forward, I will be doing a monthly tutorial rather than every 2 weeks.  I know it’s a bit of a bummer, but I will be better able to serve everyone by doing this.  I am also (not so) secretly hoping that I will be able to fit in more of my own projects to share with you as a result.

Without further adieu, let’s get to this month’s tutorial…

Miniature “Thank You” Cards

If you recall, I did use a lot of my larger paper scraps in Part 1 of this tutorial series, although the box full of scraps I had left would lead one to think differently.  So…this week I decided to use some of my medium to small sized scraps 🙂

I know we prepared a lot of paper for cards last week, but I had to continue with that trend and create some miniature cards.  These are 3″ x 3″, and are incredibly quick to make and useful to have around so you can shoot a quick “thank you” to someone.  I always use neutral colored cardstock for my card bases, and did no different here.

I first cut the card bases into 3″ x 6″ pieces, and scored each in half.  I then added a 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” piece of “wallpaper” onto the front of each card, and wrapped twine or ribbon around the card front.  Finally, I added a small sentiment to cover the seam of the ribbon.

The inside of the cards can be kept pretty simple.  For lighter colored card bases, you don’t need to add anything…just write your greeting on the inside of the card.  I would add a white or cream label on the inside of the cards with darker card bases.

Die Cut Labels

Continuing on with the card theme…I like to add large labels to the inside of my cards.  I usually use two labels, actually.  On one, I stamp a sentiment, and then write a personal greeting on the second.  Since I am writing on the labels, I only die cut from white, cream or kraft cardstock.

Punched Labels and Tags

Something you should always do is sign every single project you create.  I have a couple of small label punches that I use for this purpose.  I always like to keep a stock of these labels, and then just stamp my personalized signature on each and adhere them to the back of my projects.

Now, I’m not all about cards…I really do love to create mini albums, as well.  …and you know what is included in every single mini album, right?  Tags!  I do like to add some sort of pull tab to my tags, especially the larger tags that I slide into the ends of my pages.  Luckily, I have a paper punch that is great for creating these tabs, as well.

Paper Flowers and Alphas

This last idea for using up your paper scraps is a pretty obvious way to use up your smaller pieces…flowers…and alphas!  I just used my paper punches here, but am definitely going to break out my Tim Holtz “Tattered Florals” dies and cut more flowers from my tiny scraps that I would otherwise recycle.  It’s always nice to have flowers at the ready when working on a project, I find.  You can even sort them by color before storing them away 🙂

…and while you’re at it, don’t stop with flowers!  If you use a lot of alphas when scrapbooking, you might as well start cutting some letters…you will be greatful to have them at the ready next time you are working on a project 😉

Well, that about exhausts this week’s ideas on using up your paper scraps…I hope you’re working through that scrap pile with me!  Thanks for popping by, and I will be back with another tutorial next month…cheers!

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