A warning before hand….this post is PHOTO HEAVY.
I don’t know how you are with the paper you purchase and use in your scrapbook albums, on greeting cards, or for altered projects. I find that I am a looney toon when it comes to card stock and paper. I will use one sheet, cut it up, create something with it then tuck the scraps in a plastic bag of some kind and jam it away in a cupboard where that paper I fell in love with will be forgotten and not used again.
I’m fickle….to a fault
Here is a very small example of what I am referring to.
Last year, I forget when but before I went back out on the road as a truck driver, I went through a big portion of my scrap paper and had a marathon of cutting. Watch this video by Sandy Allnock if you need some inspiration.
Several hours in the morning for paperwork, followed by a couple hours of house cleaning, and the rest of the afternoon and evening for crafting is how my days go now. The Mileage Journals and Note Pads are being created on my dining room table because my room is a total wreck. WRECK I tell you!.
Current state of my craft room
Joe is due home late Thursday night, more likely Friday sometime. He and Jim are both cooling their heels at a Kenworth dealership in Springfield, Illinois having their trucks diagnosed. Those two guys are having so much fun they can hardly stand it. Joe sounds so tired, poor guy.
I have taken on a project that is scream worthy. Cleaning my craft room and getting it in a more efficient work flow environment. Sorting through all of my paper and getting it ordered in the shelves better has been my number one priority. Going through all the paper pads and plastic sheath new paper comes in. Separating the cut papers from the uncut has been a massive job.
What size to cut the scraps? Cut them to fit on a A2 greeting card. Need a little more inspiration? Check out this blog post by Sandy Allnock and how she used the cut scraps for some really cute cards.
Sizes to cut your scraps
This scrap piece measure 3-1/4 by 9.
3-1/4 x 9 scrap
Cut this scrap at 5″ and 3″.
Cut at 5″ and 3″
This is what you will be left with.
Throw these pieces in the recycling bag, box, or bin you have close by.
Have a long and thin patterned piece? Cut it to a width of 2 inches.
Patterned paper with selvedge
2 inch piece of useable scrap
I got two pieces of 2 x 4 and one 2 x 2 out of this.
Two pieces of 2×4 and one 2×2
Have a scrap with an image on one area of the paper?
Scrap with an image
Cut the 11 inch piece down to 5 inches
The back side of the 3 x 5 with the image is solid. You can use the back side of the paper on your card.
After about four nights of chopping through the paper scraps, while watching television, this is what I have accomplished.
4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch background paper
Stack of scraps
1-1/2 x 5-1/2 paper
1 x 5 paper
1 x 4 paper
1-1/2 x 3 paper
1 x 3 paper
One basket of the cut paper.
One basket of cut paper scraps
Holy Crap! All of these are chock full of cut paper scraps!
Baskets and boxes of cut scraps
Next project, after I get my room cleaned, is to sort these cut scraps into color order.
Okay, that’s enough for now.