What to Do With Cardstock Scraps

rainbow of colored paper scraps

Inundated with scraps of cardstock but can't seem to part with them? Put all of the scraps from your American Crafts 12 x 12 Cardstock Packs and more to good use! Here's my tip to make colorful backgrounds. I toss my scrap strips in a bin (nothing fancy, just something from the dollar store) right in front of my paper trimmer.

basket of paper scraps next to a paper trimmer

I only keep strips that are longer than 4 inches and are cut relatively straight. And don't worry if they are all different widths, that's even better! As I'm diecutting other shapes, I often trim down the cardstock into strips if there isn't enough to save.

teal paper scrap on a paper trimmer

Once the bin is full, sort your strips by color.

piles of paper scraps sorted by color

Next, take a thin piece of cardstock or printer paper (A2 card front size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) and apply adhesive all over.

pink, red, orange and yellow paper strips on a white card background

Start laying strips diagonally, vertically or horizontally, in whatever order you choose: rainbow, rainbow separated with black or white, or a color family (pink, teal, purple) Once the card is full, trim off the excess around the edges.

rainbow colored scraps on a card base

You can even try a white only sheet. I like to burnish the strips down with a bone folder just to make sure they stick.

rainbow card background with an embossed white flower

Now you have a colorful background for a happy card! Here I embossed a daisy stamp on the rainbow cardstock with white embossing powder.



  • Great idea i have tons of scrapes i have saved!!

    Norma Fay Westphal
  • Lori-
    In regards to which glue is the best, lots of paper crafters have a favorite and it’s not always the same thing. We really like Bearly Arts liquid glue with the fine tip for adhering small pieces of paper. The Tombo Mono Adhesive Tape Runner is also a favorite of mine for less detailed projects.

    Michelle Price
  • That is so cute. Love the idea. I’m a newbie crafter… what is a good glue to use?

  • What wonderful idea for using paper scraps – I will put it to use on several birthday cards I need for next week – thanks

  • What a terrific idea! On my way to my shop to try this out!

    Pam Silva

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