Scrapbook Pages That Recycle

Find creative ways to use found objects and around-the-house items on scrapbook pages.

Scrapbook Magazine Pages

Design by Amy Licht

Tear a page from your favorite magazine to substitute for glossy patterned paper. Also, cover chipboard embellishments, like the flower on this layout, with a magazine page. Then, ink the edges for a polished look.

Editor's Tip: Magazine pages are thin and fragile, so use a sharp trimming tool when cutting them to use for scrapbooking.

Archival Tip: Keep pages archival safe! Seal found embellishments with a clear sealant or coat them with an archival preservation spray.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Stickers: Making Memories ("for her"), SEI ("grateful"). Chipboard accents, buttons: Fancy Pants Designs. Paper trim: KI Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.

Personalize Brads with Found Materials

Design by Erica Hernandez

Create customized brads using the i-top tool from Imaginisce. It can cover brads with a range of materials, including foil and tissue paper as shown in this layout. Don't have the tool? Wrap different materials around buttons, using adhesive dots to attach.

Editor's Tip: Dab your paper with water first to get it to wrap smoothly around a brad shell.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket. Font: Avant Garde (journaling), LDJ Exhibit (title) off the Internet. Stickers: Cosmo Cricket (marshmallow), Making Memories (letters). Digital elements: Think Kit (wood-grain paper) by Kate Teague.

Use Clothing Tags as Scrapbooking Accents

Design by Erin Clarkson

Don't throw away clothing tags -- Incorporate them into a scrapbook page.

Editor's Tip: This page is a list of favorite things, but clothing tags could work on a page about personal style or a love of shopping, as well.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: SEI. Font: Trebuchet. Stickers: SEI (title), Making Memories (phrases). Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves ("fave"), Doodlebug Design (all other). Chipboard number: Chatterbox. Punch: McGill, Inc.

Scrapbook Vacation Mementos and Souvenirs

Design by Jen Lessinger

Instead of relying on photos, put vacation mementos to work. Tags, ticket stubs, etc., have great graphics and colors and help tell the story.

Editor's Tip: Organize mementos on your page as you would photos to keep the page from looking cluttered.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Arial. Stickers, brads: Making Memories. Chipboard accents: American Crafts. Die cuts: Heidi Swapp (arrows), Making Memories (journaling spots).

Turn Scrapbooking Supply Packaging into a Creative Title

Design by Lisa Storms

Turn leftover product containers into creative embellishments and titles, as shown in the ice on this page. Trace or draw shapes and letters onto plastic packaging with a dry-erase marker so you can wipe off any excess after cutting them out.

Editor's Tip: Run plastic through a paper crimper to add texture. Run it through before cutting out shapes.


SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (black), My Mind's Eye (blue-green), SEI (coral). Font: Traveling Typewriter off the Internet. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs. Gems: Me and My Big Ideas. Ink: Tsukineko. Punches, paper crimper: Fiskars.

Create a Collage-Look with Paper Scraps

Design by Jennifer Perks

Tear wrapping paper, junk mail, and magazine pages into tiny pieces to create a collaged scrapbook page and embellishments. A glue stick is best for adhering paper pieces to a background, but stick with decoupage medium for covering chipboard.

Editor's Tip: Catalogs are a great place to find different shades of the same hue. Sort by color as you tear to save time, especially if you're creating a large background.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Stampin' Up!. Font: St. Nicholas (title) off the Internet, Adobe Carlson Pro (journaling). Chipboard accents: Cosmo Cricket. Ribbon: Michaels. Decoupage medium: Mod Podge by Plaid.

Embellish a Scrapbook Page with Scrap Fabric

Design by Tracy Kyle

If you're a sewer, incorporate leftover fabric into a scrapbook layout. Enhance a background with scrap fabric. Run cardstock-backed fabric through a die-cutting machine to get shapes like the hearts in this layout.

Editor's Tip: Almost any type of adhesive will adhere fabric, as long as it's used carefully. Always apply adhesive to the base material (not the fabric) and use enough to get a good bond.


SOURCES: Stickers: Autumn Leaves (label), Creative Imaginations (red phrase). Stamp: Hero Arts ("live laugh love"). Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: American Crafts. Felt ribbon: Creative Imaginations. Mini heart: Making Memories. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Die-cutting tool, dies: Sizzix (heart), Jenni Bowlin Studio (scalloped label).

Craft a Scrapbook Layout from Scraps

Design by Cathy Blackstone

Save supplies that are headed for the trash to pump up a page. Snip a color swatch from packaging -- paint swatches work, too! Use scraps from previous layouts to add subtle color, as with the journaling strips and pink circle on this page. For a dimensional element, sprinkle sequins inside cellophane packaging, then stitch playful swirls and around the edges.

