Together | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends!

I am absolutely delighted to be sharing my latest project with you today. I used the absolutely stunning Vintage Peony Cut File to create my layout. But for something really different, I turned this gorgeous cut file into a stitching template and hand stitched the most beautiful floral background for my page.

 

You can see how I created this layout in my process video below:

And here are a few more close-up images.

Thank you so much for taking the time to view my project and I hope you have a wonderful day!

 

Our Sweet Little Family | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I am delighted to be here with you for another term with the CUT to YOU Design Team. Today I am sharing with you how I created this sweet little layout.

Late last year we had a little family photo shoot with a local photographer and got some truly gorgeous snapshots of our family from it. I knew that the Our Sweet Little Family Cut File would be perfect to document this photo of us all together.

I started off backing the cut file with some coordinating patterned papers. One of the patterned papers had a gold foil polka dot so I really played on that element by backing a few of the hearts with a gold foil paper. I love how shiny and beautiful it looked.

I created some soft and simple layers behind my photo with patterned papers from the same collection. My photo was adhered directly to the background with the cut file on some foam adhesive, layered slightly over the top of the photo.

Working with a diagonal design, I kept my embellishing pretty simple. I used some large floral elements fussy cut from a patterned paper, and a few sweet little coordinating die cut pieces to create small clusters that draws the eye from the top left down to the bottom right of the page. My short and sweet journalling slotted in perfectly just below my photo, reinforcing the diagonal flow of my layout design.

To finish off I added some Nuvo drops scattered around the page and some controlled splattering of gold ink to tie in the gold foil used to back the cut file.

If you’d like to see how this layout came together in more detail, I’d love for you to head over to my YouTube video and let me know what you think.

Sweet Christmas Memories | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I hope you are all well and happy this Christmas Eve.

I am so happy to be with you today to share my final project for this month, and this year. Once again I’ve been delving into my stash of Christmas supplies to document some of my memories from past years.

For this project I used the Poinsettia Wreath Cut File. Although this cut file comes with two halves of a wreath, I decided to use just the bottom half.

I really wanted to play with some watercolour techniques for this layout and honestly, I just had so much fun with it. I created a base for my backed cut file using three different coloured inks which I watered down and very roughly sploshed around where I knew the cut file would sit.

And to fill in the top half of the wreath I had so much fun creating some painted watercolour foliage. This was such a simple but effective technique and I am so in love with the finished product.

I kept the remainder of my layout fairly simple. I chose three coordinating alphabet stickers for my title. I added some watercolour splatters around the wreath and used some of the gold foil stars that came with the alphabet stickers I used.

To finish the layout I tucked some additional bits of foliage that I die cut from coordinating patterned papers in and around my wreath cut file. And of course added a sprinkling of Nuvo drops for that sweet little finishing touch.

If you’d like to see how I created this layout in more detail I would love for you to take a look at my process video which is linked below.

Thank you so much for joining me today and I wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas Cutie Pie | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I’m so happy to be sharing another project with you today. I dove back into my stash to create this layout to document some photos of my little girl on her first Christmas Day.

I wanted to use the Holly Background Cut File to create a background feature for my page.

I backed the file coordinated patterned papers, then adhered it to a bold gold foil striped vellum. I machine stitched around the edge before adhering it to my white cardstock background.

After matting my photo strip onto patterned paper, I added a really soft layer of gathered tissue paper to help offset the boldness of the background.

I kept things pretty simple for the rest of the layout. My title “Christmas Cutie Pie” used two different font stickers from my stash. And my journalling (if you can call it that!) was just a sticker that read “Christmas Day” and the year.

I finished my layout by creating a couple of small clusters of embellishments nestled around my photo. And popped a little Santa hat die cut onto my daughters head in one of the photos for a SUPER cute little festive detail.

If you’d like to see this layout come together in more detail I’d love for you to watch my process video linked below.

Happy creating and I hope you have a great day!

Just Perfect | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I am happy to be back to share another project with you today. I wanted to create a quick, sweet and simple layout to get my creative juices flowing again after a bit of a crafty hiatus.

