A few years ago I got into Scrapbooking and card making big time! I brought the lot, 12x12 papers, card blanks, stamps, digital collections, Pro Markers, embellishments, a Big Shot and a Cricut, you name it I probably have it, and made 1 scrapbook and a bunch of cards.
Apparently scrapbooking and cards isn’t my thing!
So I’m now left with a whole stash of supplies which aren’t doing much except gathering dust, well that’s what I thought until I decided to use my stash to make some decorations for the home this Christmas.
Am I the only one who just cannot stand this stuff, polystyrene packaging. I know it has its uses but it drives me crazy, so I figured why not make it more useful after its intended use!
Using a bread knife, I cut the packaging into various sized squares and rectangle.
Then using festive themed papers set about wrapping each square until they resemble a cute miniature parcel.
You can add any embellishments, ribbons, bows, tags, bells to give them a little charm.
For the individual ornaments, use some hot glue to attach a loop of some ribbon, twine or cord, once dry, they are ready to hang.
Who doesn’t love paper chains, they are so quick and easy to make, and look wonderful. Using a selection of co-ordinating papers, arrange them in a stack, using a ruler and craft knife, cut them into strips approximately 1inch wide.
Fold a strip into a loop, with the ends slightly overlapping, staple the 2 ends together.
Thread another strip through the loop, and repeat the process, carry on until you have a chain. Hang either on your tree, mantel or walls.
Using a square of paper, curve it into a cone shape, secure with sticky tape, attach a ribbon for hanging.
You can fill with some festive marshmallows, or some candied sunflower seeds which I must get hubby to make soon!
Grab a pop stick, roll up various lengths of scrapbook paper, and glue them to the pop stick in a Christmas tree shape. Add a topper to the top of the tree, I used a gingerbread figure!
Cut some scrapbook paper into 2.5 x 8 inch strips, you need 24, and fold them in half. I decided to round the corners.
Add numbers 1 to 24.
Instead of chocolates or other such goodies, I have decided that my advent will be spent doing things for others. Every day I will have a ‘Random Act of Kindness’ to complete, nothing major or world changing, just little things to perhaps brighten someone else’s day. Once I’ve come up with my list, I shall pop one into each envelope, to be completed on each day of advent.
Every home needs a couple of festive signs around the place. I covered a piece of scrap wood with scrapbook paper, added some stick on letters, a little Christmas tree and some bells, and now have a sweet little sign!
I had a few wooden hearts left over from previous projects, adding a simple festive rub-on makes a simple decoration.
So, here are a few ideas to use up some scrapbook paper, I have more, but figured this post is way too long already!
I hope you find something useful, and if you have any suggestions for my ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ please let me know!
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