Adore | Melinda Sweetman

Hello friends, Melinda here with you today sharing my first layout for February!

For this page today I have used an older cut file named “Blossom” which can be found here in the store.

As one of the main sponsors for 2020 for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration I drew inspiration from Case File 309. The colours firstly jumped out at me as I flipped through my photos and found one that went perfectly with this colour scheme. On closer inspection the word “Heart” in the quote popped out – I mean how many people get the opportunity to be with their Great-Grandparents?! So, seeing my boys with my Nan sure makes my heart happy!

As I often do, I started playing with the design of my page in my Silhouette Software. I quickly decided that I was going to use 2 of the same cut file cut as one piece. I simply copied and pasted the file, rotated it until happy with placement and then, making sure both files were touching, hit the weld button and voila, one giant Blossom cut file. This was then cut on Kraft coloured cardstock.

While my cut file was still on my sticky mat I pulled out a texture script stamp and some black Archival ink and stamped all over the cut file to add a little extra interest. At this stage all I was certain of was my photo, cut file and that I wanted to use the Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey collection (the colours worked perfectly!!) so figured it was “safest” to go with an ink I knew wouldn’t run or bleed!

I backed my cut file with the 6×8 papers from the Vicki Boutin collection but had my Cameo do most of the fussy cutting for me. I have included that process in my process video, linked below, if you’d like to see how to!

Here is a quick run down of what I did to create the backing pieces, I hope it all makes sense!
First up, I zoomed in! That way I can see the detail in the sections.
Then I right clicked and selected “Release Compound Path.”
With all the pieces now individual I worked one section (eg. flower or leaf) at a time. I will continue these steps using the flower pieces for explanation.
Holding down the Shift key and using my mouse to select each petal (this lets you select more than one piece at a time) I then copied those pieces onto a new Studio document.
In the new document (all the pieces should still be selected) I right clicked and selected “Make Compound Path.”
From the right menu I selected the “Offset” menu and set an offset at 0.075.
Delete your original lines and you are left with the piece that is slightly bigger than your actual cut file!
To save time, I ran multiple pieces of pattern paper through at the same time making sure to follow the grid lines on my screen to the grid lines on my mat.

With my cut file all backed I was ready to start putting this page together. As my cut file is so big and I had already come up with a page idea the rest of this came together pretty quickly! I added a little bit of mixed media to my background paper (also from the same Vicki Boutin collection) in the form of gold splatters and popped that aside to dry.

I hate to “waste” any pretty paper so I used the left over rectangles I had cut the inside pieces from as layers behind my photo. I have popped up my photo and parts of the cut file using foam and then adhered my photo and cut file as one giant element on my page.

With my cut file doing so much of the “work” for me I only added in very little embellishing. I’ve used a couple of stickers and my last 2 gorgeous layered butterfly stickers. A word sticker for my title and some gold thread for a little bit of a different texture. Finally adding in my journalling and the date.

That wraps up my first share for Feb and I hope you have enjoyed! You can find the cut file I used over here in the store and remember, all the new releases are available here!
Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Melinda