Use Your Scraps | Stacked Embellishments

Last year, I had a feature on my blog once a month called “Use Your Stash”. I love to challenge myself to use up items that have been in hanging around for awhile. But because most of my stash is currently in boxes in my garage, I thought I would expand the feature to include scraps. Who doesn’t have scraps of pattern paper and cardstock to use up?

Earlier this week I shared some layout foundations you can create with 6×6 paper pads. With the grid layout, I had some larger scraps of paper left over on my desk. Rather than putting them away, I challenged myself to create some fun embellishments to use on the layout.

Creating your own embellishments

While flat embellishments can help our albums from overflowing, flat embellishments can also be…well….boring. Whenever you add some dimensional adhesive and lift things up, you create more visually appeal.

To create my embellishments, I gathered a variety of punches, buttons, and flowers along with my cardstock and pattern paper scraps.

I like to use a stacked approach when creating my own embellishments. Starting with the largest shape on the bottom, stack up layers of punched shapes, flowers and buttons to form your embellishment.

In this example, I started with the kraft circle and layered on the scalloped circle punch that is slightly smaller. Next I added the starburst circle punch with some dimensional adhesive. To that, I added the flower and gem on top.

I like to make my embellishments in groups of three, but you can also mix it up. Vary the colors of cardstock you use, change up the flowers colors or the gem colors. Change up the sizes too – make some larger ones and smaller ones.

With just a few bits of leftover pattern paper and other items you have on hand, it’s quick and easy to create a group of embellishments to custom match your project.

Sketch Ideas for stacked embellishments

I also wanted to link you up (courtesy of Pinterest!) with some sketch ideas I’ve pinned recently that would work perfectly with these kinds of embellishments:


I am going to keep these embellishments with the grid layout I created the other day:

I am starting to create page kits to use when I move. I will be staying with my folks for awhile, until I find a job and a place to live. I won’t have a scrapbook space there, so to stay productive, I am going to arrive prepared. More on that in a future post.

I hope this gives you a few ideas for using up your own scraps!

Thanks for stopping by today.


  1. What great embellishments! I love to make things like this when I’m stumped creatively, helps get my juices flowing again! You are one organized lady,i love it!!! 🙂

  2. Great ideas for getting embellishments ready to go in advance! 🙂

  3. these are sooooo awesome!! i started making my own felt embellishments and i am going to gave to make some of these

  4. Such a great idea! The embellishments look so different with these simple changes.

  5. Great ideas for the embellishments and very cool that you included some sketches, too!

  6. Great embellishments! Awesome idea to make your own using scraps you already have on hand!

  7. I like the button with the flower on top, haven’t tried that before . . . but I will soon! :>)

  8. Great ideas 🙂 Love that Martha Stewart jagged circle punch.
    what fun sketches you found 🙂

  9. I love making embellishments too. Very fun! Planning for future scrapping is very impressive. 🙂

  10. Tammy – those are absolutely adorable!!
    I have that little pinked edge circle punch!

  11. Cool!!! Gotta try this!

  12. Great post and perfect timing for me: one of my scrapping goals this year is to buy lots less pre-made embellishments and make my own. Layering is definitely the way to go! I’ll bet you can hardly wait to be settled in a new place of your own! Love your attitude and taking steps to be prepared for this transitional phase.

  13. I just love using circles and stacking the layers up. I really like the way you’ve grouped them on that grid.

  14. Awesome!! I just love your tips!!

    thanks so much for sharing (your LO is gorgeous and a wonderful example!)

  15. Great post. I love to do this but I haven’t in awhile. You have inspired me to get “punchy”! Don’t you just love the little MSC starburst punch? I use it all the time.


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