Have you ever sat back and really thought about what to make with patterned paper?  It's a big question, right?  There are so many different projects you can do with it, and then what do you do with all the left over pieces, right?

I personally love the 6×6 paper stacks you can get.  My favorites are the ones from Stampin' Up! because you get several of one pattern, rather than one of each like many companies offer.  And if you are at all like me, I don't want to just make one of something when I have created a design I love.

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The other day, I was pondering the what to make with patterned paper question, and pulled my love of math into it.

A standard card is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ here in the states.  So a typical panel to put on top is 4″ x 5-1/4″.

Starting with that 6×6 shape, if you cut off 4″, you are left with a 2″ x 6″ strip.

Recently I purchased the Warmth and Cheer paper stack from Stampin' Up!  I like the traditional colors of this paper stack, very festive!  There are 48 sheets with four each of the 12 double sided designs.  So I can make four of the exact project with one stack.  And at $10 a stack, very reasonable in price, each sheet is only 21 cents.  When it is that cheap, why not use an entire 4″ x 5-1/4″ on your card?

And that is how this entire thing came to be.  I cut 4″ off my 6″ x 6″ piece and that left me with the 2″ x 6″ piece we talked about above.

I put that entire piece onto a Very Vanilla card base and my card was official started.

But for some reason, I just couldn't go on until I had a plan for that 2″ x 6″ piece.  Normally I would just stick it back into the stack, but for some reason it just bothered me to do that. Does that ever happen to you?

I sat and thought and sat and thought and sat and thought…

Then it hit me!


I cut that strip in half, making two 2″ x 3″ pieces.


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Next I grabbed my Scalloped Tag Topper punch and just like that, two tags were created!


what to make with patterned paper


I measured out pieces of Very Vanilla card stock that would fit perfectly on top, and that size is 1-5/8″ x 2″.


what to make with patterned paper


The only things left to do were to stamp, accessorize, & assemble!


what to make with patterned paper


I have been a tag making fool as well as feeling very excited about using up more of my paper rather than hoarding it, as I have been known to do 🙂

This paper definitely lends to this idea as we need tags this time of year unlike any other time of the year.

Below are the supplies I used to make this card and tag set.  I appreciate it when you order through me, I know you have your choice, and to reward that, be sure to check out the latest Gift With Purchase when you use the hostess code provided on that page.


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So “what to make with patterned paper” is a question I often ask myself, and creativity is all it takes to find the answer!  See you in the next card making tutorial!