10 Back to School Scrapbooking Ideas + FREE Cut File.

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something fun to share. We are about to kick off our Summer holidays here in Australia and with school finishing up, I’ve actually been ordering books for next year and planning out my daughters subject selections. It won’t be long before we are all talking about heading back to school, so if you’re looking for Fun and Easy School themed Scrapbook Page Ideas you’ve come to the right place! Like many of you, I have a bunch of school-themed photos to Scrapbook so let’s get you inspired!

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10 Back to School Scrapbooking Ideas + FREE Cut File.

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

#1 Your FREE cut file design. OK, so I know technically this one isn’t a ‘School-themed’ page, BUT I wanted to get you some inspiration using the free SVG design I mentioned above. This layout documents a sweet mother/daughter moment. Love the title for this page? It’s our ‘You Are Special‘ design which you can grab for FREE right HERE. You could replicate this layout with a photo from a simple moment on a morning before school. What a lovely reminder to the student in your family to inspire them throughout their day.

#2 Documenting Class and Teacher details. I love documenting big and small details of school life. For this layout, I wanted to document my daughters school teacher and class details, they are hidden away underneath the cut file I’ve used on the background of this page. Cut file is called ‘School Books‘ which I’ve cut nice and large and then backed with pretty pattern papers. You could add in all kinds of details behind your book here, it’s a great way journal or document details in your photo.

#3 Documenting Progress through the grades. It’s obviously important to document each grade your student is in, but I also believe it’s also good to document where they are on their school journey. I created the cut file featured here to be able to do just that. It is called ‘Grade School‘ and the idea behind this one is to have the word ‘Grade’ at the top in one pattern paper and then to highlight the appropriate number each year. This design really is one that can be used over and over to document progress though each year level at school. For this layout, I was also keen to document my husband taking pictures by our front door, this is a real family tradition we have run with, so the journalling on this layout will talk more about our daughters progress through the grades at school and how she has grown and developed.

#4 Documenting School Sports. For this layout, I wanted to document a sports award my daughter achieved. I was not able to attend the sports event, so I snapped a couple of pictures as soon as we arrived home, making sure to take a close up of her medallion. To help tell my story, I’ve used the ‘Banner Trio‘ cut file design to replicate sports flags. For the title of my page I’ve used ‘Thickers’ to spell out the type of award she won.

#5 One for the Book lovers. There is no doubt that school life means a lot of reading and study. For my daughter, it also means a lot fun as she is real book worm. For this layout, I wanted to document a lovely moment she fell asleep reading with our pet cat. I actually created this SVG design for this very layout. It’s called ‘Book Lover‘ and consists of a title and some super fun books.

#6  Documenting Awards and Certificates. It’s not everyday that your little ones are awarded class prizes and certificates so these moments really are nice to document. It’s not always possible to get to the presentation so why not take a pic outside the class room to document this special achievement. This layout features our ‘Stars N Stripes‘ design and plays on the idea of being a SUPER Star!

#7 Selfie Love! There isn’t always someone handy to take a happy snap at school, so why not snap a quick selfie. I find the ones the kids take to be extra special. This fun photo was taken as a sneaky selfie in an open class parents were invited to attend to see student work. I just love how fun and playful it is. Cut file design featured is ‘Floral Tags‘ which I’ve added into my paper layers.

#8 School Adventures. Not all learning experiences happen at school. For my daughter, school camp in Year 6 was a big deal, exciting and scary all wrapped up in one. It was really important for me to document all of these feelings along with the details of the camp. This photo was taken in the early hours of the morning just before she boarded a bus, looking at this page brings back so many memories!! I’ve created a pretty floral cluster to embellish this page featuring cut file leaves, for my layers. This cut file design is called ‘Leaf Duo‘ and can extend floral die cut pieces in your stash beautifully. Pre-cut out a bunch of these, I know you’ll find them handy as you are creating.

#9 Schools out for Summer. This layout celebrates summer vacay!!! There is nothing quite like that moment when school is out and it’s time for some fun 🙂 The best students are those who know how to work hard and can also rest and enjoy the Summer break. Cut file featured here is our ‘Vacay Mode‘ title design.

#10 Sticking with tradition. For this layout, I’m featuring a photo that is a real family tradition. Each year on the first day of school, I photograph my daughter standing on the front step of our house. As it’s turned out, we have lived here her whole life and it is so lovely to see the same door and background in each photo and simply watch her grow! I’ve featured here an exclusive cut file from our CUT of the MONTH Members club called ‘Eucalyptus Wreath’. If you’re looking for more info on that you’ll find more info here.

