(Video) How Crafting Scraps Can Take Your Project to the Next Level

by Lilith Eeckels

Welcome to another day of inspiration here on the Altenew Mixed Media Blog.

As a scrapbooker and crafter, I have a whole bunch of scrap pieces of paper lying around. They are too pretty to throw away, so I keep them. In the end, I have too many and forget about them. I have found a great technique to use up my crafting scraps. Every month, I plan out two layouts or cards and incorporate my scraps. Planning in advance really helps me use them. Here is a layout I created with leftover paper from different projects.

Crafting Scraps Scrapbooking Hack

How to Create This Scrapbook Layout:

  1. First, pull out your scrap pieces and pick out colors and patterns that go together.
  2. Then, use the Wild & Free Stamp & Die Bundle to create fun embellishments. I used Obsidian Pigment Ink for contrast, but you could use a darker color shade and coordinate the colors with the patterned papers.
  3. On a white background, add a larger piece of patterned paper. I used a fun paper from the Our Family Scrapbook Collection which was one of Altenew's first scrapbook collections.
  4. Next, add some Gold Foil 0.2 Washi Tape to add detail around the added patterned paper. It creates a frame and grounds the paper.
  5. Place your picture off-center towards the bottom and add three embellishment clusters. Two around the photo (don't be afraid to layer a bit on top of the picture) and a third on the corner of the patterned paper.
  6. Some enamel dots add a finishing touch, and I used a sentiment as a title.


If you have played around with your watercolors and have color left over on a palette, don't forget to use it on leftover pieces of white cardstock. I press the paper onto watercolor and leave it to dry and then keep the pieces for later projects like this one. Here, I had some green watercolor creations and used the paper for my leaves.

Scrapbooking Hacks and Tips with Crafting Scraps

As I had embellishments left over, I created a quick card. I also used a heart from the Illusion Heart Die Set which I hadn't used yet and paired it with the flowers. It took me 5 minutes to create.


You can see how I created the layout in the video below or watch it in HD on YouTube.

How do you use your leftovers?


Wild & Free Stamp Set
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Wild & Free Die Set
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Wild & Free Stamp & Die Bundle
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Wild & Free Stamp & Die & Mask…
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Wild & Free Mask Stencil
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Block Sentiments Stamp & Die Bundle
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Block Sentiments Stamp Set
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Block Sentiments Die Set
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Enjoy the Ride 6×6 Paper Pack
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Sweet Moments 6×6 Paper Pack
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A Love for Stripes Set B 6×6 Paper Pack
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Sweet & Fabulous 6×6 Paper Pack…
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Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
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Mini Blossom Die Cutting Plates —…
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Mini Blossom Die Cutting Metal Shim
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Carol McCready January 28, 2021 - 12:06 am

Such fun projects, I absolutely love the card.

Patricia Wilson January 28, 2021 - 11:23 am

I hardly ever use patterned paper but I loved these flowers stamped on the patterned paper and cut out on your layout. I should do as you do and plan on making a card or two once a week with the leftovers. Great idea for people like me that are on a fixed income. Thank you so much for this inspiration.


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