I found this really cool post that Cara did called Scrappy Background. It's the way she uses up her 1/4" scraps. Her blog is:
and I just finished making the card below, based on her post. She used 1/4" strips but mine was made with 1/2" strips. Next time I'll do some with the 1/4" strips. Anyway, please check out her blog because it's a great way to use up those scraps that keep accumulating.