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Posted 1/19/2013 by devildog in General Scrappin'

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PeaNut 172,765
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Posted: 1/19/2013 9:16:23 AM
I'm thinking about those JCP flair/buttons given out before Christmas. They had one purpose, but boy they turned into scrapper's gold!

Then, before Christmas my dd was in a fashion show for a local dress boutique. At the show, they had programs put on every chair. And there, in the top corner of the programs, was a flair/badge pin! Oh my...could it get any better for an embellishment for her show? It had the funky theme, and the boutique name in small cursive font. Perfect!!!

And then, last night my dh brought me home a salad. I prefer not to use plastic utensils if I don't have to so I left what came with the dinner alone and used a regular fork. I just went to clean up my countertop and just noticed they put the plastic fork, knife and napkin in this great glassine bag, oh my! There's no food in it, and it's in pristine condition. It's a little tall, but I already thought about cutting it down and using some sequins/confetti in it!

Am I the only one that comes across stuff like this and right away think of scrapping? Thank God I'm not like that with everything, or I'd be an episode on Hoaders. BUT, every once in a while, it's fun to come across a non-scrappy goodie.

How about you?


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Posted: 1/19/2013 9:19:56 AM
I am a sucker for bar coasters!! some of them have pretty scenes on them. Also tags from shopping. I just used a little envelope that they stash the extra button and thread in from sweaters! Perfect size and color for my layout!

ohh and I peeled a few embellishments off of xmas cards this year... people sending cards that were meant to look like they were homemade lol

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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:38:31 AM
We went out to dinner last week and my soup bowl came on a plate with a doily under it. First thing I did was put that doily in my purse. Another person in our party saw me do that and said, "Need another one?" and gave me his too. I've done this so many times my husband offers me all kinds of "stuff" he gets instead of just throwing it away.


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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:46:13 AM
LOL! I always do the doily thing!

DH got new Dockers pants and snipped off a blue & beige raised plastic embellishment ( tag) that said CLASSIC. He gave it to me saying I could use it on a LO for him or his dad.



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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:01:06 AM
I took the remains of several Christmas crackers at the various Christmas parties and meals we went to. I got some nice bits of ribbon and a few things that will work as embellishments.

I also take placecards, printed menus (if it's a menu for a one off event that will otherwise be thrown away I mean, I don't steal ones that are designed to be used more than once!) and sometimes a bit of the table confetti at parties. I am an embarrasment to go out anywhere with

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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:11:09 AM
I went with my DS to get his official, first "adult" suit. A beautiful woven tag on the sleeve.... "lacrosse". He played lacrosse in high school....I snipped that baby off!


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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:13:49 AM
I'm a sucker for tags, too! I have a whole drawer full of 'found item' stuff like this.

Now that I'm here, I have nothing clever to say!

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Posted: 1/19/2013 11:16:22 AM
I also save stuff like that too! You are not alone

I have bought clothes at T from Converse that have these great heavy chipboard circle tags with a star on them. I have used several on LO' s

I love finding "stuff" l can use in my crafting and scrapping. can't wait to use my JCP flair on some LO's.

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Posted: 1/19/2013 12:12:48 PM
Ooo, I love to repurpose found things! Confetti, coasters, room keys, and probably what I do the most- ribbon. So muck packaging out there has ribbon, and I just cut it off and put it in my stash. Clothing tags, too for my Smash book. My pre-teen daughter thinks at 42 I am too old for cool stuff, so when I showed up at her school wearing skinny jeans once her comment was "Skinny jeans?!? Really, Mom...really??" and it cracked me up. The tag to those jeans went in, along with her too-cool-for-a-mom comment. (I can't wait 'til my girls have pre-teen girls of their own. )


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Posted: 1/19/2013 12:32:13 PM
I bought a Lodge cast iron skillet and it has a very nice "made in USA" tag with a flag. Added it to my stash.
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Posted: 1/19/2013 12:40:41 PM
All of the above AND...

my mom got me new white flannel sheets for Christmas and I saved the lint from their first washing to use on my December Daily - I am using an old copy of 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' and I am using the lint on the Grinch's hat and coat. LINT. And I am so pleased with myself.


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Posted: 1/19/2013 1:22:40 PM
I have also done all of the above...except for the lint, can't say I have done that one, teehee.
I do save
-bank (coin) envelopes.
-coffee sleeves
-I am even thinking or altering the packets that my shredded wheat come in, they are a brown glassine envelope.



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Posted: 1/19/2013 10:15:41 PM
I save all sorts of stuff like this and have been for years! Especially if I know I want to scrap a specific event and I find something at that event that I know I'll be able to use on my page.

Last night Hubs and I got a nice hotel room downtown and went out to a great restaurant for dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. As we were packing up this morning I had to swipe a card from the hotel desk that had some local phone numbers on it because it had a really pretty pattern that I can use when scrapping about our stay.

Obviously I keep things like programs and tickets etc but it's always fun to find a little something "different" that will work great on a page. There's a reason they call it SCRAP-booking!

