How to Use Paper Scraps to Create Scrapbook Accents

Hi there! I’m Smitha Katti, and I am so excited to be talking about a scrapbooking technique on the CK blog today! I regularly share everything that is crafty in life at my blog Smiling Colors. If you are Club CK peep, you might have seen me around there too.

I have a fun scrapbooking tutorial to share today. As scrapbookers, we are all sure to have a paper stash. Many of us also have a bin filled with scrap pieces of paper, those tiny bits that are just too pretty to throw away but never make it onto a scrapbook page ever again. Today I’m pulling those out to create a few fresh, new accents to use on my pages.

First, I trimmed scraps of various papers and adhered them onto a plain white paper using archival-safe glue. These scrap paper strips can be as narrow or as wide as you want, and can be monochromatic or span a palette of colors. You can see that I chose a totally colorful option here below.

Glue paper strips to cardstock

After I had adhered a whole row down, I trimmed it using a paper trimmer to form a long strip.

Trim to create a long strip

While this could be used as a border all by itself, here I chose to punch out evenly spaced circles and use it as a border to frame small embellishments. I chose a circle punch, but you could totally use any punch in any shape to amp up your border here.

Punch shapes from the strip

I love the pop of color this border provides, and yet since I punched out a major portion of it, the colors are not too overwhelming.

Here’s a look at the layout I created using it. I placed the border beneath my photos and used it to frame some animal stickers.

"A Day at the Zoo" scrapbook layout by Smitha Katti for Creating Keepsakes magazine

A Day at the Zoo by Smitha Katti.

Now, those scrappy circles I punched out were perfect to use as embellishments to create another quick fun layout.

"Ready Set Squirm" scrapbook layout by Smitha Katti for Creating Keepsakes magazine

Ready Set Squirm by Smitha Katti.

This layout is all about how my little baby is trying to get out of her chair. She is all set to start crawling soon. The circles imply motion, so they reinforce the page’s theme here.

Another thing I did on both these layouts was mix up colors for my title. This is a great way to use up those leftover alphabets (I always seem to run out of the vowels and S’s), so this way you have plenty of letters and can create a long title!

I hope you are inspired to use up those paper scraps and create something fun! Happy scrapping!

Now for a giveaway. The awesome people at Fiskars are giving three of their brand new Super-Sized XXXXL Lever punches to one lucky winner! Leave a comment on this post to enter this giveaway, and we’ll randomly choose a winner. (Please note, we are unable to ship prizes outside the US.)

Fiskars XXXXL punches

If you are interested in seeing how I use these XXXXL punches on my layouts, stop by my blog and say hi!

Smitha Katti




P.S. Want to learn more great tips? Come to a FREE scrapbooking class offered by Creating Keepsakes Dream Team member  Kim Watson in Club CK this Thursday, May 10, at 11:00 am (MDT). You’ll create a fancy-schmancy Mother’s Day card that will knock your mama’s socks off!

"Mother's Day Card" scrapbooking class by Kim Watson

Congratulations to our winner! To claim your prize, watch for an email in your inbox.

Margie Van Evera: What a great idea! I have tons of scraps and this is a fun way to use them! Thanks, Smitha and CK

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99 Responses to How to Use Paper Scraps to Create Scrapbook Accents

  1. Kelly Sas says:

    Anytime I can use up my scraps is a great day! Thanks for sharing such great ideas!!!

  2. tammy k says:

    LOVE this idea!!!

  3. Carmen says:

    Hopefully I didn’t miss the deadline. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Sherry Murphy says:

    I would love to win!! This is awesome!!

  5. Miss Cooper says:

    I adore these punches!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. J. Jones says:

    Wonderful giveaway!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Keesha says:

    I’m crazy for that lovely birdie punch!! You guys rock!

  8. Jennifer D. says:

    Nice idea for using scraps! Great punches, too !

  9. Marilyn Nimmo says:

    LOVE using scraps to make such wonderful accents. Haven’t seen those punches, but they look fabulous! Thanks for a chance to win.

