I'm here to make a BIG confession. At the end of play time, I have been throwing my scraps into a giant plastic folder. For six years.
I'm a pretty thrifty stamper -- I can't bear to throw away card stock that could be used later. And I REALLY love my cardstock and paper. But I am also a color-challenged stamper, and it was getting harder and harder to find anything in the folder of doom.
Last weekend, I made a discovery that changed everything. See these guys, below?
Here's the neat part -- you don't need MDS, or any kind of fancy software, to print these. They are in a folder inside the download, listed as samples, and all you have to do is open the file with whatever you would normally use to print a JPG. They are perfectly sized for the Decorative Label punch. I just printed them on plain printer paper, punched them out, and used SNAIL to attach them to the bag. Then I organized the filled bags into a plastic tub I
OK, if you happen to be my husband, you should stop reading now.
**Looks up and whistles innocently **
Here's a picture of my dining room table, mid-sort. You can see the remaining pile from scrap mountain in the lower right.
I WISH I could say this took me fifteen minutes, or even an hour. It didn't. It took me most of a Sunday afternoon. I threw away a ton of scrap that I won't use, and I learned a few things:
- Trim off scrap edges from scallop punches before you file scraps away. They will tear up themselves and others.
- I will never use colored scraps that are smaller than about 2x2". White and cream, maybe.
- I can release retired colors. There is always a new color that I love and can use.
- Pixie Pink is an exception to the learning above.
Hope this inspires you to tackle scrap mountain yourself! I'd love to know your ideas, too.