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Paper piecing is the big brother of die cuts. Scrapbookers started doing their own paper appliqué then companies started producing scrapbooking paper piecing kits, books and patterns. Pieced designs are easy to make yourself. Look for inspiration in children's books. Flowers, cars, teddies are easy to break down into separate components. Keep the designs simple and clean. If the end result doesn't fit together well try 'stitching' around the edges with a fine black pigma pen. If you muck up put aside the piece of paper and try again. Experimenting is half the fun. Just make sure to use appropriate acid and lignin free scrapbook paper.