Now first, get paper and a pencil. Estimate the number of sheets of 12 x 12 patterned paper you have, multiply it by 6 (the number of cards you can get out of a sheet) – then divide that by how many cards you make in an average week…..you have enough to make cards for years to come without touchin’ your scraps. Eh?? Am Iright???
- Separate out the white and cream from colors. The light ones are good for stamping and sentiments, colors are good for layering.
- Do not keep ANYthing that’s diecut or punched out – cut it to a rectangle. Recycle those messy bits!
- If it’s a color you know you won’t use since it matches nothing, put it in the pizza box for the school…not teensy pieces, just stuff big enough a school could use on a bulletin board.
- Cut all the papers into a variety of sizes. The longest we ever need to keep of any scrap is 5-1/2 inches, since in making A2 cards, that’s the biggest you would ever need. Cut them all straight, so when you get them out to use, it’s a quick stamp-and-go. A size range for sentiments could be
- 1 x 5-1/2
- 1.5 x 5-1/2
- 2 x 5-1/2
- 1 x 3
- 1-1/4 x 3
- 1-1/2 x 3
- 2 x 3, 3 x 4, 3 x 5 could be added or subsituted when trimming colors so you have bigger pieces to layer things.
- Stamp sentiments and be ahead of the game when it comes to making cards!
- First, address your old stash. Tell it that you loved it when you bought it, but that it’s going on a wonderful trip. It was left behind the rest of that stack from 1998, and its day has finally come – a local school will LOVE it! You’ll be left with the rest of your decent paper – nice enough to stir up that mojo and inspire you to make fantastic cards.
- If you’re not sure if what you’ve got is what I refer to as “decent” paper, take a trip to your local scrapbooking store. Not the big box ones – they carry little except the flimsy paper. Look for companies like My Mind’s Eye, Basic Grey, Echo Park, Lawn Fawn, and Graphic 45 – touch and smell their paper – mmmmm!!!
- Get in the habit of only keeping card base size scraps, unless you commit to making a card with it within one week. If it sits in the pile longer than that, into the recycle bin it goes. When you use a new sheet of 12 x 12, cut it into cardbase sizes – 6 cards from a sheet – and figure out what you’ll do with the leftover strip & cut it to the right size and put it away.
- For all the scraps already in your stash – pick out an idea that you can stand to make a lot of, print out that sketch, and cut the paper scrap bits down to the right size as you sort through your stash. Put them in baggies marked with the size, tape it to she sketch, and next time you’re mojoless, you can sit and assemble.
- Do NOT be tempted to punch 1000 flowers or hearts! Agh! When you need flowers or hearts, just go pick the right small paper for the project….not sort through bags and bags of punched scraps.
- Strip sketches – three or four or five, all work well!
- Dimensional ruffle – border punching strips can be done while watching tv….and assembled later with popdots under the leading edges.
- The “smalls” – 3 x 4 rectangles offset
- Gift box cards – works for birthday, Christmas, or anytime!
- And now the pinwheel of summer 2012: Kites – tutorial
“Smalls” – see sketch.
Strip sketches: See image