Hooray for April! It’s my birthday month!

I know I’ve said this before here on the SCT blog, but I LOVE patterned paper. Like, a lot. I’d have to say that patterned paper was probably my very first paper crafting love. I’m that girl who will gravitate toward my very favorite pattern in a kit or paper pad and go for it!

My dad asked me not long ago for a few birthday, sympathy, and get-well cards that he could have on hand. When dad makes a request, I’m happy to oblige! It was the perfect opportunity to dig into my stash of 6×6 paper pads.

Recently I did a big overhaul of the craft room that I share with my sister, and we neatly organized our 6×6 paper pads into basics, everyday, and seasonal bins. I grabbed the everyday bin and got started!

To begin, I thumbed through each pad and found two papers that coordinated well—typically one larger pattern and another smaller. This mix of pattern sizes works for a simple rule of thirds design with a mass-producible sentiment on a white strip.

Another fun way to use those gorgeous patterns is to let them shine as an entire card panel! The mass-produced sentiments can be placed at the top third or bottom third of the design—lots of versatility with these simple cards.

Sometimes the patterned papers are so lovely on their own, all you need to do is stamp a sentiment directly on it for a one-layer, easy-to-mail design. That gorgeous cityscape by moonlight is from the STARshine collection by my friend Shimelle. The moon was a PERFECT spot for a sentiment!

In the end, I was able to knock out 34 quick and easy cards in about 3 hours. Dad chose twelve (and he’s already sent one off!), and most of the others will be donated. I love seeing them all in one beautiful pile. And just look at all of those pretty patterns!

I dare you to start using your favorite patterned paper designs! You will be glad you did! I hope you’ve been inspired by this idea. I’d love to see what you create, so be sure to tag me on Instagram when you share, @susan.r.opel!

I hope you have a wonderful spring!