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Old 06-09-2020, 11:38 AM   #41
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I do save them up for awhile and then at some point I decide to sit down and use as many as I can for donation cards. Before I found SCS, I would donate to our local cancer center, nursing homes and some sites I found on-line. Depending on the item (background, flower, etc.), I might continue to save it, but sometimes I would just let it go into the trash. So, I guess I do both. Someone above mentioned using your elements for tags. Another idea, Jennifer McGuire just did a post on adding removable bookmarks on a card. I am sure there are groups who would love to get cards with a "gift" on the front. Here's the link to her blog post:

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Keeping them or throwing -- either way can be cathartic. Maybe just do a bit of both. Good luck.
I used to donate boxes of handmade cards to Operation Write Home, and now I donate to local nursing homes. The nursing homes only accept fairly flat cards, with no glitter etc, so I tend to make cards from scratch for them. The bookmarks idea is a great one though, and maybe I can start tucking a few bookmarks in with the cards, I think that seniors are the few people who still read actual paper books anymore (and I include myself in that group!)
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Old 06-09-2020, 11:44 AM   #42
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This is my prefer way to stamp and die cut. I make everything ahead of time and then dig through my baggies. If I have to set down with my dies and stamps to make a project I am just over it before I started.

I love my baggie pre-cut-stamp system so much that I have one day each month I set down and just cut and stamp. It's a good way to get rid of scraps.
I thought that was the easiest way for me to stamp and die cut as well, especially when I lacked time. That's one reason I'm left with bags and bags, and containers and drawers, full of pre-stamped or die cut images. Don't even get me started on the bins full of punched shapes..ugh. The problem is that I made too many...and in all the wrong colors. Most of my "problem leftovers" are from years ago and I don't even remember which ink color etc. I used.

My box of pre-cut and punched squares and circles are sitting next to my craft desk now and I'm trying my hardest to pull one out every so often. Trying to coordinate colors for something that was made before I started my project feels backwards to me, and is really tough.
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Please...Please...PLEASE!!! Don't throw them away, my niece is the director at a daycare center and they love to have random things to color, trace or examples of things that the kids can draw!

Please think of nursing homes, assisted living centers, and even churches that might LOVE to have them....maybe even schools, creative group activities after school, or in an art class...

We have several "shut-ins" that belong to our church, and they love to color...anything!!!


If you can't find a place to donate them, please offer them to your friends, neighbors, etc., maybe they can think of place for them.

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I’ve been saving my bits and pieces for the last 10 years (had a 10-year hiatus before that) and never got around to using them while I continued to collect new stamps and embellies. A couple years ago I finally started making striped cards with my leftover paper strips (and loved them). This year I made a decision to use up leftover images and pieces from kits, classes, card front swaps, etc. What works best for me with images is to start with the image (which means keep your image pile handy and go to it *first*). Find a color of base paper that works with whatever image you pick - not necessarily a match, just a workable combo. Go next to your scrap papers for additional layers (rather than cutting up new sheets). Move them around on the card randomly, looking for arrangements that appeal to you. For tiny images, I’d suggest mounting them on small squares and using them as “inches.” It also helps me to pre-make cards rather than waiting until I need one for a specific person/event. That allows for more freedom of design than when I’m trying to “please” a specific person or conform to a theme. I find I really enjoy the challenge of making my scraps work for me.
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I love the idea of the bookmarks....
I am a Library Media Specialist at two different schools (one is Pre-K to 12, and the other is K-5).

Students would LOVE getting images/words/phrases that they could add to a bookmark, or a bookmark that they could color and keep or share.

