Tips & Tricks::Don’t forget the scraps!
Hi Daisies! I hope that you are having a great month of February so far. It always seems to fly by quickly, just because it is a couple of days shorter than the other months. But hopefully you are finding ways to squeeze in some extra crafting time. I especially love to make hand-made cards and gifts this time of year. It demands some extra time and energy, but to me the extra love that goes into the things I make makes it worth it.
So here I am with a really basic- maybe even a bit of a ‘cop-out’ tip for you today when it comes to scrapping, and that is to use your scraps! wow. What a light bulb moment, right?! But if you are like me you LOVE the tiny bits and pieces leftover from your kit or in your stash from month to month. I have issues throwing out the tiniest pieces of things I love sometimes. So one of my favorite things to do is to actually use them up and put them into projects like Valentine cards.
The little edges on 12×12 papers have so many uses. They can be cut into tiny photo corners, or snipped into a simple arrow. They can be border strips on cards or tags. Or just an extra piece of a layer tucked behind a favorite stamp. The same is true for ends of full sheets that get cut away. I sometimes take a leftover piece and just fold it in half. It becomes an instant base to a card, and if I don’t have a matching envelope, then I either make one or find one that is too big and slip it into that. So easy!
Here are just a few cards that I have made in the past few days. You can see they have lots of scraps and all sorts of random pieces on them- from machine stitching to stamping to washi tape. It is fun to just try different techniques and play while you create cards and tags. I like to sit and imagine the happiness that is going to spread on the other end of the mailbox when someone receives their card. I have never met a person that doesn’t love getting happy mail! =)
If I could send each of you reading this post a card, I would! Instead, I hope that I have inspired you in even the smallest way, to use your scraps, make a little something and give it away. You are bound to brighten someone’s day. Even if that person lives next door! Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you too!