Thursday, February 25, 2010

Scrap that idea!

Hello friends and happy Thursday, I hope everyone's week is going well? It's almost Friday! Woot woot!
I am the featured inspiration over at DCRU (heehee - it sounds self-indulging, doesn't it?). Claudia asks each of us on her design team to share some of our favorite crafting ideas. I decided on the projects that I make with scraps. Yes, scraps - you know what I am talking about. ;)

One of my favorites is by making 3x3 note cards. Since this is a smaller canvas to work with, the possibilities are endless and quite effortless too.

Here are random scraps from the Be Loved and Sugar Rush collection paired with Prism cardstock. These are great for a quick little teacher's gift!

Another fun example is using those small scrap pieces as a focal point.

My little faux quilt card was made by punching out the squares and then stitching them together. Odd shaped cards like these are perfect to throw into a package or tie to a gift, making them all the more easier to create.

As for those little tiny scraps that won't fit into die cuts or punches, they make great whimsical flowers. There are wonderful tutorials on these flowers everywhere, but here is the basic starting point:

You can punch out, die cut, or even hand cut 3-5 shapes. Secure them with a brad, and then roughen up the layers up a bit by scrunching and folding them towards the center. You can even distress them using the Tim Holtz distresser to give it more of a shabby chic look.
Here is one made with a small circle:

And ones with a floral shape (the leaves were also cut out from scraps):

Here is the last card in its entirety:

Since I didn't have enough of that wonderful Basic Grey designer paper for a full size card, I turned it into a mini pocket by stitching it to cardstock. And why not top the note card with another scrap? Simply cut out a circle and fold it in half, secure it with adhesive, a brad, or a staple as I have done here.
And finally, for those daughters and "girly" girls who love wearing fun hair accessories, here is an idea for scraps of ribbon:

Simply tie pieces around an elastic rubber band and, once it is nice and full, add a dab of hot glue to each knotted area to prevent unraveling. Shabby and chic indeed!

All of these designer papers (Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye) can be found HERE at the DCRU store. You can also get some wonderful ribbon, buttons, and other adorable embellishments at a one-stop shop over at DCRU. How sweet is that? No need to jump to different companies and pay for all that shipping!
Enjoy your day everyone and see you back here tomorrow for the Inktegrity Hop!
♥ and Aloha


Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

absolutely gorgeous and really appreciate you sharing the pictures!

Lelia said...

Oooooh, fun stuff! I love that quilt card! :O)


Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, these are great. I need to remember about my scraps more.

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

What a fun tutorial!! I love the quilt card and who doesn't have a zillion or two worth of scraps!! Great job and thanks for the inspiration!!

Gabby said...

I need to take a page from your book! I soooooo need to start using my scraps too! Great job on everything you've done to show today!!! :D

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW, these are all awesome ideas to use up those scraps! Thanks for all the info and inspiration! Have a great day!