Cards, Scrapbooking

Scrap Strips: DIY Embellies

emb-thumbScrapbooking can be an expensive hobby. Like fashion, scrapbooking trends shift with the prevailing wind. Keeping up with those Hot Trends is not cheap.

If you’re like me, I am always watching for DIY solutions, especially for Embellishments. I haven’t descended as of yet to making my own paper.

I have some wonderful metal drawers, in two of them I keep Neutral Colored strips and Colored Strips. But the drawers were getting too full to be useable; time to do something about this.

I have used strips of washi tape laid out on a piece of paper, long side to long side, and then cut out shapes in my Cricut. It works fairly well. This article at Cocoa Daisy reminded me of this general approach, plus it hits another one of my buttons: Using Up Scraps.

I started with a light-weight piece of 12×12 paper; light-weight as it didn’t need to be heavy duty. Indeed, it’s getting more layers. Then I ran a bunch of rows of adhesive over one half of it. The adhesive needs to be pretty close together.

Starting with one strip that began from one of the corners and slanted it down, this was my Alignment Strip for the rest.  Then I laid down the rest of the strips, butting each one up against the other.  The selection is not random. I wanted my paper strips to be roughly the same value and have colors that somewhat coordinated, unlike the article example, which is a mix of light and dark color values. I was thinking of contrast between the embellishment and whatever paper I would use it on.

Here’s the result:

I turned over the paper and used scissors to trim away the strips that stuck out from the edge. I used Self Control and did not put them back in the drawer, but THREW THEM OUT. Enough is enough!
strips of paper

I also wanted to take a little care with the placement of the cutouts, so I oped to use punches rather than cut them out free-hand from the back of the paper.

  • Fiskars Medium Cloud
  • Fiskars Medium Hexagon
  • Fiskars (Teresa Collins Edition) Ampersand

Working with these on the top of the strips allowed me to prevent a punch placement that left only a smidgen of one strip showing.


Here’s my embellishment haul. Looks good, huh?


This was easy, my Colored Strips drawer is (slightly) emptier, and I have a nice selection of shapes for projects, all for the price of a few cents worth of adhesive.

What’s your favorite DIY trick for embellishments? Do share…



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