GREAT IDEA!!
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Old 06-09-2020, 02:56 PM   #46
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Is there anywhere on SCS where someone could ask for certain card components? Like die cuts, certain punched pieces, stamped images to color, or just anything that's been talked about on this thread?
Maybe like ISO but limit what you ask for or send to a request to just what fits in a regular sized envie that would only need one stamp?
Might sound odd but I just sometimes need something new to me to make a card or punched pieces for a certain holiday but don't have or can't have the equipment to dIY.
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Is there anywhere on SCS where someone could ask for certain card components? Like die cuts, certain punched pieces, stamped images to color, or just anything that's been talked about on this thread?
Maybe like ISO but limit what you ask for or send to a request to just what fits in a regular sized envie that would only need one stamp?
Might sound odd but I just sometimes need something new to me to make a card or punched pieces for a certain holiday but don't have or can't have the equipment to dIY.
there is a sub forum inside the RAK group called "wish rak" and people play fairy godmother there by granting other peoples wishes. ( you start with 3) and you earn the privilege to make more wishes by granting other peoples.
as far as I know this is what you are asking sounds like to me. you have to ask to join the RAK group and it may take a couple of weeks to be approved if I remember right.

( I am not sure it still is happening but, a long time ago I used to wish for stamping bella gals because, some of them I could color their jaw lines and some I could not, so it saved me a little money to not buy every bella under the sun and find that I could not color her they were a long time ago not size consistent)
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I’ve been saving my bits and pieces for the last 10 years (had a 10-year hiatus before that) and never got around to using them while I continued to collect new stamps and embellies. A couple years ago I finally started making striped cards with my leftover paper strips (and loved them). This year I made a decision to use up leftover images and pieces from kits, classes, card front swaps, etc. What works best for me with images is to start with the image (which means keep your image pile handy and go to it *first*). Find a color of base paper that works with whatever image you pick - not necessarily a match, just a workable combo. Go next to your scrap papers for additional layers (rather than cutting up new sheets). Move them around on the card randomly, looking for arrangements that appeal to you. For tiny images, I’d suggest mounting them on small squares and using them as “inches.” It also helps me to pre-make cards rather than waiting until I need one for a specific person/event. That allows for more freedom of design than when I’m trying to “please” a specific person or conform to a theme. I find I really enjoy the challenge of making my scraps work for me.
Oh, I'm the queen of scraps for certain! I keep ALL of my scraps and use them for small die cuts, punched shapes etc. Nearly all of my cards use mostly scraps and they are used for mats and in my scrapbooking as well. the striped background is one that I've used for card bases and tags alike. My scraps are in large baggies, in a box by my desk and I dip into those first. It's pre-colored stamped images that are the hardest for me to use because I get too hung up on matching the colors exactly etc. I just need to get over that for my donation cards, and turn those left-overs into something that will bring a smile to a nursing home resident's face.
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Old 06-09-2020, 04:16 PM   #49
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I do stamp and colour multiples. I belong to a paper crafting group who meet once a week (well, before the coronavirus hit us!) and I take extras there when they add up and let the gang pick out what they think they can use. The rest I give to the local elementary school because the teachers have to use their own money to buy craft supplies, which I don't think is right.
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I do stamp and colour multiples. I belong to a paper crafting group who meet once a week (well, before the coronavirus hit us!) and I take extras there when they add up and let the gang pick out what they think they can use. The rest I give to the local elementary school because the teachers have to use their own money to buy craft supplies, which I don't think is right.
A couple of years ago, I went through all my supplies and found packages and packages of large die cut shapes that I had ordered years ago (before I owned a die cut machine). There were shapes like boats and airplanes, large die cut sentiments, travel themes, people, etc...just about everything. I donated them to my granddaughter's classrooms, along with lots of stickers. I asked the teachers first, if they could use them, and they were thrilled. Also donated extra glue sticks. My granddaughter's school asks parents to supply extra pencils, glue sticks, paper etc., even boxes of tissue. Apparently, none of that is supplied by the school so the teachers have to kick in.
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I just got rid of boxes of these "problem" as I was moving. My daughter just graduated college with a degree in visual arts and art education and starts her first real job as an art teacher in a middle school in the fall. Her classroom has zero supplies so I am collecting this stuff now and asking friends and family to donate paper and stuff they no longer want so that she can get a variety of supplies without having to spend a ton of her own money as she does not know what kind of budget she will have to work with and there is nothing to even get started with. So if anyone needs a new home for those supplies and extras please let me know! She would love to put it to good use!
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I bought one of the Iris Photo boxes, with 16 small photo cases in it. I have labelled the small cases and sort my "extras" into those - eg Christmas, Hallowe'en, Children, Misc Shapes etc. I find I do go to those to check what I have before I start re-inventing the wheel. Every so often I go through them and discard those that I haven't used and have been there for a while.
This is what I do with all my extras too!
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Old 06-09-2020, 11:51 PM   #53
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Oh yeah! The bits I’ve saved drive me nuts and I tell myself I’m crazy for saving it all, but I have this deep rooted fear of needing some piece of nothing the day after I throw it out.
I’ve said to myself, “This is awesome paper, but it’s taking up too much room. I’ll just punch some shapes out of it. Sooner or later I’ll be able to use those shapes." Ahem. When is too much later????
Still, I do find my bits, particularly stamped images, are helpful when I’m trying to decide if an image is the right size, or if it will look better in this corner or over there, and is this the colour that goes best…Sometimes I want to experiment with how many images or shapes I want on a card. I also find I can grab a piece for masking.
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Old 06-10-2020, 03:44 AM   #54
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What great ideas!! I started scrapbooking 20 yrs ago when my parents died. I was on a budget so when my friends and i started we'd go to shop hops and the mega meets. I didn't have money but was hooked. I just bought paper and used the stores die cuts and i cut hundreds of images. When i went to friends house i would stamp dozens of images from my friends stamps. So guess what i have tons of images, die cuts and scrap paper.
I recently retired and made myself finally organize my room. I started making book marks to go in my cards.

