WOYWW – Creating From Scraps

Creating From Scraps

WOYWW – Creating From Scraps

Happy WOYWW dear friends! For the past few weeks, I’ve been alluding to the little bag of scraps on my desk that I’ve been playing with whenever I have a free moment. This week, I thought I’d tell you a little about the history of this particular bag, and show you some of the things I’ve created from its scraps.

A few years ago, I received a bunch of paper from a blogger who was cleaning out her stash. Included in the paper were a few sheets of punch out tags and papers, which I thought might come in handy when working on cards, ATCs and mini-books (nothing annoys me more than having to cut up a whole sheet of 12 x 12 paper when I just need a tiny scrap to work with!)

Over time, I began adding other small embellishments to the bag – mostly scraps from other projects or items I’ve received from former trading groups. Since the bag is small, I leave it on my desk to play with when I have a few free moments, making tags and embellishments for future use.

Now, here is the challenge of this bag: since most of the items in this bag are not items or colors I would normally choose to work with, my challenge is to experiment with what’s in the bag and to combine the scrap items with other items I own so that I create something I like!

In Photo 1 (above), you can see the bag of scraps in the upper left hand corner. I pulled out some of the bagged items so you can get a sense of how I’ve mixed some of the items.

Trip Of A Lifetime Collage Tag

Trip Of A Lifetime Tag

This week, for my Art Challenges, I wanted to feature my Trip Of A Lifetime Tag, which I like because I transformed the tag from a rather bland neutral backdrop into an interesting collage whose elements convey a sense of movement. If you look closely, you will see there is pattened Washi Tape that contains a road map. The patterned paper was chosen for its curved leave patterns which suggest a winding road. The two punched leaves further accentuate the movement (and, in a metaphorical sense, the journey – as in traveling through the seasons of life). The vellum and pattern papers add layering and depth without bulk – even the dewdrop hints at depth and transparency.

Art Challenges

Cat Chat

Tsunami - Wk 1 Day 4

Now, it’s time for a little Cat Chat. This week at my not-so-Wordless Wednesday, the featured cat of the week is Tsunami and the story is entitled Sink Hole. If you’re wondering what on earth the story could be about, be sure to stop on by. I’ll whet your appetite a little: there’s three photos, not one, including two thens and a now!

Have a fabulous week and for those of you who are wondering what WOYWW is all about, the acronym officially stands for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday. The meme was created by my friend Julia over at Stamping Ground. It’s a place where creative folk gather to share what’s on their workspaces each week as well as to chat about the creative process. If you’d like to join us, whether for peeking or for playing, be sure to visit Julia, the keeper of the links – it’s great fun!

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31 Responses to “WOYWW – Creating From Scraps”

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  1. Fun post and a great Tag from your little Bag. Oh my floor is a complete mess, sorting thru scraps and organizing by color and I plan to use them up. Off to see your Cat Chat, Tsunami is so pretty. Enjoy and Happy WOYWW # 7

  2. Bubbles says:

    What an organised desk you have! My scrap-bag overflowed… I do try to use up bits and pieces (it’s one of my resolutions) and also to use pages and patterns I really don’t like oo much ( another resolution!). It’s working okay… but I know I’m getting to the point where I shall just put the whole lot into the recycle bin soo just to save space *lol*
    Have a wonderful WOYWW!
    Best wishes from Bubbles

  3. Jackie says:

    Very lovely looking cat
    It’s great to use up your scraps and I hate cutting into a new twelve by twelve sheet for just a little bit
    Jackie 13

  4. Love to see someone actually using the scraps! I keep saving mine and sometimes use them but I am back up to what amounts to 3 bags of scraps too good to throw away! Have a great week. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #39

  5. Ria Gall says:

    a lovely tag and it is nice to see material and card used together. I am sure you have a lot more exciting tags to come out of that little bag of scraps
    Happy WOYWW hope you have a great day
    Ria #48

  6. Janene says:

    I have a scrap bag like this!! Wonderful to rumage around in, and it does get the creative juices flowing when you try to work out how to use them! I also find it is amazing what can actually go with what lol!! Your desk is very tidy compared to mine and I find your tags very inspiring!
    Janene #25

  7. Julia Dunnit says:

    Well you see Princess, that ain’t no bag of scraps..that’s a bag of useful shapes and pieces., from which you are making art. My scraps are that….a horror story in a box!

  8. Mamma Mia says:

    Hi – this tag is lovely, and your description of all the elements is wonderful. I love how your workspace is so neat and tidy – my craft stash is in various hidey-holes around the house, away from prying eyes! Thanks for sharing your project at Incy Wincy Designs this week in our “Anything But A Card” challenge.
    Helen x (DT)

  9. Heather says:

    Great tags, love all the different ones x
    Happy WOYWW Heather #85

  10. Dawn
    Twitter: breathoffaith

    I love working with scarps! It’s satisfying being resourceful AND creative at the same time. Lovely creation. ANd Tsunami well, come now- those pics were adorableness defined!

  11. Scrapcat 1 says:

    What a fabulously tidy desk, my scraps are all in a box, maybe I will have to start what you do playing with them. Love the tags you have created and such a handsome cat! Thanks for sharing Tracy #72

  12. Debs Willis says:

    Great tag, and I know what you mean about the scraps – mine take up an entire A4 Really useful hanging files box, sorted into colours!

    Happy WOYWW

    Debs #95

  13. Winnie says:

    What a great challenge you gave yourself with the paper scraps. I have been turning mine into diecuts, and love your idea of making tags! Love your journey tag! Enjoy the week! Winnie#91

  14. Erica Bass says:

    Great tags! Love how committed you are to using up scraps! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Girls Challenge!

  15. Gill Edwards says:

    I love the tags with the pointy top, i reckon a row of those would look great joined up together, bit like a row of beach huts
    have a good week

    Gill x

  16. Elaine says:

    I never seem to get around to using my scrap bag! great work, I should take inspiration from you. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

  17. michele s says:

    i do love your tag — it does have wonderful movement. thank you for joining the “anything but a card” challenge at the cheerful stamp pad! xo

  18. I love how you used your scraps for this tag, it is so cute. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  19. Gill says:

    Fabulous desk, love your tags. Happy WOYWW Gill x #103

  20. alica says:

    Lovely tag! Great way to use your scraps!
    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

    Hugs, Alica 😉

  21. lottie says:

    What a great idea to have a scrap bag to just dip in to and create a little masterpiece . I love your trip of a lifetime collage tag. I have also popped along to read about Tsunami what a beautiful boy he is I really enjoyed your piece about him. I love anything yo do with cats.
    Happy art making
    Hugs Lottie *160

  22. Very clever. I can see how adding your own snippets to the bag would help incorporate the papers.

    Happy WOYWW
    Kay #60
    (finally getting around since I couldn’t see Mr. Linky yesterday)

  23. Laura Love says:

    What a perfect way to use up your scraps! That tag is so pretty! I need to do a better jpb at using mine too, I have huge, huge piles of scraps! Thank you so much for the inspiration and for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week!

  24. Sharon says:

    Great tag! Thanks for joining us at the cheerful stamp pad!

  25. Charity Hotrum says:

    great use of Washi tape! Thanks for linking up with The Paper Girls.

  26. Marcy says:

    Super cute tag! Love how you created it from scraps too. Thanks for joining our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps! 🙂


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