Tiny Worthless Scraps? Or Bits & Pieces of Beauty?

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I had to cut the excess off of this tag for a project I’m making.

Would you toss that tiny little bit in the recycle bin if it was you?

Not me!

I don’t keep all of my little tiny scraps like this, but I do keep the ones that have a particular beauty to them, like the one above — which I did keep.

I haven’t used it yet, but here are some some examples and reasons why you might want to keep the most attractive of your tiniest scraps…

Cluster Tags
At the top…

At the sides…
Our Family

Edge Gatherings
At the right side…

At the top and bottom of both the page and the photo…

Journal Footers and Headers
At the bottom of the journaling…

Accents for a Focal Point to Lead the Eye
Screen-printed transparency piece directly on the first top photo…
In My Car. Outside His Apartment. Steering Wheel in my Hands.

Need more ideas for your leftover scraps?

If so, and if you’re not a member, I highly recommend jumping on board now.


The next episode for the Paperclipping Members will share my newest idea for scraps. I’ve been having a lot of fun with this one, so keep your eye out for its release in about a week or so, and be sure you have your membership set up.

In the meantime, Members can review these tutorials for using leftovers:

#151 Embellish with Clusters of Scraps
#158 Scrapbooking with Scraps

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Want a whole month-long course on stash-busting? Last month I was a guest teacher in the Masterful Scrapbook Design issue on the topic of stash-busting, including ideas from me on how to use your scraps and less-than-loved products! For a limited time, Debbie is offering this course to Paperclipping Members for 20% off, which makes it only $12.80!

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  • Love your ideas, love being a member, and love learning a lot with you :)
    I’m on Masterful Scrapbook Design too, and I enjoy the lessons a lot :)

  • Cool! Isn’t MSD awesome?! I love it!

    (and thank you for the kind words, btw!).

  • Great idea and I’ve always wanted to do this, but I think I need to get more organized first! I realize that even when we have the tools in our space or in our minds…if we can’t execute with ease…sort of blows the whole thing, if you know what I mean! My space is a mess right now and it’s really getting to me… maybe it’s the hot weather getting to me!

  • Gab

    I love these LOs Noell! I’m a Paperclipping member and have been a MSD member since the beginning!

  • Thank you! And thank you for your membership! :)

  • Stacey WilkBrooks

    Just wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed my Paperclipping membership. I love the Round Table and your lessons – especially in HD, because I can watch them full screen and not loose any of the quality. Thanks also, because of the membership I explored more of your site and was turned onto the Paperclippings Digi Show, which as a digi scrapper, was a heaven send for me. I’m a bit sad I won’t get to hear Izzy in anymore of the Digi Shows, because he brought tons of levity to the show, but now I’m just going to have to start listening to Foolish Adventure, as well, to get an extra dose of his humor. You two are so amazing, keep up the excellent work. (Wow, I didn’t mean to gush.) 

  • Gush all you like! ;)

    No, really — thank you very, very much!

  • Iceteeeeee

    I never saved tiny scraps until seeing all the things you did with them. Thanks (I think!!!).

  • Hee hee! The “I think,” is a good thing. You don’t want to go overboard. I
    have a small shallow dish where I toss many of my smaller pieces and that’s
    it. :)

  • I love your style & I’m so inspired by your creativity. Thank you for sharing. I listen to PRT when I’m getting ready in the morning, and it gives me that burst of creative juice that I need to carry me through the day. Thanks for all that you do, and for being so awesome at it!

  • Thank you!! :)

  • Doublea2

    Groan…I badly need some help with Stash Busting but before coming a member again, need to find out how I can download the videos without the constant pausing – 3 seconds talk, ten seconds pause. ie this is so frustrating especially as we have mid range broadband,  Avid learner.

  • It sounds like you might need to update your Flash Player or Quicktime.

    Here are the links for both:


    The internet really should not be a problems in terms of watching the videos
    because you download them — so you’re not using internet to actually watch
    them. They should be smooth like buttah! :)

    So hopefully all you need is an update in one or both of those players.

    Be sure you renew (don’t sign up for a new membership) since renewal is so

    Thanks for your membership!

  • What a great post. I love these ideas!