Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tuesday's {Tip} Washi Scraps

How many times have you thrown away bits of washi tape that were either too long for your project or for some other reason? I do it all of the time. The pieces are usually very small, and as I was working on my Documented Life Planner, I really decided that I needed to do something with the tiny scraps. Well, I came up with an idea that I love, and I wanted to share it with you today. To see my Documented Life Planner and Video, please click here.

First, I keep a scrap piece of white cardstock on my art journaling table. I think we all have those scraps of white cardstock that are just too oddly shaped or not a good size to really do anything with. Keep that scrap and put it in your table. Then every time you have a scrap of washi, stick it onto that piece of cardstock instead of throwing it into the garbage can. As you stick the pieces down, make it random. Here is a sample of a piece I started and finished:

After the cardstock is filled, I put a layer of matte medium on it to seal it and make sure the washi doesn't come up. Just put your filled paper piece onto a scrap piece of paper or deli paper, and "tap" on the matte medium with a foam brush. If you try to paint it on, it will pull up the washi. Let it dry. Here are two of my scraps just after applying matte medium. Yes, they are still wet in this photo.

Then I use these sheets to die cut or fussy cut embellishments. Here are just a few things you could do with them. You could make:
  • tags
  • banners
  • shapes (hexagons, hearts, circles, stars)
  • use them in your art journals and on all paper creations

Here are a few things I made to use on my next creation:
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As you can see, I did some messy sewing on them and added some Tim Holtz Distress Ink to the edges of each piece. I hope you enjoy this idea! Have fun creating some unique embellishments!

18 comments:

Lisa said...

I love this idea.. I hate throwing away so many scraps, but just not really thinking on how to save, as always you come up with a creative way. TFS
Lisa Cooper
Houston, TX

Susan said...

Great Idea!!! Thanks for shaing!

Ashley Calder said...

What a great idea! I have some scraps saved up but haven't used mine yet! You have inspired me to get them used up! Pinned this! :)

artfulscrapbooking said...

This is right up my alley!! TFS this awesome idea! :)

toni-n-tn said...

thanks for sharing!

TL Marzewski said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

:: Lindy :: said...

This is so cool - I love this idea! I can't bear to waste tiny scarps either.

:: Lindy :: said...

Scarps, scraps...you know what I mean! :D

Solange J. said...

Amazing idea, love it !

Ann Bradford said...

Found your blog from your post on the DLP facebook page. Adore this idea! Bookmarked your blog as well. :)

Deb said...

Great idea! I have snips of washi tape hanging on the wall near my desk - now I know what to do with them!

robin pichelmayer said...

That is probably the BEST idea I have ever seen to use up scraps. I just emptied my trash today and I had TONS of washi scraps, ugh!!!! I won't throw them away any longer!!! thank you so much for sharing this idea!!!

Stefania Salmi said...

WOW! you've got a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing!

snetram said...

What a great idea. I can use it, if I could find the paper piece on my messy table!

wlbillings said...

Thank you for sharing this awesome tip. I always have little bits floating around.

Tora´s Vintage Dream said...

I love this, thank you for sharing - it´s a great idea to use up our scraps, wahsi taps and even scraps of fabrics would be great.

BrendaB said...

What a great idea!

Lisa :) said...

Great idea!

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