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for documenting school memories with SVG files, they really are so versatile!

Until next time,

GOOD TIDINGS | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back on the blog today with some more scrapbook inspiration for you. Today I’m creating with another of the exclusive designs available for our CUT of the MONTH club members, this one is called ‘Triangle Crystals’ and is available now in the members area of the website for immediate download. Not one of our members yet? Now’s the time to join, for $1.50 per month, you can grab this new exclusive as well as October’s for a short time only, sign up here.

Onto the layout 🙂 I was super keen to get started on a Christmas scrapbook idea I had, using the design to give the feel of Winter. These triangles could be a geometric pattern, but for my layout I wanted them to mimic snow or ice.

I’ve backed the entire file with one piece of pattern paper and then added that to a framed background. I’ve then gone ahead and added a bunch of stitching to the layout. I just love adding stitching to my projects, it adds a really lovely texture and hand made feel to them. I’ve then mounted my photo and added more stitching around the edge.

Next it was time to add in some embellishments and paper layers. I’ve added lots of bits and pieces under my photo and built out the right hand side of the layout with embellishments. To balance this out, I’ve added a smaller embellishment cluster to the bottom left hand side of the page. This Pink Fresh collection has so many lovely elements in it, I love mixing and matching them in my clusters.

I’ve also added in some sequins from ‘Spieglemom Scraps‘ – these snow flakes are the cutest!!! We don’t get snow where I live so this photo taken on a Christmas vacation was the perfect page to use them up on and I just love how they finish off the page.

If you’d like to have a layout just like this one and would like more details, I’ve made a YouTube process video which you can watch here:

A reminder too, that this design is only available as part of the CUT of the MONTH club and will only be available for a short time, so if you love it, be sure to sign up and download it today.

Until next time,

GUEST DESIGNER | REBECA RUIZ (SIMPLY REBECA) | CHEERS

Rebeca Ruiz back on the blog today. Hope you are having a great day! I’m happy to share with you a very colorful layout I made using a cut file and mixed media. The best part is I recorded the process of making this layout, and you can see it at the end of this post. As a scrapbooker for many years, I love to photograph everything; not only my family, but also things that can bring me some memories of a special day, meal, or moment. The sad part is that usually I scrapbook the photos of my family and leave behind all those other photos. Thankfully, this is not the case in this layout, for which I used a photo of a mojito to remember my husband and I’s anniversary lunch at the beach.

The inspiration for this layout came from this beautiful cut file from Cut To You by Gwen, who invited me to be the guest designer for today. The name of this cut file is “Tropical Punch”. As soon as I saw it, I remembered this photo, and this is the result.

To create this layout, the first thing I did was back the cut file using papers from Sunkissed collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. The colors of this collection are bright and happy, which is the perfect combination for this page. I used the papers in the 6″ x 8″ pad because the patterns are small, which is great for backing cut files. 

I’m a very organized person, so when Gwen contacted me, I started planning this layout and chose these files to create a Then, I continued working with the background. For that, I prepared a white cardstock with clear gesso and let it dry. When it was ready, I added spray paint in the middle area, like a circle, trying to leave the borders white. The paint I used was “Well Blue Me Down” by Shimmerz. When the paint was dry, I used a bubble stencil and Distress Oxide inks in “Salvaged Patina” and “Peacock Feathers” to create the pattern on top of the blue paint using the tone on tone technique. This will give the page a visual texture, but since I love to feel different textures in my layouts, I decided to use a clear paste in some areas of the background.

When the background was dry, I cut the white cardstock to 11″ x 11″ and matted it on a red cardstock that measures 11 1/4″ x 11 1/4″. Then, I added the cardstock to a frame made out of the floral paper. I did this to stretch the paper, since the interior part can be used in another project. To secure all the papers and achieve a nice finish and more texture, I machine stitched a white border around the layout.

Now, it is time to add the cut file and photo to the layout. For the top part of the cut file I used foam tape, but in the inferior area I used liquid adhesive. To give the photo area more color, I matted it using three different papers from the collection. I started with the woodgrain, then the red one, and finally the yellow floral. I distressed the edges of the papers and tore some notches in the yellow paper.

