Saturday, March 2, 2013

E - Extras

Welcome to the Everything ABC's Blog Hop! For this hop we will be featuring the letter E. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their E element will be featured in their post.If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Amber's blog ~ Scrappers TherapyIf you came from "Theodora's" blog you're on the right track!

E is for Extras ... in the world of papercreating we call them "scraps" BUT if I waited for S, you wouldn't see this until the Fall. If you prefer, you can call this Economic. I truly save EVERYTHING because "you never know". Everything does seem to multiply though because there's always some exciting new piece of paper or doo dad just begging to be tried.  SO ... for this project I ONLY used leftover things.

The whole thing starts with pile of EXTRA strips from the Stella paper pack ... I keep all the scraps from each different patterned paper pack together. That way I know up front that they'll all be matching when I go to use them. Next take a blank card and cover it with adhesive. Cover all along the edges and then criss cross through the middle. (no photo)

Once the folded card is nice and sticky you can literally just grab strips and started laying them down next to each other. Start with one long strip in the middle somewhere and then just follow it right along. When the whole card is covered it looked like this. (Yes you do see a couple on "non-strips" I pulled those in for a little color variety!)

Here's what the back looks like.

Use a scissors to cut along the edges of the card. In case you think it's time consuming, you're wrong. I set a stopwatch just to see. I can do this from start to finish in less than 5 minutes per card. It's all about NOT thinking too hard. You aren't trying to achieve perfection. This is just a great way to make some different card bases to use up your other extras.

The first pile you saw made 6 cards and the scraps that were left made a much smaller pile. I still haven't decided whether or not to throw all of these away. I know right? That's some economical scrap saving!!

Here are the final cards. Once I had the card bases I lined them all up and pulled out the extras from embellishment packs, stickers, ribbons AND Cricut cuts that went wrong the first time. (YES ... I save most every Cricut cut. Those are organized by general shape). I also limited myself to two stamp sets and two ink colors for the sentiments, which is another way to save time. Decision making takes FOREVER!!! You will notice that no two cards are alike ... that's just proof that there's really no way to do this wrong. I moved fast and didn't try to make each one a certain way. Of course it's a very busy look (not for everyone) but think of how many less EXTRAS you will have.

Those are 3 inch scraps of burlap ribbon ... REALLY not kidding when I say I save it all!!

Felt & orange buttons ... a blast from the past.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC'S blog Hop is Jen at Roxybonds Scrappin'.
Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way:
1. Amber La Mons ~ Scrapper's Therapy
2. Lucy ~ Love 2 Create
3. Theodora ~ Celebrate Crafts
YOU ARE HERE --> 4.  Shelly ~ Just One Piece
6. Alicia ~ Serene Scrapping
7. Linda ~ Scrappy Therapy
8. Kathy Johnson ~ Kathy's Creative Corner


  1. LOVE these cards! I'm going to have to do that soon :) :)

  2. Oh my goodness Shelly!! This is a wonderful idea. I am so going to do this!! TFS

  3. What a great idea Shelly. Now I know what to do with those little scraps.

  4. Amazing use of scraps! You have the crafters curse for sure (remember my letter c post?) Now it's time to throw away the scraps, your work is done here ;-) Awesome job!

  5. wow what a lots of papers and to look at that then see what you have made is Awesome. love the layering of your scraps. beautiful card. thanks for sharing.

  6. I have seen your cards like this before but never really got how to do it! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  7. beautiful cards!! great idea!

  8. Cleverx6 I love it. I have a tote ful of scraps. I mean AAAAA BBBBBBBBIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGG tote.

  9. Love this idea!!! I too save all my scraps, I will have to give this technique a try.

  10. Shelly, your so great at using scraps and I LOVE your cards. The Lord has gifted you in this area greatly.

  11. Ha, HA! Love your scra... I mean EXTRAS! You did a great job putting the puzzles together! I think the cards turned out fabulous! Stella is a keeper for sure. I like the guidelines you use and will have to give it a try that way. I confess that I keep all my extra cricut cuts drawers that are just a hodge podge. I use them all the time though! ;)