Editor's Tip: Instead of buying white cardstock, use the back of a sheet of patterned paper that isn't your favorite.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Font: Cochin off the Internet. Product packaging: BasicGrey (color swatch, cellophane bag); Love, Elsie (grid paper). Sequins: Westrim Crafts. Thread: Coats & Clark.

Add Hobby-Inspired Items to Scrapbook Pages

Design by Heidi Sonboul

Found objects make great embellishments. The plastic pieces provide a fun photo corner and additional accent for this page.

Editor's Tip: Some found objects can be lumpy, so be careful not to overstuff layouts if they're going to be put in albums.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, GCD Studios. Patterned paper: GCD Studios, Scrap Within Reach. Font: Times New Roman. Rub-ons: Scrap Within Reach. Stickers: American Crafts.

Turn Felt Scraps into a Scrapbooking Title

Design by Valerie Salmon

Use leftover felt to create a pretty title with a die-cutting tool and a pair of scissors.

Editor's Tip: Trace chipboard letters as a template on the back of felt so the lines don't show.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: Susie's Hand off the Internet. Chipboard: Li'l Davis Designs. Brads: Making Memories. Rhinestones: Heidi Swapp. Felt: Creative Imaginations. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Die-cutting tool, dies: QuicKutz (flourish, scalloped circles). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars (scalloped).

Wrap Scrapbooking Accents with Scrap Ribbon

Design by Jen Lessinger

Add texture and use up scrap supplies by wrapping cardstock circles in a variety of materials, such as ribbon, fabric strips, and yarn.

Editor's Tip: This technique is a great for disguising mistakes. If a shape is accidentally torn or you decide to go with another color scheme, wrap the shape with something else.


SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (white, orange, brown), Bazzill Basics Paper (kraft). Patterned paper: Carolee's Creations (brown), Little Yellow Bicycle (orange). Font: Century Gothic. Stickers: Heidi Grace Designs ("with"), Scrapworks ("fur"), SEI ("family"). Yarn: Reynolds. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft.

Feature a Page from a Wedding Planner

Design by Kayla Terrell

Tear or copy a page directly from your wedding planner and create a layout about it. Use index prints to give insight into each day and word stickers to highlight the themes of each list.

Editor's Tip: Mold this idea into an all-about-me page using your weekly schedule, or create a page about a busy kid's schedule.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: KI Memories (pink), Making Memories (gray), Scrap in Style (red dots, orange strips), Crane & Co. ("7 Days a Week"). Stickers: Making Memories (words); American Crafts (letter stickers); Me and My Big Ideas (label); Love, Elsie (hearts, "I do"). Stamp: Heidi Swapp. Ink: VersaColor by Tsukineko. Pen: American Crafts. Chipboard: Target. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves.

Use Details from Scrapbooking Supply Packaging

Design by Leah Fung

Use details of supply packaging to make creative pages. The striped border under the title and strip above the journaling block in this layout were trimmed from a pack of stickers.

Editor's Tip: Another green tip from this page? Save leftover letter stickers. Even if you don't care for the color, you can recolor them with a marker to match any page.


SOURCES: Cardstock: The Paper Co. Patterned paper, die cuts: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: Arial. Product packaging, ribbon: Chatterbox. Stickers: Cloud 9 Design. Chipboard accents: Creative Imaginations ("girls"), Chatterbox (buttons). Felt: Michaels.

Repurpose a Card as a Scrapbooking Element

Design by Sharyn Tormanen

Share a favorite Valentine's Day card by including it on a layout. Remember to leave the edges free so you can open it and read the message inside. For extra detail, include a photo of the person who sent the card.

Editor's Tip: Cards typically are not archival and will deteriorate over time. A quick spritz of archival spray will preserve the card.


SOURCES: Cardstock, paper trim: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle. Font: Bradley Hand ITC. Chipboard accents: Technique Tuesday. Flowers: Doodlebug Design. Ink: Encore (silver), VersaMagic (red). Pen: EK Success.

Craft Handmade Flowers

Design by Vicki Boutin

Transform coffee filters into flowers. Fold a coffee filter in half and spray it with dye. Let it dry, then pleat the filter to get the look of a flower. Accent it with a paper stem.

Editor's Tip: For quick scrapping, use a heat tool to dry dyed filters.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket (green), Jillibean Soup (kraft), October Afternoon (grid), Pink Paislee (orange), Sassafras (rust). Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio ("A"), Scenic Route Paper Co. ("hate"). Rub-ons: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard accents: Maya Road. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Stamps: Studio Calico. Ink: Ranger Industries. Dye: Tattered Angels. Pen: Sakura of America. Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars.

Recycle Bottle Caps on Scrapbook Pages

Design by Erikia Ghumm

Alter found metal to create accents with flair. Use your scrapping supplies to dress up the objects or flatten them for a whole new scrapbooking look. Use pop-can tabs as inexpensive photo turns. Just add a brad or ribbon for embellishment. Bottle caps create detailed accents on this page.

