How To Use Those Little Scraps On Your Pages

I hoard Graphic 45 scraps. I keep the smallest of pieces. Why? Because I love their paper collections and I know once it is gone more than likely the collections are sold out. Case in point: Nutcracker Sweet. Tough to find the whole collection. An ABC Primer by Graphic 45 is another of my scrap hoardings. I have kept a lot of the tiny scraps. I only have two 12 x 12 papers left but I am determined to do 2 pages.

It is time for Back-To-School and what better way to use my scraps than with my grands. These are photos from last year's "First Day of School" photos. I will have more in about a week with four of my grands.
Case In Point
The circle background on the top of the page are all scraps.
The ruler is two scraps.
The banner, paper embellishments are all scraps.
The only whole piece of paper I used was the 12 x 12 background.

I could barely get my Fiskars squeeze punches align to get a full circle.  The pieces were so small.  Here is my process.
I used a piece of white cardstock to cut random circles in three different sizes.  Fiskars punches are 1", 1.5" and 2".  I worked the circles around until I was satisfied with the placement.

I used my Tim Holt ruler to create an imaginary line where the circles stop.
I kept the circles in place with a small bit of repositional adhesive and used painters tape to secure the ruler before beginning the next step. 
I proceeded punch small bits of Graphic 45 papers to create my background.  Afterwords I removed the place holder one at a time and replaced it with the Graphic 45 paper, inked with Tim Holtz distress ink Vintage Photo.
The ruler is two short pieces.  Using my ruler to line it up I adhered both pieces leaving the gap to go under the photo.

The little boy reading a book was fussy cut from a very small piece.  How would you ever throw that away?
The paper "ribboned" background are all bigger scraps.  I used a larger scrap above the ribboned scraps to "hide" the fact they were too short to go to the top.

The circle embellishment and the alphabet pieces are small scrap pieces.
Not scraps!  Webster's Pages Storyteller letters are lightly sanded with an emery board.  Once I put them on the page I outlined the words with Ranger's White Opaque Pen.  The sanding and the white outline gives it a "chalk" like look. 
Tiniest of scraps are the alphabet that was on a "frame" of another piece.  Yes, I keep everything! 

I wanted an "extra' standout piece so I added a pencil, not sharpen.  I didn't want my page over time to be marked up or a hole pierced in the page over time.  

Well, I hope you are inspired to keep those tiny pieces and use them.

Side Note:  I found the Graphic 45 Back-To-School  collection on Amazon.  The link is in the side bar of the blog.  I am compensated for purchases through Amazon, but it comes from their advertising budget and does not affect the cost of the product to you.  If you know me and my obsession with Graphic 45 you know I love their product and I love the quality paper. I give 2 thumbs up for this paper line.  

I can't wait until Monday.  I live in the best place to see of this once in the lifetime event.  If you are  in the path of the eclipse, please take care of your eyes.  Nothing is worth your loss of vision. 

Inspired to Create, Encouraged to Try


  1. A wonderful way to use them. I save them too!

  2. Great tip! Love the design :)

  3. What a fun page!! Love how you rocked the scraps.


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