Hello all!  Do you throw away your paper scraps when you are finished a page or project?  Or do they end up in a drawer or basket, a pile so high you couldn’t possibly remember what’s on the bottom anymore?  Sometimes I’ll only use a small strip of a paper because it’s so pretty and I might want to use it again sometime, if I can stand to use it up, and face the distinct possibility that there will be no more paper anywhere that I love nearly so well.  And so I end up with a basket of paper that is much too lovely to think about throwing away!!  One day I got the idea of patching several of them together to create a new page.

The layouts I have to share with you today, came about as a result of that.  I started by laying out on the table, an assortment of papers I liked and thought might go well together.


These are three pages that came together from that pile.  I adhered the pieces together first and then ran them all through my sewing machine to ensure their stability and further underline the “patchwork” look.




Here are the finished layouts that I made with these papers.

This layout showcases just a few of the many photos I took on a hike in the mountains near my son’s house in Salt Lake City.  The floral paper behind it was quite bright, so I covered most of it with the photos, and the result is just enough of a photo-mat to support the bright colors in the photos.  To further balance all the floral color in the upper lefthand corner, I used multi-colors of alphabet stickers to create my title, and layered a cluster of brightly colored embellishments on the right hand side.


This background paper felt a bit too vibrant and was competing with the photos for attention, so I brushed over it lightly with white paint to subdue it slightly.  I used some Ruby Rock-It die cuts, and typed out my journaling on some October Afternoon label stickers.  I also used a large glassine bag that was empty and headed to the trash, as part of the photo mat and it further restrains the bright paper but allows it to peek through a give just a suggestion of the color and pattern.lovethis-red

This layout is my favorite, with it’s subdued color scheme and eclectic collection of embellishments, stamping and the journaled tag.  The photo is one of my mother’s family taken while they hiked in the German/Austrian Alps in 1947.  The photo reminded me so strongly of the Von Trapp family from The Sound of Music, that I just had to co-opt the title!  It was a perfect page to add a piece of Blue Fern Studios chipboard and an old Prima burlap flower.  I used a Tim Holtz Damask stamp by
Stamper’s Anonymous and some brown ink to lightly stamp all over the page to unite the variety of papers even further, and then I stenciled with that same brown ink, behind the stacked photos.


This was a very exciting way to renew some love and interest in these papers that had been used and leftover once before.  I’m sure you could pull out your leftover papers and come up with new paper combinations within minutes!

Thanks for stopping by today!

0 thoughts on “Scrap-patching…

  • What a fun way to use up scraps and make a patchwork layout !! Some of the same papers used in the different layouts and a totally different look for them all  Still not brave enough to sew on layouts or cards but love the stitching on them to give them the quilt effect

  • Ahhh! You verbalized my problem with scrap paper perfectly! I have so many files of scrap paper that I’m hoarding but need to use up. Definitely going to try this.
    And that last layout? *swoon* The background looks like you bought it that way because it’s just so perfect!

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