Quick Tip | Use Your Stash Twofer

I was going through some older paper collections recently and came across a sheet of pattern paper that I have always loved but have never figured out how to use. You know the ones I’m talking about. Super fun designs that you just had to have…but what to do with them?

This was my challenge:


This paper came from the City Park Collection from American Crafts. Circa 2010. There was so much to love: the colors, the not so perfectly round circles, the glitter texture, the whimsical and playful nature of the design.

But for all the love, I could never figure out what to do with it.

Quick Tip One: When in doubt, cut it out.


Thanks to my trusty circle punches, I was able to pull out the elements of the paper that I loved, but use them in a way that suits my style. Layered clusters.

Quick Tip Two: Circles are perfect for grounding smaller embellishments.


Think brads. Acrylic pieces. Buttons. Enamel dots. Epoxy shapes. Chipboard pieces. Word stickers. All the little pieces that accumulate that are so easy to forget about.


How did I use my fun embellishments? Stay tuned. I will share the full page later this week.

Thanks for stopping by today!




  1. I always have trouble with busier papers. Love what you did with this one, Tammy!

  2. What a great idea!! I can’t wait to see the full page! 🙂 Evie

  3. Great tips, I’m always drawn to those fun and funky papers and then don’t use them. So those tips were helpful. Also, scrapbook steals has become a favorite site of mine, too. I’m hoping to win that big box of scrap in their giveaway.

  4. This is fun paper 🙂
    I love how you used it to its advantage 🙂

  5. Great idea to punch out the circles & use them for embellishment clusters!

  6. Great ideas & tips – thanks! Will have to be brave and cut out those busy patterns – LOL!

  7. That is fun paper 🙂 Love the colors.
    I can see it going with so many different layout and seasons

  8. Great ideas!! I know I have several pieces of paper I should do this with…

  9. Great idea. One of my favorite things to do. Love that paper. Michelle t



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