Today is Arbor Day, and in honor of the trees we are planting and trying to preserve today I decided to create a project entirely out of paper scraps. This was a fun challenge to take on, and inspired me to want to do this more often.
Here is the card I made with several scraps from my Notable Paper Pack. I trimmed the scraps down to 1/2 inch strips and adhered them diagonally across my card base. Designer tip: a Xyron works really well for this.
Then I trimmed down the negative paper leftover after die cutting some butterflies, and added it to my card with foam squares. To finish off my card I added some more scraps at the bottom as a border and sentiment, die cut some mini butterflies, and added some Enamel Shapes.
Here are some tips for storing and using up paper scraps:
- Store scraps by color in color coded accordion file folders (found at office supply stores)
- If it’s hard to remember to use them, try storing scraps with your full size papers
- Trim your scraps down to usable sizes (ie 12 inch strips, 6×6 blocks, 4×6 blocks, 3×4 blocks)
- Browse through your scraps once in a while to remind yourself what’s there
- Use your scraps for punching and die cutting
- Create cards or tags with your layout leftovers
- Create a background of strips on a layout
Imagine how many trees we could preserve if we all were more mindful of using our paper scraps. It’s a wonderful way to take care of our beautiful world. Happy Arbor Day!