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.
How to Create This Scrapbook Layout:
- First, pull out your scrap pieces and pick out colors and patterns that go together.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Some enamel dots add a finishing touch, and I used a sentiment as a title.
CRAFTING SCRAPS TIP:
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.
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?