The ideas of the striped background is something i'm going to try. Also keeping a basket by me is a great idea.
I once made cards for my vet clinic for people that had pets that died.
I will start making cards and book marks so once the world gets back to normal i will find places to donate.
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I am also a junk journaler, so any scraps or spares are a useable resource. They are also great for fixing up a quick card or journaling type gift. I do try to keep them in themed groups so that they can be used quickly, but when the pile of scrap paper gets too much I do have a clear out. At the moment we are all in lockdown in the UK so I am challenging myself to use up as much as I can of what I already have. I actually used up a whole pad of scrapbooking paper the other day!
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Kids and teenagers don't have the same issue with misc stuff. Have a card making party and throw it all on the table with card bases and them create their own cards. It will be fun for everyone!
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I purchased small plastic drawer unit that could sit on table and labeled drawers, cats, dogs, birds, flowers. All extra pieces I fussy cut and put in those. I also have some envelopes in a box labeled with butterflies and bugs, I keep them because they come in handy when I need a quick card. What piles up for me is strips and pieces of paper that are smaller than card or ATC size. Those I wind up throwing out every now and then, Face it paper crafters are hoarders incognito!
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What great ideas!! I started scrapbooking 20 yrs ago when my parents died. I was on a budget so when my friends and i started we'd go to shop hops and the mega meets. I didn't have money but was hooked. I just bought paper and used the stores die cuts and i cut hundreds of images. When i went to friends house i would stamp dozens of images from my friends stamps. So guess what i have tons of images, die cuts and scrap paper.
I recently retired and made myself finally organize my room. I started making book marks to go in my cards.

The ideas of the striped background is something i'm going to try. Also keeping a basket by me is a great idea.
I once made cards for my vet clinic for people that had pets that died.
I will start making cards and book marks so once the world gets back to normal i will find places to donate.
Well, that's pretty much how I ended up with baggies full of random punched images in all colors, along with die cuts that don't have a purpose or go with anything. I used to borrow my friend's punches and stamps, and make a whole ton of them. Went to my first Scrapbook Expo and attended a crop with my friends but forgot to bring a paper trimmer or scissors (argh!) . So I spent most of my time using the free die-cut machines there, making piles of unrelated die cuts. The problem was not the specific die cuts or punched shapes, it was the sheer number of them!!

