Monday, June 8, 2009

Bits &Pieces

I never seem to be able to throw away my extra scraps of paper...I always think I can use the little bits someday....but, those scraps keep collecting until I have a monster pile of bits & pieces!! So, my mission this summer is to try to use up all (ok...maybe some) of those scraps of paper. I'll share my ideas with you as they come up. In my first project I cut up scrap pieces of paper into 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares and made this card:

Then I got a little carried away and made a whole set of cards:

These cards are made from 4" x 6" pieces of cardstock, folded in half to make a finished size of 3" x 4". Then I decided to make some custom "envelopes"...more like bags. I have a really simple template that you can get by clicking here. Just cut along the solid lines and fold along the dotted lines. Use double stick tape along the tabs to assemble...then just cut the top with a zigzag scissors and punch a half circle with a small Marvy (orange) circle punch.

I also used more 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares on the front of the bag to address the card.

One thing led to another and I ended up packaging the cards into a set. I put 4 cards and 4 envelopes into a 4" x 6" clear envelope. I cut a strip of scrap paper into a 1-1/2" x 5"...folded it in half lengthwise, cut 2 slots into the fold of the strip and taped down 2 ends of a 9" pieces of ribbon (for a handle)...then added double stick tape to 2 edges. The picture below should make things clearer:

Take the backing paper off the 2 strips of double stick tape and stick it to the top of the clear envelope:

Stamps used: #5037 (little Dog) and #4023 (Sending You Smiles).

If you have any great ideas to share about how you use your scraps, I'd love to hear about it!! Have a great week!!!


Fay said...

Hi Jean! OMG, this is such a great idea!! We all have tons of scrap papers lying around, so this is perfect. Thanks for sharing!!

eunice said...

What a great idea and super gift from your scraps! Can't wait to see what else you come up scrap stash is getting humongous too! :) BTW, have you tried serendipity squares?

Michele said...

Cute project, and what a great way to use all your extra pieces of paper.

Denise said...

Wow Jean, that's a great project! Good way to make use of the scraps....I have way too much.

Anonymous said...

Great new stamps. Love your new Dandelion design stamps, card making and gift ideas. Just getting back into my crafts -- its a great and fun way to relax and spend time with your kids making crafts together.