Love them or loathe them, we all have them.
I'm talking about paper scraps of course.
Ordinarily, I'm quite ruthless and throw out anything that's smaller than a photo... unless I totally love the collection (which happens a lot) and then I can't throw anything out. I end up with a whole pile of this:
A work in progress folder is great for keeping them all together, by the way. ;)
Too small for a layout. All the cool bits already used up. What to do? The choice is obvious: Chuck it or card it.
Here is a quick and easy way to whip up a couple of cards:
Keep one bigger piece of the plainest paper (about 2x4" per card) Cut all your other papers into strips. Mine were 4" long and any old widths:
Glue them on a piece of paper 4" wide:
Sew a line along one side of each strip:
Hate sewing? Skip that step!
Run some double-sided tape along the back of the paper, catching all those threads as you go:
Glue it on a card, trim and place the bigger, plain piece of patterned paper along the top. The edge where the papers meet needs a border to hide any mess. I used silver sequin string and some cotton lace (see next photo)
There you go, the base is done and you have made enough for 2 or 3 cards in one go.
Now on to decorating! You'll just need some pretty embellies to spruce it up. Look in the Christmas embellishments section. You'll be spoiled for choice.
I like the cute Christmas buttons. Here I used one with a star flower, a holly charm and some red & white twine on a white ribbon rose:
And here is one on a mini doily surrounded by a pearl wreath. To make that, wrap some pearl garland around 3-4 fingers 3 times, overlap the ends slightly and tie them together with some thread. The pearl garland will fall into a circle all by itself. Glue it down with some strong glue or glue dots.
And there you have it:- 2 pretty cards made from some tiny scraps and a few embellishments, including silver sequins that come in 1 metre lengths from my2angels.