I realize we call it scrapbooking, but does anyone not keep their scraps at all?
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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:07:41 AM
I have this large file folio thing that I have always kept them organized in. I hardly ever go through it. EVER. Maybe once a year or so I will use a little bit of it. I have switched mostly to collection packs and I haven't been a big user of solid cardstock for quite some time. Typically when I slice into a collection pack page, I keep the remainder of the scrap from that in with the pack if there is a decent amount of it left. My debate is whether or not to just toss the folio and be done with the saving of scraps. I know some will say to go ahead and "whip up" a card or two while I have all the stuff out anyway, but I don't really do that either.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:13:23 AM
When I first started scrapbooking, I kept EVERY little piece of paper But then I realized I never used it and it was taking up space! Now, I keep larger scraps of cardstock (filed by color in hanging folders) because I do use them for cutting out titles. But I rarely keep patterned paper scraps, unless it's a large piece (5x7 or larger!) There's just too much new stuff coming out all the time for me to hold onto scraps, kwim?!?

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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:15:43 AM
I keep 2 plastic drawers of scraps, one is mostly recent stuff and I go through them when looking for accent pieces/colors. If nothing there, I flip through 6x 6 pads.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:23:31 AM
My scraps go in a bin for my 4 year to play in....but you know what, he doesn't even like the scraps any more, so when I purge I throw some 12x12 sheets in there for him.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:23:57 AM
I am a card maker so if it's large enough to be a card front (4x5) I keep it. Otherwise it gets tossed. I do sometimes keep smaller pieces of things like glitter paper as my 7 yo loves to punch and has free reign over my scraps. She LOVES the bling so I keep it for her.

I tend to scrap events like trips and will use a collection for each country so all bits and scraps stay with the collection until I'm done and then they get binned.

I'm such a slow and sporadic scrapper that tossing my scraps costs me next to nothing and saves my sanity. If I'm at my LSS they have a scraps box for customer use in the crop room so I frequently toss it all there.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:31:18 AM
I used to keep everything! Then the shelves in my closet gave way one night and everything ended up on the floor. That's when I realized that perhaps I was keep too much...lol So, as far as scraps go, I keep the ones that I really, really like. But I make sure to got through them when I'm going to craft. If I notice that a piece has been in there for a long time and I haven't used it I toss it. I have learned to edit myself a lot. Besides, a lot of paper stack are affordable enough that I keep buying more and more, so I try not to be a hoarder. Its hard, but not impossible...lol


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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:36:03 AM
hilsmom...I am like you in regards to keeping all collections together...even scraps. But for some reason, I rarely have scraps left . I do try to use scraps for cards ,too.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 9:37:16 AM
I used to keep every single scrap which I would sometimes use but most often, not. One night last year, I went through them and cut them into 6x6, 4.25x5.5 or 4.25x6.25 pieces with the intention of using them for cards, mats or something. They are still sitting there - I might use one or two to cut something on the cricut. Now they are tucked away in a drawer ( ) Then for some reason I started keeping some scraps again which go in one of my scraponizer boxes - at least there's a limit to how much can go in there.

I should challenge myself to use some of them.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:09:46 AM
There's a great list here on using scraps.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:11:00 AM
I keep mine in iris cases sorted by color. I keep it all and it is my "go to" when I want to cut out letters, a title, punch a shape or need a piece to layer.

I have trouble cutting into a sheet of 12x12 paper for a 2" punched shape. I think this is from my sewer side. I save fabric from projects for AG doll clothes if there is a sizeable piece. Paper costs too much for me to just "pitch" it all.

I also tend to stay in the same color families so I usually have something that will work with whatever I am doing. It probably comes from growing up poor watching my Mom try to provide for 7 kids on a bookkeeper's salary. She always would say "waste not, want not." That's just me.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:57:32 AM
Well, I took about 20 of the nicer pieces and put them into a small basket in youngest DD's art supplies and pitched the rest, including the file folder. Felt good actually. Those were two and three year old scraps that I have stored, sorted, moved, stored again. Don't know why it took me so long to just throw it.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:06:37 AM
I DO not only keep the scraps but actually USE them! I scrapbook or paper craft, whatever you want to call... cookbooks and small perpetual calendars using my binding machine and a small wood holder that I make.

I keep EVERY single piece of metallic cardstock because I use little pieces of it in my cookbooks AND the calendars. I have all these little dies like utensils and cooking pots and horse shoes on the horse calendars, etc. I like to decorate my recipe pages with fruit, vegetables and cooking implements that correspond with the recipes. I know that isn't the "in" thing to do but I like it and so do the recipients of my cookbooks.

The little calendars, each month has a detailed die cut and I make them in themes like sewing/needlework, all horses, Dachshunds or whatever a person is interested in.

Then, of course I make cards so I make good use of my scraps. I live 80 miles from the nearest scrapbooking store and HL so I have to stock up on different shades of browns, metallics and colors off the regular primary and pastel colors that are suitable for animals and fruits and vegetables.

Walmart paper packs are getting fewer and fewer and NEVER have a true BLUE in them, always turquoise. Love turquoise but when I need BLUE, I need BLUE!

