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Scavenging My Scrap Basket – Creativity Prompt

March 8th, 2010 by Avital

My scrap basket is a disgrace. I seem to only use it one way – dumping more and more bits and pieces inside. I have scraps of papers from companies that no longer exist… (not that it’s that difficult in our economy, but I am talking about Chatterbox and the like…).

A scrap basket isn’t supposed to act as a burial place for broken 12 by 12 sheets… It is supposed to live symbiotically with the rest of the supply. Complete and enrich each other.

This is not the case, unfortunately.

My total lack of time drives me repeatedly to my stash of paper pads and loose leaf papers because it is easier, fresher, more approachable. Not the most economically and environmentally friendly way of working with papers… I know.

Sometimes I am determined to work with my scraps, and I usually love the result but it doesn’t happen frequently enough.

This weekend I felt like pulling out my scrap basket and see what treasures I can find inside, here is what I made –

Sunshine Boys Layout

Patterned papers: Black River, Sassafras, Chatterbox.

Letter stickers: American Crafts, Making Memories.

Embellishments: Paper frills by Doodlebug Designs, buttons by We R Memory Keepers, Crochet flowers – handmade.

Journaling tag: Creativity Prompt.

Tools: Tim Holtz (Tiny Attacher + Scissors), We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

Goodog Layout

Patterned papers: Black River, KI Memories.

Cardstock & letter stickers: American Crafts.

Embellishments: Ribbon: American craft (orange), Other (lace). Chipboard accents: Making Memories. Jewels: Basic Grey.

Journaling tag: Creativity Prompt.

Tools: Tim Holtz. (I absolutely love the Tiny attacher. I was skeptic at first, but it goes through the chipboard like butter)

Home Field Layout

Patterned papers: vintage textbook paper.
Cardstock: Bazzill (dark brown) DCWV (red).

Letter stickers: American Crafts, Doodlebug Designs; White gel pen: Uniball Signo.

Punches: Martha Stewart (Heart + Doily Lace), Fiskars (Threading Water + Scallop Sentiment), Other: Small heart.

Journaling tag: Creativity Prompt (will be posted soon).

Other: colored pencils (Prisma)


Have you been working with your paper scraps lately? What relationship do you have with your scrap basket/ drawer/ tray? Please share and leave a comment.

If you have any question, suggestion or remark – don’t hesitate to contact me – either leave a comment here, use the contact form or start a new thread on the Creativity Prompt Flickr Group!!!

I would also be very happy to see your own creations, so don’t be shy and share 🙂

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2 Comments to “Scavenging My Scrap Basket – Creativity Prompt”

  1. Melanie K. says:

    What great layout! Truly! I am afraid my ‘stash’ is overlooked a lot also. Even though I have some really great things in there (otherwise, why would I have kept them?) lol

    • Avital says:


      I wish I got accustomed to pulling out my scrap basket first and going to the full papers later…