Papercrafting Ideas: 10 Ways to Use Paper Scraps
If you’ve done much papercrafting at all, you probably have a plethora of paper scraps, right?
Today we’ve rounded up examples of 10 ways you can put those paper scraps to good use!
1. Try Paper Piecing
I love the way Sharon of Sharon’s Inkie Fingers used a flower petal punch to create a gorgeous blossom on her card.
Whether you use punches, or cut your pieces by hand, you can easily use paper scraps to create flowers, trees, grass, sky, etc.
Pretty much anything you can imagine!
2. Create Large Shapes
This adorable layout by Jennifer de Castro is a perfect example of using lots of paper scraps to create a larger shape.
I never would have thought to layer so many circles to create a heart. Absolutely adorable!
3. Layer Punched Shapes
I created this layout with layers of punched shapes.
My linear-loving self really enjoys how they look all lined up in a row.
Quite the dapper look for my stylin’ little boy!
4. Create a Grid
If you want to fill a layout with photos and scraps you can create a grid!
Just become a square-punching fool and line up a combination of paper scraps and photo squares.
You will love how many photos and scraps you can use up creating layouts like this!
5. Weave Those Strips
Lady Grace Belarmino created an A-Ma-Zing card by weaving paper strips.
I can see using this technique not only on cards, but also on scrapbook layouts or even tags!
6. Use Border Punches
I often have scraps that are in weird shapes.
So I love Erica Cerwin’s idea of punching them into border strips.
These layered strips look so cool on this rainbow card!
7. Cut Paper Strips
I used a bunch of paper strips to create an entire background on my Growing Up layout.
This design is perfect for oddly shaped strips.
Just layer one on top of the other to create an entire background!
8. Create a Dry Erase Calendar
The original example I found from Ashley Smith used paint chips to create a dry erase calendar.
But I immediately thought that paper scraps would be perfect for this project as well!
Grab a frame and cut a handful of squares, then add the squares behind the glass and the whole thing becomes a dry erase calendar.
9. Design a Wreath
This wreath from Shelterness is simply stunning!
If you have a ton of paper scraps, you can easily create a similar look by rolling them and layering your scraps onto a wreath form.
What a gorgeous way to upcycle those scraps!
Steph suggested this as a project for the Earth Day Challenge!
10. Create Fine Art
I love modern art.
Modern art that helps me use up my paper scraps? Even better!
Patricia Zapata has a full tutorial for creating this amazing piece of artwork that will look perfect hanging in your home!
Do you have tips and tricks for using up paper scraps?
Leave us a comment and share your favorite techniques!
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