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Posted 6/29/2013 by ladybug4233 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 6/29/2013 10:06:54 PM
Hi ladies,

You are a wealth of information so I want to ask you a question.

I have been using Scrapbook Generation sketches for a while now and I love them. After I complete a layout I usually have scraps left from 3-5 different patterned papers. I have been saving them and storing them by the main color in the papers.

BUT I never reach for them and I am now rethinking how I save them. What do you do with them?

Thanks for the help.



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Posted: 6/29/2013 10:18:25 PM
I store scraps of patterned paper in a large ziplock with my other patterned papers. BUT, when choosing papers I dig through it first before I cut into a full sheet. I'll pick one or two papers to be my main paper then see what I have in scraps to be the other 3 so I'm not making scraps out of five different papers.

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Posted: 6/29/2013 10:22:46 PM
I throw them away. I never use scraps and I became over run with them when I kept them. So now unless it is basically a full sheet I toss it when the project is done. I'm much happier doing it this way!


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Posted: 6/29/2013 10:37:03 PM
I keep all my scraps in one of those plastic drawer units. I use CS scraps frequently, as I look there first. But I almost never used the PP, as I like a new look for each layout.

So I make a card or two. I almost never have scraps left over now.

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Posted: 6/29/2013 10:39:32 PM
I throw all of them in a suitcase on my shelf. When I need a piece of card stock or patterned paper to punch a small shape or cut a title, I look there first before cutting into a 12x12" card stock.

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Posted: 6/29/2013 11:02:53 PM
I punch a few shapes, borders, and then put the rest in the recycle bin.

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Posted: 6/29/2013 11:07:00 PM
Not sure how big your scraps are but you can use them to create tags, journaling spots, punch or die cut items, cards, brag books for family member (grandma, aunts etc), mini albums.

Just a few ideas

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Posted: 6/29/2013 11:19:09 PM
I keep mine in a plastic storage container like this...

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I look through it when I'm selecting papers to layer. Before I kept all of my scraps in a pile on top of my desk because I realized that I used them up more when I did. The box just keeps that pile contained.



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Posted: 6/29/2013 11:33:53 PM
I keep mine in drawers. They are the first place I look when I make a card or am making embellishments for a page.



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Posted: 6/29/2013 11:33:56 PM
I keep mine in the bags they came in so the matchy stuff is all together and stick it in my card making basket. Any time I need to make a card, I just go through the basket to find a group of appropriate scraps and embellishments.


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Posted: 6/29/2013 11:35:37 PM
I cut mine down to squares and rectangles and throw the uneven stragglers away. I am more apt to using my scraps this way.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 12:07:53 AM
For me it depends on now old the paper is. If it's been in my stash for a while I usually throw the scraps away. If its something new I keep the scraps. I store my patterned paper scraps with my full sheets by manufacturer so they're always handy. I store all of my American Crafts CS in a plastic bin that I always go to when I'm going to be cutting something from my Cameo. The rest of the CS goes in big plastic envelopes by color that I keep in a basket on the floor by my desk. I use my CS scraps all of the time!

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Posted: 6/30/2013 12:19:42 AM
I keep my big s raps in with my papers so I come across them when I'm looking. I find I actually use them this way as before when I kept them separate I didn't think to use them. If they are big enough to go behind a photo with a block of journaling they go in there.

If not I keep them separate but must admit I do t really use them. Except for my favourite paper scraps I tend to hoard them and only use lil bits at a time

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Posted: 6/30/2013 12:53:25 AM
I keep mine in plastic drawer as well. After cleaning/rearranging it became very clear I need to use up a lot of scraps.

I have challenged myself to use at least 1/2 of my scraps to make the go to birthday/congratulations/welcome/goodbye/thank you cards.

I have 4 large drawers full
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Posted: 6/30/2013 4:51:27 AM
If it's part of a kit, it goes back in the bag with the rest of the kit.
if its a sheet if PP that wasn't part of a kit, it goes into the appropriate scraps colour drawer.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 8:04:12 AM
I keep mine in a gallon size ziplock bag arranged by color. I use my scraps all the time.
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Posted: 6/30/2013 8:07:50 AM
I keep mine in a basket, and then when doing layering I go there first. Every few weeks I reach to the bottom and pull up what's down there so I see it and use it, and then before I dig down deep I skim off the top and recycle it. I don't keep them unless they are super wonderful ( like the vellum with the gold circles).

