Use Your Stash | Die Cut Papers

It’s time for another Use Your Stash post.

I remember a few years ago when die-cut papers hit the market. They were pretty basic – solid cardstock with scalloped edges. Then we started to see scalloped circles and other shapes. And then it moved on to patterned cardstock with zig-zag edges and flourishes. Today, companies like My Mind’s Eye and My Little Shoebox and Little Yellow Bicycle have made die cut papers part of every new release.

If you’ve got some of these die-cut beauties in your stash, get them out and try one of these ideas on your next layout:

1. Background. This is the easiest way to use a die-cut paper – as the background to a layout. That’s what Erin Bassett does in the layout Explore, from the 2 Peas gallery:

The foundation of her layout is a zig-zag die-cut paper mounted onto solid cardstock. The zig-zag border adds instant interest to the design.

Keely Yowler takes the background a step further in Summer Roadtrip (also from the 2Peas gallery):

She used a scalloped circle as her only background. The circle and fun pattern set the whimsical tone for the entire layout. I love to see shaped pages (not mounted on cardstock) sprinkled through albums.

2. Cut in half. One way to get more mileage from your die-cut papers is to cut them. For my layout below, I used about 1/3 of a flourished patterned paper to use as an accent on my page. I used the sketch posted at Sketch Support this week as inspiration for my layout:

Supplies: Cardstock – Bazzill Cream Puff and Teal OP. Pattern Paper – My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose Happy Bouquet, Remember Buttercup and You & Me Numbers. Embellishments – Cosmo Cricket blue and yellow Tiny Type letters, American Crafts Poolside Thickers. Tools – Fiskars Dotted Lace punch. Discontinued items – 7 Gypsies Happiness Card, Doodlebug dragonfly brads, American Crafts foam palm tree, K&Co flower sticker.

I took a two page sketch and made a one page layout. I loved that the flourished cardstock created the perfect border to frame my photos. I still have 2/3 of the sheet of flourished paper to use on another layout or project.

3. Card base. In addition to die-cut papers in 12×12, there are a variety of books out there that contain die-cut papers designed for journaling. I used Bo-Bunny journaling card as the background for this card:

Supplies: Cardstock – Core’dinations cardstock from the Nostalgia collection. Pattern Paper – Bo Bunny Timepiece Noteworthy Journaling book, Die Cuts With a View from the Linen Closet collection, Recollections bling. Tools: Silhouette to cut butterfly. Stamp – unknown.

Cards are the perfect way to use up any leftover pieces from your larger die-cut sheets.

4. Scene starter. I came across a cute layout at My Little Shoebox’s blog from Mandy Starner. She took a flourished edge sticker and used it as a grassy background for a garden scene. I could instantly envision the same idea using one of the many die-cut papers. If you have any leftover pieces from one of the other ideas, it could provide a unique scene background for another layout.

5. Bridging a two-page layout. Allison Davis is a master at using this technique. I love the layout in this example, where she takes a flourish die-cut paper and spreads it across two pages. In similar fashion, Amarilys used that same sketch for this page that I found at gallery:

There are many, many more ideas for using die-cut papers in Scrapbook Generation’s Sketches For Scrapbooking books (co-authored by Allison Davis). In Volume 6 alone, 10 of the 30 sketches use die-cut papers across two pages.

I hope this inspires you to get out your own die-cut papers and use them on your next layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


    • Thanks! 🙂

  1. great ideas for die cut papers!…TFS
    Alison xx

    • You’re welcome!

  2. Great examples Tammy and I love your layout! Beautiful sunset picture too! I love those little journaling spots, looks great on your card! Hope your sale goes good this weekend, the more you sell the bigger the PTI order, right? 🙂

    • Oh, I wish! The whole goal for the yard sale was to make enough money to cover my moving supplies – boxes, wardrobes, mirror boxes, stuffing paper, etc…… Moving is not cheap! Ugh. But maybe I will sneak in a few bags of buttons. And maybe a die set. Or two. 😀

  3. Great ideas. I saw that sketch at Sketch Support this week and hope to create a layout with it, but I’ve got to finish up graduation announcements first. :>)

    • I hope you found some time this weekend to finish up! 🙂

  4. love all your layouts and that card is gorgeous… Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Thank you!

  5. I have a couple of these die cut papers I have yet to use.
    Thanks for this post, I have some idea’s now 🙂

    • You’re welcome! 🙂

  6. love your lo’s tammy, I especially like the road trip one! very cute 🙂

    • Thanks! I love that one too – something about the round shape just screams happy! 🙂

  7. Ah, thank you – very timely, as I was sorting some papers yesterday and found some die-cut designs which I was wondering what to do with!! These are lovely, now I have plenty of inspiration 🙂



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