The title used is from the collection, but I wanted to add something else. This is why I stamped the words “to us” in one of the die cut cards using a stamp set from Elle’s Studio’s. The inks used are from Pink Fresh Studio “Fiesta Blue” and StazOn “Jet Black”.

When all the basic elements of the layout were ready, I started with the fun part: embellishing the page. For that, I used die cuts, puffy stickers, stickers, wood buttons, fussy cut flowers, sequins, and micro beads. To have a layout with dimension, I always use foam tape in some of the embellishments. In this layout, you can see the flowers don’t look flat, and it is because I added foam tape in some of them. You can have a better look at this in the video. 

In the next photos you can appreciate the micro beads used in the center of the cut file flowers. Also, you can see the sequins in the fussy cut flowers, the puffy flowers, and clear stickers (pink flower and tiny hearts) used to create the cluster around the cut file.

This is a layout full of texture. In the next photo you can appreciate the texture of the clear paste, the wood button, the puffy heart between “to us”, the tiny fussy cut flowers, the glitter of the foam title, and everything I added to the cluster in the title area.

To At the end, I added two words stickers to the right side of the photo. 

If you want to see the process video for this layout, watch it here. 

I love how this layout turned out because is very colorful, happy and has lots of flowers and textures. I hope you like it as much as I do and it inspires you to craft!

Rebeca

GUEST DESIGNER | REBECA RUIZ (SIMPLY REBECA)

Rebeca Ruiz on the blog today. Hope you are having a wonderful day! I’m very happy to share with you a beautiful and elegant layout I made for my daughters using two cut files from Cut to You by Gwen. A few weeks ago, Gwen invited me to be a guest designer for today and October 26. I was very happy because I love her cut files, especially the florals and titles, so I immediately accepted. Here is the first layout I designed for her. I also recorded the process of creating this layout and you can find it at the end of this post. 

In this layout I used two of her designs: the Floral Note Card, and the “Grateful for You” title. If you haven’t checked her cut files, go and visit her shop, I’m sure you are going to find something special for your projects. The papers and embellishments used are from Cocoa Vanilla Studio “These Days” collection.

I’m a very organized person, so when Gwen contacted me, I started planning this layout and chose these files to create a layout about my daughters since they are my biggest blessing and scrapbooking of them always makes me happy and inspires me. After choosing the files and cutting them in white cardstock, I backed them using patterned papers from “These Days”. 

When the Floral Note Card file was backed, I added the photo. You can see in the video that the photo was a bit larger than the frame, so I used a scissor to remove the excess and leave the white border around it clean. Once it was ready, I added the file to the beautiful background paper which has all the mixed media work done, helping me scrapbook this photo quickly.

However, I wanted to enhance the “Grateful” word in the title. For that, I cut the inside letters of the word using my cutting machine, this way I was sure the cut was clean and will fit perfectly in the cut file. Once they were ready, I used foam adhesive to add them to the layout.

After adding the cut file to the page, most of the work was done. Only a few details were needed to finish this layout. For that, I added flowers to the frame using the floral die cuts from the collection, as well as flowers that I fussy cut from the floral paper. I know many people don’t like to fussy cut, but I enjoy and love it; maybe this is why I love the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collections so much. They always have some papers that can be fuzzy cut for embellishing. When I purchased the collection, the first thing I did was fuzzy cut one of the butterflies paper, one of the cards and banners paper, and one of the florals paper, including the tiny flowers the paper have. Then, I used resealable bags to store the cut outs, this way I’ll have them on hand when I work with the collection.

To add dimension to my layout, I added some elements using liquid adhesive and others with foam adhesive. This is a technique I always use to make the page more interesting. 

In the next photo you can see the flowers I added to the Floral Note Card file. I used all the colors in the collection and mixed the flowers designs. The tiny flowers were not the easiest to fuzzy cut, but they are worth the effort because they look amazing in the page and add a special touch. Since they are so small, I used liquid adhesive to add them to the page.

You can also appreciate the colorful leaf vines that I added to the frame. They were also fussy cut from the floral paper and, by adding it, the cut file was enhanced.

To balance to the layout, I added a few florals to the bottom corner, using fuzzy cut flowers. When everything was glued, I added gold splatters using Shimmerz Miner, Miner 49er paint diluted in water.

