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Creative and Unique Uses for Scrapbook Paper

Updated on February 3, 2015

Scrapbook designer paper is beautiful, inexpensive and a must-have for paper crafters --- it can also become an obsession if you’re not careful.

I personally have so much scrapbook paper in my collection that I don’t even know what to do with it – but guaranteed if a new scrapbook paper pack caught my eye, it’d still be coming home with me in a second! I am not the only one, either. Many paper crafters share this obsession and find themselves constantly looking for creative uses for it – especially with the scraps you can’t bear to part with!

Here are a few ideas to start digging into that scrapbook paper stash of yours!


Greeting Cards

Using scrapbook paper for cards and note cards is the most obvious use. Even if you’re just a beginner, with the amount of patterns available, you can make cards with very little supplies and skill. Even just a simple sentiment on top of some layered gorgeous designer paper is enough to make a fabulous card.

Gift Tags

Gift tags that match your greeting and note cards are easy to make with a large tag paper punch and your coordinating paper. Paper punch tags are usually 2 x 3”, requiring very little paper, and can be made into a full tag with a paper punch and ribbon. If you don’t want to purchase a tag paper punch, you can just cut your scrapbook paper into a 2 x 2” or 3 x 3” square.

Paper Flowers

Paper flowers are hot right now – and here’s why! They are quick, simple and yet beautiful embellishments you can create with little-to-no skill and for very little cost. All you need is scrapbook paper, adhesive and some paper punches and you are well on your way. Try experimenting with various floral shapes and sizes to come up with some really great designs. These paper flowers can be used for greeting and note cards, scrapbook albums, frame embellishments and accessories.


Bookmarks are great ways to get rid of your extra scrapbook paper stash because it takes very little paper to make them. With just a simple 2” strip and some laminating paper, you can create a multitude of gorgeous bookmarks with the smallest amount of scrapbook paper.

Teal and Copper Mixed Media Necklace
Teal and Copper Mixed Media Necklace | Source

Paper Beads

Paper beads are unique ideas for scrapbook paper and can be used for a variety of craft projects including paper bead necklaces and bracelets. To create these beads, cut strips of scrapbook paper into 1” rectangles or triangles and roll them with a paper bead roller, toothpick or pencil. Glue the edges and seal them with paper bead seal or Mod Podge, letting them dry thoroughly before assembly. Paper beads can be combined with art glass beads and gemstones for a truly unique and elegant finished product.


Scrapbook paper coasters are fun, inexpensive gifts that require very little time and effort. All you will need is basic ceramic tiles that can be purchased at any local home store, the scrapbook paper itself and some adhesive/sealer such as Mod Podge. Simply cut the scrapbook paper to the same size as the top of the coaster and add your sealer. Let the coasters dry thoroughly before use. Add felt to the bottom of the tile to avoid scratching your tabletop surfaces.


Glass marbles can be purchased at local craft stores and can be made into beautiful pieces of art with some scrapbook paper, clear adhesive and magnets. A magnet board can even be created by covering a cookie sheet with designer paper for a complete, coordinating project idea.

Framed Art

Perhaps one of the easiest projects of all time is to cut a piece of scrapbook paper to the size of a purchased frame and simply mount it to the inside. There is scrapbook paper on the market that is so gorgeous is can simply stand alone. For a more dramatic look and larger-scale design, finish 4-6 frames and insert different, but coordinating paper, and mount together.


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      alexmk 3 years ago from Canada

      You could also make gift certificates or gift invitations as personal gifts using some arts and craft supplies and craft paper.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love making my own greeting cards and scrapbook for recipes. Sure love to get those pretty flower punch holders.

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