Guest Post: Using Your Scraps

Please welcome scrapbooker and photographer Becky Novacek as our guest blogger today!

I enjoy scrapbooking year-round. But there’s something about settling in and scrapbooking in the winter. Here in the Midwest, it’s cold outside, so there’s no temptation to spend time outdoors, like in the summertime. But whatever the time of year, I know that creative time for me is essential to my well being! It’s something that I just have to do to be a happy person!

Whether it’s crafting, home decor, or my wardrobe, I find such satisfaction in using what I have and making it look the best it can. As far as applying this to scrapbooking, I am a huge fan of using scraps. I love to find uses for little bits of paper, ribbon, sticker negatives, etc. So I thought it would be fun to explore this with a couple of layouts.

The first layout, “Each Other,” features little skinny strips and punched pieces. I really love the look of a graphic design paired with pops of pattern and color through pattern papers, texture, and different shapes. For the past 3 years I’ve been on the Fiskars design team, so I’ve had access to many different punches and tools. Since tools are non-consumable, I’ve been able to really use scraps much more than before. For years, I’ve had Ziploc bags with scraps organized according to either patterns or colors. In years past when I didn’t have many punches, I would go to a local scrapbook store with my bags of scraps and use all their tools to punch shapes and do title work with their machines. It was always a fun, sort of mindless afternoon, visiting with friends, while accomplishing something that I knew I would use, without spending a ton of money.

The second layout, “Home,” features skinny strips again. I really favor homespun looking layouts, so the more imperfect the strips, the better. I cut them with scissors, rather than using a trimmer to get them perfectly straight. I used border punches for two of the strips. Actually I already had those strips sitting on my desk, so I picked them up and tried them on my page. That happens a lot when I’m creating. I pick a scrap up from my desk and end up liking it on my page. I also used the negative of some alpha stickers. I’ve been doing this for years. When a letter is used before the rest of the stickers, I will place a scrap of pattern paper under the sticky and cut it out and use it with adhesive. I also used a favorite chair stamp created by my friend Denise, stamped on a little piece of pattern paper. To add interest, I used an exacto knife to cut the chair back out, then added a scrap piece from a vintage book to the negative. So easy!

Both of these layouts were created entirely from scraps, other than the cardstock background. I get the same sense of satisfaction creating layouts like this, that I do when I use what I already have in a fresh way in my home. No money spent, yet the finished project is something that makes me happy.

Thanks for letting me share my ideas for using up your scraps today!
Happy Holidays!

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  1. [...] that I did. If not, I may not have even stepped foot in my studio this month. You can check out a little blog post on the Scrapbooks, Etc. blog called “using your scraps”. I am a big fan of using favorite leftover bits and pieces. I also had Mom over last week to work [...]