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Quick Cards Made from Scraps

Learn to whip up cards with only leftover scrapbook supplies. Each design creatively uses page kit scraps to make quick, easy, and inexpensive cards.

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    • Make a Thank You Card with Scrap Stickers

      Design by Michelle Rubin

      Michelle used leftover stickers to create a fun, colorful background on her thank you card. This cute design can be made in minutes.

      Editor's Tip: Don't overlook the periods on letter sticker sheets. Michelle used a variety of plain colored ones to round out her polka dot card background.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Cloud 9 Design "Sorbet Villa." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Peppermint by Two Peas in a Bucket. Corner rounder: EK Success.

    • Mat Cutouts with Paper Scraps

      Design by Megan Boettcher

      A leftover square message sticker and patterned-paper flower cutout are all Megan needed to complete this quick card.

      Editor's Tip: Use scrap patterned paper or cardstock to mat a cutout. Megan emphasized her flower cutout by backing it with blue cardstock cut into the same shape.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Pebbles Inc. "Carefree." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.

    • Cut Shapes from Scraps

      Design by Polly Maly

      Polly cut a flower from patterned-paper scraps and used a green paper scrap to make a leaf for the simple embellishment on the front of her card. A leftover brad secures the accent to the card front.

      Editor's Tip: Before you toss those tiny scraps in the trash, consider punching small shapes from them first. Polly punched the petals for the flower from scrap paper and inked the edges for a dimensional effect.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock, brad: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves.

    • Make Flower Accents from Ribbon Scraps

      Design by Melissa Inman

      Melissa transformed leftover ribbon pieces into colorful, three-dimensional flowers. She looped the ribbons to make the flower petals, then secured the centers to the card with tiny brads inserted into the holes of paper-backed, clear buttons.

      Editor's Tip: Personalize clear buttons by backing them with colorful papers to match your scheme. Be sure to use a clear-drying glue.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Chatterbox "Bunkhouse." Cards: Gartner Studio. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.

    • Combine Bright and Muted Scraps

      Design by Polly Maly

      Two layered patterned papers and adhesive foam add dimension to Polly's cutout heart.

      Editor's Tip: Embellish a card with accents in contrasting colors to make each piece pop. Polly placed green papers on red cardstock to make her heart shape stand out, then tied in her background color with red buttons.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Crate Paper "Birdie Collection." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.

    • Create an All-Occasion Card from Scraps

      Design by Polly Mal

      yFor an appealing card befitting nearly any occasion, Polly chose a coffee theme. To make the cup, she simply cut off a portion of a patterned-paper circle, added a curlicue handle, and used a fanciful rub-on for the steam.

      Editor's Tip: Define card elements with small and subtle details. Polly inked the edges of her cup and used textured cardstock for the handle.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Autumn Leaves "Paris in Spring." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Rub-on: BasicGrey. Die cut: My Mind's Eye (quote). Corner punch: Fiskars.

    • Design the Outside and Inside of a Card

      Design by Polly Maly

      Polly made clever use of an odd-shape piece of cardstock for this thank you card. After squaring off two sides of the scrap and attaching it to a white card background, Polly cut away the background to follow the curved edge. The star motif is attached to the inside of the card, yet when the card is closed the design appears to be all on one layer.

      Editor's Tip: Play up unusual angles, such as the curve on this card, by emphasizing it with a title that follows the edge.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Scrappy Cake "All Boy." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Die-cut letters: Doodletype by Cricut.

    • Create a Vintage-Style Card from Scraps

      Design by Michelle Rubin

      Michelle stamped subdued colors onto cardstock for a vintage look.

      Editor's Tip: Combine bright and dull colors on a card to add unexpected interest. Michelle used maroon stamps complemented by vibrant red letters.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Making Memories "Gracen Vintage Hip." Acrylic stamps: Technique Tuesday. Die-cutting tool, die: Ellison.

    • Turn Scrap Letters into an Eye-Catching Title

      Design by Michelle Rubin

      Leftover letter stickers offer a colorful greeting on Michelle's card. To make the greeting the focal point, she adhered the letters to an orange cardstock rectangle and attached it to the card with adhesive foam.

      Editor's Tip: Pump up a card design by creating borders with small repeating shapes. Michelle framed her greeting with a pattern of square and rectangle accents.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Cloud 9 Design "Sorbet Villa." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Corner rounder: EK Success.

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      Punch Scraps into Letters

      Design by Megan Boettcher

      Punches transform small scraps into letters and square accents on this card.

      Editor's Tip: For an artistic look, choose the placement of patterned-paper motifs when determining a crop. Megan punched each of her squares so the flowers are off-center.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Pebbles Inc. "Loverly." Cardstock, brad, plastic flower: Bazzill Basics Paper.

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      Use the Negative Space

      Design by Megan Boettcher

      A negative shape can have just as much impact as its counterpart. Polly's leaf accent is the remnant of a punched leaf used for another project.

      Editor's Tip: Save time and money by keeping embellishments to a minimum. Polly created this cute card using only a punch and a word stamp.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Crate Paper "Birdie Collection." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Acrylic stamp: Autumn Leaves. Punch: EK Success.

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      Dress Up Scraps with a Ribbon Embellishment

      Design by Katie Nugent

      Katie covered the edge of her card with a scrap of notebook paper and concealed the seam with ribbon that pulled in the monogram and card colors.

      Editor's Tip: To keep a ribbon permanently tied, place a dot of glue at the ribbon intersection when tying it into a bow.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Lasting Impressions "Elementary." Cardstock: Prism Papers. Ribbon, chipboard: KI Memories.

