One concept common in scrapbooking is the use of scraps to augment supplies in creating a page or to add just that special something to make a documented moment even more precious. This is why many of us scrappers collect and retain scraps of pretty paper left over from previous projects. Plus, there seems to be some feeling of aversion tantamount to throwing away perfectly edible leftovers that we relate to throwing away perfectly usable scraps of paper or less often used craft supplies that don’t make it into that special page.
In my case, throughout the years, I have collected quite a pile of scrap papers left over from past pages that I can’t quite get a handle on. I tried to make paper embellishments but once I started to use them on a page, the color patterns and palettes end up clashing and made my pages feel disjointed. I still, however, would like to find ways to use up and showcase my leftover pretty papers.
Enter the page starters. I discovered this idea while exploring one of my favorite scrapbooking blogs: shimelle.com. She throws together left over scrap papers in coordinating patterns to serve as starting blocks for her pages. I decided to give the concept a try. At first I copied off some of her page starters (you can find the series of posts here). Next thing I knew, I was finishing off my fourth page of the evening and still had plenty of time to spend on knitting and many other endeavors. I also succeeded in making a sizable dent in my scrap paper pile as well as my stash of PL cards, cut apart sheets, and paper embellishments.
I’ve also been going through my old scrapbooking magazines. I still love the ideas and techniques I see in them but after a while I feel the need to try new things not found in my magazines. Unfortunately, both of the magazines I used to subscribe in have stopped publishing and I haven’t found another scrapbooking magazine series that interested me as much as they did. There are a couple published in the UK and Australia but I can’t find them in bookstores as easily. If anybody out there knows any scrapbooking magazines I can possibly subscribe to, give me a shout out and I will forever be grateful.