What to do with them? If you're anything like me, it's a CRIME to even think about throwing them away.
I've compiled a list of things to do with the leftovers :
- If you have children, you know they love to use your "stuff". Make a special craft box just for them and fill it periodically with your leftovers. Don't have kids? Give them to a niece, nephew (boys are crafty, too!), coworker, or neighbor.
- Bag them up and donate them to a preschool/daycare/church. They do a lot of art projects on a very limited budget. You could even take it one step further and make some die cuts out of your scrap paper.
- Have a crafty friend? Swap scraps!
- Scrapbook.com hosts a monthly layout challenge where you create a layout using ONLY your scraps. It's a great way to make a dent in your pile and kind of forces you to think outside the box.
- Banners are so popular on layouts. Use your scraps to make a few to have on hand.
- Make your own flowers. Yes, premade flowers are divine, but they are also expensive. You can find a bajillion tutorials online, so what are you waiting for?
- Make your own gift tags, cupcake toppers, greetings cards.
Wait. Did someone say greeting card? That's exactly what I did. I've been doing some Christmas projects lately and noticed my holiday scrap stash was reaching epic proportions. So I took a few pieces of random patterned paper, solid cardstock, pearls, paper alphas, ribbon, and my ever-present dollar store leaves & flowers and made a card.
I did use one "new" item for this card - the doodle twine from doodlebug design.
Oh, it is FABULOUS. And, yes, I'll take one in every color.
So, what do you do with your scraps?