My Childhood Obsession | Khristina Sorge

Hey friends! Lately, I have been talking to a few creative friends about storytelling and creating layouts about us and childhood. I am really good at documenting my travels and documenting my kids but I haven’t been doing a great job documenting myself and stories from my childhood that I might like my kids to know one day. SO….I am trying really hard to find ways to tell some of those stories and this is one. My Little Pony, my friends, was a big childhood obsession for both me and my little sister. We had so many of those little plastic ponies with the bright manes and fun details. We loved the show, decorated our rooms, and collected all the figurines. Anybody else remember those days?!? Well, I was super amazed when My Little Pony reappeared and my daughter fell in love. It was kind of like me falling in love all over again. This Rainbow Burst Background Cut File was seriously perfect! I flipped its direction but it seriously just screamed My Little Pony and this story to me when I was sitting down to create.

Another thing that I really love about this cut file is all of the options. You can totally use it over and over again because there are so many possibilities and documenting opportunities. I decided to back just the stars with patterned paper and leave the rainbow open but you could totally do the reverse or fill in everything too!

I used an ombre pink for my background because I felt like it was a perfect match for my photo and then the navy starburst paper around the edge just made the perfect way to accent everything! I totally loved including my journaling as another accent around the edge of the pink ombre paper too! Do you ever try that with your journaling?

For embellishments, I just needed a few little die cuts that coordinated with my patterned paper choices as well as two different alphabets for my title. Because the word “Childhood” is so long, I decided to break it up into two lines and that ended up being a good decision because then those two lines nestled in with my larger puffy “my” font perfectly.

Last, but not least, I added a few enamel dots and puffy sticker stars to each of my embellishment clusters for a finishing touch! I also have a process video over on my You Tube channel if you want to check that out to see more about how this layout came together (or just to hear me talk about My Little Pony..haha).

Have you documented memories from your childhood? This would be a perfect chance to tell one of those stories and I would love to have you tag me on social media so that I can see what story you choose as well!

xoxo,

Khristina

Wild About You | Khristina Sorge

I don’t know about you guys but I absolutely LOVE cut files from black cardstock. If you get to know me, you will know that pops of black on scrapbook layouts just totally make my day! SO….cutting this My Kind of Messy cut file from black cardstock was a no brainer. Another thing that I totally adore is cutting up my cut files. I know that that immediately raises the anxiety of some creatives but for me, I just love the variety of looks I can create when I cut up my files.

Seriously…this My Kind of Messy Cut File is just the perfect cut file because it looks great in any color, matches every single collection, and will work for any kind of photos! That checks all the boxes for me! I started with mine sized for a 12×12 layout and then I cut it in parts so that I could layer one part diagonally on the upper left of the layout and then have a little piece left over to use on the bottom right corner. I added dimensional adhesive behind my cut file so that it would have even more dimension.

I wanted to create a way to hang some stickers so I simply took some small pieces of black and white twine and used them as my hangers in the embellishment clusters. This makes it look like the stars and hanging off of the dimensional cut file. I then added a nice large title in white right over the top of my photo which is another favorite strategy of mine! Titles on top of photos….perfection!

As a finishing detail, I simply added some torn Washi tape behind my photo layers as well as a few additional stickers. Adding just a few small details really lets my cut file stand out which is perfect because it matches my daughter’s jacket which draws your eye right back to the photo.

I love using cut files (especially cut from black cardstock) to really create an impactful look on my layouts! Do you ever cut your cut files from a material other than white cardstock? What is your favorite to use? I would love to hear!

xoxo,

Khristina

My Sun, My Moon, and My Stars | Khristina Sorge

Hi Friends! Khristina here with another gorgeous layout using the Star Light Star Bright Cut File along with some gorgeous sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps. I am totally in love with how this cut file ended up looking and I want to encourage you to cut apart your cut files! I know it can be a little scary but grab those scissors and cut them up!

For this layout, I started with a dark colored patterned paper that had a back that I knew would really pop! I created two little flip over areas on the layout and used the bottom right corner to be a fun home for my journaling. The one on the top of the layout simply contains more of my cut file pieces.