  10. Felicia Young says:

    Love the punches! Thanks for the chance!

  11. jengd says:

    I keep scraps smaller than I probably should but I find that I use a lot of them. Cute idea and execution! Thanks for the chance.

  12. Margie Van Evera says:

    What a great idea! I have tons of scraps and this is a fun way to use them! Thanks, Smitha and CK!

  13. joann keisler says:

    I love the idea of the large punches. There are so many uses for them.

  14. Manuela Benetti says:

    I love the scrap paper ideas! And thank you for the chance to win those awesome punches!

  15. Carol M. says:

    Great idea for using scraps!!! I can never have enough punches…especially by Fiskers!

  16. Priya Mohan says:

    Great idea for using scraps..the punches are so tempting!..thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Nina Yang says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Love using scraps!

  18. tammy g says:

    Those punches will make it so much faster for me! Would love them.

  19. Amy Jones #8546 says:

    great idea…Love Fiskars punches. thanks for the chance.

  20. Emily H says:

    Is this still open? These are punches are fantastic!!

  21. NicoleA says:

    What cute punches! That little bird is super cute :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. cora says:

    I love punches! Thanks for the opportunity :)

  23. This is so neat! I have been using tiny scraps for banners and flags but I love getting a border and circles!

  24. Twylia Bell says:

    I need those punches!!! Please pick me!

  25. SandyP says:

    I love your ideas….esp. the layout with the border with the holes with the animals peeking out! So adorable!!

  26. Stephanie DiSabato says:

    I just loved your punched layout! What a great way to use scraps!

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  28. Tasha says:

    I like it very much! perfect idea !

  29. Beth Lail says:

    Love how you made your own unique paper pattern. I will certainly try this, especially since I also have a huge scrap paper collection :D

  30. Swati says:

    Great ideas! I love your layouts! Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Pam Magnuson says:

    This is a wonderful way to use your scraps! I’m a scrapper that loves to use all my supplies! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Mike says:

    Really good idea to use the leftover scraps we collect over time. The punches would work great with some of the things I want to do also.
    thanks for the Great ideas.

  33. stinker says:

    your ideas for using scraps are great! i really like how you used the left-over punched piece as a border :) thanks so much for the chance to win those awesome punches!!

  34. kate haslbauer says:

    thanks for such a simple way to use up the draw full of scraps i have. would love to win these punches so i could have some fun shapes to try this with.

  35. Laurie Wilson says:

    What a great idea for using scraps! I can’t wait to try this out on my next layout. I have been hoarding little scraps forever, and this is a great way to use them! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Those are great tips.
    I punch out circles, squares, or scalloped circles from my cricut cut scraps and save them for my paper rossettes backing…

  37. Wonderful use of scraps!

  38. Jessica says:

    This is an awesome tip to use scraps! I always love to learn new ways to use up scraps! Thank you!

  39. Elizabeth Smith says:

    What a great way to add some “pop” to any page…and using all the scraps that we ALL have! Love the zoo layout!!

  40. i love the punchs, and what a good way to use up all those scraps. I always try to re-use left overs on other pages but run out of ideas to use the, this is definite a great idea to hold onto. thanks.

  41. Terry Hamilton says:

    I save all my tiny scraps so I can’t wait to try your technique!

  42. Chris says:

    I love this idea! I can’t wait to use it on a layout.

  43. Denise Smith says:

    I love this idea! The layout is great.

  44. carol says:

    These circles are so cute and I love the Zoo titles. I’d love to have these punches.

  45. Ronna says:

    What a fantastic way to “upcycle” and still use the scrapbook papers for that purpose! When my kids have a small project to do that requires small paper scraps, I usually let them raid my stash, but I love the idea with the sticker accents!

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  47. Sherry Waite says:

    I’m always looking for ways to use my scraps! Thanks for the idea, I know I will be using it! Sherry

  48. Shelly says:

    I keep all my scraps and was just thinking of something to do with them. Now I’m motivated! Thanks for the great idea.

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