Makeover Monday- use up those letter stickers!

Hello everyone! Happy Monday!
I don’t know about you, but I love the beginning of a brand new week. I love to see the days stretched out before me as an opportunity to see what I will accomplish before the weeks comes to an end.

Not only is it a brand new week, but it’s the first Monday in a brand new month and that means it’s time for another Makeover Monday. Just in case you’re new to my blog, Makeover Monday happens on the first Monday of every month here at Sweet Paper Treats. It’s a day I set aside to share some projects with you that feature ways to reuse and re-purpose some things you may have in your stash. Sometimes I show ways to transform an old decor piece into something fresh and new using your scrapbook stash. Sometimes I show ways to get more use out of the products you may already have.

This month the focus is on letter stickers. Whether you’re a scrapbooker or a card maker you most likely have a few packages of letter stickers in your arsenal. And, if you’re like me, you probably have a few packages that have been mostly used up except for a few odd letters that you can’t use to spell out anything. Or, if you’re like me, you might have a few packages from years ago that have somehow managed to avoid the purge.

Today we’re going to explore a few ways to get those stickers used up so you can make room for more exciting and interesting things.

When I sat down to create my projects for this Makeover Monday installment, the first package of letter stickers I pulled out to use were two packages of unopened ones I had picked up at the $ spot somewhere. I never used them, but couldn’t bring myself to get rid of them. I decided to use them to decorate some tiny square canvases that I had bought for another project that never came to fruition. (Geez, do I see a pattern here?)
First I randomly stuck the stickers all over the canvases, like this.

I made sure to extend them over the edges and then I trimmed them with my craft knife. Then I decorated them to make this.

I went with a Christmas theme since they were red and green. I think they’ll look great propped up against some of my other Christmas decor. I know it’s not typical to be working on Christmas projects in February, but I figure I’m just about 9-10 months ahead of myself! Hee! No matter. This project could be made to suit any season or decorating theme.

Then the idea started forming in my mind to try a masking technique with some old Making Memories letter stickers. These stickers have been in my stash for a long, long time. I don’t know why I didn’t pass them onto my kids before, but at any rate, they needed to be used up somehow.
Here’s what you need. A piece of card stock for your background. Stickers (I actually just used the numbers that came on this sheet of letters), and some misting spray such as Glimmer Mist or Maya mist.

First, place your stickers onto the paper in the area you’d like to mask. I stuck each sticker onto my sweater first to get rid of some of the stickiness so they’d be easier to remove later. You could even use lots of different letters here if you don’t have enough of one kind.

Then cut out your mask and place over top. I used a circle, but you could do almost any shape if you have a Cricut or something similar to cut out your shapes.

Now comes the fun part. Spray over your mask with the spray mist. I used Gold and Bubble Gum Glimmer Mist. I always place my project in a cardboard box to contain the spray.

Lift your mask and this is what you’ll have.

Let dry and then very carefully remove the stickers and you get this.

Now finish up your page.

I thought the masking technique would be fun to try with paints too, so using the above method I made two baby cards. Only instead of using the Glimmer Most I gently painted over the letter stickers with acrylic paint. Be sure to let the paint dry completely before removing your stickers.

How about using cast off letter stickers to make some unique scrapbook page backgrounds? I had a sheet of large letter stickers, monograms I guess is what they’re called. They came with only one or two of each letter on the sheet, so it was really hard to use them for page titles. They were just taking up space, so I used them to create this fun background on this page. Again, you could use a variety of different stickers if you don’t have enough of one kind.

Here’s another way to use those stickers to make an interesting page. I popped a couple of them up with pop dots for added interest.

How bout using some of those odd leftover letters along with rubber stamps or rub-ons to create new words?

If none of these ideas appeal to you, you can always donate your leftover letter stickers to your kids or to a school that would be happy to use them up for you.

How about we have a fun little giveaway to go along with our letter stickers theme? I’ll randomly pick one person to receive two packages of letter stickers. I promise they’ll be new, unused, and not out dated! 🙂

To win just tell me what you think. Have any of these tips been helpful to you? Leave a comment here on this post. I’d love to hear what you do with your leftover letter stickers once you’ve used up all the good ones.

I’ll pick a winner in a couple of days from now, OK?

Have a good one!

21 thoughts on “Makeover Monday- use up those letter stickers!

  1. Mary says:

    I am now inspirerd to get out my pile of old letter stickers and try something. I especially like the scrapbook page backgrounds. Thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Karen says:

    Wow! What great ideas! I usually just pass them on to my daughter eventually…but I know I have a bunch that I just don’t use but have plenty…I’ll have to try some of these ideas!

  3. Jaki says:

    Wow! they all look great, I love the masking in particular.
    I’m always on the lookout for fresh ideas for kids cards I think this might be my theme this year 🙂

    Also love that blue scrapbook page.
    Thanks for the inspiration!!

  4. Laura F. says:

    I REALLY love the idea about sticking them to a page, and spraying with color mist to create the background like you did for the “four” scrap page! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Diane says:

    What fantastic ideas. Makes me want to thump my head with my hand and say “why didn’t I think of this?”!! Your ideas always amaze and inspire me!

  6. Gail says:

    Great ideas!
    I’ve used my ‘odd’ letters for the first letter of a name on a scrapbook page.
    Usually with family pictures where there are 4 kids or so.
    I have had some really big glittery ones, so they really show up!

  7. Shelly says:

    I don’t know you, but subscribed after Diane said she loved your ideas . . . your style isn’t often like mine, but this idea grabbed me and is something I will definitely use to put all my extra letters/numbers to good use! Thanks.

  8. Anna says:

    These are the coolest ideas ever! I have tons of leftover stickers just taking up space. I’m so going ot try these! Thank you!

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