I then went ahead and cut my Star Light Star Bright cut file into a bunch of different pieces so that I could make a few clusters. I ended up adding some orange inking to the top of the cut file and didn’t fill it in completely in order to create a slightly distressed look. I added a few patterned paper pieces to create a photo mat which really helped my photo pop off the page as well.

I fussy cut a few elements and then simply added a few clusters of gorgeous SpiegelMom Scraps sequins to each of my clusters. It was the perfect finishing touch to combine with some cork stars for some additional texture and fun!

I hope that you love seeing my take on this cut file AND that you will take on the challenge to choose a cut file and simply cut it up so that you can use it in clusters throughout your layout!

xoxo,

Khristina

Beautiful | Khristina Sorge

Hi Friends! Today, I am creating with the gorgeous Geo Floral Leaves Cut File combined with some of the amazing new foils from SpiegelMom Scraps that we are creating with this month. I am absolutely in love with how easy these foils are to use with cut files and this floral one is perfect for a layout about my sister’s bridal shower!

I started off with a white cardstock background and added some inking around the edges of the paper. I then chose a bunch of different coordinating 6×8 pattered papers that I wanted to use to create an oversized photo mat. I did just a touch of mixed media by adding some stamping as well as some splatters on my background.

I then went ahead and added some lace trim under my photo that could serve as a little shelf for my title die cut word. Then, it was finally time to add my gorgeous foiled cut files. I cut them in a couple of different sizes so that I could tuck them in to different areas AND so that I could maximize my foil usage. For the largest leaf, I thought that it would be fun to cut it in both white and metallic so that I could glue them together slightly offset in order to create a layered, dimensional look…almost like a shadow!

I hope that you enjoyed my version of the geo floral cut files paired up with the gorgeous Fab foils. I really think that they created a fun look with a little more glamorous feel to match my photo!

xoxo, Khristina

Happy New Year | Khristina Sorge

Hello Friends!

Today, I wanted to create something a little bit different…I love using cut files in various sizes all combined on the same layout so I decided to share a little about that today. The shapes on this layout started as the Gems cut file but I decided that I wanted them to be stars instead so with just a little cutting, I was able to completely change the shapes!

By cutting these cut file circles in a few different sizes, it allowed me to create a really fun and varied diagonal foundation for my layout. I then backed them with a variety of gorgeous patterned papers to really create a bright and bold design. Just like with my project earlier this month, I paired up the white cut files with a darker patterned paper background because I just love how that seems to make everything really pop.

Once I had my cut files all cut in different sizes, I used my scissors to trim away the outside edge leaving me with a bunch of different shapes of stars. This was perfect for my photo of my son being a sparklers expert for the new year. I then simply set to work creating layers with a bunch of patterned papers, tickets, labels, and pieces of ephemera.

I created a fun layered title using some foam adhesive strips and then added just a touch of journaling peeking out from my patterned paper layers. For finishing touches, I added a few burlap stars, puffy stars, and enamel dots. Then, I simply used a few gold ink splatters to tie the look together. Easy peasy!

I hope that you enjoyed seeing how easy it was to alter this set of cut file gems to get a whole different look instead. I want to challenge you to pair up cut files with some dark patterned paper for a fun and bold look this month!

xoxo,

Khristina

Love | Khristina Sorge

Hi friends! I am super excited to be sharing my very first design team project with everyone today. I wanted to create a quick and easy impactful layout and one of my favorite ways to do that is with a darker background paired with the contrast of a bright white cut file.

This cut file is just perfect for tucking in behind your layers and I love how it mimicked the look of the floral crown in my photo. It also helped this layout come together SO fast even though it packs a punch!

Here’s the Floral Edge set cut file that I used today…..Isn’t it just gorgeous?!?!

I have a process video to share with you today as well talking thru how this one came together.

I can’t wait to see you guys try this idea of a dark background with a white cut file as a way to create a unique look! Here’s a couple of close-ups of my layout….

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xoxo, Khristina