A Hobby within a Hobby

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I generate enormous amounts of scraps when I scrapbook. Patterned paper is one of my enduring loves when it comes to scrapbooking supplies so even if a piece of paper is partially used, I still find it difficult to let go of the leftovers. My paper scrap stash is impressive and I am here to show you one of the ways that I reduce my stash: making ready-made paper piecings. I call this my hobby within the scrapbooking hobby or as my second child calls it “making animals.”

When I wrap up a layout, the papers on my table are at its most coordinated state. I often turn to my beloved Cricut machine or Cameo to make cuts and prepare the scraps for the next step. As you can see here, I have a stash of already made paper piecings that can be easily incorporated into a card by adding a sentiment and some additional papers. This is also an activity that my second child loves doing with me so there’s plenty of quality bonding time for us. Indeed, she also has a little box of her own where she keeps her “animals” with their given names on the back. I would say mine are better assembled than hers, but who’s judging?


Here are a few cards I’ve made with my paper scraps.






This is a good way to use up some scraps but of course it creates smaller scraps. Now if you have ideas on how to further deal with the smaller scraps, please let me know.  I do put them into the recycle bin, but I’ve been known to fish some out because I am a weak-minded person when it comes to letting pretty papers go, however small the pieces might be!


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4 Responses to A Hobby within a Hobby

  1. Gabriella says:

    Thank you so much this is a great idea. I will be starting my box today.

  2. Gloria says:

    I know about not being willing to part with my scraps. I just cannot cut them into those neat 6×6 pieces and have them all so artfully, carefully arranged as I always think that I might need just a little bit larger piece for something. Yours is a good idea for using those little pieces though. I confess to loving my scrap stash!!

  3. Mai Britt says:

    I punch little flowers, leaves etc. from my scraps.

    Also, I love the Stampin Up Owl Punch, so I create little “blouses”, buttons, butterflies, hats etc. that I can use to decorate owls, penguins etc. from small pieces of scrap :)

  4. Patti S. says:

    Your cards are beautiful! I like the idea of using scraps to make such beautiful things. I love the animals. What a nice thing to be able to do with your kids. Thank you so much for sharing! I will be saving my scraps from now on.

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