Today I have a DT layout to share for Just Nick Studio of one of my girls kindy photos. I don’t usually tend to scrap the more formal ‘school’ photos but this one of my two girls were so adorable – it worked perfectly nestled into the cut files on my page.
I have two of the newer cut files on my layout today. Firstly, I have the Floral Swag which I have used to frame the photo of my two girls. I love how this looks white on white with just a pop of colour in the floral centres. It also complements my flowers that I have added to my layout as well. Next I have created my title using another cut file called Hello Spring. My gosh I love this one, BUT it isn’t spring time here in NZ as we are going into Autumn but I didn’t let that stop me and so I have cut the whole file out but fussy cut out the ‘Spring’ section and used the ‘Hello’ as part of my title. I also backed it in the same colour patterned paper that I have used for the Floral Swag. I love how easy it is to adapt the Just Nick Cut files to work with the theme I am scrapbooking.
Today I have a new layout to share for Just Nick Studio featuring the Geometric Background 2 cut file. This type of background is a perfect one for layouts of the boys in our lives and I wanted to utilise the different geometric shapes in the file to make little mini pocket style elements within the grid shapes. I also wanted to share how you can adapt the cut files once you have downloaded them in the Silhouette software to make them your own and to work with your design. This is the original file:
As you can see the original cut file is more A4 size and I wanted to widen the windows on the right hand side so I could fit my square photo and have more space to fit my embellishments. To do this, after I traced the file, I right hand clicked on it to ungroup (release compound path). I then dragged the outer border to fill my 12 x 12 inch space on the Silhouette software. I then dragged the rectangle shapes out to meet my new enlarged border. When I was happy with their size and shape, I regrouped the cut file and proceeded to cut it out. This is the finished layout:
I cut the file out on white cardstock and layered it back on white cardstock and filled in most of the diagonal negative spaces with patterned paper. I added my photo to the largest rectangle shape and added some fringing to the bottom as it was a square photo and didn’t actually quite fill the shape – the illusion of another line on the cut file is actually a white border on my photo and added some embellishments to the other negative spaces.
I then added the large title wood veneer and the little frames which hold the initials of my son, Liam’s name and matched diagonal slope of the cut file and finished off with some sequin stars and small word phrases which matched the sentiment of my layout.
I hope you have enjoyed my layout I have shared with you today? Do you alter cut files to suit your style or to fit the type of layout you are doing? Maybe you would like to try this technique one day if you haven’t already?
As I am still waiting on my first design team kit, I thought I would share a few of my favourite design principles that I use to when I create my layouts. I have a quite balanced scrapbooking style where I find myself drawn to basic design principles when I create.
The Visual Triangle
Firstly, I often using the visual triangle (placing elements in three different points to create a triangle on my layout) where I cluster embellishments to create interest on my page. I also tend to repeat my elements/or even colours in these spaces. For example, If I place a butterfly embellishment in one space then I add another butterfly embellishment to the other points of the triangle as this makes a nice visual arrangement in my page. As you can see in my ‘Love This’ layout, I have created a visual triangle of embellishments with the pink butterfly, the double hearts and the wood veneer ‘this’. I have also repeated the butterflies on my layout as described above (top right of my photo, bottom left hand side of my layout and also under the wood veneer ‘this’. Often you can create several different triangles on the one page!
The Rule of Thirds
Another design concept I use on my scrapbooking layouts is a spacing design principle called the “rule of thirds” . When I use the rule of thirds I divide the 12 x 12 space on my page into 3s and place my focal point on one of these points it draws you eye into your photo or embellishment cluster rather than putting your main focus on the centre of your page. On my ‘Rocking Hunting’ layout , I have split my layout into thirds and placed my photo off to the right hand side and more to the bottom left and then used the butterfly cut file to draw you to that bottom third of my layout and ultimately into my photo. I have also added my title in the far left hand (third) of my layout which adds further balance to my layout. You might have noticed I have created a ‘visual triangle’ on this page as well.
On the Just Nick Studio blog the design team have been showcasing different background files this week and I had been waiting for a good excuse to use the A hearts a Flutter background file since it was released.
Here is my layout
I had lots of fun creating this layout. I cut the file out on white cardstock and added patterned paper to the negative spaces in the smaller hearts. Filling in the negative space of cut files is an effective way to add pops of colour to your layouts which is what I do quite regularly. This time I decided to take this one step further and add strips of washi tape stickers to two of the largest hearts in the cut file. It is really easy to do, when you cut out your cut file, keep the negative heart shape. I then added the washi tape directly to the shape and inserted it back into the cut file on my page. I don’t know about you but I have rolls and rolls of washi that I need to use up so I think I will definitely use this technique again!