Tips & Techniques – Cardmaking from Scraps

I don’t think it would be any secret that I have a truckload of scraps at the end of a scrap Kit or marathon scrappy session. What to do with them?

Some people are quite ruthless in their scrap-keeping. I hover between  tolerant and obsessive. There are piles that go unnoticed and then I zoom through them like a tornedo, tossing out everything I deem unworthy.

Here are some handy tips for scrapping with scraps and creating cards from them:

*Basically, a good rule of thumb with scraps is so keep everything that is the same size as the front of the cards and discard anything smaller. Believe me, you won’t miss it 🙂

*Even up the edges of your scraps with your trimmer – it makes them easier to store.

* Sort your scraps into colour piles of White/Black, Silver/Gold, Red/Pink, Blue/Purple, Green, Yellow/Orange. Clip each pile together with a paper clip or bulldog clip for future use.

* Put all your Christmas paper scraps in a separate pile – it makes it a whole lot easier to make a job lot of Chrissy cards. Store these in a separate box with your Chrissy embellishments too.

*Use a Cuttlebug embossing folder to create some texture on your scraps – especially the “Swiss Dot” folder – looks wonderful every time!


Below are some pics of the basic cards I create at the end of every Kit. They don’t have to be anything magnificent – simple is best –  in fact, I end up with so many I bundle them up with envelopes and give them away as gifts. My Mother in Law gets a box of cards for every conceivable event in a year.

Tips for these cardrs are listed above each picture.


*Tip: Using the Cuttlebug embossing folder “Swiss Dots”, emboss some plain cardstock and use it as a background. Leave it plain or ink the raised dots for extra punch.


*Tip: Cut out interesting patterns in your scraps and use them as part of your card design.


*Tip: Use leftover Die Cuts as embellishments on your cards. Some mounting tape and voila!

*Tip: Surround your embie with a circle of gems – looks great and adds bling!


*Tip: Use scraps of leftover Lace cardstock over the top of a co-ordinating colour with your background. Trim off the excess and you have a funky card.

* Tip: Draw some fat love hearts on your red scraps for some instant cherries. Mount them off the page and then draw on the stalks with a Zig pen.


*Tip: I have a billion leftover sticker sheets – use a plain sticker by mounting it onto some scrap cardstock as a simple sentiment.

*Tip: Overlap strips of your scraps by cutting them into “wave” patterns (you can even get rulers to help you be the template for this). It makes an organic and groovy background.


*Tip: Layer a marge, medium and small flower with an interesting button for a simple cardfront.

* *Tip: Draw a simple tree trunk outline from plain cardstock and layer it over the top of a Cloud shapes scrap – instant tree!


* Tip: Large Marvy Punches are great for instant shapes or journaling spots. I use Marvy Giga Scalloped circle for the birthday card on the right.

*Tip: I have a tutorial on making your own Paper Pieced Birdie on another page in my Blog – use it to create one from your scraps and place it on the front of your card 🙂


I could go on but maybe on some other day – there are plenty of other techniques that can be applied but they will go in another Tips page 🙂

Happy scrapping!

Sares x


2 Responses

  1. Such wonderful ideas.

  2. Great ideas and style.

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