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 If I said I was back, would you believe me? Blogging is complicated, and there are so many "get rich quick" blogging schemes that make it look like you are a lost cause if you are not currently earning money blogging. And why are you even blogging if you don't have multiple streams of income and entertainment. If you don't have a brand? I do have this website, but I do not have Instagram, Twitter, TikTok (you don't want to see me dance), or whatever is next.  Heck, I haven't even updated this since before the pandemic. So why am I here, writing about being back and then, probably ghosting for another two years? Life has been rough. It's been painful and overwhelming. I am so thankful for you my readers, or what is left of you. I am so thankful you are reading this post. I am so thankful that you are still committed to making the world a more exciting and more sustainable place.  Keep up-cycling my friends, and you never know, I might be back again with an

Crafty Cards with Leslie from Try To Keep Up

Hello all you lovely Stashbusting beauties!
I'm Leslie, sister to the imaginative Jill from Envirocraftiness, and I blog over at Try To Keep Up!  I'm so thrilled to be guest posting here at the T-Shirt Diaries for Stashbusting September!  And today I'm gonna be 'busting some crap....er I mean scraps!

If you're a paper crafter, like me, you can't stay away from patterned paper!  Oh the designs!  Thing is, once you've cut that pristine piece of paper, you're left with wonky little scraps of paper.  What to do?  Use 'em, in either of these 2 card layouts!
Simplistic Circles
Gather a bunch of seemingly mis-matched paper scraps
Then cut out a lot of little circles.  Depending on the size of your card these circles can range from the size of a quarter to a loonie or toonie (Canadian dollar and $2 coin respectively). 
I was really fancy and used my glue stick as my circle template.

Then start gluing those circles onto the card in rows, slightly overlapping each circle over the previous one.  The degree of overlap is up to you.

Once the card is about 2/3rds covered in circles you can stop.  Flip the card over to see if there are any circles peaking out past the card edge.  Trim those edges off so that your card sits flat and fits in an envelope.  Then add your caption.  Since this is a birthday card for a 17 year old dance student of mine, I wanted something fun.  I used more scraps for my stamped message, and made them correspond with the colours already used on the card, which is easy, since there are so many!

For a little extra flare I added some layered paper flowers attached with brads to the far left side.  You could add anything; chipboard, stickers, rub-ons, but I personally like a 3-D element!

Then add your very special message inside. 
I used my favourite sharpies in corresponding colours.

Attach the title to the front of the card and ta da!

#2 Punch-tastic
 A very obvious way to use up scraps is to make a card using paper punches.  And since it's September, I made a autumn inspired leaf card.

Punch out all those leaves in various fall colours.

Then draw an bare armed tree on the front of your card. (Sharpies to the rescue!)
Next  glue those leaves onto the tree.  Don't forget to add a couple wafting down....it's called fall for a reason y'know!
My punch happens to be a Maple Leaf.  This was not a blatant Canadian-esque design, but I'm happy it is! Oh Canada.

Top it off with a lurvely autumn quote and you've got a great quick & easy card to bring over to Thanksgiving dinner!

This punch card is totally customizable....instead of leafs it could be silver stars in a midnight blue sky....ooh, that's a good idea!  Excuse me, but I have some scraps to transform into stars. 
Thanks for having me over Robin-it was a blast.



Zoe said…
I love this- I have sooo many scraps of paper- can't stand to get rid of them but never knew what to do with them! Thanks!
Unknown said…
Oh I think that circle one is such a neat idea!
JLynneCreations said…
I loved this idea, and made my own version- see it here: http://myartsycraftywhatever.blogspot.com/2012/03/new-card.html

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