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Username Post: When do you toss a scrap?        (Topic#1572993)
LesleyC
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I know there are tons of things you can do with scraps, but when (or, how small) is it ok to let go? My scraps are getting out of control. Perhaps I should make some cards.


 
Rushli
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In response to LesleyC

i don't ever let go! lol, i have old pickle jars that i put any small unusable scraps in according to color and once i get a good collection I am going to make paper. I have not tried it yet, but i have read a bit and it seems workable.


 
meezerpleaser
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In response to Rushli

Cards are great scrap-user-uppers! I keep my scraps by size (S,M,L) in IRIS cases, and I don't keep any scrap that's too small to punch. Of course, I AM overwhelmed by small scraps now but it hurts too much to purge!!


 
carbphrek
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In response to Rushli

When I'm tired of looking at it or I keep passing it by for other scraps. I get hand-me down scraps from about 7 other scrappers, some scraps are not my style so I pass them down to my boys bins.


 
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  • GMFTS on 03-28-12 09:44 AM
In response to Rushli

  • Rushli Said:
i don't ever let go! lol, i have old pickle jars that i put any small unusable scraps in according to color and once i get a good collection I am going to make paper. I have not tried it yet, but i have read a bit and it seems workable.



That is a great idea! I have been wanting to make paper for at least 15 years- have books etc about it...and boy do I have lots of little scraps.


 
950nancy
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In response to GMFTS

If it cannot be made into a 4X6 mat or a 1x12 strip it goes in the trash. From past experiences, I know I will not use them. I cut all of my scraps into mats and keep them in a flat box that I can see easily. I use them up that way.


 
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  • Rushli Said:
i don't ever let go! lol, i have old pickle jars that i put any small unusable scraps in according to color and once i get a good collection I am going to make paper. I have not tried it yet, but i have read a bit and it seems workable.



Ditto! I don't have the little pieces in pickle jars, but I do have them in a bag to make paper with someday.

I can use even a 1x1 piece for cricut cuts with the help of a little painters tape. Why cut into a 12x12 when all I need is a .5 x .5?


 
J-M
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  • J-M on 03-28-12 10:59 AM
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I have a cuttlebug, which is the most awesome thing ever for using scraps. I can use a scrap the size of my thumbnail to cut a letter as part of a title.


 
kelseymel
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In response to pugs223

I make flowers, banner pieces, cut squares or punch circles with scraps.

I need to remember to look thru my scraps before I start cutting little strips of paper for layouts/cards.


 
aquabunny
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In response to J-M

Yep, I keep tiny scraps, they're often put to good use in my Sizzix machine.


 
kiyawinn
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I'm afraid I'm pretty wasteful....I keep pieces big enough to use as a mat or big enough to die cut/punch, maybe 3 or 4 inches...toss everything else. It goes into our shredder and gets recycled, though!
I just can't be bothered to keep every tiny little piece. A cluttered space bothers me more than throwing stuff away....big organizer here!

I made paper with my son at the Toronto Science Centre last winter....it is a lot of fun. In fact, I kept the piece of paper we made and am going to use it in a LO....
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Mia1979
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In response to kiyawinn

I have a hard time throwing away anything lol. Im not the best person to ask.


 
Henri Jean
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In response to Mia1979

I tend to be more on the wasteful side. I have a bin of scraps - its about 2' tall and its nearly full so I don't need to keep tiny pieces.

I think 4 x 6 is about the minimum for me.

The bin gets full every year and I find someone to give it to and then I start over. I know a lot of cardmakers and they love to get these scraps.

Since I moved the bin under my scrap desk I am using them more. Mostly I use them with my Slice for letters or to make mats.


 
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In response to Henri Jean

I throw out anything I can't cut into a 2x2 piece.


 
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In response to Scrapbook Queen

I used to be very frugal but the scraps piled up so fast I had to start culling out the small stuff. I don't make a lot of cards so if it's smaller than say 4 x 6 it's history unless it's very special paper.

However I just got this button punch that embosses so I must just start punching out all my smaller scraps and saving the "buttons".
Marvy Uchida - Clever Lever Craft Punch - Silhouette and Embossing - Buttons - .75 Inch and 1 Inch


 
Henri Jean
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That button punch is adorable! I could keep a jar with an assortment of button styles and colors if I had that punch!


 
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In response to Sonsie

just added to my wish list! TFS


 
mj scrappin'
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In response to Rushli

I am so glad you asked this question! So many great responses and I am glad to know I am not alone wondering what and how to save these little leftovers!


 
JustJenScraps
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In response to mj scrappin'

2x2 is my smallest. When the scrap drawer is full, I work on cutting diecuts and making cards. Then I work on filling up the drawer again!


 
SQ Mandi
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In response to JustJenScraps

I keep them as small as 1x1 (because I use them for inchies lol)


 
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