Use Your Scraps for the Make My Monday Challenge #132

Welcome back to another Make My Monday Challenge! This theme for the next two weeks is to use your scraps. I did exactly that, although the card really doesn’t appear to contain many scraps at all. The Pretty Peacock base had already been trimmed, the leafy background, the Pretty Peacock panel, and the cropped smaller panel were all in my “scrap” page protector. I used the inside of the Whisper White mat on the front to stamp and crop out the sentiment, making this a use of scraps. The ribbon came from my scrap ribbon jar. Even the DSP for the envelope flap came from my scrap page protector.

Here’s my card:

Forever Fern

This DSP, stamp set, and die set make my heart do a little pitter-patter! From the moment I saw it, I knew I HAD to have it all! I’ve used it quite often for a wide variety of cards for all kinds of occassions with many different colors. Everything seems to work, so far at least.

Measurements

  • The Pretty Peacock card base was trimmed to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • I trimmed the white cardstock layer to 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. Remember, I cropped the sentiment panel from that white cardstock using the rectangle stitched die set.
  • While I had the white cardstock out, I trimmed a piece for the inside to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches, as always.
  • As I said, I already had the other panels for the front in my “scrap” page protector and I didn’t even have to trim anything. The cropped leave pieces also came from the scrap protector.
  • The DSP for the envelope flap was a bit larger than I needed, but it was a scrap, so it worked for this card/envelope set.

My “Scrap” Solution

Organizing your paper addiction, um, collection really needs to match your own individual style. I have learned, through trial and error mainly in my classroom, what works for me. There are things I know will not work: I don’t do well with a binder filing system. I have a problem keeping up with anything that I would have to open and close. Not happening. I know I can handle using a file folder system, so that’s what I have.

I keep my 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper in the 12 x 12 inch page protectors for scrapbooks. For example, here’s my Forever Greenery DSP 12 x 12 inch protector:

The first cut I always make in the DSP is to cut it down to 6 inches by 12 inches. Once it’s cut, it goes to live in the 8-1/2 inch by 11 inch page protector, which lives inside the 12 x 12 protector.

Somewhere along the line years ago, I purchased 14 inch x 14 inch x 11 inch high metal file containers. Then I purchased two heavy duty floor rolling thingies. One holds my DSP, and another holds my 8-1/2 x 11 inch cardstock. Each color cardstock has it’s own folder. Once I start cutting cardstock, the pieces live in an 8 x 8 inch page protector inside the file folder.

Each set of 6 by 6 inch DSP also lives in an 8 x 8 inch page protector. I have those in a bin on the bottom shelf of my IKEA Raskog.

It Works for Me

Quite a different blog post for a design team challenge post. However, as long as the theme is use your scraps, I thought I’d share my scrap system. Maybe it will work for someone else as well.

That’s It for Tonight

It’s been a long week. My husband had knee replacement surgery on Tuesday and came home on Wednesday evening. I still have miles to go before I sleep tonight (comes from a poem by Robert Frost that I had to memorize in 7th grade English).

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Have a wonderful week. I can’t wait to see your scrappy cards on our challenge page!

I’d also love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Have a Peachy Day!

Sue