Editor's Tip: To flatten bottle caps, hit them with a rubber mallet on top of a sturdy work surface or run them through a manual die-cut machine.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Stampin' Up!. Font: St. Nicholas (title) off the Internet, Adobe Carlson Pro (journaling). Chipboard accents: Cosmo Cricket. Ribbon: Michaels. Decoupage medium: Mod Podge by Plaid.

Use Leftover Paper from Punches and Die-Cuts

Use die cuts and punches in two ways by including the positive (the cutout designs) and negative (the holes left after the die-cut or punched design was removed) shapes. You'll save scrap paper from the trash and avoid using new embellishments.

Editor's Tip: Try this technique for a two-page layout. On one side, use the punched or die-cut shapes as a background. For the other side, use the negative shapes.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (blue, green, orange), The Paper Co. (white). Fonts: Rockwell (title) off the Internet, Arial (journaling). Buttons: Making Memories. Paper clip: Staples. Thread: Coats & Clark.

Create Custom Accents from Supply Packaging

Design by Erin Clarkson

Cut out the mini prints on the cover of a paper pack to add color in an economical way. You also can use plastic packaging for simple accents. Punch a few shapes from the packaging. Then paint over them lightly and hand-stitch them to the page for dimensional accents, like the butterflies on this page.

Editor's Tip: If you're painting plastic, lightly sand it so the paint adheres.


SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts. Font: SP Chi Town off the Internet. Product packaging: Heidi Swapp (clear plastic), Fancy Pants Designs (patterned paper). Rub-ons: Doodlebug Design (journaling), Kaisercraft ("a moment in time"). Punches: Marvy Uchida (circle), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterfly). Floss, paints, sandpaper: Making Memories.

Design Pockets to Contain Tickets on a Page

Design by Jen Lessinger

Create pockets on a scrapbook page to contain a collection of tickets. Pockets and handwritten labels allow you to add more tickets and journaling later.

Editor's Tip: Make this one page of a two-page layout. On one side, group tickets from a trip or vacation. On the other side, feature photos.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Wausau Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (orange), KI Memories (teal). Stickers: Cloud 9 Design. Chipboard accents, circle labels, brad: Autumn Leaves. Felt accent, acrylic accent, stickers: American Crafts. Dies, die-cutting tool: Cricut Expression by Provo Craft. Epoxy: K&Company.

Give New Life to Junk Mail

Design by Shannon Zickel

Give junk mail a new use by converting unwanted envelopes into pockets for your pages. Envelopes with see-through windows are ideal for holding journaling because they give a glimpse of what's inside without giving away too much.

Editor's Tip: Give envelopes a boost on your scrapbook page. Mat them with cardstock and embellish with a ribbon.


SOURCES: Cardstock: American Crafts (white), Bazzill Basics Paper (red). Patterned paper: American Crafts (green), Creative Imaginations (aqua), Making Memories (orange), My Mind's Eye (stripe). Stickers: American Crafts (red letters, numbers), Doodlebug Design (aqua letters). Die cuts: Jillibean Soup. Ribbon, pen: American Crafts. Stamps: Limited Edition by Danelle Johnson. Ink: Colorbox by Clearsnap. Punch: EK Success.

Turn Pipe Cleaner into a Holiday Accent

Design by Jen Lessinger

Use pipe cleaner and punched embellishments to make theme accents. Shape three small pieces of pipe cleaner. Attach them to the page with liquid adhesive, and add punched circles.

Editor's Tip: If you have red pipe cleaner, go one step further and make the berries from that. Or, for a different spin on green, use straight pieces in different lengths to build a Christmas tree.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Font: Century Gothic. Chipboard: America Crafts. Pipe cleaner, gems: Westrim.

Pump Up Fabric Scraps

Design by Becky Novacek

Give fabric scraps new life with stamping techniques. Vintage fabric adds a one-of-a-kind touch to layouts and saves money.

Editor's Tip: When stamping on fabric, it's best to use dye ink (regular or solvent) or heat-set ink (which is specially formulated for fabric) because it's easily absorbed.


SOURCES: Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs (floral, cream stripe, cream dot), Making Memories (pink, decorative edge), Webster's Pages (multicolor stripe). Stickers: K&Company (dark pink letters), Heidi Grace Designs (light pink letters). Stamp, buttons: Autumn Leaves. Ink: Tsukineko. Brad: Making Memories. Punch: Fiskars.

Substitute Christmas Cards for Patterned Paper

Design by Erin Clarkson

Greeting cards can sub for patterned paper on scrapbook pages. An oversize card shines on this 9x9" holiday layout.

Editor's Tip: Design card-inspired scrapbook layouts in a grid or block pattern to keep the elements from competing.


SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: 1942 Report off the Internet. Stickers: Karen Foster Design ("opening presents"), Making Memories ("Christmas"). Rub-ons: Fancy Pants Designs. Chipboard accents: Making Memories. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.

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