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Let's Chat...About Scraps!

Here is a card I made all from my scraps

Here are the selected scraps I worked with to create the card

I have a file cabinet where I store all of my scraps, organized by color

A scrap pile where I dump immediately after trimming

Here there, Bleeps! Happy Friday Eve! I was inspired by Mariana to participate in Nichole's Scrap-tastic challenge! I've always been an advocate for using scraps. I usually reach for them first on a regular basis, but never to make an entire card. This card was made entirely from scraps! I've shared with you a more detailed peek of my studio and how I organize my scraps. I have a file cabinet that I store my scraps by color. Three colors are assigned for each file to conserve filing space. I really like this method of organization, but needed a secondary area near my trimmer. So, this spice rack caddy from IKEA ended up on my countertop and paper just started appearing in there. Well, I ended up liking it and kept it that way! After I trim cardstock or patterned paper, I stick it in this caddy. It keeps my countertop clutter-free and when it gets too full or if the paper is too large, I file the paper away.

To make this card, I breezed through the scrap pile and picked out the papers pictured above. After I selected them, I did not like them, but committed to the challenge and started creating, plus I was wasting time. This card took me longer than my usual cards, mostly because of my unhappiness with my paper selection. In the end, the card did not turn out as bad as I thought, but I would have never designed a card like this on my own accord.

On another chatting note, have you heard about the upcoming CAARDVARKS challenge? You will have the opportunity to get published in CARDS magazine! How fun is that?! So, make sure you stay on top of the Caardvarks blog so you can get all the details on this fun challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by and enjoy your Thursday.

  1. Trim smokey shadow cardstock to create an A2 card base.
  2. Trim red patterned paper to fit card front and adhere to blue patterned paper.
  3. Add stitching.
  4. Punch circles from blue patterned paper and adhere to create a scallop edge border.
  5. Add ribbon
  6. On white cardstock, stamp image and sentiment, then matte on white cardstock.
  7. Adhere white cardstock to card center with foam adhesive.

Stamps :: Papertrey Ink - on my couch
Ink :: Papertrey Ink - smokey shadow
Paper :: Papertrey Ink - smokey shadow, bitty box, everyday blessings
Embellishments :: Papertrey Ink - summer sunrise ribbon
Tool :: sewing machine, thread


Rebekah Williams said...

Pretty blog. Love your work!

Dixie Cochran said...

I love the card! Thanks for sharing the process.

Maile Belles said...

Great use of those scraps! Love your organization ideas, going to have to borrow them.

Staci said...

I organize my scraps, too! And I also have a basket that is my first catch all. When it gets full I throw my scraps in a huge three ring binder set up with about 48+ (all the SU! colors) page protectors. that way every color is separated, and I don't have to sift. They used to be in baskets according to color family, but I didn't like that because I could never find that one piece I knew I had, because it was buried under a dozen other colors of different shapes and stuff.

Love your cards! I watch your blog regularly.

Laurel said...

Oh, I love this one Ashley!

Kathy Martin said...

Very cute! Love the design and that couch stamp!

Hollie Shepard said...

Very impressed by your scrap organization!

Laura Davis said...

I LOVE this! So cute :)

Basement Stamper said...

Great use of your scraps, I have a similar organization except my dsp just goes in a box and I dig through that, all others are in a file.

Erica said...

Hi Ashley,
I suffer from scrapititus. I am always in awe of how many pieces of ds paper I have after an evening of creating cards. Sometimes, I have 10 pieces (not countting the 1/4" strips) leftover. And this, after only making 2 cards. UGH? I file mine similar to yours, except I've been too lazy to put labels on them. The darn folders are so fat anyway, I can see just from standing over them what the color family is. It's my stamping resolution this decade..it may take me that long to get it right...to "reach for scraps" frequently.
Lovin' your last two cards.

Lea L. said...

This is fabulous!! I just adore that stamp set....everytime I see someone use it, I want it. Maybe it is time to break down and purchase it, huh? Tee hee! Great job using up some scraps too!


Alice said...

wonderful simple design, Ashley!! love it!

Winter said...

Very cute! I too, love using scraps! It makes you think outside of the box! :)

Tigriswillreign said...

I love it!

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