From small circles to a large piece!

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Hi everyone! Are you enjoying the summer? For me, I started a new job in July that is a lot more hours, so I do not have much time or energy to craft as I like. And next week, I am going on a two week camping vacation (which means no craft room…). With so little time for crafting, it’s important to maximize what time I have. Today’s cards are like the 2-from-1 background cards, but with the use of scrap paper. This is definitely a time-saving technique!

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The cards are pretty easy to make, and the technique I used only took about 20 minutes total, so finishing two cards was less than 1 hour of work!


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Check out this pile of scrap paper!

I have a lot of scrap paper from making the paper inserts for my stamp pockets, and I save a majority of it to use “one day”. Well, I finally got the chance to use them for this project!

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The extra wide double-sided tape and punched-out circles!

First I choose a set of scrap paper that were from the same design series and used my circle punch to punch out a lot of circles.  Next I took out my super wide roll of double-sided tape. This tape is 11.5cm wide! I cut off a piece that was 14cm long and laid it on my work table with the sticky side up. I then started to stick the circles onto the tape in an overlapping line.

Tip! Don’t stop at circles! You can use any shape you want.

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Stick, stick, stick, stick….

When the entire piece of tape was covered with circles, it was like I had a new sheet of textured patterned sticker paper! I then trimmed the edges to the correct size and cut it in half length-wise. I took the backing-paper off and stuck each of the piece onto a light blue cardstock. Then I cut two pieces from white paper for each side of the scrap-paper-patterned-paper (what a mouthful).

For one card, I added pierced dots on the edge and a stacked white die-cut flower that was brushed with a shimmer brush. The second card I had done the same thing with the edge, but a different cut… but when I added the foam tape to it, I accidentally put the tape on the good side (the side the dies cut down on)! I didn’t want to waste my paper or foam tape, so I still stuck it onto the cardstock, but I covered up the bad edge with two thin strips of scrap pearl cardstock!

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A close-up of the cards.

So there you have it, two cards using scrap paper! My favorite part was sticking the circles onto the double-sided tape.

I’ve purposely left the cards blank and text-less because now I have two cards on hand that I can quickly finalize or customize for whomever I decide to give the card to!

Tip! There is no rule that says you have to finish every card you make completely. Almost-finished cards are really useful to have on-hand for when you need a card quickly.

Thank you again for taking the time to read my post, until next time!

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