Would you like to use up a lot of pretty paper scraps? Make some cards! Even if you're not usually a cardmaker, putting a few greeting cards together is not hard. Use a sketch to make it quick and easy - here's a link to a few sketches. And you will be very popular among family and friends with those unique handmade cards!
An additional perk is that it will save you a ton of money, too. Store bought greeting cards are not cheap! I look for inexpensive, scored, cardbases with envelopes, which make the cards even faster to make. But, of course, you could make your own bases and even the envelopes from plain cardstock (in case you happen to have too much of that, as well. LOL!)
The article below was written by Jeanette Giancaspro. Visit her blog My Crafty Life for more inspiration!
You know you have them. I have them too. We all have them. They seem to mock us from our scrapbook drawers, bins, baskets, and paper holders. I’m talking, of course, about paper scraps. Yes, those leftovers from scrapbook pages, cards, and other paper projects that we just can’t bear to throw away. We have to keep them because that sheet of paper cost money, or because we don’t like to waste things, or because of a dozen other reasons. In any case, let’s just put those little bits of loveliness to use, shall we?
Here is what you will need to make a card from scraps:
• Cardstock cut to desired size (I used a piece that is 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches when folded in half.)
• Sheet of printer paper or other scrap paper cut to the same dimensions as your card base (In my case, it was 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches.) We will trim this to a smaller size later.
• Scraps of paper or cardstock that can be cut into strips
• Adhesive (Dry works best.)
• Paper trimmer
• Sharp scissors
• Stamped image or other focal image
• Greeting (optional)
• Assorted embellishments
• Trim your scraps into strips of varying lengths. You will want some wider than others to create interest. You will want them a little bit longer than your scrap of printer paper.
• Generously apply adhesive to your computer paper.
• Beginning at the top, place your strips of paper on top of the adhesive, butting them up against each other to make sure that they are straight. The strips should overhang on each of the side edges of the paper.
• With scissors, trim the strips flush with the paper base.
• Using your paper trimmer, trim the background piece that you have created to ¼” smaller than your folded card base.
• Adhere the background piece to the card base.
• Add your focal image, greeting, and embellishments.
This is a great project to use up all those extra “things” that you have in your stash. You can also mix in some of your new supplies to jazz things up a little. I used up some strips of paper left over from the past few layouts I made, along with a card base that was in a color that I wasn’t crazy about. But it worked! Although I used a printed picture of a Minion from Despicable me, and I printed the greeting, I added Glossy Accents that I’ve had for years and glitter that I’ve had for almost 2 years. It felt so good to use up my stash and make something I love for someone I love. (I did flatten out the greeting after I took the photo, because it was really annoying me.)
I hope this has inspired you to grab some of those leftover scraps and supplies and make a card for someone who is special to you.