Saturday, October 06, 2007

Scrap Stash Saturday

I want to shake things up today! I want to show you that there are other ways you can use up those pesky scraps that are taking over your craft space besides just using them on cards.

What about using your scraps to decorate a frame?

I bought this frame at Joann's a few months ago for $1.97! This is a fabulous, heavy duty frame friends! How could I pass up a frame for $1.97? No woman in her right mind would have ever turned a blind eye to this deal! The only problem is, I forgot to take a picture of the frame before I covered it with my scraps. Oh well. You win some, you lose some!

Anyways, I started this whole proecess the same. I blindly drew out 4 different papers from my scrap drawer, and lordy, lordy, you won't be disappointed! These papers are as different as night and day. And because I was planning on putting them on a frame, I couldn't hide them very well if they were particulary offensive like I am able to do when I make my Scrap Stash Saturday cards! No, these papers would be clear to see, in all their mis-matched glory, by anyone who laid their precious eyes on my frame! Not too much pressure, uh?

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the papers I chose before I started cutting the scraps into squares to fit the frame, but I did take a picture of them once they were all cut up. So that's what this picture shows.....

As you can see, I'm dealing with an earth toned stripe, a Valentine's Day heart pattern, a bright bird pattern, and an uber bright circular pattern! Yikes-a-rooni! Would it really be possible for these 4 papers to co-habitate on the same project?

Well, you'll have to decide for yourself......this is what I ended up with after I covered the wood edges of the frame! I LOVE how it turned out, and I hope you do to! These papers were not meant to be put together, but amazingly, they look beautiful together. Can you believe it? See what taking chances can produce?

I found a wonderful poem about creativity on the internet and decided to type it up for the inside of my frame. The poem speaks of taking risks and breaking the rules when it comes to creating, something I preach every Saturday morning when I make cards using scraps that "aren't suppose to go together"! I continually break that age-old rule that says you can only put papers together that "match". I take risks doing something that conventional wisdom says I shouldn't do. And because I'm not afraid to break those stereotypes, I have fun CREATING! And that's what we should all be having when we create.....FUN!

I challenge each and every one of you reading this today to take four pieces of paper out of your scrap drawer and make something using all of them together. You've got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.


Creativity is inventing, exerimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. Mary Lou Cooke


  1. Happy Saturday!
    Amy, you continue to AMAZE me!!!!!
    This frame turned out GORGEOUS!! (love the quote by the way)Never in a million years would I have imagined that these scraps of different papers could work together and looks so fabulous!
    You are the QUEEN of mismatched scraps!!!! LOL!
    Thanks for all your inspiration! :0)
    Anette (snowmom13)

  2. Anonymous8:47 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these Saturday posts! I was just re-reading them all last night! Fantastic job once again! Lisa K

  3. You have to pick me up off the floor after this are AMAZING girl!

    I stand before you, humbled!

  4. You are so awesome, Amy! I can't believe you have the guts to do this every scares me! ;)
    I'll (gulp) give it a try! (I think.)

  5. I LOVE this frame! You definitely inspire me to try something think outside of the box. I love the quote you put in...I see a frame with this very quote finding it's way to my stamping space very soon.

  6. Wow! I can't believe that turned out so amazing with just using scraps!!!!! Holy Cow!!!!!

  7. I agree with everyone here - this rocks Amy! And it's so true!

  8. Michelle5:49 PM

    Love it, it is awesome!

  9. ooh - LOVE the poem, frame & your rule-breaking 'tude!~

  10. Not only is your frame fabulous, but I'm also soooo glad to know I'm not the only one who forgets to take pictures! The last few times I had a party, I took great "before" pictures of all the decorations and table settings, etc. but never picked up the camera while the people were there--duh...

    Doris Smith

  11. Julie Brooks10:56 PM

    Mine would not look this good.....I promise! you have this awesome way of making scraps of paper come to life. *wink*

  12. i continue to be astonished at how you can do this every week. i'd have to do some serious scrambling of my neatly organized dp in order to blindly pull 4 types, but i just might give it a try!

  13. Pat S.8:49 AM

    I love anything orange...this frame ROCKS!

    Also, that is a great quote...I am going to make something with it for all of the girls in my stamp club :)

  14. Gorgeous frame, Amy! You always wow and amaze with your Scrap Stash Saturday! So awesome!!

  15. I looked at your pile of scraps and said there is no freakin' way these are going to resemble anything pleasant to look at. I think I have now seen it all. I am utterly astounded by your frame. If I saw that in a store I'd have to buy it!!! You are truly one of the most talented women I've never met!

  16. Cindy H.12:03 PM

    Wow!!! You have outdone yourself! This is *awesome*!! You are definitely a risk taker - I never would have thought you could get anything even somewhat respectable looking using those papers. You *are* the Queen of Mismatched Scraps as snowmom13 posted!

  17. Looks great Amy. You have a great eye for color and pattern. You always find a way to make it work.

  18. OMG - this frame is beautiful!! I am going to search your blog for the saturday stash's now!

  19. This is absolutely amazing! I don't think mine would have come out so definitely have the artist's touch!!!

  20. My jaw dropped when I saw the finished frame. Absolutely stunning work, Amy! You did your magic, making them all work together and look like a beautiful patchwork quilt. Kudos, rockstar!

  21. That turned out amazing. I'm not sure I would have thought of those patterns together (in fact I have two of the papers sitting in my scrap area right now), But I love the results!! Thanks for sharing.


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