I had taken some gorgeous photos of my kids playing out the front a couple of months ago and was inspired to scrap one of them. The Rose Bud Background cut file stood out to me for its sweet simplicity. I cut it from glitter cardstock just to add a bit of sparkle to the layout.

After backing the cut file I added a little bit of water colour and splatters to my white background, once again keeping it pretty simple. I backed my photo with a few off-centre layers using coordinating patterned papers and distressing the edges for some extra texture.

I decided not to add any additional journalling to this page, but did include the date stamped on a label tucked in between the layers behind my photo. I used two complimentary alphas to create my title.

I also wanted to keep the embellishments quite simple and maintain focus on the photo. The collection I used had lots of florals which I fussy cut out and used to create small clusters at the top left and bottom right of my photo.

And of course as usual I finished off with a scattering of Nuvo drops to finish off my little clusters. If you want to see this layout come together in more detail I would love for you check out my process video.

Thank you so much and I hope you have a great day!

This Is So You Buddy | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I am happy to be sharing my first design team project for November with you today.

I have to admit that I just love working with the KIT to YOU cut files and kits. They are such a fun and easy way to flex your crafty mojo to create quick and easy layouts. But today I wanted to share with you a different way to use your KIT to YOU cut file.

I loved the Segmented Circle Cut File and KIT and thought it would be perfect for my boy themed layout. I knew that I wanted to include some repeated circle elements so I cut four copies from black cardstock sized at around 4.5 inches.

I used a variety of coordinating patterned papers to fill the segments in each of the Segmented Circle Cut File sections. I chose a mixed-media patterned paper for my background and added a little more mixed media to really build that visual interest.

I adhered my four circles down in the middle of the page and then got stuck into creating some interesting layers behind my photo. For added interest I created my title using four different alphas or words and adhered those down at the base of my photo.

I added my journalling directly underneath in strips that I typed up on my typewriter.

I finished off my layout by created a couple of clusters of layered embellishments on either side of my photo. And added some arrows pointing towards each of the four corners of my photo + embellishment clusters to really help draw the eye into the middle of the page. And of course, I had to add my scattering of Nuvo drops for that finishing touch.

If you’re interested in seeing how this came together in more detail, I’d love for you to check out my process video below and let me know what you think!

Captured | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I am so happy to be here today sharing my second project for the month with you.

I had a realisation that after four years of studying, I have never actually document my journey as a mature-aged student and the impact that has had on my life, and my family’s lives. So I knew when I saw the School Books Cut File it would be perfect for getting some of this story told.

I started out by adding some subtle mixed media to my background using stencils and texture paste. As is my go-to at the moment, I added a mat to my entire background page and stitching around the border, this time in a coloured thread that coordinated with the colours in the collection I was using.

I backed my cut file in some coordinating patterned papers, and chose a word-based paper for the open pages of the book to give it a more authentic feel. I backed my photo with some really textured layers of patterned paper. I adhered my photo flat to the page and layered the backed cut file to overlap the bottom of the photo using some foam adhesive.

I chose a large foam word for my title and added that over the top of my cut file. Then I really had so much fun creating two beatiful layered clusters alongside my photos. I used a lot of different foam adhesives to really give my layered embellishments a lot of dimension and movement.

I created a complimentary 6×12 page to hold all of the journalling I wanted to include. I made sure to repeat some of the elements on the journalling page to ensure cohesiveness between the two pages.

If you would like a more detailed look at how I created this layout, I would love for you to check out my process video below.

Thank you so much and I hope you have a great day!

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Exhale | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! Today I am so excited to be sharing with you is one of my all time favourite layouts that I have created.

 

I knew that I wanted to create a really soft and pretty layout for what I was documenting and, although it might seem like an odd pairing, the  Pie Graph Cut File was really speaking to me.

This cut file was actually one of the newsletter freebies this month. If you’re not already a newsletter subscriber, you can go ahead and subscribe to the newsletter by clicking here.

I had a vision of a layered background using the Pie Graph Cut File which I achieved by first cutting it from some white cardstock, handstitching around and backing it with vellum. In my software I released the outside cut line to cut the ‘pie pieces’ from a white cardstock background piece, and then handstitched around each of those.

