I’m a Scrappy One!

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It can be everyone crafter’s nemesis – scrap paper.  What do you do with it?  Keep it?  Throw it away?  Roll it up and smoke it?  Well . . . maybe not that last one . . .

I use to just throw it away (gasp!).  That was until someone appealed to my OCD.  I now have two systems for storing and using my scraps.  This week, we’ll look at what I do with smaller pieces of scrap.

Anything 5 inches by 5 inches or smaller gets cut down into perfect squares which are stored by color and by size.

For storage, I use a divided storage container that I got from Joann’s.  I simply LOVE these containers!  You’ve probably noticed them in other posts like last week’s one about patterned paper.  The dividers are removable allowing the user to make the sections as big or as small as they like.

The storage container has great clasps which click closed for a nice tight lock, and the handle makes it easy to just grab and go.

I’ve made it a habit as I’m crafting to take a couple minutes to cut down my scraps as I go.  This makes it easy to throw them in my container when I am finished.  Of course, I do still  throw some pieces away (gasp!).  I refuse to keep anything smaller than two inches by two inches.  I have to maintain some standards!

Nice system, I know, but do I use the scraps?  Yes, I definitely do!  My scraps are invaluable when I am paper piecing.  Honestly, that is one of the reasons I was attracted to this system.  When cutting out my beloved Disney characters, it is so much easier to grab a 2×2 of yellow for his shoes and buttons, a 2×2 of white for his gloves and eyes, a 2×2 of red for his tongue and shorts, a 3×3 of cream for his face, and a 4×4 of black for his body than to cut larger pieces of paper for each piece or to change out colors multiple times from the mat.  With the smaller squares, I can lay everything out on my Cricut mat and move my blade from color to color for each piece.

How do you organize your scraps?  Are you as scrappy as me?!  Inquiring minds want to know!