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Username Post: What to do with these scraps?        (Topic#1582873)
armygirl
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I have always saved all my scraps of paper. Cardstock in all colors and all my pattern paper scraps. But as I was cleaning up my Scraproom last night, I reallized that even though I always try to use from my scrap box first, I have alot of it.
Some months ago I punched flowers from all my cardstock scrap and made layered flowers, but I dont want to do that again.

I need your help///Opinion
What can I do with all my scraps.
what size scrap is too small to save?
And are the scraps worth saving?

Looking forward to your comments/advice


 
KimKV
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  • KimKV on 11-25-12 05:02 AM
In response to armygirl

I used to every single piece of scrap. It was stupid crazy. then I realized keeping a 2" x 2" piece of pattern paper, just that one piece was ridiculous. Same with card stock. So I cleaned out everything and got rid of every scrap that wasn't at least big enough to mount a 4x6 picture on. And if it was pattern paper it has to at least half a sheet.

I think most of us scrappers tend to be hoarders, by that I mean we think we must keep and use everything. Then before we know it we are so overwhelmed with scraps we can't scrap!! If I have some scraps from a page a did 4 years ago, I'm probably not going to use them.

That's my insight on this ever growing epidemic!!


 
Tina scraps
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In response to KimKV

Up until the past year or two, I threw out pretty much all scraps. I have too much stuff (in general, not just scrappy) in our apt, to worry about bits and pieces of things, I just couldn't deal with it. I recently started keeping patterned scraps in one folder, cardstock in another. I did just throw them all out recently, since they were accumulating faster than I used them, and decided to just start a new batch.

Usually it has to be about a third of the page left for me to bother keeping it, though I do sometimes save smaller pieces since I also make cards and ATCs. depends on how much I like the paper


 
kelseymel
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In response to Tina scraps

I recently dove into my box of scraps and made my own "kits" from them. I challenged myself to only use those pieces and a 12x12 base sheet for my layouts. I also got several cards out of them. When I got absolutely sick of the kit I was working with, I chucked the remaining pieces.

You can see some of my results here and here. (Not pimping my blog, just sharing if anyone's interested!)



 
binkiemonstermom
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In response to kelseymel

I will say that I don't save every scrap I have. I must LOVE the paper to save it. If not, I make a pile and donate the scraps to my son's class. They love getting scraps.
Even doing that, I have tons of scraps! I do challenge myself to use ONLY scraps somedays. I have done layouts with strips across the page of different papers. Uses up scraps. Patch work layouts are a good use of scraps. I have the tasteful trims die from stampin' up, I use it to die cut strips to use as borders and accents with scraps as well!


 
Gelidy Gelato
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In response to kelseymel

Melissa great stuff on your blog. Thank you for sharing.



 
aquabunny
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In response to Gelidy Gelato

I save pretty much all scraps - even some of the tiniest stuff can be used to cut letters or other small shapes with my Big Shot.


 
Henri Jean
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In response to aquabunny

I have a container that is about 2' x 2' and about 1 1/2 feet high. Since I scrap about 400 pages a year it gets full very quickly.

Last time I gave it all to a friend who makes cards and it is nearly full again.

I love Bonnie's (sbartist) system for keeping scraps but I have too much for any logical system to work for me.

I may take it all to the next crop and let everyone have what they want - I'm just not sure.

I keep thinking I will use it with the Big Shot and I do but for every piece of scrap I use with the Big Shot I add 10 more from scrapping.

I'm drowning in a sea of scraps.


 
kiyawinn
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In response to Henri Jean

I have a plastic Iris type container that i throw all my scraps into. I keep anything that is big enough to use a punch on. If it's really small, I shred it (my son loves shredding old paper!)

The box is pretty full now, maybe room for a bit more.....My rule is that when it's full, I either use it (make some cards or something) or shred it! One thing I use scraps for a lot is to make banners, tags etc. that are so popular now. I also diecut generic shapes to place under other embellishments...circles, pinking circles, scallops etc....
I won't keep more than the container can hold....

Melissa, love the that first layout and card you made with scraps!

Alison


 
KellyCali
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In response to kiyawinn

Punched out shapes/mini diecuts & cards are my main 2.

Tags, as well.



 
KellyCali
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In response to KellyCali

what do you do with the scraps?

What do you do with your scraps?

excess scraps



 
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In response to KellyCali

I think the trick is figuring out a system where you will actually use them. That way it doesn't just become a hoard of scraps that never get used and continue to grow and grow.

I have found that carrying one of those 2 gallon ziploc bags in my scrapping stuff makes me use them more since I don't do as much scrapping at home as I would like. I also don't keep them if they are less than 3 inches by 3 inches. For the long strips I figured out over time what I would actually use. I am getting better at using them, but it has definitely been a long process.

A couple of times I have taken the whole bin and just dumped it. While I hated feeling wasteful, it felt good to start over fresh.

Hope that helps.


 
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In response to GAKropper

I'm a CTMH consultant so I mainly use our brand of cardstock. That makes it a lot easier. I have a box of scraps and when I need a smaller piece of cardstock I try to go to my scrapbox. They still add up though!


 
CrimsonMama
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In response to GAKropper

I have 12x12 boxes I use to divide embellies by subject or product type. One is for scraps. Inside that, I have a small box that I put smaller unused die cuts in.

Each time I start a LO, I pick the photo(s), then the paper including going to that box to see if there is any paper that might work in the LO.

I love having a piece that I can use to mat a photo or create an embellie with and not use a new pristine piece.....if it is as suitable to the LO as anything else in my inventory.
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ttownsend
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In response to CrimsonMama

Found this over the weekend.....hoping to give it a try myself!

http://thermoweb.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/happy-2012 /


 
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In response to ttownsend

that's a great idea!


 
Sneezy1956
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In response to CrimsonMama

I like to cut strips different widths of patterned paper then glue them to scraps of card stock 6 x 6 and make my own 6 x 6 papers. Do one that's all blues or all reds and make pretty papers to use for cards and layouts.

You can also take the strips and weave them and make a weaved photo mat or even make it a background.


 
950nancy
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In response to Sneezy1956

I cut mine to 1 or 2 x 12's and 4.5 x 6.5's. If they are smaller than that, they go in the trash.


 
ozmagi
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In response to 950nancy

i start with a layout and the rest of the scrap i use straied away for a card or 2 till all the scrap is gone.so i dont have any more scrap hills....lol... but this way i got lots of cards done as well. . good luck to find your way... hugs magi


 
GMFTS
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  • GMFTS on 11-26-12 03:58 AM
In response to ozmagi

I work mostly with paper groups so I keep all the scraps of the pp and any coordinating cs together with the group. When the group is used up I generally toss the scraps of pp unless they are a good size and then any good size pieces of the cs go into a tote with others.
Usually the scrapping happens at my house so all my friends know to look in the tote for any scraps they need.

I love that idea from the Thermoweb site. Gotta try that.


 
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