Arbor Day Project

Today is Arbor Day, and in honor of the trees we are planting and trying to preserve today I decided to create a project entirely out of paper scraps. This was a fun challenge to take on, and inspired me to want to do this more often.

We R Arbor Day Card by Aly Dosdall

Here is the card I made with several scraps from my Notable Paper Pack. I trimmed the scraps down to 1/2 inch strips and adhered them diagonally across my card base. Designer tip: a Xyron works really well for this.

arbor day scraps

Then I trimmed down the negative paper leftover after die cutting some butterflies, and added it to my card with foam squares. To finish off my card I added some more scraps at the bottom as a border and sentiment, die cut some mini butterflies, and added some Enamel Shapes.

We R Arbor Day Card by Aly Dosdall close

Here are some tips for storing and using up paper scraps:

  • Store scraps by color in color coded accordion file folders (found at office supply stores)
  • If it’s hard to remember to use them, try storing scraps with your full size papers
  • Trim your scraps down to usable sizes (ie 12 inch strips, 6×6 blocks, 4×6 blocks, 3×4 blocks)
  • Browse through your scraps once in a while to remind yourself what’s there
  • Use your scraps for punching and die cutting
  • Create cards or tags with your layout leftovers
  • Create a background of strips on a layout

Imagine how many trees we could preserve if we all were more mindful of using our paper scraps. It’s a wonderful way to take care of our beautiful world. Happy Arbor Day!



Notable Paper Pack
Butterfly Nesting Dies
Game Day White Textured Cardstock
Enamel Shapes–Cool, Warm


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