68 Uses for Scrapbook Paper


68 Uses for Scrapbook Paper

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68 Uses for Scrapbook Paper

All us scrapbookers know that we have way more 12x12 sheets of paper than we actually need...so we asked our Facebook fans how they put extra paper to use...and here are the best 68 Uses for Scrapbook Paper, thanks to you!

Browse the creative ideas below to discover great other uses for scrapbook paper. Maybe you have some leftover from a cherished project, or maybe you simply saw a pack at the store you couldn't resist, but you weren't sure what to use it for! Well these scrapbook paper ideas are sure to inspire you to get crafting today.

We have suggested projects featured throughout this collection, so if you're looking for free tutorials for making some of these projects, be sure to check those out. Have so much fun and get crafty today!

Uses for Scrapbook Paper

  1. Wanda Terry Tucker: I use them to make mod podge name plaques.

Personalized Name Plate

  1. Linda Carol Price: Collage and decoupage.

After School Tray

  1. Erika McInnis: I make banners for parties, cut the 12 by 12 squares into 4!
  2. Stephanie Dinkins-King: Decorative paper to cover tiles to make coasters!

Jingle Bell Tile Coasters

  1. Rachel Lee: Our Girl Scout troop makes origami....they love folding paper!
  2. Angela Henke: I use 12 x 12 scrapbook paper as backgrounds to menu boards!
  3. Mia Everette: I use them for iris folding cards at Christmas time.

Presenting an Iris Folding Gift Package

  1. Diana Wise: I make DVD envelopes with them, and party favors and wrap presents and Pencil/Craft Holders and ATC cards and mailing envelopes.
  2. Daryl DeLoreto: Small gift bags.
  3. Dara Dean Rodemack: My kids have used them to make Treasure boxes with to keep their items that I would throw away, but if it's in their treasure box, mom can't touch it!
  4. Sharon Ekstrand Cameron: I use them as a photo mat which makes a big difference in the appearance of a picture.
  5. A Little Hut: ‎3D paper crafts = lanterns, wall art, "paper quilts", easels, hurricane covers, party favors. I could just go on and on! :)

Chinese Paper Lanterns

  1. Denine Cruit Blevins: I used 12 X 12 scrapbook paper as the background for a shadow-box type frame.

 Bright Pink and Black Valentine Shadow Box

  1. Nikki Rancourt: We use the pretty 12 x 12 prints, after making paper dolls out of cardstock! Fun for the granddaughters.

32 Free Printable Paper Dolls and Other Printable Paper Crafts

  1. Barbara Jean Trahan: I use them as 3D flowers during craft time at camp.
  2. Cynde Hogan: We used them to make baby shower invitations for my daughter.
  3. Christine Boe: I've used them as backing in a wooden sign frame then added a friends monogram & date of marriage as a gift :)
  4. Michelle Paolercio Borsack: In desperate moments I've used it to wrap small gifts....and if I include a matching card...it's even better and a bigger hit with the recipient.
  5. Daria Linderssen: I would cut this size down to design a greeting card. Or paste (or something like that) to a box to decorate the box and use the box as a storage type container. I have use wrapping paper to do that too.

Decoupaged Canister Set

  1. Bonnie Benjamin Griffiths: We recently used them under wedding centerpieces on the tables.
  2. Karan Cox: We used them to set centerpieces on to coordinate colors of the table coverings, and centerpieces at our Meals on Wheels Volunteer Banquet. Worked great and really made the centerpieces pop.
  3. Debi Bodary Tuszynski: I use them to add color and design to my photo mats. It helps brighten up the photograph.
  4. Sherrill Fulghum: The heavier scrapbook paper (card stock weight) makes great gift boxes.
  5. Betty Jean Hammond-Wirsen: I ripped the 12 x 12s into various shapes and sizes, then glued them to a piece of plywood kind of helter-skelter, then put on family pics and all kinds of different embellishments, then attached it to a iron table base, and set tempered table glass on top. The 'theme' was 'family history', and now the table will go to my grandson when he's an adult and buys his own home. I included things like the will of one of my great grandfathers from the 1730s, wedding photos from ancestors about 130 years ago, etc. :) I don't think anyone has ever seen it that didn't want one made for their own family, children, or grandchildren.
  6. Jonie Tauer: I have used it to help make posters for fundraisers:)
  7. Joyce Zikursh: I've used them in a lot of different ways: mats and backgrounds for framed pictures, origami-style flowers for package embellishments, inserts/as labels for file cabinets, backing for bookmarks (before laminating.) There's so many pretty papers out there, and it's unlimited what you can use them (or their scraps) for!

Origami Flower Stem and Leaf

  1. Christina Wammack: I like to use them as backdrops for ETSY items, perfect size for most of my stuff and I can always find just the right theme. :)
  2. Candice Schultz: My girls love to make homemade cards. Sometimes they fold them, sometimes not. They either trace, use paint or stamp ink to put their handprints & date it. Words from their heart & embellishments they love to do too. It's pretty cool to actually see in another way how much they have grown. I love my 4 girls! ;)
  3. Jennifer Tavernier: Currently, paper "toggle" bead buttons!