I also don't think twice about layering papers without gutting the bottom one. It's just paper and I have so much. I am training myself to use and not hoard!

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Posted: 6/30/2013 8:08:36 AM
As a general rule, I keep them with the kit/collection they belong to until THAT is so sparse that it must be disassembled. After that, they have to be big enough to justify taking space in my hanging scraps file; if they are, they go in there, sorted by color. If they are not big enough, they get tossed.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 8:09:42 AM
As a general rule, I keep them with the kit/collection they belong to until THAT is so sparse that it must be disassembled. After that, they have to be big enough to justify taking space in my hanging scraps file; if they are, they go in there, sorted by color. If they are not big enough, they get tossed.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 8:40:30 AM
If you want some great ideas for using scraps, go to youtube and search for nicolejones911. She has a lot of videos on there using Studio Calico kits towards the end of each kit she does some amazing things with the scraps. She had one kit that she was able to get 28 one age LOs out of!


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Posted: 6/30/2013 9:02:25 AM
Well, this hobby is called scrapbooking, right? I use scraps to make new pages, minis etc. You can use them for cardmaking and even to decorate stuff or you use scraps to make your own unique embellishments!



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Posted: 6/30/2013 9:04:56 AM
I keep them in a basket underneath my desk so they get used all the time for layering, punching, etc.


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Posted: 6/30/2013 9:08:30 AM
Thanks for all of the great suggestions!! I can't wit to try them.


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Posted: 6/30/2013 9:10:28 AM
I keep my scraps in a clear drawer, right next to my paper. I try (key word try) to use scraps first when doing a card or tag.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 9:16:16 AM
I cut mine down to 4x6, 3x4 and 2x3 sized pieces and store them in my Raskog cart to use with PL or on layouts and cards later

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Posted: 6/30/2013 9:48:09 AM
If its pattern paper it goes back in the 12x12 WRMK album.
Cardstock goes into an Iris box.


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Posted: 6/30/2013 10:21:33 AM
Goes into a box unsorted and it gets used for punches project life cards and titles in cricut or cuttlebug. I have a sort out every now and then if it gets unruly and bin the untidy stuff

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Posted: 6/30/2013 10:32:10 AM
I have sterilite drawers that I use. I put cardstock scraps in one drawer, patterned paper in another, and stickers in the third. I used to sort by color...but it took too long to maintain that system.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 10:52:03 AM
I have sterilite drawers that I keep scraps of cardstock and paper in sorted by color. The bigger scraps of paper stay with matching paper.

I make a lot of cards and mini albums so scraps are real tiny when I'm done and they are ready for the trash or I hope to make handmade paper sometime!

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Posted: 6/30/2013 11:30:22 AM
I used to save mine, but found I never used them so now I throw them away! The only ones I do save are big pieces, like a half sheet of paper. I keep telling myself, there will always be another pretty piece of patterned paper to come along.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 11:32:06 AM
Immediately make cards. Everything is out and matches.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 11:33:42 AM
I make cards & tags mostly, but I've been adding scraps here & there to mixed media & art journal projects too.
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Posted: 6/30/2013 11:48:39 AM
I used to sort them by color and store them in sterilte drawers. But even though I did always go to those drawers first after choosing background paper, I found I was still piling up scraps faster than I was using them, especially since I am not a card maker.

Now I put them in an oval wire basket on my table as I am working. I take pieces from there (and from the sterilite drawers I still have) while I scrap new pages but not as fast as the basket fills up.

So when it's full I match up scraps that I like together because of their colors or themes and I toss the damaged pieces or the ones I'm tired of. Then I put them into individual page protectors. Some groups will make 1 layout, some more than one. I leave the page protectors standing up in the basket. I may have 10 or 12 page protectors there when I get through all the scrap sorting.

I pull a page protector out, choose a background paper and then use one of Shimelle's starting points to make up a page. I may have a group of photos in mind or I may not. I just make up all the pages and then add the photo and embellishments. If any scraps are left from this I add them to the color drawers I still have and are now not so full.

