Do you tend to buy patterned papers, and then hoard them like I do? I love to buy several of the little 6×6″ paper pads, as they are the perfect size for making cards, but I always have scraps leftover. Or I just keep them and never use them! (I know I’m not the only one out there! *Wink*!) I love the patterns and hate to throw the scraps away. Today I’ll show you a cute way to use up those little strips of paper you might not want to throw out after you are finished with a scrapbook layout or project. And you’ll have an extra card or two on hand to send to someone special!
I loved the patterned papers in this “Lucky Charm” paper pad from Dear Lizzy. First, I made sure my strips of paper were all the same width. They don’t have to be the same length, but they do have to be the same width for the pattern to work. I cut these 3/4″ wide, but you can cut them however wide you want them to be. Since they are 3/4″ wide, I needed a card base that would be the correct size across to fit a certain number of paper strips. I determined that if I used 6 strips at 3/4″ each, my card base would have to be 4 1/2″ wide. This would fit 6 strips across. (If you are cutting your strips differently, make sure you multiply 6 x the width of your strips to get the width your card base will have to be. Or you can use a different number of strips as well, it doesn’t have to be 6.) Therefore my card base is going to be 4.5″ wide. This is typically a little wider than a normal A2 card, so you’ll need a bigger envelope. Or you can adjust your measurements to make a smaller card. My card is 5.5″ long. You can make a square card if you’d like, but I wanted to keep some white space at the bottom for a sentiment.
Okay, now that I’ve confused you with all of that math, let’s get to the fun part!
Lay out your card base and begin planning out where each strip will go. Place them clockwise around the card. The bottom strip will be placed at 1″ from the bottom.
Continue laying out the strips until you are happy with the placement of the patterns.
When happy with the placement, trim the strips down and adhere them. Be sure to leave the bottom inch of the card base white. Stamp a sentiment in the white space at the bottom. (I used the Mat Stack 3 Collection stamps by Papertrey Ink.) Wrap a piece of twine if desired around the bottom of the quilted squares. You can stitch over the the pattern if you want to make it look even more like a quilted pattern!
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you are able to get crafty today with all of your scraps!