Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday Tips Using Your Scrapbook Stash

I think almost all papercrafters and scrapbookers are hoarders and have to keep buying the latest and greatests products.  Here are some tips to get rid of your stash.

  1. Who says you have to use all one alpha for a title?  Mix em up! Gives it a great look and lets you use up some alpha you can't use by themselves.
  2. Missing a letter you need?  Think outside the box.  Turn an f into a t.  Turn an R into a P.  Make an e out of a c and what you cut off the R (or use a marker to make the line).  
  3. Organize your scraps.  I sort by color, but whatever works.  When I get way too many I make a patchwork background on cardstock.  
  4. Have a  piece of patterned paper you don't like?  I get those when I buy kits.  Flip it over and use it for white paper.
  5. Need a patterned paper you don't have?  Make it!  Use bleach and stamps, ink and stamps, chalk, whatever you have!  I cut a $ in plastic with my Cricut and used it as a stencil to ink and chalk it all over a sheet of cardstock.  Maybe it doesn't save much money, but it uses up something you have!
  6. Stay organized.  Do what works for you, but I use a file organizer from the dollar zone at Target to keep my stickers organized.  Baby, Boy, Girl, Spring/Summer, Fall, School, etc.  
  7. All of my Christmas papers and embellies are kept together.  I only use them once a year so they are out of the way and don't clutter up my other embellies and paper.
  8. Rather than buy it, learn to make it!  Use clear embossing powder to color brads.  Print your own quotes and sayings.  Consider a die cut machine.  It's expensive, but all I need is cardstock and my machine and I can make anything.
  9. When you come across the perfect quote or sticker in your stack for a page, store them with the photos so you don't forget when it's time to scrap that page.
  10. Go through your stash every so often.  I find that just dumping out all of one item and going through them will help refresh my memory and then I can use a small embellie when I would have forgotten about it the week before.