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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:54:47 AM
What great ideas! I have saved many 'scrap' items but now I'll be actively LOOKING for more!

When I got married I registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond, so I got LOTS of boxes wrapped in their signiture white with dark plum cloth ribbon. Of course I saved some of that ribbon and it went into my wedding scrapbook, bordering the pages with the photos of me unwrapping my gifts!


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Posted: 1/20/2013 5:04:33 AM
Great ideas!

At lunch yesterday, I asked our server for a clean piece of the tissue paper they put under the bread. It was printed with the logo and cute bread sayings.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:07:34 PM
I find things like this all the time. Tags are my favorite. Christmas I picked up some great ribbon off of gifts.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 12:22:57 PM
Yes! I figure it's just being green. I especially like to scavenge twine or hemp cording, ribbon, etc.

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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:06:20 PM
I like using the sparkly foil wrapping from quality street chocolates as a layer beneath other things, but my favourite and most frequently used everyday item I use for scrapping is the packaging from Tassimo. The insides are plain silver and although it doesn't punch well (I actually broke a punch trying) it die-cuts well with the big shot and embosses like a dream using embossing folders.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:07:50 PM
I used to save things like that like mad, but several moves and limited storage made me change how I save stuff. I wait until vacations or special occasions and then grab the usual menus, coasters, tags, napkins, matchbooks (take out the matches of course), programs etc. How do you guys save all that? I keep it arranged in page protectors in 3 ring binders but it's still bulky. Some of it I've been hauling around since high school waiting for the inspiration to scrap it!


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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:09:27 PM
Oh, and the Pea who used dryer lint for the grinch layout- is the QUEEN of scrappy upcycling! This is a fun thread... now I'll be collecting even more "garbage" (as hubby says) for my scrap room.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:11:57 PM
Shredded wheat envelopes! Brilliant.

A lot of DS' toys this year were secured with thick paper twine. I kept several of the straighter pieces to use on cards.
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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:12:51 PM
Abfloyd: I keep my saved items in a single drawer in a plastic sterlite chest of drawers in my scrap room. When it's full I purge to make room for more.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 1:22:29 PM
Ha I love hearing what you guys keep! I also keep tags from shopping and ribbon off anything

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Posted: 1/20/2013 4:02:15 PM

We went out to dinner last week and my soup bowl came on a plate with a doily under it. First thing I did was put that doily in my purse. Another person in our party saw me do that and said, "Need another one?" and gave me his too. I've done this so many times my husband offers me all kinds of "stuff" he gets instead of just throwing it away.

Awww! Gotta' love people like those!

But, to speak to the original post, I think that this art form, like any other, changes the way we look at everyday things, which is one of the wonderful things about undertaking art, & why it's good for people to pursue different artistic endeavors. Stepping off my soapbox now, but you know what I mean....Besides, it makes the everyday details fun!

I've been a dilettante, but I'm thinking of dabbling in something else.


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Posted: 1/20/2013 4:06:12 PM

I like using the sparkly foil wrapping from quality street chocolates as a layer beneath other things, but my favourite and most

I am still kicking myself for throwing away the foil from our Christmas chocolates a few days before seeing Biochemipea's beautiful foil covered brads.

I had one tiny piece left, which I managed to stretch to 3 brads for my Cha challenge scraplift of her idea, but I could have made so many more

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Posted: 1/20/2013 4:16:41 PM
I also do this. My DH and DGD's will save things for me all of the time. A couple favorites are grass from the Whitehouse lawn that my dgd grabbed while on a school trip! They were taking pictures sitting in front of the Whitehouse fence and she grabbed some and put it in a little bag for me!! and when we had communion at church, my 8yo granddaughter asked if I wanted her cup for my scraproom!!


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Posted: 1/20/2013 6:20:59 PM
Stickers from fruit. "Cuties" for example

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Posted: 1/20/2013 6:32:59 PM
I use found items and memorabilia as often as I can. Many years ago I had about 5 or 6 layouts in a Memory Makers book about found items.

I have used egg dippers, stickers, keys, tape measures, coasters, business cards, flyers, brochures, coins, jewelry, fabric, really almost anything that can fit in a scrapbook.

I think that is what makes them 'scrap'books.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:12:11 PM

I came across one of biochempea's layouts and she said she wrapped (gold) foil around a brad. I'm guessing it must have been from something was adorable!

At Target I got some nice-sized confetti candy canes on clearance. Figured they would be great for next years holiday layouts, either strung on thread, in glassine, clear pockets, etc.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:23:00 PM
I use found items and actual memorabilia in my layouts all the time. I think it makes the page more "real," if you know what I mean.

During my dd 5th grade graduation party at school, they had put confetti with graduation caps and the year all over the tables. Right before the party ended and the teachers were cleaning up (and throwing away the paper table cloths, including all the confetti), I casually and inconspicuously snatched up a few pieces of confetti for the layout I was going to make.

