Time to Upcycle and Organize Those Paper Scraps!

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Alright, time to confess—how many of you out there have a secret bag or drawer where you store a lovely collection of paper scraps? Don’t be shy now–we’re all friends here. And, I think I can speak for most of us, crafters, when I say—You just never know when you’re going to need them, right? But no matter how good our intentions might be—these piles only seem to grow higher and higher with each completed project.

The good news is, you don’t have to necessarily stop saving those scraps of paper—just start working them into your next projects more often. Challenge yourself to branch out a little, you’d be surprised at what you can come up with!

Create Depth and Dimension to your Next Card-

Layer on the different sizes and patterns to make an eye-catching combination of texture and color. The card inspiration below is a great example of how scraps can create that added dimension. The vibrant colors and various patterns really bring this card to life–creating a unique masterpiece!

Mix and Match Patterns

Bring your card to life by blending a few patterns onto one die cut – Like the ‘So Dapper’ card shown below. But don’t forget– When in doubt, pop it out!  Side note—if you have a bunch of smaller scraps left over, make a smaller card (The ‘So Dapper’ card measures at 4 inches X 4 inches)

Patch together a fun scrapbook page

Add a spice to your next scrapbook page using some of the larger strips of patterned paper.  See the tutorial by DT member, Mou Saha, on her blog, HERE.

Make Confetti

If you have a few different size/shape hole punches, cut up a few different colors of scrap paper and make it a party! Because… why not!?

Organize Your Paper Scraps

If your scrap mountain has become more of a Mount Everest of sorts—take the time to do a some organizing with these simple tips:

  1. Separate by patterns and colors: Depending on how specific you want to go (i.e. light colors to dark colors), keep all patterns and like-colors together for easy access.
  2. Give each scrap piece a clean edge: cut off any uneven/stringy portions left behind by what was initially cut from the paper.
  3. Sort by size: separate out the larger pieces from the smaller strips for a faster find

Now we want to hear from you!

Comment below– What do you save your paper scraps for!?


Have an Amazing Day!


-Team RG

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  • Ruby Martha

    Right now I am using them for planner clips. But i cut out tags and small circles and small squares. I don’t let them get out of hand if I can help it. I totally use every square inch of paper. Sometimes when I go to scrap all day , I just take my scraps and use them. When my grand nieces come over I allow them to use them, it keeps them busy!

    • Richard Garay

      Planner clips is a great idea! Thanks for suggesting that Ruby!

  • Ruby Martha

    Another note: I could not make use of the scraps if it weren’t for our colors.
    The really all blend together and the matching inks, splashes, etc. Fun Stampers does have great high quality products.