What to do with not use paper?

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Posted 4/15/2013 by suri87 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 4/15/2013 12:22:55 PM
Hey again ! What you guys do with unwanted paper from a collection ? not scraps from after LO
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Posted: 4/15/2013 12:26:14 PM
Not sure what you mean...scraps left after doing a LO?

I save them, almost all of them and organize them so that I can use small pieces on future LO's.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 12:26:14 PM
what's "not use" paper?


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Posted: 4/15/2013 12:34:50 PM
Sorry English is my second language , I mean like unwanted paper from a collection , I have a stack that I don't use
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Posted: 4/15/2013 12:37:29 PM
I donate them or I chop them down for card bases.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 12:39:35 PM
Where can u donate them? That idea I like .
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Posted: 4/15/2013 12:57:38 PM
A children's hospital, pre-school or similar may have use of your unwanted papers. Give them a call and tell them what you have.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 1:15:50 PM
Since it's a collection, you can use the papers you don't like as a card base, and some of the coordinating scraps from other projects to make cards. Or tags, or journalling cards, or other embellishments.

You can use the blank back of the papers when you need white paper, or for the base of a LO or paper piecing. You can use it to protect your work surface when you're spritzing or painting.



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Posted: 4/15/2013 1:17:34 PM
I give mine to my sister in law who is an elementary school teacher. The kids in her class love it.

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Posted: 4/15/2013 1:22:26 PM
I've given them to schools, a church for their VBS program, etc. I've also turned them over and used the white side for a base when I was making a page with many layers. You could always just cut them up and make a pad of scratch paper too.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 1:31:23 PM
I gave a bunch of stash to a head injury charity who makes cards with those injured.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 1:33:03 PM
You could also use it for scraps. I also find myself needing a piece of paper to cover something or to go under something. So I use the sheets I dont really care for to do the grunt work.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 2:02:50 PM
I'm going to give cards a whirl again - if I have alot, I'll make a collection of Thank You cards (we always need those). If that doesn't work, they're going into a garage sale box.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 2:21:37 PM
Definitely try and find a preschool or other program for kids - they love left over scrappy supplies.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 5:17:46 PM
Among the many organizations to which you can donate unwanted scrap/art supplies (e.g. papers, embellishments, markers, etc.):

- Elementary school art classes
- After-school community art program
- Daycare or preschool
- Church pre-school ministry
- Church Summer VBS (Vacation Bible School)
- Boys & Girls' Clubs, Scouts, etc.
- Library with children's programs
- Children's hospital
- Ronald McDonald House
- Battered women's shelter
- Women's prison
- Retirement center

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Posted: 4/15/2013 5:49:47 PM
If the back side of the paper is white, I use the back side making journaling spots or tags from them. If the color is right, I 'll use it to mat other items (photos, tags, stickers, etc.).

Another thing I do with unwanted paper is to use it for experiments. I test the size of cuts from my die-cutting machine, or try a technique I see on-line. If it turns out poorly, I don't care because it was a learning experience and the paper wasn't desirable to me anyway.


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Posted: 4/15/2013 6:35:15 PM
Thank you lady's for the advice , I will definitely put in practice what I've learn from you all
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Posted: 4/15/2013 7:32:52 PM
I donate them to DGDs Girl Scout troop, make cards and tags or even decorate little brown bags for gift bags

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Posted: 4/15/2013 9:03:55 PM
I have an old DCWV collection that I bought years. My kids use it happily for art projects and it keeps them away from my desired paper. Your local school or boys and girls club or daycare may welcome the supplies!

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Posted: 4/16/2013 12:25:45 PM
I gathered up a bunch of the older stuff I had and donated it to our local elementary school. They loved it. Since then I am far more selective about what I buy. I have just started buying full sets again and so you're bound to get a few sheets of paper in there that you're not in love with, but that's still quite nice. I use those sheets to make card boxes that hold sets of gift cards.

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Posted: 4/16/2013 12:46:24 PM
I donate mine, I purge every 6 months and donate, friends, playgroups etc.


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Posted: 4/16/2013 1:02:38 PM
I rarely buy 'collections', but do have several of the 6x6 pads that contain patterns I don't 'love'.

What I do is get out my dies, punches & blades & reduce them to pieces. That way I no longer see them as 'not use' sheets. I often find they are perfect for use in many projects & I can use both my stamps & embossing folders to play with their looks.

Since I liked the collection enough to purchase it, I find that changing the way I see the less-liked patterns can help my sight.

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Posted: 4/16/2013 8:37:30 PM
Swap them with some friends. I bet they have some papers that you would like too.

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Posted: 4/16/2013 8:42:23 PM
Goes to son's art teacher.


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Posted: 4/17/2013 4:52:54 PM
That idea of not using paper seems a little foreign to me too, although I have picked out a few papers from one collection that might get donated to a preschool, if I can ever remember to take them to the director. I have pulled papers out of that bag they are in and actually used them though.


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Posted: 4/17/2013 5:49:02 PM
My daughters preschool. The teachers so appreciate it since all the budget cuts.

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Posted: 4/17/2013 5:55:29 PM
If they are boyish in colour I give them to my son otherwise 2 of my friends have little girls who are starting to scrap and always pleased to take it off my hands!

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Posted: 4/17/2013 9:10:50 PM
I usually give my unwanted paper to my daughter or a friend of mine that has a very low budget for scrapping supplies.

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Posted: 4/17/2013 10:21:53 PM
I give mine away to the local children's hospital for their craft station.


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Posted: 4/18/2013 6:44:52 AM
I put it in the kids' stash. I have introduced all of my girls to scrapping and gave them big piles of unwanted paper and other supplies. My 2 step daughters and my 11 year old niece are always tickled with my unwanted things. Now I have a baby girl so Im starting a supply for her as well. Then she can scrap with mommy when she is a toddler.



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Posted: 4/18/2013 8:55:51 AM
my kids play with them

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Posted: 4/18/2013 9:13:40 AM
Like others, I try to hang on to almost every sheet of paper for one thing or another, especially if the back is white that's white paper for me.

About once every 2 years i participate in a scrapbook yardsale and i make up packets of unwanted paper to sell and throw in any coordinating embellies that I don't want and sell the bags for like 50 cents. Then I go spend the money on other people's stuff!

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