Hi Creative Friends,

Here today to share my latest creation using my new CUT to YOU Cut files! This photo was taken on Mothers day this year and I have been itching to scrap it, I just love it so much.  It features my mum, of course, my sister and my little Miss.  My mum rarely smiles in photos because she is really not a fan of having her picture taken but we were all just mucking around and it was so nice to get this more natural shot of her.

For this project, I began with one of my favourites, the ‘Bouquet’ Custom cut file, yes, this is the exact file you will receive if you are one of my Custom cut ladies who don’t own a Silhouette machine.  I’ve purposely designed and cut this one to be a large feature on the page.

This cut file also has a lot of white space designed in it with the idea that you can add lots of beautiful mixed media to it.  I began by pulling out all of my Distress Oxides, I have a few of these now and love love love them!  Of course, I have all the pretty colours like Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber and Shaded Lilac and I get them all at The Stampers Hut, my local scrapbook store.  I simply pressed the ink pads onto my messy mat and then spritzed with water.  I then lightly spritzed the cut file and then pressed it into the inks.  I did not use gesso at all as I knew I wasn’t going to do layers and layers of mixed media, but would definitely recommend that if you really want to get messy 🙂

Next, I worked on my background.  I used the packaging technique here and also added a stack of splatters.  I’ve used Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock for this to help prevent that nasty warping.  It was now time to back the cut file.  I’ve used lots of papers from my stash for this.  I just love how cut files allow you to use up paper scraps and turn them into something really beautiful!  Next, I positioned my cut file onto my background and glued down with some Scotch Quick Dry adhesive. I purposely left some of the edges for added dimension and interest.  I love how they slightly lift off the page.

At this point the page was really coming together, all I had left to do was mount my photo in more paper scraps, and add some simple embellishments.  I’ve gone with florals that mimic the floral shapes in the cut file to bring everything together, a title and a few other little bits and pieces and that was the page done!

I just love love love how this turned out, those oxides combined with the cut file for me was the perfect fit for this fun photo and it’s so fun to be able to work with a product I’ve designed and see it come to life on a page.

Remember too, all of my designs are available as Downloadable files as well as, Custom Cut files for those ladies who don’t own a Silhouette machine.  I will personally cut them for you at HQ and ship anywhere in AUS/NZ.  Visit the website for more info – Release night is this Friday (tomorrow) 6th July at 7pm.

Until next time,

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