The Best Way to Use Scraps with Katie Smith

Amy Melniczenko

July 25, 2015

As part of our Simple Tip Saturday series, we’re inviting fresh voices into the mix. Today we’re hearing from Katie Smith with her simple tip.

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What is one way you simplify scrapbooking?

When I’m finished with a layout or project, I usually have a bunch of randomly shaped paper scraps. I cut up all of those paper scraps into certain sizes for easier use later. For example, I cut off the swirly corners and such and cut everything into even squares and rectangles so that the next time I use that paper scrap, it’s not in a funky shape.

What problem does it solve for you?

It definitely helps speed things up when I’m starting a new layout! I can just flip through my scraps and put them right on my layout or project without having to cut off any weird swirls where I had cut some hearts out on a previous project.

Why do you think it works so well?

I like it because it makes starting new projects so much easier. When I’m done with a layout, I simply take a few minutes to clean up and eliminate the weird corners and such. It works for me because I like to keep things tidy and make things easy for myself!

How can others get started with it?

Take a few minutes every time you finish a layout or a project to trim up your paper scraps back into squares and rectangles. If you cut up some 12×12 papers and have some left, trim a piece to 6″, and then trim any smaller pieces down to whatever sizes you prefer.

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