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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