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Username Post: Bits & Pieces        (Topic#1589617)
flwrgrl
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Does anyone else save smaller bits of paper? I know ALOT of you will say PURGE, but you wouldn't believe the times I need just a little something in a corner or a smaller piece of colored or patterned paper to finish off a LO. I hate to cut into a 12 x 12 sheet for just 1/4 or less of it to be used. I keep triangle pieces in a pretty square box for corners of a picture or page. I keep larger pieces in a horizontal letter holder near my work station, where I can see them 24/7. I just cannot bear to throw them away, as soon as I do, there's a LO in progress that it would've fit perfectly. Every so often, I'll sort thru these & I will purge. Some!


 
mrsrogers52513
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In response to flwrgrl

I keep it all. I'm a hoarder.


 
scrapchica
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In response to mrsrogers52513

I keep all my pieces too for those reasons. I have the sterilite drawers that are like 13x14 or something for my scraps. I have 16 drawers so sorted by color. I can pull the drawer out of whichever color(s) go with the LO I'm working on. The little pieces fall to the bottom and I root through the drawer to find the size I need.


 
nanof8 
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In response to mrsrogers52513

I am also a bit of a hoarder but neighbor down the road has a 11 year old daughter who has just started scrapbooking so I sort out scraps for her and give her a bag of goodies each school holidays for her to have fun with. I include paper, stickers, I have a cuttlebug so also include some die cut for her


 
flwrgrl
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In response to nanof8

Awe how sweet! What a nice thing to do! Somehow I ended up with abut a dozen duplicates of really nice pieces. I put some other things with these & gave them to a little neighbor girl.


 
olleharr
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In response to flwrgrl

I have a box for my solid colored scraps and a box for my patterns. That's the only sorting I do. When I'm in need of a small piece I go on the hunt for the perfect piece. I have done whole scrapbook pages with just scraps.


 
mrsrogers52513
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In response to olleharr

I also just sort by pp and solid. If I need something small, I go through there first. I also save them for when my friend comes over to craft. She's still just learning, so she likes to use scraps. And let's be honest - I hoard. I just like to think of other reasons why...lol


 
aquabunny
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In response to mrsrogers52513

Anything half a sheet or larger gets put back on the racks, but little scraps go in a color-sorted set of Sterlite drawers, and scraps too big for those get jumbled in a single larger drawer. I used to have all my scraps in one large drawer, but it got untenable; for a while I had them in an album in page protectors by color, but I like my sorted drawers much better.


 
dorichatelain
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I keep all my scraps. I separate them in size. I have a large tote full of small to tiny scraps and I have a good size container full of small to medium scraps and a paper keeper with large scraps in it.

I am hoarding all my scraps to some day make hand made paper...


 
RedSquirrel
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In response to dorichatelain

Yes, nothing gets wasted.

I have an accordion file for scraps, sorted by colour. Inside each is a 6x6 page protector (you could use a ziplock bag or some product packaging) for the tiny bits that would otherwise get lost in the bottom of the file.

I'm a card-maker as well as a scrapbooker so every last piece gets used. I punch flowers and leaves out of the tiny bits until nothing is left but paper lace. That gets recycled.


 
mrsrogers52513
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In response to RedSquirrel

I use mine on my cards too. For borders and stuff. And I'm just a hoarder


 
bonprof
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In response to mrsrogers52513

I cant stand too many scraps, but i don't want to waste. I will punch out 20 squares from the scraps and design a page with them. It looks cool; i use the circle punch too. When i get a chance, ill post an example.


 
flwrgrl
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In response to bonprof

That'd be great. I'd LOVE to see what you're talking about! Let me know when you do:)


 
dwelch
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Do you make cards as well as layouts? If so, that helps with getting rid of those little scraps - as soon as I finish a layout, while I still have all the matching scraps, embellies, etc. out, I make up a card. I don't have to search for anything matching, because it's already there, and I get rid of a lot of those little left-over pieces. (And yes, I keep the ones I don't use right away!)


 
bonprof
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In response to flwrgrl

Go to my Gallery and look at the two green layouts with all the squares. I'm sorry they are lopsided, but I think you will see that this is a pretty cool way to use up scraps. Thanks for being interested.


 
Crafting Marfa
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In response to bonprof

I keep scraps that are big, not something like a 2 x 2 piece, for instance. But I also make sure that I only keep paper that I really, really, REALLY love. Its too easy to hoard "just in case". That's how I ended up with a bunch of shelves in a closet going down in the middle of the night.


 
bonprof
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In response to Crafting Marfa

It just came to me that I can use a lot (if not all) of my scraps and left over embellies for my new smash book! I think this may be a great way to recycle it all. I will let you know.


 
mrsrogers52513
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In response to bonprof

I was also going to suggest to make a card with your scraps when you still have the stuff out. It's a great way to use up the scraps and to also build your card inventory. That way when you need a quick card, you don't have to make it...just go through your box of cards and done!


 
bonprof
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Awesome idea!!


 
Just Nora
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In response to bonprof

I keep it all. You never know when you are going to need a little color to add to a layout or a card. I also wind up die cutting a banner or a small star from a small scrap too.


 
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