Enter one Go-to Gal with a big pile of scraps sitting on her desk.
Said Go-to Gal starts to sweep them off the table, trying not to be overwhelmed with guilt that she’s throwing out of some of the prettiest patterned papers she’s used lately. They are so, so, so pretty.
Then she has a lightbulb moment.
“Hmm. I should paste these scraps on cardstock and die-cut them.” she thinks. “That would be cool!”
And, yes, friends, that is how I got the idea for this blog post.
So check this out. I made the umbrellas here with patterned paper scraps and die-cutting!
Here’s how I made my “scrap cuts” and how you can make some, too.
First, I started with a plain of white cardstock. I randomly pasted my paper scraps onto it. To make sure the glue dried fast and the paper went down nice and even, I used a paintbrush to spread the glue evenly on the back of the paper. You don’t have to do that, but I thought it helped!
Once the glue was dry, I cut the scrap paper panel down to fit through my die-cut machine. I then set my die on top and then ran it and the paper through the machine.
And I got something like this.
While I used an umbrella die to make my scrap cuts here, you could any good solid shape and get great results. I think hearts, labels, and stars look especially cool when die-cut from scrap paper panels.
And scrap cuts look even spiffier when they are put on a card.
I created all three of the umbrellas on this card with scraps. To give each umbrella a more personal touch, I added a button, pearls and twine to them.
Want to make some scrap cuts like mine? You are in luck. The generous folks at Paper Smooches have offered up one of their brand-new Baby Shower die sets to give to one of you. Leave a comment for me by Friday, April 5th at 5 pm MDT, and I will pick one of you to win it.
Yours in “scrap” happiness,
Paper Crafts Go-to Gal