What to do with scraps?


I don’t believe in keeping scraps. Let me explain. Years ago I realized I really didn’t use them because it took SO much time to dig through all the scraps that I just skipped the bucket ‘o scrap. So I came up with my own system. Any “used” paper goes through this process:

  • If it is 6×12 or bigger, it goes back into the regular paper storage it came from
  • If I can make a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ card front from it easily, I do
  • If I can use it on an immediate project (aka it’s on my desk and I need something similar) I go for it
  • If all the above fails, I use a paper punch or die cut it.

Because it is super cool, and because I want to share with you how this works I made a quick video showing how my ScanNCut can give me loads of shapes from any scrap or scraps I have laying around.

link to YouTube

I strongly believe your stash needs to work for you! For me, having a supply of basic shapes I use a ton ready to go is great, and much easier to store and use than general scraps ever were.

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

4 thoughts on “What to do with scraps?”

  1. Really cool. I d that with my punches or stamps. The machine looks really great. Michelle t

  2. As hard as it is to dump scraps, I learned that trick from you some time ago. Having the pre-cut shapes is so much better than random pieces of paper. Love how easy it is to make any size shape with your scan n cut.

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