Hi everyone! It's Ashley, and I'm here today with two new layouts, using the A Case of the Blahs collection. I wanted to incorporate a cut file into my layouts and use it in two different ways. For my first layout, I chose a solid color coordinating card stock and cut the design on my Cameo.
Once the design was cut, I placed it on my background paper and filled in the spaces of the cut file with the negative shapes. After all of the shapes were in place and adhered, I removed the positive part of the cut file. I really love the look of the fun triangles over the scalloped pattern paper background.
I decided to place my photo and title in the center of the layout, on a bit of a diagonal tilt. The Puffy Alpha Stickers really make the title stand out and adds a great contrast against the teal card stock.
Adding the embellishments is always my favorite part! The triangle shapes provided the perfect spots for the embellishments I chose for my layout. I wanted to mix in different pieces to add texture and dimension. After all of my embellishments were in place, I finished the layout with hand-stitching around the outside edge of cut file.
When I got ready to work on my second layout, I knew the positive piece from the cut file, would be perfect for it. I only wanted to use half of the circle so I just used my scissors to trim away half of it.
I decided to go with a White background for this layout, because I wanted to bring color into the layout, by backing the cut file. I used papers from the 6x6 paper pad to fill in the spaces. This is an easy technique that always adds a wow factor to your layouts. Just flip your paper over to the backside...flip over your cut file...and trace the shape with a pencil. Then you can cut around each shape, leaving a bit more margin than what you traced, and adhere it to the open space.
Instead of adding hand stitching on this layout, I went with my sewing machine. I stitched the lines of the cut file before adding it to the background paper. This makes it easier to run through your sewing machine and gives the cut file a bit of dimension when you adhere it to your background paper. I also cut a few flowers on my Cameo and machine stitched in the center of each one.
I wanted this layout to have my "scrapbook style", with a bit more simplicity and elegance, so I kept my embellishments to a minimum. I also wanted the photo to really stand out, so I printed it a bit larger than I normally do and changed it to black & white. And I tend to embellish a lot around my photos, but I kept it clean this time, because I felt like the photo was able to stand alone because of the placement, size and black & white contrast.
I had so much fun with the design of both of these layouts, and finding just the right products from the A Case of the Blahs collection. I hope you've found some ideas in today's post that you would like to try out on your next project!