I had a HUGE baggie of footprint punchies and managed to use some of them on beach-themed cards and a mini-album for my daughter. Thank goodness that I used tan and beige paper so they can work on non-baby cards. Still have a ton of those, along with any number of miniscule butterflies and flowers. I'm thinking I should pull those garden themed punchies out and turn them into tags. It's time consuming and fussy, but at least I'll use more of them
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The trick for me is to keep them where I can easily get to them. I also bought the photo keeper and labeled the little boxes inside. One is full of different extra die cuts, the other is full of stamped images. I recently took a bunch of my half baked ideas, made them into cards and donated them. I also belong to a facebook group that has a "happy mail" option and I'm going to include a few bits in each card I send out. Especially those oldies but goodies that I thought I would use a lot.....but find that they are never the "right' color/shape/size!!
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I’ve started using a suggestion by Jennifer McGuire who uses Leftovers, scraps, botched stamping...to build dimension instead of foam tape, dots or dimensionals. Whether a full card panel or Teeny tiny element, uses waste pieces layered to for dimension. Depending on thickness of paper/card stock and how much lift or rise you want, use 2-5 layers with glue or tape runner. No one will ever know and it’s not in a landfill. Also die cut sentiments stacked 3-4 high with only the top layer in the color/finish you want. Again, no one will ever know the middle layer of a die cut is waste.
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Remember...it's easy to stamp over any image that has not been enhanced with embossing powder. Just cover the previous image with ink to make a new background and try again! Or maybe just flip it over...
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Well, apparently just talking about using up those odds and ends motivated me to actually turn a few of them into card the other day. I made a total of 8 cards, with variations on each design..but using the same elements. Not only did I manage to use up some left-over images and punched shapes etc, but I also used all scrap paper for the card bases..yay!

I have another 4 of a different design sitting on my craft table right now, ready to stamp with a sentiment and put in my card stash.



I realized that the trick, for me, was to get into the mind set of USING these up instead of continuing to store them. I didn't allow myself to go on to a new project until I had made at least 5 cards with only leftovers.



Thanks for motivating me to do something with these! Here are several of the designs that I cranked out, just so you can see what kind of doo dads I've been talking about. The only new-to-me item is the patterned papers cut into flag shapes. The rest is all at least 10 years old. I made multiples of each card design, so it went quickly. There is hope for those scrappy left overs!
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Well, apparently just talking about using up those odds and ends motivated me to actually turn a few of them into card the other day. I made a total of 8 cards, with variations on each design..but using the same elements. Not only did I manage to use up some left-over images and punched shapes etc, but I also used all scrap paper for the card bases..yay!

I have another 4 of a different design sitting on my craft table right now, ready to stamp with a sentiment and put in my card stash.



I realized that the trick, for me, was to get into the mind set of USING these up instead of continuing to store them. I didn't allow myself to go on to a new project until I had made at least 5 cards with only leftovers.



Thanks for motivating me to do something with these! Here are several of the designs that I cranked out, just so you can see what kind of doo dads I've been talking about. The only new-to-me item is the patterned papers cut into flag shapes. The rest is all at least 10 years old. I made multiples of each card design, so it went quickly. There is hope for those scrappy left overs!
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Congrats on getting these cards made and finding a way to use your scraps. These turned out great. I am so glad you found the right scraps mojo. It should be much easier for you going forward now.

You mentioned Operation Write Home in an earlier post. I use to make cards for them too, They were the easiest organization to make cards for because you could use just about any theme. I really miss them and have been looking for a new place to donate regularly. I'm hoping it might be the Cards for Causes here on SCS.
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Hi Debbie,
Yes, there were so many different themes that OWH could use, and only a few specifications. I also loved seeing Sandy Allnock's web posts and card ideas. That was the first place I donated to on a regular basis, and then when my mom went to live in a retirement community, I turned to local nursing homes.
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I use very few die cuts, so make them as I need them. If I by some chance end up with an extra or two (because it just didn't work out in the design the way I had hoped) and I don't use it by the end of that month's cards I'm making, then they get tossed along with any other small scraps.
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