WOW #127: turn your scraps into sunbursts

29 Feb

I think it’s probably safe to say that you have a stash of scraps somewhere…just waiting to be used on a project!  We are scrapbookers, afterall, so “scraps” are an essential part of our hobby!  I have a huge bin full of scraps I just can’t part with because I love the paper so much!  Here’s one idea for using up your most treasured scraps: use them to create a paper sunburst on a project!

 

Creating a sunburst design is easy – here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Cut a template from scratch paper…make it whatever size you want your final sunburst pattern.  I cut mine at 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ – a standard card size.  Cut a second piece the same size.

Step 2:  Decide where you want your burst to “originate” or where you want all the points to meet.  Mark it on your scrap paper.

Step 3:  Draw the “burst” pattern and cut along the lines

Step 4: Using the pieces you cut in step 3 as templates, start cutting the pieces from scrap papers.  Arrange the pieces onto the 2nd template piece as you go so you don’t forget where they belong (if you happen to forget, don’t worry too much – it’ll be like putting a puzzle together once the pieces are all cut – not too bad).

  

Step 5:  Keep cutting and arranging until the 2nd template is completely full.

Step 6:  Glue the burst pieces down

Step 7:  Take a moment to admire your glued down sunburst pattern.  Trim any excess patterned paper from the edges.  Don’t worry if the pieces overlap (or look strange) in the middle (where the burst originates from) because you’re going to cover that area with embellishments later.

Step 8: This step is optional, but I liked the idea of adding machine stitching to some of the burst edges – not all of them, and I used a few different stitch styles just for fun.

Step 9:  Trim off any excess threads.

Step 10:  Add embellishments over the center of the burst

Step 11:  Attach the entire piece to a premade card base!

{Supplies: My Mind’s Eye (Patterned Papers); American Crafts (Embellishments); Cosmo Cricket (Sticker Sentiment)}

This same technique could be used to create an entire background for a scrapbook layout, or a tag, or a border, or an embellishment…the possibilities really are many!  We’d love to see your take on today’s “scraps to sunburst” WOW!  If you try it, please link us up to your project in the comments. :)

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29 comments
karen bush
karen bush

Great idea for scraps! Very cute.

mary elizondo
mary elizondo

What a great idea of using up my scraps.I just can't throw them out. Very pretty card. thanks

Vallarie Clegg
Vallarie Clegg

Yesterday, I pulled out my scraps to do this very thing...I just couldn't tackle how to start. Thanks for making it so easy....I'm doing this for a scrapbook page.

Barv
Barv

I love this idea. I have tons of scraps too pretty to throw away and 6

great grand daughters waiting to be scrapped! I can feature each one in a sunburst and feel good about saving the scraps! Tfs!

Sharon
Sharon

I'm off to my craft room to give this a try!

Donna
Donna

Great project! TFS :)

Sandy
Sandy

Love this idea!! I'm going to try it right away! Thanks for the inspiration!

Ruza Rebel
Ruza Rebel

Great idea for scraps!!! Have tons of theme! ;o)

Kim
Kim

Great tutorial... I've often admired other peoples' sunbursts but always thought they would be too tedious or difficult but this is very doable! Thank you!

Renuka
Renuka

Amazing... I am gonna get started right away :).. Thanks for the inspiration!

Mel McCarthy
Mel McCarthy

This is gorgeous! I've been wanting to try the sunburst look but my brain said "No! All that work. Don't make me think!" Thanks for taking all of the thinking out of it for us & sharing your hard work. The patterns you chose are stunning.

Connie L
Connie L

Don't have to rush to the store for this one! Gotta go dig out those scraps...thanks so much!

Chris R
Chris R

Fantastic idea. Love how your card looks. I have a TON of scraps I keep piling up. Should do something awesome with them like this.

Maria Matter
Maria Matter

love this idea!!! Thank you for sharing, I can't wait to give it a try!

liz
liz

lovely idea, TFS

have a great day!

Liz

Marcia
Marcia

Great idea....although I don't sew, I can make this work. Thanks for the inspiration!

Phyllis Johnson
Phyllis Johnson

What a neat way to make a card, and use up your scraps.

Phyllis Johnson
Phyllis Johnson

Whar a neat way to make a card, and use up your scraps.

NinaN
NinaN

Love this idea!

Kathy
Kathy

Love this great idea for using scraps after your done with a layout! The cards are very nice!

Debbie Gauvin
Debbie Gauvin

I love this idea!!! I can't wait to use it on my scrapbook pages! Thank you :)

Pam Purcell
Pam Purcell

super idea for scraps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anne McIntosh
Anne McIntosh

What a great idea for using up my scrap trunk! Think I'll try it on my next work of art. Thanks!

Mary C
Mary C

I like this idea of using pretty scraps to make cards. Will try today.

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