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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Make Your Own Paper from Scraps

What do you do with scraps?  How about making some paper??!!!

I keep a drawer filled with the scraps from projects that I finish.  I try to only keep pieces that are at least as big as the palm on my hand.  And while I try to remember to visit my scrap drawer first, I often forget and end up cutting a new sheet of paper when I only need a small piece.

Then all those beautiful scraps sit in that scrap drawer not getting used!  So today I am going to share a tutorial on how you can make paper from those scraps!!

This is really simple and quite fun.  All you need for this are a bunch of scraps and a sheet of plain cardstock and some adhesive.  The scraps can be plain or printed papers and cardstock, vellum, mesh, embossed or flocked papers, tissue paper, mulberry papers, whatever scraps you've got.  You can use papers that coordinate by colors or patterns. 

For my example, I'm using some scraps that I had after making some Easter cards.  I noticed that the colors and patterns looked really nice together and I wanted to use them for an Easter layout.

Next you get to rip those scraps into smaller scraps! I made mine about .5 to 1 inch in size.  Go ahead and have fun with this, rip to your hearts content! Take out your aggressions!! Rip, rip, rip!  Make the pieces different shapes and sizes.  If you are scrapping with your kids, this is a really fun task for them to help with. 

Now you've got this pile of ripped up pieces.  You'll be adhering them to the cardstock.  I then ran my torn pieces through my Xyron to apply adhesive. You could also use a glue stick. You then start applying the pieces to your plain cardstock sheet. I used an 8.5x11 sheet.  Depending on how many scraps you are using and how much paper you are creating, you can use a smaller or larger sheet. Just be certain that the edges of your pieces are glued well. You can overlap them slightly, you can leave some of the bare cardstock showing through if you like as well.  Allow the scrap pieces to over-hang the edge of your plain cardstock.  You can trim this later.  You can see in my picture below the scraps overhanging the paper edge as I was applying them.

I started from the center of the paper and worked out from there. You can start from anywhere on the paper, you can create a pattern by repeating colors or printed papers in a particular order.  Be creative! Continue applying your scrap pieces until you fill up the cardstock or have enough of your "new" paper to use for your project.  Now you can stamp on your paper, emboss it, cut it, use it for your project as you would any paper.  I used punches and dies to cut my paper into flowers and the butterfly that I used on this layout.

Here is a close up view of the flowers.

Hope you've enjoyed learning this technique.
Happy  scrapping!


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [13 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. this idea was so amazing!! I still love it!!


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