Simple Card Ideas for Using Patterned Paper Scraps

Simple Card Ideas for Using Patterned Paper Scraps


simple handmade birthday card idea

You know all those little patterned paper scraps you keep throwing back into the package with the intention of using them? You know - the ones that are really small, but you just love the paper and can't part with it??  Kate, here with three ideas for using patterned paper scraps.

Though I'm sharing only three simple handmade card examples, the possibilities are endless when you adapt this design for any theme or occasion. This is an easy way to make a stack of handmade cards in no time at all! 

The majority of my scraps are from these two Doodlebug Design Collections:

simple handmade baby card

Baby Hearts Handmade Baby Card

Need a few baby cards in your stash but don't know the gender of the baby? Why not use your pastel patterned papers to diecut (or punch) out some hearts? A simple sentiment and this card is done! I like to diecut extra hearts in white and use those to add dimension behind the patterned paper hearts instead of foam tape. Just layer them up to create dimension. 

simple handmade birthday card

Birthday Candles Birthday Card

Take those beautiful scraps and cut them into 1/2 inch strips. Top with a flame diecut and you have yourself a very quick and easy handmade birthday card. Don't have a flame die? Use a teardrop die or even a small circle cut into a teardrop shape. I even cut the flames from yellow patterned cardstock!

simple christmas card idea using scraps

Stars Christmas Card

I know it's a bit early for Christmas, but it's not that far away!  And when I looked at my pile of scraps, there were mostly red and green ones, so a Christmas card it was! But this card can easily be changed into a birthday or even graduation card.  And change the stars into hearts and you have yourself a Valentine's card!  The strips measure 1/2 inch each and the stars are doubled up to add dimension.  

So there you have it. Easy handmade card ideas you can make with scraps! Hopefully this inspires you to dig into your own scrap pile and make something. 
Design Team Member Kate

Want more ideas for paper scrap? Check out these strip backgrounds!


  • Barb

    Can’t wait to make up a bunch of cards to keep on hand. Thank you for some great ideas!

  • Rosalina Vargas

    Lol!! I have tubs full of scrap separated by color. I do use them at times but these card ideas are great!! Can’t wait to make some cards!! Thank you!! …Rose

  • Esther

    I have folder full of scraps, this is a great way to use them up.

  • Janet

    I have a whole expandable folder filled and separated by style of cardstock, of usable scraps. These are some great ideas. I think I will start cutting out different embellishments with them on my Cricut

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