Sunday, October 16, 2011

I've started adding little sprigs of Lavender to cards and projects. 

Scrap Swap

If you are a scrapbooker, card maker, or collager, you most likely have 100's of scraps, bits, and embellishments all over your work area that you may never use again. 

Some may be so cute, shiny or beautiful that you can't bear the thought of releasing them in to the garbage can, never to be made in to a treasure. 

Instead of damning your special bits to the garbage heap, have a scrap swap with your friends!

I made several little envelopes full of treasures. I think they're so sweet wrapped up in their little envelopes! (You can tell I have a particular obsession not only with paper and bits, but with little things in general)

This is one of my favorite scrap envelopes. I gave it to my Mother. I might steal it back. 

Sew a wax paper envelope.
  1. Cut a rectangle piece of wax paper, about 4 inches wide and 11 inches long. 
  2. Fold the wax paper over once, then a second time. 
  3. Set your machine to medium tension. Stitch length is up to you. 
  4. Begin sewing along the length of the wax paper. I found that the best place to start sewing was at the top corner of what is to become the envelope pocket.
  5. Sew all around the rectangle, causing a side seam on the pocket and a nice clean sewn edge on the flap.
  6. I held on lightly as the paper fed through.  

Cut a sheet of wax paper approximately 4" x 11".

Add paper bits, quotes, tags, embellishments, etc.

I had a lot of fun digging through my scraps. 
Fold the flap over to create your envelope. Secure with some cute ribbon or twine.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


When searching for that perfect element for a card, collage, sewing project, whatever, be sure to check in places other than the usual. 

The "Thank You" tag on this card is a Wilton wedding embellishment for goodie bags. I think they were $1.99 a pack.