I decided it was time to organize my paper stash. I have a terrible habit of saving every little scrap. So I gathered them all up and organized those as well.
I started sorting by size. This went on several times as I worked on this paper scrap project. My goal was to not have any scraps left. While that was a noble goal, I didn’t quite get there but I made a huge dent. Pretty much what I have left is bigger scraps (with the occasional small scrap that escaped detection).
I was going to share everything I did in this post but then realized it was going to be a huge post. So I am showing you the first project which might seem a little out of order (you’ll see why).
I had several bits from two previous ATC projects. All of these were random pages covered in mod podge. The pages were thick and super glossy. I should step back for a moment and explain that what started all this was a tutorial I saw on making these starbursts out of scrap paper. I thought I would just make as many as I could. However, after using up all this paper, I had several cards so I went on to another project.
After gathering my scraps, I got out my card blanks. I wanted to use these to make birthday cards. I found in my stash a collection of index cards. The regular size fit into my card blanks perfectly so I used those as the base of my starbursts.
I cut the scraps into triangles (most were not very large rectangles so I just cut those on the diagonal). I didn’t measure or make sure my triangles were perfect in any way.
Once I had all my triangles, I went about gluing them onto the index cards. I just fiddled until they fit together. *I should note that I just used a basic school glue for this.
Then I trimmed off the edges so I had a very clean and controlled starburst. I also had more scraps.
The pieces that were no longer usable for the starburst became part of a mosiac. Between the two designs, I threw away just the tiniest of scraps at the very end.
To finish off the cards, I went back to my scrap stash. I picked a bunch of plain papers.
I stamped on “Happy Birthday” using a plain black ink. For those I could, I punched out a 1″ circle. For those that didn’t fit, I cut into rectangles. For some, I used decorative scissors.
To finish the cards, I used larger scraps for the backing and then assembled the card.
Now I have a new collection of birthday cards. Typically, I don’t designate what the cards are for just in case but this time, I wanted specific cards. I love the look and they are so much fun.