Then I start the whole cycle over making pages from fresh 12x12 sheets.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 1:37:42 PM
I try to make cards with my scraps. I usually end up making tags, banners, or punching them.

If the paper was from a pad, I put it back in the pad. I found that when I kept them unsorted in a container, I didn't use them very much.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 2:18:23 PM
I sort all my supplies by collection so they go back in the bag with the rest of that collection. How small depends on how much I like the collection, for example, Amy Tan's Yes, Please I'm keeping every last piece but Simple Stories I heart summer, I'm only keeping pieces bigger than 3x4.



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Posted: 6/30/2013 2:23:15 PM
If I think it is really cute or a color I use a lot, I save scraps in a 13x13x2 container. When I have to cut something, I look there first. I don't ever save tiny things, just if they are big enough to do something with. I clean through the pile every few months and get rid of things that I don't think I will use. HTH!!

I came back to add that if they are from a collection, I just put them back in the clear envelope until I have pretty much used everything I am going to from that collection. You never know when you might need just a little piece of this or that. When I am done with the collection, I do the above.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 2:49:27 PM
Punches, dies, layering, testing stamps, labeling for organizing. I have a gallon ziplock bag for large scraps and a coupon organizer for smaller ones on a shelf on my desk. The smaller scraps are organized by color. I keep. patterned paper and cardstock together for my scraps.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 3:25:57 PM
I do a mix of things..If the paper is from a certain kit or collection that I am storing together, I keep it with the kit or collection. If it is still a big enough piece as I layer a lot, I just put it back where I had it. If I think I will use it for PL and it is big enough, I cut it into 3x4 or 4x6 pieces and store with PL. If none of the above and I think I could use it again, I stick it in a plastic bin. Others, go in the trash.

I usually use what is in my bin for punches and cards.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 3:34:57 PM
I toss scraps into one of two white, stackable, Pottery Barn desk trays - the top one holds cardstock while the bottom contains patterned/specialty papers. Always consulting scraps first, I've found inspiration for new color & pattern combinations from my informal & rather unorganized scrap storage.

For those who do not use scraps, please consider saving, instead of tossing/recycling, them. You can donate bags of scraps to preschools, preschool/children/Sunday School/VBS ministries at churches, elementary schools, after-school art programs, Ronald McDonald House, children's hospitals, battered women centers, retirement centers, etc. These organizations can use them for a variety of projects.

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Posted: 6/30/2013 4:22:39 PM
I keep them in a bread basket on my desk so I see them and use them. I use to sort them by color and store them in ziplock bags with my other paper but they were not getting used. After a major purge I tried the bread basket and so far it is working great for me.
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Posted: 7/1/2013 4:37:53 AM
It depends on the size. Relevantly big pieces are stored with the collection, cause I think in collections. Smaller scraps go in a zipper bag, with rest of them. I use them for layering, stamping, border strips, etc. When I'm tired of small pieces I punch confetti


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Posted: 7/1/2013 9:02:34 AM
Normally they sit in the plastic container that I store them in, never to be seen again unless I am in a mad panic to finish a preschool project for my son.

HOWEVER, I am a taking a shot at using them up for 2 -8 x 8 albums that I am making for 2 Christmas gifts. Thats the plan at least.

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Posted: 7/1/2013 9:23:30 AM
I store my papers by collection, mostly, so I will put them back in with the rest of that collection.

If there are no more full size or close to full size papers left for a collection, or if the scraps are from random papers that are not part of a collection, I put them in a manila envelope. All my colors etc. are mixed together in there. I mostly use them as test strips for stamping and other techniques, to make cards or mini albums, or as mats or for punches when I don't want to cut into a full sheet.


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Posted: 7/1/2013 10:09:25 AM
I haven't started this yet, but after reading all these great ideas I think I will soon.

Once I accumulate enough scraps (2x6" usually from my 6x6 pads) I will make cards with them to have on hand. It's always good to have a birthday card on hand!


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Posted: 7/1/2013 12:16:27 PM
I usually make a card or two and if the pieces are really big I will just store them with the other papers so i can make another layout later

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