Welcome to “Use Your Scraps” Technique Blog Hop

If you are like me, you probably have a random pile of paper scraps that are calling out to be used on a project.  103132423_10157506368882934_5726353441318032680_oToday, we are going to show you some fun ways to use those scraps before you add to your pile.  If you have come here from Cat Nowak’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Perfect Summer Day layout, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


Scraps are something most paper crafters collect. We have plans to use them, but often forget we have them in our stash. This past month, I have been working my way through a bin of scraps, mixing and matching paper collections to create some fun little creations. Here is one I recently completed using quite a few scraps in my collection. 

Most people might have chosen to use purples with these photos, but I wanted to focus on the people so I picked papers that would draw your eyes to the kids playing in the water.  

When you take a look at the papers around the photos you will see a sun pattern paper to match the summer theme and some blue florals to match the boys’ swim trunks.  I tied them together using some glacier cardstock and some summer vibes papers. 

The stripes on that Summer Vibes paper is full of bright colors and I felt like it was the best way to tie all the summer colors together in these photos.  Next to the striped paper is another scrap from that collection and it has a slight wave pattern – perfect for reflecting the water the kids were playing in. 

Once the paper scraps were down onto the background and stitched into place, I decided to embellish the page with some leftover stickers and die cuts.  When I think of using up “scraps”, I also think about all those little bits of ephemera that remain after completing other projects. 

On this title, I used up some of those scraps, too.  I added some remaining Summer Vibes stickers layered onto a cloud that I had leftover from my Happiest Place album project. 

The cloud in the corner and the little blue tab also came from those Happiest Place “scraps”.  Whenever I finish a project, I place the leftovers in an organizer by color. That tab was the perfect shade of blue to match this page. All I had to do was stamp the date using an alphabet stamp set

I have a second page to go with this layout which I am still working to complete.  I also used quite a few scraps on it, but I have a few more details to add before I post it here on my blog. 


I hope you enjoyed today’s Use Your Scraps project and you were inspired to try something new. Now ‘Hop” on over to Lauren Moore’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using up those bits of paper scraps on your projects.  

Don’t forget, the products shown here will be retiring on August 31st. If you wish to recreate this design, stop by my website and grab yourself a few supplies before they are gone. 

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Flip-Flap Fun with the Creative Design Team

It’s time for another Creative Design Team video collab! I am so excited to share my bright Fun in the Sunshine layout with you which uses Flip-Flaps.  This month, our team has created a series of videos showing you a variety of creative ways to use your flip-flaps. 

So, what are Flip-Flaps, you ask?  Flip-Flaps are an adhesive photo pocket that you can use for photos, journalling, or memorabilia. They come in a wide-range of sizes from two-by-two up to six-by-twelve.

On my layout, I chose to use two 4-inch flip-flaps to create a door/gate on my page and an altered 6″ x 12″ flip-flap to add more photos and a large space for journalling on the layout.  Here is what it looks like with all of the Flip-Flap pockets opened up. 

Being able to place more photos on the page is one of the main reasons I use our Flip-Flaps.  I can place all the memories from a single event on one layout without having to create another page. 

I am sure you are eager to watch all of the Creative Design Team tutorials.  So, before I tell you more about my Fun in the Sunshine layout, here is a direct link to my video.  You can find links to all the other Creative Design Team projects in the video description. 

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One of my favorite parts about being a consultant is getting to show people how to use what they have in their crafting stash.  Many of you probably have a few flip-flaps in your collection that you may or may not know how to use OR maybe you have seen those little pockets on my website and have NO CLUE what they are used for.  Let me show you one of the ways that I used flip-flaps on this project. 

Before we start, take a a look at the layout as it will sit in my album.

Do you see where the flip-flaps are? It can be difficult to find them, but when you scroll up to the other photo above, you will be able to see where the altered 6″ x 12″ flip-flap sits and where the two smaller flip-flaps are placed.  

The two flip-flaps on the right page were created to form a door or gate on my page.  After I created the base page with photos, I adhered the two 4-inch flip-flaps directly onto my memory protector. 

You will need to make sure the adhesive is face-up when inserting your photos. This allows for the flap to be folded under once the adhesive strip is removed.  There are some who prefer to place flip-flaps directly onto the layout and tuck the adhesive under the photos. This requires you to cut a slit in your memory protector to fish the flip-flaps through. (I show this method in the video.)

I like to have a way for people to “open” the doors on my pages. Sometimes I use a loop of ribbon or a tab – on this layout I used two heart-shaped stickers from the Blue Skies collection

By placing one heart on the front and one on the back of the flip-flap, I created a little tab to open the “doors”.  To embellish it even more, I added a wood button threaded with white twine. How cute is that?!

Most of the items on these two pages come from the Blue Skies collection, but I also grabbed elements from our new Summer Vibes collection. Both have bright stickers, papers, and PML cards that play perfectly together. 

The title was created using a combination of phrases from Blue skies paired with Blue Skies stickers, Summer Vibes stickers, and sunglasses cut from a Summer Vibes PML card. I just adore how well each little element creates a fun summer feel. 

On the inside of the large flip-flap, I created a journal page with a cluster of Blue Skies flower stickers, leftover tags, and a camera cut from another Summer Vibes PML card. 

There are so many adorable little elements on both of these pages that show off those summer photos of my children playing in the park AND I was able to add more photos and a large space to write my memories using flip-flaps. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to dig out those flip-flaps and try something new.  To view all of the Creative Design Team projects, you can click on the YouTube video link, go to “learn more” (down arrow on a device), and see the full list OR click the Design Team link in the menu above. 

Make sure to stop by each one of the Creative Design Team project videos to learn more Creative Ways to use those flip-flaps. 

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

A Memorial Day Card for the Heart2Heart Challenge

For many of you, Memorial Day means lots of online sales, like the one on my website, and a three day weekend.   While those are lovely things to celebrate, we need to remember that many families in the U.S. will be spending the weekend honoring the men and women who died while serving in the military.  The challenge this week, at Heart2Heart, is not Memorial Day related, but I decided to go a “little rogue” and create something to honor those who have been lost. 


I know that many who have me on their Design Teams hate it when I go off the rails.  After all,  I never seem to stay inside the box and I always seem to create something completely different than the rest, but this week…..  I just had to.  With it being Memorial Day, I wanted to honor those who have been lost “somewhere over the rainbow”. 

To keep with the “rainbow” theme, I used our Blue Skies stamp set to create a greyed-out rainbow and I added some sponged clouds to portray a dark rainy sky, but it is not at all saturated with color like my teammates creations.  

To be honest, I didn’t feel like adding any joyful sparkle or dancing unicorns – I wanted my design to be simple, and soft, and sad.  Something to symbolize those we have lost. 

My first hand experience will tell you that even the thought of loosing someone who is serving is frightening, but like this bright red poppy, it brings you so much hope and happiness, and a warmth to your heart that cannot be explained.  

It is for that reason that I created this card – to remember those “somewhere over the rainbow”, to give hope to those who have family members who are serving, and to show support for those in our military service. 

Memorial Day is about more than sales and vacations – its about honoring those who gave so much.  I wanted you to remember that this week. 


I would also like for you to remember to join us for this week’s Heart2Heart challenge AND consider joining this crazy crafter on the Design Team.  We are currently looking for members and would love to have you. 

I truly pray that you were not put-off by my desire to honor those in our Military Service and that you were inspired by today’s creation.  I hope you have a wonderful week, my friends. 

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.