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By Sarah Hodgkinson

Table Scraps

Fun uses for your scrapbooking leftovers
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When I was a child, the rule at the dinner table was, “We spent good money on this food. You’re going to finish everything on your plate before you may be excused. There are starving children in the world, you know.” Now, in my adult years, I find myself back at the table trying

to finish off everything that is in front of me. But this time around, it’s a craft table.

Just like my parents, when I think about the “good money” I spent on my craft supplies, I want to use up every last morsel of their goodness. One of my favorite ways to do this is to combine two ancient arts that have both been around for hundreds of years—scrapbooking and card making. And with the choice cuts of cardstock, palatable patterned papers, and enticing embellishments that have emerged in the past decade, it’s easier (and more fun!) than ever to “lick your plate clean.” The next time you create something divine for your album, pile up those leftovers and create a scrumptious card to give away to a loved one as well.


The Ingredients



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I called upon three of my friends and fellow design team members at Jillibean Soup and Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock, challenging each of us to create a layout and a coordinated card using the exact same ingredient list:

  • One sheet of Snowflake white cardstock (Core’dinations)
  • One sheet of Core Impressions cardstock from the Jillibean Soup Collection in any color or pre-embossed pattern (Core’dinations)
  • One sheet of kraft paper or printed kraft paper (Jillibean Soup)
  • One sheet of Soup Staples (double-sided patterned paper) in any color (Jillibean Soup)
  • One set of letter stickers in any color (Jillibean Soup)


The Recipes

Course #1


canvas flower and journaling sprout (Jillibean Soup) • leaf punch (Martha Stewart Crafts) • Pea Gemini Jen font • 12 x 12 layout and card by Paula Gilarde

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For this layout, Paula began by lightly sanding the surface of the green, pre-embossed cardstock that serves as the base of the layout. (This sanding technique brings out the texture and pattern of the paper.) She then trimmed the white cardstock to 11 x 11, saving a 1 x 12 strip to use on the card. The beauty of including the red, polka-dot strip in the middle of the layout is that it hides the cut line that allowed Paula to run the white cardstock through her printer for journaling. The printed kraft paper was chopped in half—half for the layout and half for the base of the card. The same trick was used for the double-sided grid/polka-dot paper. And finally, a few journaling spots were used to draw focus to the lettering, and a canvas flower added a nice touch to the card. Delicious, Paula!

Tip: Before adhering her page together, Paula cut a section from the middle of the green background cardstock and used it to create the die-cut leaves for the card.


Course #2


punches (EK Success, Martha Stewart Crafts) • pen (Martha Stewart Crafts) • adhesives (Scotch, 3L Scrapbook Adhesives) • ink (ColorBox) • other: sewing machine and thread • 12 x 12 layout and card by Kimber McGray

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To cook up this yummy combo, Kimber used every last drop of her white cardstock. She sliced it into two 6 x 12 strips, using one piece for the photo mat on the layout and the other for both the card base and the layout’s handwritten journaling strips. After the main pieces were assembled, she used her sewing machine to spice up the layout—adding detail to the handmade accents and a subtle border that secures the white cardstock in place. Since Kimber only needed small bits of black-and-white patterned paper for this layout, she has enough left over that she can easily stir up another project.

Tip: Create a perfect full moon with just a circle punch, a bat punch, and a bit of blank ink. Kimber punched her moon from the leftover pre-embossed cardstock and the bats from the double-sided patterned paper (polka-dots on one side, a grid on the other).


Course #3


journaling sprouts, kraft shipping tag, cool bean button (Jillibean Soup) • border punch (Martha Stewart Crafts) • brads (Basic Grey, Making Memories) • pen (American Crafts) • ink (Storage Unit, Inks & More) • chipboard (Magistical Memories) • string (Coats and Clark) • 12 x 12 layout and card by Kim Moreno

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Kim sliced and diced her papers carefully for this scrumptious two-course meal. She began by sanding the red, pre-embossed cardstock and dividing it in half—one strip for the layout and the rest reserved for the card base. The blue grid paper used on the card was snipped away from a section of her background paper that does not appear in the final layout. She cut the white cardstock down so she could mat her three photos individually, which visually ties into the white journaling sprouts she used in two places on her layout and once on her card.

Tip: For best results, use a scoring blade (or a scoring tool) to crease thick cardstock, especially if it’s embossed, before folding it into a card base.


Course #4


letter dies and embossing folder (Quickutz) • butterflies die and binder punch (Stampin’ Up!) • trinket pin (Maya Road) • circle cutter (Creative Memories) • corner rounder (We R’ Memory Keepers) • sticker maker (Xyron) • layering tape (Helmar) • Mason font • other: sewing machine and thread • 12 x 12 layout and card by Sarah Hodgkinson

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In the preparation stage of this layout, I used a sliding-blade trimmer to cut a 10 x 10 square from the center of the kraft paper. I then cut the square in half, using one piece for the large circle and die-cut butterflies on the card. The remaining 5 x 10 section was perfect for a card base; I just scored in across the center and folded it into a 5 x 5 card. As for the white cardstock, every last crumb was devoured by my die-cut letters, journaling strips, and oversize photo mat! The floral pre-embossed cardstock, on the other hand, appears sparingly on the layout and moderately on the card. And that’s fine by me; now I have the option of adding plenty of pretty red flowers to future concoctions.

Tip: Save time with a sketch! This layout is based on a sketch by Donna Jannuzzi from her eBook Stretch Your Sketches




kraft paper (Jillibean Soup) • poinsettia cardstock (Core’dinations) • binder punch (Stampin’ Up!) • embossing folders (ProvoCraft) • circle punch (Fiskars) • Advantage font • business card design program (PrintMaster Gold by Broderbund) • business card by Sarah Hodgkinson

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Bonus Idea: I’m a firm believer that one must never waste kraft paper. I keep all my kraft paper scraps throughout the year and use them to create business cards to give out at classes that I teach or craft events that I attend.


The Clean Up

What if you still have bits and pieces left, even after all of this? The best trick I have found for keeping my scraps organized is to hang on to as many clear, resealable 12 x 12 bags as I can. That way I can keep all my paper lines together and, when I have a scrap that measures bigger than 2 inches square, I can throw it into the bag and use it later for another project. Large, clear plastic tubs are also handy for storing scraps that don’t go with a particular paper line or scrapbooking kit. My 5-year-old daughter knows that when she needs to add a little something “extra” to her projects she can always check my storage tub for a little crafting snack.

For more fun ideas from Sarah, visit her blog. And for lots more inspiration to help you be creative with limited supplies, get your copy of, Eight is Enough: Easy ways to stretch supplies and use leftovers, an innovative eBook from the designers of the Studio Calico monthly kit club.

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