Unexpected Uses for Pattern Paper | Handcut Letters Designer’s Challenge

At the end of a kit I always have a lot of patterned paper scraps left over.  Being something of a scrapbook supply hoarder I have a tough time parting with those beauties.   I pulled together my Sage + Mint kit leftovers for this project.  I just love that kit!

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I decided that those scraps would be the perfect focus of this month’s designer challenge.  One of the funnest trends I keep seeing is hand cut letters, but I had yet to dip my feet into that design idea pool.

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I hope that you will grab your scissors and take the plunge too.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1) Remember that wonky is good.  A blackout type look where you only cut the outline of the letters is much easier when you are doing this by hand.

2) Grab a bunch of coordinating patterned paper.  I think it helps to get a few more than you think you’ll need.  I tried to think about mixing up colors in a word as I went along.

3) Roughly measure and then trace the letters onto the paper with pencil.  It will make the cutting much easier later.  I used a stencil to help a bit as well.

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Here is the finished project!  Holi is a super fun Indian holiday where we douse each other in different colors each spring.  The pictures always have a lot going on so I tried to keep the background pretty neutral.  Adding these handcut letters was the perfect way to have a little pattern and color on the page in a small dose without competing with the picture.

There are so many different ways you can go with this.  Big bold title, smaller letters for long quotes.  Colorful, monochromatic or neutrals in black and white for a dramatic effect.


Please play along with me and share your creations in the gallery.  Add your link to your LO/Pocket Page/Card here or visit the MB here.

The deadline is Tuesday June 5th at 11pm EST. One winner will be picked and will win a $10 coupon to spend in the Daisy Store.

Post a comment here with a link back to them.   I can’t wait to see what you create!


  1. carolynhasacat

    I posted mine to the gallery. Thanks for the challenge!


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