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Scrap Cards! (Recycle, Reuse, Upcycle)

Do you ever wonder what to do with your leftover pieces of paper when you make cards?

Use your scrap paper pieces to create new works of art!

If you're like me, you've found that a downside of making cards is creating a bunch of scrap paper! While I always put my unusable paper in the recycle bin, I thought it would be great if I could actually utilize some of it in some way.

Enter, Scrap cards!

I make my own card bases from card stock, and each time I do that, I save the remaining strips that are created. Over some time, these become decently big piles of little strips of colorful (and black-- apparently my favorite card base color!) paper. Recently, I discovered alcohol inks (I know, I'm a little late to that party!) and as I used some of my pretty pieces, I couldn't part with those scraps! Here, I've merged those alcohol ink scraps with my mixture of card base scraps, and I'm just so pleased with the results!

So, how do you do this? I'll lay out the steps next!

First, I arranged my scraps by color, and then decided what all looked good together. You do need enough scrap to cover some ground, depending on what you're going for. I wanted to create some rectangular panels with mine.

Next, use some glue tape, or some double sided adhesive of any kind, a create a sticky area on some card stock in the size you desire.

Then all you need to do is layer the strips in any order you want! I went with a semi-random order, trying not to create too much of an exact pattern, however I did try to space out my alcohol ink scraps fairly evenly.

Finally, use your die cut machine and any die you want to cut out the final shape to trim off the ends! (yes, scraps of scraps!) I went with plain ol' rectangles.

Use as you please! I mounted mine onto coordinating colored card bases (creating more scraps in the process, of course!) and just added some die cut sentiments in silver. I love how these turned out!

Made from scrap Yupo & Alcohol ink and other scraps

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I believe you should have a passion for what you do, and you should allow time for meditation. For me, some time to be creative is the best meditation.  This is the reason I started Lilac Paper Cards, and now, the Lilac Paper Cards Blog.

I am so excited to share with you the methods I enjoy using to create! 


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