Hello friends! Katty Miranda here for another What about Wednesday. Today I am focusing on cut files. Cut files are a great way to add interest to any layout. There are so many fonts and designs available that the possibilities are endless. We are very lucky to have Khristina Sorge on our team. She is creating free, yes free cut files available for you to download every month. Take a look at this months awesome cut files. You can download the free cut file here: http://spiegelmomscraps.com/sparklers-unite-dt-blog-hop/
I used the Summer word and cut it out multiple times on American Crafts White Textured Cardstock. As a background I chose a blue hombre patterned paper from the Pink Paislee Fancy Free Paper Pad. I am scrapbooking a 4×91/2 panoramic photo of Hanauma Bay in Oahu Hawaii from our recent summer vacation. I lined up the photos and the cut files vertically on the page. For the open cut files I used 6×6 paper pads from my stash to back the openings. I chose patterned papers in the blue and green tones. The regular cut words I covered in beautiful Sequins.
Hello scrappy friends! I am changing things up a bit today and using the sketch that Lisa picked for the monthly challenge in the facebook group. I’ll be back in September with another Scraplift Sunday, though!
Here’s the sketch and the moodboard:
I really liked using these two pieces for my layout inspiration today. Here’s what I came up with:
I wanted to use that blue polka dot glassine bag that you can see behind the big focal photo in the middle. I decided to play off the blue color in the moodboard.
For the title I used the American Crafts Thickers called ‘Fancy’ from the Fancy Free collection, some Teresa Collins little aphas and the Fancy Pants Atwell puffy stickers.
For the top cluster I used the adorable Cork-Fetti Hearts mix. Isn’t this little banner of hearts just perfect?!! I love it!! I had the ‘Fancy Free’ puffy stickers and the word ‘yay’ worked on this layout because my son is opening and playing with a birthday present. I also added some twine and Gold Sequin Confetti. In this photo they are reflecting the light a ton!
Here’s a better view of the confetti sequins. I wanted to used them in place of mist in the sketch and I really love how it turned out.
Thanks for stopping by today!! I hope you will come join us on the 15 minutes to Scrap facebook page and join in on this months challenge! And, don’t forget to use the coupon code Megan15 to recieve 15% off your total purchase in the SpiegelMom Scraps store!
Hello everyone! Jody here again with another layout using metal dies to create the look of using an electronic die cutting machine. Last weeks layout used the circle stitched die set from Kaiserkraft, which I just LOVE! It’s different than the other stitched dies on the market because the stitches are on the circle that is die cut out, and not on the negative part, or circle punched in the cardstock/paper. You can see the faux stitching on my die cut journaling circle.
Instead of using just one type of Kaiserkraft metal die, I used a couple! I used the Nesting Stitched Circles and the Icons metal dies to create my layout, along with the fabulous Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection, sequins from the shop, 2 glassine bags and some Amy Tangerine Thickers words.
To create this look on your page, you’ll need a couple things: A Big Shot or similar die cutting machine and your favorite metal dies! Since a 12×12″ sheet of cardstock or paper won’t fit through a Big Shot, you’ll need to cut your cardstock or paper down to either 6×12″ or 5.75×5.75″, as I did today. I wanted to mount them onto a piece of white American Crafts Cardstock to really help it pop. I easily could have left my paper 6×12″ but I wanted the faint look of the grid in the background so I cut them down to 5.75 by 5.75″ so the white cardstock would show around the edges of my layout. To get the placement I wanted, I simply played with where the die cut circles to be on my layout. After I had those placed where I like them, I added the Kaiserkraft Icon dies as accents. Tip: When running the metal dies through my Big Shot, I used a small piece of washi tape to keep them in place.
After I had everything die cut out, I create some shaker windows with glassine bags and sequins. This was super easy to do! I used a large glassine bag for the two circles on the upper right of the layout and amedium glassine bag behind the largest circle. To keep some of the Magical Ocean sequins stuck throughout the circle (so they didn’t all fall to the bottom) I opened up the bag and drizzled some tacky glue inside. Then, I just poured in the desired amount of sequins to fill the space. This next step is pretty technical.. I smooshed around the sequins until they were inside the circle where the peaked through the die cut window. Super technical right! LOL! To finish it off, I folded the glassine bag over and sealed it with some tacky glue as well and then adhered it to the back of the 6×6″ Fancy Free paper. I repeated this for the other die cut circle using the Spring Blooms sequin mix.
For the other two sections, I used the super cute Icon dies to create the design elements and backed them with scraps of Pink Paislee Fancy Free papers to compliment the messy layers behind my photo. I used both the negative space from the Icon dies and the die cuts they punched out. Using dies is a great way to get so much more out of your papers and really stretch your stash! Just think of all the possibilities!
I’m so happy you stopped by today to check out the blog! Remember to follow SpiegelMom Scraps here using Bloglovin’, on Instagram and Facebook! Today, I’ll be contacting the remainder of the new Design Team members I’ve chosen and giving them the good news! This was so difficult you guys! There were a ton of wonderful ladies who applied and I really appreciate all the time you took to submit your applications! If you weren’t chosen this time, please feel free to email me with any suggestions for improvement for next time! Sometimes, it’s just a matter of photography which can easily be improved with some tips! Again, thank you SO much everyone and I’ll see ya’ll very soon!