I layered the white, vellum backed, cut file on top of the background piece, rotating it slightly so that the pieces weren’t sitting directly on top of each other.

I backed my photo with a couple of simple and soft layers including patterned paper, vellum and tissue paper. I had lots of fun creating two goregously soft and floral embellishment clusters on opposite corners of my photo.

I used a chipboard word for my title and added my journalling in strips below the title. And of course I finished off with a little bit of mixed media splatters and my favourite Nuvo drops.

If you want a more detailed look at how this layout came together, I’d love for you to check out my process video below.

Thankyou, and I hope you have a great day!

First Birthday | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! Today I’m sharing my latest design team project with you. And for something a little different I have created a coordinating two-page layout to celebrate my son’s first birthday.

I knew the Confetti Background Cut File just had to be used for this birthday layout and decided to use it for the right had side of my spread. I wanted to create the effect of two-toned confetti falling down the page. To achieve that I randomly backed some of the confetti circles with glitter cardstock, before mounting the whole page onto a soft blue polka-dot patterned paper. I also added a hand-stictched border with blue thread.

There was a lot that I wanted to say about this ocassion so I kept the design of this page pretty simple to allow for lots of journaling strips. I added some visual interest to my photo by adding a few layers of patterned paper, adding some dimension (using chipboard leftover from some packaging) in between some of the layers.

I created a small cluter of embellishments to the bottom right of my photo using some cute boy-themed ephemera.

To balance it out I created another small cluster of embellishments on the top left of the photo. With all of the visual weight hanging toward the top of the page, I added some layered strips of patterned paper and a small cluster of stars down the bottom of the page. And of course I finished all three clusters off with some nuvo drops.

For the left-hand side page I created my own custom cut file using the text tool in the Silhouette studio software. I cut a giant number ‘1’ and backed it using fringed strips of patterened paper. I nestled three little custers of embellishments around my photo to help draw the eye. And finished off with a title using an alphabet die.

And since I also needed to create layout to celebrate my daughter’s first birthday, I went ahead and duplicated the layout using a different set of products to go into her album! I love these kind of time-saving shortcuts.

If you want a more in depth look at how this layout came together, please go ahead and check out my process video below.

I hope you enjoy!

#All The Heart Eyes | Belinda Jane

I’m delighted to be sharing my latest project for the Design Team with you today. I recently printed off a large stack of photos ready to create and this sweet photo of my husband and my son inspired me to get creative and make this gorgeous layout.

I’ve spent some time playing around with my foil quill lately and wanted to make use of it to showcase the beautiful Leaf Cluster Cut File on my page. I used the cut file with my Foil Quill to create a stunning custom foiled background.

Always a little nervous about how it will go when I try new things, I was so happy that it worked out so well and gave me a perfectly angelic looking background to work with for this layout. I just adore how the foil quill provides an embossed foil look. And of course I love being able to use the CUT to YOU cut files in as many different ways as possible.

I used the Hashtag Heart This Cut File to create my title. I cut the phrase “#All The Heart Eyes” from some thick white cardstock. I also used my Silhouette to cut the centre pieces from patterned paper.

I added some really soft and light mixed media in the space I was going to put my title to help it to stand out against. And I used what is currently a popular technique and adhered the outline directly to my page, then used foam strips to pop each of the centre pieces for the letters up from the page. I love the different and interesting effect that this gives.

I created a few layers behind my photo using coordinating patterned papers and added some texture to the edges using my distressing tool. Because I wanted the foil to be the standout feature of this layout, I kept the embellishments to a minimum. I created two simple layered clusters on either side of my page. I also added the date to a tab and adhered that to the side of my photo.

I added some really simple journalling centred beneath the photo. As always, I like to use my typewriter to type out my journalling, before cutting it into strips and ahdering it with wet adhesive.

I also added the date to a tab and adhered that to the side of my photo. And then finished off my layout by scattering some Nuvo drops in coordinating colours around the page.

If you’d like a more in depth look at how this layout came together, I’d love for you to go ahead and check out my process video on YouTube below.

Thank you so much!