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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:15:31 AM
I used them all the time! I just used them for creating some tags. I also create shapes with them.
But I think the term scrapbooks comes from the scraps of memorabilia we collect to remind ourselves events or important moments if our life.
What we think of today as scraps came with the hobby as we know it now.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:19:17 AM
My scrap bin is very small, but when I get back to it in a few days I intend to cut most of it into PL cards.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:26:15 AM
I LOVE 6x6 pads, so usually I trim down my scraps to that size and keep them in a box with my paper pads. The rest get used for border, punch outs, tags, journaling spots...

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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:32:18 AM
bdhardy, that's a great idea, and one I may implement now. I think a lot of the problem too was that the scraps in the bin were nowhere near the style I have eventually evolved to. The patterns on the papers no longer really looked like "me", and I didn't find them very usable. I do, however, have a basket for 6x6 pads and LOVE them. Even for titles, I tend to use those pads with my die cutter.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 11:38:46 AM
I save even tiny pieces of my favorites. TINY, like 1/2" x 1". I'll even save a super thin strip if it is cut straight and at least 6" long.

The tiny pieces make great flag banners or die cut letters and the skinny strips are great for layering borders.

I don't keep everything just my favorites.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 12:40:06 PM
I keep mine and use quite a few of them. This past summer I took my whole box to my students at summer school/camp. They were so excited to use pretty paper on their projects.
I was able to have my scraps used and start collecting new scraps without taking up any more real estate in my small scrap room/ bedroom.
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Posted: 1/4/2013 1:37:34 PM
Like many others, I kept every piece in the beginning, but I had a paperfolio. I rarely used the pieces. I took it to my class so my Pre-K student had paper to create with. Now, I keep scraps if they are large, & if that scrap gets cut to smaller piece I try to find way to incorporate into the LO, or it goes into the trash. Most scraps that end up in the trash are small slivers of paper. I guess my rule is if can get lost in my paper storage container, which likely to happen; ill forget about- then it goes into the trash.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 1:43:20 PM
Recently I read/watched Shimelle's approach of putting scraps in a basket by her feet at the desk. She likes them close so she can quickly search for an extra piece to use on a layout.

But what I REALLY thought was genius about her way is that she also said that every 6 months she clears out the scraps - basket and donates the scraps to a local hospital/charity kind of place.

Now I know that her Profession is to scrap and use new product for companies, but the idea of giving myself permission to get rid of scraps if I haven't used them in 6 months really appealed to me. I love using new products and weighing myself down with smaller bits of paper for yrs on end.

I'm adding my own idea of only keeping scraps (in my basket)if they are 6x6 or at least large enough to mat a 4x6 photo. If not, it won't even make it to the scrap basket!

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Posted: 1/4/2013 2:34:34 PM
I store my papers by line/manufacturer and every time I make a LO, the scraps (as long as they are big enough to punch out accents, etc) get up in a baggie with the paper collection - so next time I use that collection the scrap baggie comes out with the papers.

For rare D/C paper like BG Figgy Pudding which I am using for DD - all scraps are saved.

If I don't care for the line or the papers are almost used up from the line, I usually pitch those scraps.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 2:53:11 PM
I store mine in 6 cases that go in a scrapbook cart. I separate them by color and I shop them first before I cut a new sheet. I also purge every 6 months. I use a lot of scraps up.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 2:57:51 PM
I do keep some, especially black, white, and kraft cardstock as well as PP I like, but I also have no qualms about tossing them out. I use them as testers for techniques I want to try out/to test stamps, and sometimes they actually make it on to my layouts as photo mats or accents! I've recently started shifting my approach to buying collections, and I store the scraps with the collection in a page protector like you described.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:09:33 PM
I actually USE my scraps a lot, so yes I keep them. I can't say for sure, but I think when I started art journaling in 2012 a slowly growing pile became a slowly receding pile, as I use lots of scraps on those pages, and the pile hasn't grown much in years of scrapbooking/cardmaking.

Scraps from a collection I haven't otherwise entirely used is a bit of a dilemma. I tend to keep those loose with the whole sheets, because I most likely would use them that way.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:26:03 PM
I keep large scraps in a cropper hopper folder, and I do try to go through the folder and use them when I start a layout. I often use the cardstock for matting photos and titles, and I sometimes use the pattern paper scraps - especially for my kids school projects or other crafts.

But I also have no problem with throwing scraps away. This is just a hobby and if the scraps take up to much room, I say why stress over it. The money has already been spent.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:38:53 PM
I have a drawer that I just throw the scraps into. I can't throw them away lol


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Posted: 1/4/2013 3:38:54 PM
I have a drawer that I just throw the scraps into. I can't throw them away lol

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Posted: 1/4/2013 5:06:28 PM
I toss the small ones, I save the large ones and when I go to a crop, I give them to people there OR add them to whatever project is underway for schools, senior centers, whatever.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 7:15:22 PM
I cut all my scraps in to 3x4 or 4x6 to use in PL. I usually do this immediately upon finishing a layout. I eventually had so many scraps that I put a 3x4 scrap stack by my door for shopping lists and notes to teachers. The ones that I just was tired of (color/patterns) I brought to a crop and gave away.

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Posted: 1/4/2013 8:40:24 PM
I throw mine all in a drawer and it's rare I make anything without pulling something out of there to include. There are so many papers I love that I've used just small pieces from.

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