Do you love patterned paper so much that it’s hard for you to throw away your scraps? Do you love finding new and creative ways to use your scraps? I hope I’m not the only one! And if I am the only one…well, I shouldn’t be – because there are some awesome things you can do with those scraps! Here’s just one way to put those scraps of paper strips to good use – use them to create this super simple birthday card!
You’ll only need a few supplies: Some paper scraps, a trimmer, a teardrop punch (this is optional – you could cut this shape easily by hand), some foam adhesive dots, and a white card base.
Start by trimming your scraps into strips – I made mine 5/16″ because my foam squares are 1/4″ and I wanted the paper to be slightly wider.
Trim as many pieces as you’d like, then cut them to similar lengths – no need to be exact!
Next, use the punch (or scissors) to create several yellow teardrop shapes.
Add foam adhesive pieces to the back of each paper strip.
And add foam adhesive to the back of each teardrop.
Now simply line them up and attach them to the white card base.
You could add a sentiment if you’d like, but I think these colorful candles adequately convey the message of “Happy Birthday!”
See how easy that was? And to think it only took a few minutes and was made out of small pieces that could have easily ended up in the trash can! You could whip up a dozen of these in half an hour – wouldn’t that be a nice addition to your card stash? And think of other possibilities as well – these strips could be firecrackers if they were red, white, and blue; or holiday candles by simply switching the colors; you could even use the same idea to create a border on a layout or a single candle would be so cute on a gift tag, and woudn’t an oversized version make a cute addition to a gift bag? So many possibilities from such a simple concept!
If you like this idea, or have a nice stash of paper scraps just waiting to be used, you won’t want to miss the “How To” article in the July 2013 issue of Scrapbook Trends. It’s all about creative ways to use leftover paper strips on your layouts!
Find out more about this issue HERE. And if you try today’s candle idea or have another fun idea for using paper strips or scraps, please share with us by linking up in the comments!
Do you ever sit down at your craft table just to create a quick card? I sure do…and all too often, it’s a “last minute” thing for me. I’m not sure why, with all of the crafting and card-making I do, I often find myself in need of a card when I’m ready to walk out the door to a party or gathering. This is a habit I’d really like to break, and I’ve found that the best way to work ahead and be more prepared is to start incorporating a “two for one” system. The plan is simple – every time I pull out supplies to create a card, I’m going to make another card at the same time – it can be an exact replica or just use the same supplies, or even the same design. Here’s what I mean:
Recently, I needed one baby boy card to give to a friend. I pulled out my brand new “Bundle of Joy” collection from Echo Park Paper Company. I decided which elements I wanted to use and put together a card. While I had all of the supplies already out, I used similar elements to create a second card.
I used the “mirror image” of the design, along with similar elements. The cards are not exactly the same, but since I had everything at my fingertips, the second card went together really quickly! I’ll put the extra card in my basket and save it for future use.
Now I want to challenge YOU to start incorporating the “two for one” system every time you create a card. I bet you’ll build up your card supply in no time and you’ll avoid those last-minute card making sessions altogether!
The cards you made and entered to the challenge this week were based on the April CARDS sketch:
You Make Me Smile by Jocelyn Olson
Hello by Amy Tsuruta
You’re a Shining Star! by Virginia Lu
Easter is this coming Sunday – we hope it’s filled with good memories, lots of smiles, and of course, cute cards! There were so many adorable cards submitted for this challenge, thank you one and all for playing along! Now feast your eyes upon these 29 beautiful and inspiring Easter cards:
A Pocketful of Easter Greetings by Jinny Newlin
Happy Easter by Yana Smakula
It’s Easter for Peep’s Sake! by Sarah Bargo
Welcome to another gallery reveal! The challenge this week was to use the increasingly popular hexagon/honeycomb pattern! Feast your eyes upon these 24 fabulous cards:
Birthday Girl by Eveline van Heijst
Sending Hugs by Kathy Wade
You are Perfect Just the Way You Are by Cathy Harper
Thursday is my favorite day of the week – it’s when I get to share all of your fabulous cards that you’ve created for the challenge! This week definitely didn’t disappoint! The challenge was to use vintage florals and I love all the different varieties and ways you incorporated this element. Feast your eyes upon these 17 gorgeous cards:
Best. Day. Ever. by Paige Evans
Pretty by Sarah Bargo
Wishing You Love & Laughter by Virginia Lu