And I did use it. I pop-dotted those suckers and they look awesome!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:26:44 PM
I save certain tag strings to use on LOs as well as DIY Christmas ornaments. Vera Bradley tag strings are green and certain men's wear (Dockers? Bass Pro Shops?) are twine/hemp.

As for tags, I've saved special ones like the one that came on DHs Stetson that he bought in Jackson Hole (DH loves to buy and wear hats). I intend to use it on a LO.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:39:52 PM
I save stuff like that all the time! Just this past weekend, I saved a coffee sleeve from a local shop, and a manilla shipping tag from something we bought at an antique store that has their name and logo stamped onto the back of it. By now hubby knows not to throw anything away before checking to see if I'd have a use for it


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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:52:37 PM
Oh, YES - as a former preschool teacher, I look @ everything w/a re-purpose
thought process. I had to talk to myself b/c recently my grown ds was jacket shopping & I was trying to "encourage" him to buy the one w/the really great tag. He didn't & I didn't tell him my intent & will try to do better - at least not buy big ticket items JUST for the "stuff"

Love the lint idea



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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:53:01 PM
DD was going to throw out an empty perfume box that she had, but it was the cutest little shimmery, glittery silver box ever, and I had to have it, so I saved it from the trash! The silver shimmer match the ornaments that were on our tree perfectly, so I am going to use it on a tree trimming layout. Just the day before I was HL looking for glitter paper too, but didn't really like what they had. The box isn't very big (3-4"sq), but I can cut it up to make some strips or banners. DD doesn't even think twice about my crazy requests anymore!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:00:51 PM
I work in a clothing store and we got these Ashley style Jeans by LEI and the Tag was all black and had a negative space die cut "ASHLEY". My coworkers were cracking up and giving them to me every time they saw a pair. We also had some pants with a tag cut from cloth that had been stiched around the edges with a pink heart in the middle and the word "BLUSH" Still waiting to use that one on a Valentines LO. My coworkers are always finding small trinkets and tags and small embellishments off of the floor and giving them to me. About once a week I come home with a pocket of buttons, Tags and trinkets.

My husband grabs extra silverware packets at a certain restaurant b/c they do the glassine bag thing too. I love him.

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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:26:20 AM
I just opened a Dove chocolate (sent to me by a scrappy friend in a RAK) and the wrapper says "do something spontaneous" printed in the center of a white heart shape. Would be great on a layout. I also picked up some doilies at a restaurant (Cheesecake Factory, I think.) where they grabbed a stack and put them on the plate rather than using just one. My lucky day! They are gorgeous!


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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:47:00 AM
I have a whole container of found items from our daily lives. I need to be better about getting them IN layouts though! I just did a blog post about this on the Counterfeit Blog, it is going to be a new feature, so thank you for the awesome ideas ladies! Counterfeit Blog

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Posted: 1/22/2013 6:03:00 AM
My DH has gone so far as to run out into a parade and grab some of the confetti and streamers they throw/shoot-out so I can use them on a layout!!

I am always keeping my eye out for little things I can use. But you all have given me some more great new things to keep a lookout for now!!


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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:47:23 AM
Cloth tags, cosmetic boxes and other stuff as well.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 11:03:41 AM
I save our cruise room keys for a layout. I always save maps and brochures of places we go.
I scrapped my termination letter from my employer. I added my badge and office key. (I had to stop working due to fibro).
For PL, I've saved food labels, receipts, appt cards from doctor appts and labels/tags from various items.
For art journaling, I've saved words/photos from newspapers/magazines.
I've also used a metal nice flower decoration from an air freshener and charms and chain from a pair of sneakers.
One of my favorites is the tag that's put in your rearview mirror when you take your car to get work done. The tag has numbers on it. It's fun to try to figure out a way to use the #'s.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 2:10:14 PM
If I see a security envelope with an unusual design or color, I keep that envelope.

I use the security paper in my pages or cards.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 6:15:41 PM
Love recycling stuff, love getting those plastic bags with snaps that sheets etc come in so great to stash supplies and be able to see them. Love all kinds of papers tags, wrappers, Saved a bunch of my arnold palmer 1/2 & 1/2 tea cans so I can die cut them in my machine with tim holtz dies, thought hubby would throw them out but he did not. For several months I stashed away any cardboard boxes, cereal, crackers etc that hubby had in recycle bin. I use em in my diecut machine used a bunch today to cut atc cards for my swaps..........they would have gone to recycle. I save my mailing envelopes and reuse them to remail other pkgs. Love to repurpose things to use on cards, layouts etc. I use alot of thrift store found jars and containers to store my embellishments. etc. love to repurpose them.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:56:10 PM
I collect gift cards from different stores. They usually have really darling scenes or icons on them and at Christmas some of them were even shaped like snowmen or trees. A piece of washi tape over the store name and you've got a cute embellishment. The card from DSW was red and the word on it moved from "Naughty" to "Nice".
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