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Turn a Negative into a Positive

Turn a Negative into a Positive

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!

1 comment

1. Mar 12, 2018

Love both of these layouts! It’s such a great idea to use both the positive and the negative; I’ve done it with small embellishments, but never on such a grand scale. Will have to try it!


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