Before all of this pandemic madness hit, I got sick. For 2 weeks I have been cooped up at home doing nothing. As soon as I got better, schools were closed. So here I am, with far more time than I am used to having. My first thought was to scrap. (It should have been cleaning the house, but scrapping is just so much more appealing.)
As I have been cleaning up my scraproom a bit, I discovered that my scraps have once again gotten out of control. That means one thing. It’s time to make some cards. I’m not a creative card maker. I put some matching strips of paper together and then see what matching embellishments I can throw on them. So my first job was separating out the scraps into piles of papers that would work together. From there, I grab a pile and start creating.
For my first card, I chose that flower strip. It’s from an October Afternoon collection called Woodland Park. Oh, how I loved that collection. I paired it with a scrap of berry colored cardstock. At first I tried layering a few more paper strips, but it just didn’t look right. Deciding simplicity was best, I chose some twine to frame the floral paper strip. Next, I pulled out that pink flower for the bottom corner. That made the card look a bit unbalanced. What goes better with a flower than a butterfly? I just happen to have quite a few of those kraft butterflies in my stash. Then I did some digging and found the “So Thankful” sticker in my stash. I added a tiny brad to fancy it up a bit.
The next two cards follow similar patterns. A few strips of paper with some twine used as an embellishment to hide where the paper comes together. Then I find a matching embellishment. The flower is a die-cut piece that’s been sitting in a bag for years. The bee is a chipboard piece that I’ve had for over a decade! Then I place the sentiment either on a sticker, or a banner that I’ve cut out. If someone could help me with sentiments, that would be great. It’s always the part I struggle with when card making.
The next two cards took a bit more effort on my part. Instead of placing a pre-made embellishment, I got out my stamps. On the left, I was trying my hand at my new alcohol markers. I definitely have some learning to do. My blending isn’t great. I also had very few markers, so I didn’t have the range of colors I would have liked to have. On the right, I was trying out my watercolor pencils. Obviously, I am no artist. Still, coloring is something I can certainly work to improve.
Now I have five new cards, and a few less scraps. I was hoping it would make a noticeable dent in my scrap collection. Sadly, it didn’t. It looks like it’s time to put together a few layouts made completely out of scraps. On the upside, if my scraps are getting out of control, it must mean I am cutting into paper!