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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ready-to-Use Scraps

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"Scrappy Pocket Cards"
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Now that the Stampin' Up!
Annual Catalog is retiring,
I usually go through all of my
Designer Series Paper
and get a bit

I hope you enjoy this tip.
It's one my club members have told me
year after year it is a most valued tip
they could ever receive.
Let's face it, we all want to be
and we all

Here is a tip that will allow you
to be and have BOTH!

I keep all of my DSP in its original package
the entire time I am using it.
That is...
UNTIL it has only 2-3 FULL 12" x12" sheets
remaining in the package.
That is when I remove the stiff
white board piece which supports the DSP
and file it for a later use.
(These pieces make great mini album covers!)

The photo above shows everything I have
remaining from a package of
"Venetian Romance."

Begin by separating the largest pieces
(set all 12" x 12" or similar pieces aside)
from the smaller pieces.
(shown above)

Next separate the LONG pieces
from the SHORT pieces.

Decide early on what you will keep
as your "standard" sizes.
For me, it is...
4" x 4"
3" x 3"
2" x 2"
1" x 5-1/2".

I find the sizes mentioned above to be
ones that help me utilize
as much of the DSP as possible
and always seem to be sizes I use on
greeting cards and scrapbook pages.

You may find other sizes better fit
your own paper art needs.
If you have never practiced this
"scrappy" way to be organized,
then follow the measurements given for
your first time and go from there.

In the above photo,
all scrap pieces have been separtated
into "similar" sizes.

This is when the "purge" begins.
I know it is a tough thing for some of us
to "let go" of our DSP
regardless of the size or shape...
but hear me out (wink).


I simply can not stress that enough.

Does this mean *I* am "always" organized?
Pfft.  Absolutely not.
If I were so,
there would be a post here on
"Always Stampin'"
every... single... day.
Alas, we do what we can do
(insert smile)
"let go" of the rest (insert bigger SMILE.)

If any of the scrap pieces do not fit
the measurements listed above
or can not be trimmed to fit
those same measurements,
they go in the...

yup... waste basket!

Check out the pieces in the above photo.
They all look worthy of saving, right?
They all measure "about" 1-1/2" x 1-3/4".
Not all of them are the same.
And I would spend more time trimming them
to an even 1" x 1" than what is
worth it for my personal schedule.
So even these little sweeties
have to say "bye-bye."

The largest pieces are always easy
to work with because they produce
the gem size of 4" x 4"!
This perfect little square of DSP
is always the first size I grab
when I am in need of
making a QUICK CARD or
when I really want to crank out
the scrapbook pages for my
memory albums.

When I am all finished trimming,
the above photo shows
my neat and tidy...
so well organized batch of
Designer Series Paper.
Then I keep ALL of my ready-to-use pieces
stored in a container that sits
to my design table.
This way, I am encouraged regularly to
take advantage of my hard work
and put to good use
these still amazing pieces of
Stampin' Up! DSP.

I SO LOVE this system!!!

Above and below are just some
super duper quick ways
these ready-to-use pieces can be utilized.

The very first photo in this post
(I hope you're still with me, wink)
is one of my favorite greeting cards
to create when I am in a hurry
or have a big batch of greetings to put together.

It's created utilizing that
"gem of a size" scrap I mentioned early...
4" x 4"
and here is what to do
to create this adorable card...

Score the 4" x 4" ready-to-use piece
at 1" on one side and 1/2" on all other sides.

Trim away the corners OPPOSITE
of the 1" scored edge as shown.

(I used a white piece of paper in the pic
so it would be easier to visualize
without the pattern of the DSP.)

Fold the 1" edge down and the 1/2" edges back
so it creates a "pocket."

Apply adhesive to the folded 1/2" edges
(the adhesive will be added to the
pattern you want to see MOST.)

Add this piece to the front of
a greeting card OR scrapbook page.
These pockets are great for
you name it!

Here you see how I've tucked a
Culver's gift card into the pocket.

And this card shows a sweet little
Origami Owl charm in a jewelry bag
attached to the flower and then
tucked into the pocket of the card.
(Why yes... yes, I do design for O2!)
(Feel free to contact me, by the way... wink.)

There you have it!
A great way to get organized
for the upcoming fun of the new
and also be creative at the same time!
I love how God supplies
just what we need... just when we need it!

Thanks for visiting!
Have a creative and organized day!

Stamps:  Mixed Bunch, Lots of Thanks
Inks:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey
Card Stock/Papers:  Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, Lullaby Designer Series Paper   
Tools:  Blossom Punch,Extra Large Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Simply Scored Tool, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, Big Shot Machine, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
Other:  Hello Honey Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Dimensionals

Stamps:  Mixed Bunch, Lots of Thanks
Inks:  Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Card Stock/Papers:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding, Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper  
Tools:  Blossom Punch,Extra Large Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Big Shot Machine, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder
Other:  Dimensionals

Stamps:  Mixed Bunch, Lots of Thanks
Inks:  Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray
Card Stock/Papers:  Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper  
Tools:   Blossom Punch,Extra Large Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Big Shot Machine, Arrows Embossing Folder
Other: Dimensionals, Jewelry Bag

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