Friday, 18 March 2016

Paper Hoarding Queen!

Are you like me?  Do you have boxes and boxes of scrap pieces of paper that you just can't bear to get rid of because you just know that you can do SOMETHING with them, no matter how small?  I am very serious when I say that I probably have a full Rubbermaid large tub full of scraps!   I decided to try and attack my pile and see what I could do with it.  I was having a couple of days where I just couldn't seem to get myself in gear.  No creativity.  Zip.  Gone.  What I usually do when that happens is I clean up my crafting area(s).  LOL  It's all over the house!  I clean up, I purge and I discover old papers that I'd forgotten about.  That helps to get the juices going again.  Anyway, the other  day I was going through my scrap piles and seeing all of these tiny bits that really didn't look like they were good for much of anything.  I had pieces of paper that I had used as edging, trimmed it down to fit the card and then kept the bits that I cut off!  LOL  Little itty bitty pieces that were maybe an inch long! 

I mean seriously!  Throw it out.  But I just couldn't.  The scraps weren't even the worst of it.  You know when you die cut stuff and you end up with those little bits of paper? 
Yeah those!  I had a whole pile of them in the scrap box and was just about to throw them out when I thought of something.  Easter is coming and I've been wanting to make some cards but just didn't feel like stamping or hunting for Easter paper.  I'll be honest, my craft room right now is in shambles and I can't seem to get my act together.  I'm trying to fit 10 gallons of craft supplies into a 1 gallon container!

Eureka!  I've got it.  I spend a couple of days just vegging in front of the tv and gluing and cutting bits and pieces together.  I brought out my small punches and just sat and punched, punched and punched.  Here's what I made from those scraps and die cut bits and pieces. 

These were truly a lot of fun to make up.  I loved trying to see how many different patterns I could come up with on the eggs and how many flowers I could do that were unique.  I think I will keep doing this my stash of scraps and have a ready stash of ready to go flowers. Feel free to use up your stash and share on here!   I'd love to see them. 


Karen Shirey - Wide Eyed Stamper said...

hahahahaha!!!! and I thought I was bad at being a hoarder when it comes to scraps, but Marianne you have trumped me!
Seriously though, I adore those precious eggs and flowers! you are BriLLIanT!!!

Maria Rodriguez said...

Goodness me!!! And I also thought I was bad with my paper scraps!! I bow to the Queen!!!!!
I have a plastic container where I put all the small pieces left over from cutting panels, punching and die cutting and my plan is to, well.....cut, punch and die cut usable shapes but I never get around to do it so, this boxes are jam packed with scraps and that is terrible, ughhh!!
You just gave me the push I needed to get this project on it's much needed way!!
Thank you for inspiring me, the stuff you made out of scraps is amazing.
Big Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.

leslieb said...

Marianne! OH MY GOODNESS! Your Easter Eggs and flowers are beautiful. The little bits you show in the second photo, left overs from die cutting, gave me fits. However, I suffered through it all and fell in love with your Easter Eggs. Great use of those teeny tiny scraps.

I LOVE your Header and your borders. This is such a beautiful page to land on. Thank you for giving me the link to your blog. YAY!

Hugs - Leslie