Whimsical Paper Beads

  1. Carmela Porcella: Paper airplanes!
  2. Mary Misdemeanor Messeck: I use it to decoupage, and making envelopes, And picture frame borders.
  3. Cheryl Svendsen Fold: To make a cone for May Day flowers.
  4. Jo Thompson: Fold into 8 page/pocket mini booklets.
  5. Rhea Botelho: Small paper lamp shades to use with small rimed wine glasses!
  6. Tonya Miller: I make labels for things for organizing, and for my homemade bath items.

DIY Labels to Organize Your Craft Space

  1. Angie Heldenbrand: I cut them and use it for price tags and hand written sale signs. I've also used it for backboard for my hairclips and bows.
  2. JoAnn Beyer: Making envelopes for those extra big cards!
  3. Nickola Avery: I use mine as make shift business cards. I printed up mine on bright paper and cut it down, then used the scrapbook paper to "frame" it out. It looks pretty good and cost me very little.
  4. Laura Sisseck: “Wallpaper" for my china cabinets. I also use it as matting for picture frames.
  5. Irene Aiello: I use them to cover my son school books...Then he can add stickers, stamps...He loves it.
  6. Beverly Grout: I use mine for making greeting cards with matching envelopes.
  7. Arlene Wilson Focht: Just made 3 banners for people in nursing homes. It makes their rooms look more cheerful!

Celebrate Spring Chalkboard Banner

  1. Brenda Nolen Hackett: You can cut them for quilling.

DIY Paper Quilling

  1. Kassy Joly: Big origami pieces.
  2. Martha McClarnon: I have just started card making and I've used some of my paper to cover my cards.
  3. Linda G Gustafson Green: Used as backgrounds in yearbook.
  4. Liz Boswell: I use the heavier card stock to make matchbook needle keepers, gift card holders, decorate the backside of iPhones, instead of using photos in the travel mugs that have inserts to them use scrapbooking papers.
  5. Marilyn Brown: I make gift boxes from 12 X 12 paper. I can cut it if necessary, but it is just the right size for many wonderful handmade gifts.
  6. L.r. Smith: All the 3D things on the Cricut Cartridges!!
  7. Caroline Dave Goddard: I use them to make a birthday book and for pocket cards and exploding boxes. 
  8. Joanne Zabohonski Deschenes: Cut into shapes and decoupage.
  9. Latisha Guffey Avsec: I use them for water bottles, I print out an adhesive tag to go on it and they come out so nice for the kiddos! For the water bottles, I cover them with regular clear contact paper and they are really nice!
  10. Debbie Marie Lefebvre: Origami and paper flowers.

How to Make Paper Flowers: 30+ DIY Paper Flowers

  1. Jackie Woolf: As background for a silhouette picture. I did one with a butterfly and a bird - came out really cool looking. Would be really cool with a child's silhouette, too. The combinations are endless considering you could use any color for the silhouette, just as long as it really shows up against the background paper. OR you could use the paper to cut out a silhouette and use black as the background...that would be cool as well.
  2. Deb Wynne Wall: Paper for my girls doll house.
  3. Andria Lightner: I make homemade gift bows with mine! It's really simple, strips of pretty paper and a brad.
  4. Lynn Bice Susmilch: Doll house wall paper.
  5. Cathy Pugh Peek: Just purchased rust-colored ones to cut out "clay" pots for a math game for my preschoolers. The paper flowers on Popsicle sticks were made from shades of pink and lilac scrapbook paper too. The kids are learning number values and one-to-one number correspondence; top of pots were left unglued so correct number of flowers could be inserted to match the number written on outside of pot.
  6. Lorraine Gibeault: I sometimes use it instead of wrapping paper, the patterns on the papers are a lot better. It is just the right size for a small gift.
  7. Cindy Bailey: I make my own business cards out of scrapbook paper. I figure that a "crafty" person should put a little more creativity into their business cards, so I cut the paper 3 rows across, about 5 or 6 rows down, print my info with permanent marker, then paint a small, simple design with acrylic paint. Very unique.
  8. Barbara Wilson: I work with two year olds. We use it in a lot of our craft projects. They like to use it instead of regular paper.
  9. Jennifer Thomas Bogart: Cut into 1/8“ strips and quill!
  10. Karen Briley: I make paper beads! Amazing what patterns you can end up with! 
  11. Maureen Murdock Wilson: Altering. Clocks, dresser drawers, shoe boxes, notebooks, etc.
  12. Nancy Hobold: You can make really nice coasters by decoupaging it on 4 x 4 ceramic tiles to match any decor. My granddaughter and I used it to make neat valentine boxes.
  13. Wanda Burnell: I use them to decorate little birdhouses for in the house, scraps for greeting cards, for mats and backgrounds for pictures.

19 Birdhouse Craft Ideas

  1. Theresa Burrill Lacko: I have envelope templates and use scrapbook paper to make pretty wrapping for gift cards, etc.
  2. Mette Buchreitz: If single-color background... write something repeating it all around the paper or print with fingers, tubes, potatoes or whatever else you like... and use the paper to wrap your gifts!

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Love the suggestions! here's one more I use them to wall paper doll houses. Much cheaper then the ones the sell for that purpose.


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