What do I do with the scraps? Well I tell you one thing – I don’t keep them. When I’m feeling done with anything from paper bits to stickers I get rid of them.
[I envision you all staring at me, mouths agape, shocked at my wastefulness]
Before you run away horrified at my waste, hang on. I didn’t say I throw them away.
I said I don’t keep them.
There are three courses that a remnant of product might take:
- Put into service:
- die cut, punched, otherwise made into useful bits
- Paper cut into strips
- Item(s) used on a “bits and pieces layout” aka a “clean my desk and scrapbook” project.
- Used on cards/tags/gift items other non-scrapbooking projects
- As play time fodder for when I want to test out new ideas and techniques
- Put into the kiddo “art bin”
- Placed in garbage can because the bit/scrap is so small or so useless it will just clutter up an otherwise smooth running machine.
The bottom line is that it gets put to use. Long gone are the scrap bins I once had, the sticker drawer filled with sheets that only had 1-2 stickers left. NOPE! Use it up is my motto now. I love how it works out.
There is one exception, and something you might be wondering about too. What about project pieces? Tag backgrounds made for class videos, abandoned project bits, etc? Well those I do save. I have a little box I toss them into, and now and then I find a use for them. If I find something too ugly, too beyond saving well no big deal – that just gets tossed. But more often than not those pieces end up being a part of something else down the road.
Say, when I’m looking for a tag to mount my first stamping play attempt with the brand new Tim Holtz blueprint stamps…
That’s the tag I made on video earlier this week with gel medium. It’s the perfect thing for my fall leaf, and grabbing a bit of fabric and a few stickers to finish it off – well I couldn’t be happier with how this came out!
In my mind, it encourages more creative play, mixes stuff together where you might not ordinarily tread, and is just a lot of fun.
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