Remember when you were little and you collected all sorts of things like napkins, receipts, and candy wrappers?
Remember when you started scrapbooking, before you let your scrap space be overrun with the latest and greatest (not to mention all the old products you probably will not be using)? A month ago, Ronnie gave you some tips on how to downsize. I guess the theme of my post today is a little bit the same: making pages with less.
A little over two months ago, we moved into our new house. Moving and settling in requires some trips to IKEA (am I right?), and with it – scraps. After getting curtans for our living room, I figured I’d hang on to the scraps, knowing I wanted to use them for something, sometime.
Tips for Using Real Scraps
1. Don’t save it all. If you don’t have any ideas, don’t keep it.
2. Don’t be afraid to try. Not everything you make have to be the best you’ve ever made. Sometimes it’s fun simply to experiment.
3. Don’t worry about using “fake” real scraps. If you see something that wasn’t intended for scrapbooking, but you want to use it for a layout or a card, do it.
Let’s take a look at some layouts using real scraps…
For this striking layout, Aimee Maddern used Studio Calico packaging, real music paper and a doily from a restaurant. Plus, all the papers are from her scrap bin. Now that’s what using real scraps are all about!
On her next layout, Aimee used tags from her recent purchases plus paper from her scrap bin.
One of our new team members, Pam Lozano, has many layouts using scraps – deliberately saved for particular layouts or scraps that would serve a purpose.
The card from the title is a piece of propaganda that came with her Persnickety Prints order that she made work for her layout. I think it looks awesome!
The flower embellishments are actually broken hair clips. Now, that’s scraps!
All the Pepsi-related ephemera is authentic and collected for this layout.
Jess Forster used scrap paper on this very beautiful layout. I love how she kept it simple, yet so striking with the identical photos. It really works with the title!
Lisa Corbin-Polak scanned all the bits from her trip and arranged and printed out on cardstock for the background. In fact, she says this layout made her go digital!
Remember those curtains I told you about? I’ve used them on two layouts so far. They’re excellent as backgrounds! (For this I also used one of June’s Premium Membership sketch templates.)
On my next layout, I used a brown paper bag as “cardstock” and some white wrapping paper as a mat under the photo. You see that rose-paper all the way at the back? That’s wrapper from a lint roller. I saved that wrapper for over two years!
Thank you for joining me today. I hope this post has inspired you to use some of the things you’re hoarding! If you already have, please share your real scraps layout in a comment.
Of course, if you want to scrap now and don’t have any scraps to use, dig into your waste bin and pick out those left-over paper scraps you’ve thrown away?