Hi everyone! Jody here & I’m so excited to be back today for another guest post! I ssoooo love my Sparklers Design Team but I really miss blogging and creating more layouts on a regular basis. I think I need another “ME” so I can divide up some more of this small business behind the scenes stuff!! Anyone out there that can help with that LOL!!!
Anyway, today I’m sharing a technique I’ve haven’t done in awhile but I always LOVE the results. I began with this lovely green diagonal stripe paper from the Pink Pasilee Fancy Free Collection and this beautiful FREE cut file over at Hip Kit Scrapbook Club. You just sign up for a free member account and you’ll have access to their free files!! So awesome!!
Ok so, for this technique I spread some type of mixed media (gesso, texture paste, acrylic paints or Shimmerz Dazzlerz) onto an area of my layout and use a fun stamp to press right into the wet media (Dazzlerz, etc). This creates some awesome texture, or even a title. I used the Spun Sugar Dazzlerz and two different stamps, Amy Tangerine “Happy Place” and a small Stampin Up! stamp circle stamp. I also did a little bit of simple stitching on my layout to show the butterfly’s flight path 🙂
When the layout is angled more, the light really plays with theShimmerz Paints Dazzlerz and creates this beautiful effect! It shines and reveals a really cool, almost hidden, phrase in the Dazzlerz.
You’ll also notice that there are sequins behind that stunning butterfly cut file from Hip Kit Club. To create this huge sequins shaker pocket I trimmed a piece of vellum & a piece of Fancy Free paper to the same shape as the butterfly. I carefully glued the vellum directly onto the backside of the cut file. After it was dry, I laid the butterfly with the front side facing down onto my workbench and spread some glue randomly over small areas of the vellum. The backside of the cut file/vellum wasn’t covered in glue, but there were several small areas of wet glue spaced out which where going to hold onto a bunch of loose sequins I was about to pour over my butterfly! After pouring my desired amount of a sequins onto the butterfly (Spring Blooms, Gold Stardust & Gold Sweatheart Sequins), I sealed up the huge butterfly shaker with the piece of Fancy Free paper and allowed it to dry completely before adhering it to my layout. I layered it up with those stunning black Thicker words from Amy Tangerine.
To add a little more interest to my fussy cut flowers and leaves, I folded the leaved down the middle and added few lines with a black Sharpe marker. I also added the date of the photo using the lines in the Fancy Free paper.
I finished the layout off with the Simple Stories alpha stickers from last summer, which I’ve been hoarding in my sticker stash! I just love love love those wood grain alphas!!
Thank you so much for spending your time here today! If you’re interested in any of the products used today, they are lined in the blog post. Be sure to find a Sparklers DT girl’s discount code here or on Instagram before you check out too!
…..SpiegelMom herself!! Hey everyone, Jody here today and I’m your guest designer this lovely month of June! I thought it would be fun in preparation for the SpiegelMom Scraps 6 year anniversary month in July to hang out on the blog more this month so you can get to know me better.
So, here’s a little about me! I’m Jody! I’m a full time workin’ Mama with a super busy family life and some crazy kiddos! I’ve been a crafter since I was a little girl and but really dove into this hobby in about 2003. I went to my first Stampin Up! workshop with my BFF Jenn and was hooked. From there I quickly fell in love with scrapbooking and never looked back. I was an independent consultant for Memory Works from 2006 until they closed their doors in 2013. I was on their Design Team and loved so many things about that company!
In 2010 I started SpiegelMom Scraps and ran my business on Etsy for several years, connecting with so many wonderful crafters all over the world! From there, I was one of the founders of Clique Kits and fell even more in love with this hobby. My time were was an amazing journey. Last February I stepped down as I had to move forward with many things in my family life and SMS. Now, things are busy as ever and I’m looking forward to this summer!
My family will be moving this summer and I’m very excited to get into our new home! I can’t wait to set up my craft studio, video filming & photography area and the kids craft area!! Besides my kitchen, that area will be my favorite place in our home! I’ll give you a tour after it’s done!
Ok my friends, enough about me for today and on with my layout! Today I’m sharing one of a few layouts I created with the Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection. I used the pretty ombre teal background as my base and cut a bunch of those beautiful butterflies from The Cut Shoppe! I’ve really been trying to stretch my papers lately and cut files make it so easy!! This awesome file is from the Love Everlasting cut file collection, which you can find here. I think my favorite thing about the butterflies is how the cut file compliments the stained glass in my photo.
I used this lovely cut file to compliment the entire feel of the photo & layout. Besides that, I wanted to emphasize the word ‘you’ so I painted on some Dazzlerz texture paste in Coral Me Crazy and love how it turned out!
Here’s a close up of the glassine bag sequin pocket I created as a photo matte. I love how the glassine bag softens the sequins just enough ❤️
Here are some other fabulous places to find yourself some FREE cut files.
For those that don’t have a Silouette or other digital cutting machine, be sure to check out Crafty Jen Schow’s YouTube channel also! She’s talks about using the files even without those machines. Here’s a link to a video that talks about print and cut files HERE.
Thanks so much for visiting the blog tonight! I hope you’ll check out the other sites & products linked in this post.