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      Dress Up Leftover Shapes

      Design by Katie Nugent

      Katie was inspired to transform a leftover oval of paisley paper into an eye-catching background for chipboard letters. After chalking the oval edges, she grounded the design with a ribbon strip and added large chipboard letters.

      Editor's Tip: Liven up a card with simple corner stickers. Katie's stickers add to her design without detracting from the focal motif.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Lasting Impressions "Elementary." Cardstock: Prism Papers. Stickers: Chatterbox (corners), American Crafts (letter).

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      Follow the Rule of Thirds

      Design by Candi Gershon

      Candi kept the design of this card simple by following the rule of thirds. She covered one-third of the card front with a patterned-paper scrap and the remaining two-thirds of the card front with a tan cardstock scrap trimmed into a square. A rub-on sentiment and two paper flowers finish the card design.

      Editor's Tip: Add unexpected pops of color to cards. Candi used a subdued tan-and-brown color scheme, then added a red flower to catch the eye. A tiny ribbon softens the look.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Melissa Frances "Thomas Scrapbook Kit."

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      Add Vibrant Scraps to a White Background

      Design by Michelle Rubin

      Michelle created a summer-theme card from scraps of paper and vibrant accents. She used contrasting stitches, a brad, and adhesive foam to turn a pinwheel sticker into a dimensional embellishment.

      Editor's Tip: A white card base makes a great canvas for leftover odds and ends. Colorful accents burst from the bright background in Michelle's card.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Doodlebug Design "Summer."

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      Make a Sticker Stand Out on a Card

      Design by Polly Maly

      A folded piece of kraft paper forms the base for Polly's back-to-school card. She used a themed sticker as a focal point, balancing the card with scraps of paper and rickrack.

      Editor's Tip: Found the perfect sticker and want to make it stand out? Mount it on sturdy cardstock and trim around the edges, then adhere it to a card using adhesive foam.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Daisy D's Paper Co. "Classroom." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Doodlebug Design. Trim: May Arts.

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      Embellish with Paper Strips

      Design by Katie Nugent

      A few paper scraps are all Katie needed to whip up this graphic card. She emphasized her sentiment by backing a sticker-adorned die cut with adhesive foam.

      Editor's Tip: Place paper strips at random angles to enliven the look.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Scrapworks "EK Wardrobe Casuals."

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      Use Chalk to Embellish Tiny Scraps

      Design by Candi Gershon

      Candi discovered even the tiniest scraps can turn an ordinary card into a handmade work of art. She chalked Xs and Os between the lines of ruled paper as a clever border strip.

      Editor's Tip: Give a card a distressed look by highlighting the edges with chalk.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Lasting Impressions "Elementary." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper.

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      Layer and Ink Leftovers

      Design by Polly Maly

      Polly layered scraps of patterned papers, stickers, and flower embellishments to create the three-dimensional card front.

      Editor's Tip: Ink the edges of scraps to give them more detail. Polly used white ink to highlight the edges of the patterned-paper squares and the flower petals.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Autumn Leaves "Enjoy."

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      Make a Christmas Tree with Paper Scraps

      Design by Melissa Inman

      With a few quick cuts, Melissa transformed leftover patterned papers into colorful "branches" for this simplified, graphic Christmas tree.

      Editor's Tip: Use tiny brads as "ornaments" on the Christmas tree design. Melissa's brads add style to her card while keeping the strips in place.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Chatterbox "Bunkhouse."

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      Make a Tag From Patterned-Paper Scraps

      Design by Megan Boettcher

      Megan made her own tag by cutting the shape from a leftover scrap of lined paper, stamping it with letters, and embellishing it with bright fiber scraps.

      Editor's Tip: For extra oomph, ink card edges with a bright color as Megan did here.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Creative Imaginations "Be." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fibers: BasicGrey.

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      Punch a Window in Paper Scraps

      Design by Candi Gershon

      Inspired by the floral paper scrap in her stash, Candi picked up on the browns and reds in the pattern with a few more scraps that tie in with the color scheme. A circle punch cuts a window in the card front, revealing a stamped greeting positioned on the inside of the card.

      Editor's Tip: Make it easy to place the stamped greeting by stamping it on a separate piece of cardstock instead of stamping directly on the card. You can place it exactly where it will show through the window.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Melissa Frances "Thomas Scrapook Kit." Punch: McGill, Inc. Stamp: 7Gypsies.

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      Position Card Elements in a Grid Format

      Design by Polly Maly

      Polly trimmed her patterned-paper scraps into squares, rounded the corners, and placed them in a four-square grid to create this fresh birthday card.

      Editor's Tip: Use a photo and quote greeting to personalize a card.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Autumn Leaves "Paris in Spring." Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Rub-on: BasicGrey. Die cut: My Mind's Eye (quote). Corner punch: Fiskars.

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      Be Inspired by Patterns on Scrap Paper

      Design by Polly Maly

      The dotted pattern on Polly's scrap reminded her of a cluster of planets. She used that concept for her "world" theme, printing her sentiment in a circle and accenting the dotted scrap with rings of white cardstock.

      Editor's Tip: Break away from rectangle and square card bases. Polly rounded the corners of her square card to complete her theme.

       

      SOURCES: Page kit: Cloud 9 Design "Sorbet Villa." Cardstock: Prism Papers. Font: Century Gothic. Rhinestones: K&Company. Circle cutter: EK Success.

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