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The Queen of Leftovers!

Hi dear crafty friends!

I taught a mini album class recently and one of my student said I was the The Queen of Leftovers! She was amazed at how I used even the smallest leftovers to create inserts and to embellish the mini album. I thought about and realized that maybe I am The Queen of Leftovers! because I do challenge myself to use my leftovers 🙂 Here's how I do it...



The Queen of Leftovers!

1. Kits

Every once in a while I go through all my leftovers and create little kits with coordinating papers and embellishments. Once I match supplies together it's much easier to find what to do with them!

2. List

I have a list of possible projects I can create from my leftovers. Every time I get an idea I add it to the list. The items on the list are also related to the size of the leftovers which is something to consider when using leftovers.

Here's my list:



Inserts for mini albums


Small mini albums 

Here are a few projects I created with leftovers:

Flower Embellishments



I took small pieces of paper to create my own flowers.

DIY Rose tutorial


Punched hearts flower tutorial

Spiral flower tutorial


I used really small leftover pieces to create magnets in 1" and 2" size.


Embellishments for a larger project

Printers Tray

I used leftover paper for punched shapes as well as leftover embellishments to fill the printer's tray.



Baby Frame

I used leftover buttons to create the rainbow and leftover paper to cover the frame.




A large piece of double sided cardstock is turned into an insert for a mini album.



Home Decor

I covered the chipboard frames with leftover papers and created the little embellishments.



3D project

I created a "road sign" from stamped leftover paper.



Mini album tutorial

I made a mini album from different paper leftovers.




I created small paper bag tags from Christmas supplies leftovers.




I cut elements from leftover papers and assembled a bookmark.



I try to challenge myself to use leftovers at least once a month and I hope I'veimspired you to use yours too!

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