The journaling was printed in white cardstock, then I cut it in thin strips and added them to the layout using liquid adhesive. Now, after looking at the layout and feeling that something was missing, I added a clear sticker that looks like a paint brushstroke behind the word “for” and a puffy butterfly on top of it and the cut file.

Then, I added another of the clear paint  brushstroke sticker behind the floral envelope I used to embellish the title. In this area, I added a tab in the border of the photo and two puffy words, also the floral envelope using foam tape in the top of it. Finally I embellished the envelope with a puffy butterfly and a clear “x” sticker. 

You can see the process video for this layout here and remember to give it a like if you enjoy and/or learn something from this layout. It is always nice to know that people appreciate the effort we put in sharing videos and our work.

Thanks for your visit, I hope you like this layout as much as I do and it inspires you to craft! 

Rebeca

12 Easy Summer Scrapbook Pages + Fun FREE Cut File.

Hey Creatives!

How are you all? Gwen with you on the blog today, and I have something I’ve been asked about A LOT! I’m frequently getting messages for ideas on Easy Summer Scrapbook Pages you can make with cut files. So I thought, why not give you a whole bunch of Summer layout ideas to get you inspired! Cut Files really are so flexible and useful, which is why I love them so much and like many of you, I have a bunch of Summer photos to Scrapbook so let’s combine the two to get you inspired!

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12 Easy Summer Scrapbook Pages + Fun FREE Cut File.

Now, onto the ideas I have for you… I challenge you to give them all a try!

#1 Add a Sun Burst element to your page. OK, so I know technically this one isn’t a ‘Summer’ page, BUT nothing says summer like a burst of Sunshine right? This simple detail has been added using a 12×12 Mask and a pretty pink shade of mixed media spray from my stash. Love the title for this page? It’s our ‘You Are Special‘ design which you can grab for FREE right HERE.

#2 Think Sunshine and Cute Clouds For this page, I’ve featured the ‘Sunny Skies‘ background cut nice and large as a starting point. I adore the sweet open clouds in this cut file which you can back with pattern paper OR leave open to show off your background. I’ve gone with a mix of open and backed clouds in this layout.

#3 Rainbows for the win. Not all Summer layouts need to have photos on the beach and Sunshine. This layout documents a Summer holiday using soft pastel supplies and this sweet ‘Rainbow Love‘ cut file design. The addition of the bright yellow Sun die cut and sweet raindrop pattern paper by Cocoa Vanilla Studio really pull this page together.

#4 Flowers work in every season. For this layout, I’ve pulled out bright and happy supplies and backed the ‘Simply Floral Pendent‘ design in all the colours. This design works best cut nice and large and is quick and easy to back. It’s also a fun way to use up paper scraps. Mix and match your bright papers and add in fun Summer die cuts like these sunglasses to pull the page together.

#5 Summer Ombre. It’s not just the ‘Summer Vibes‘ title that screams Summer on this page, it’s that stunning ombre background. I just adore the sunset feel to this page created by adding a clean white Sun shaped cut file on top of the bright background. This page came together in no time as it didn’t need a lot of embellishing after the large cut file detail had been added. I am also really loving the open space that has been left in the photo. The horizon really feels like it stretches out across the page.

#6  Say it in your title. Cut file titles like this ‘Summer Days‘ design are such a great deal! Super inexpensive when compared to alternative alphabets, they can tell the story of your layout in one or two words simply and easily. I’ve backed this one in a single piece of pattern paper and added directly to the background of my page. I’ve then simply added my photo and some die cut elements and the page was complete.

#7 Double it up! For this layout, the large feature cut file ‘Go See Do‘ is the perfect height for my two 4×4 photos. I love how the large title balances out the two photos to create a very centred design. This might be a Traveller’s Notebook cut file, but backed with bright Summer pattern papers, it fits on this 12 x 12 layout perfectly.

#8 White on White. There is something striking about a white cut file on a white background. This cut file ‘Open Leaf‘ is a great choice as the extra detail in the design really set the page off. It adds real texture and interest that I just love and helps the black elements on this page to really pop!

#9 Cut out of pattern paper. This cut file design ‘Scallop Banners‘ has been cut from pattern paper. Not only does it add a striking element to the page, but saves you creating time. No need to back, simply add directly onto your page, add photos and a few embellishments and you are done!

#10 On a dark background. Placing white cut files over a dark or bold background adds a striking element to any page. For this layout, I’ve used the ‘Sunshine background‘ design cut in a lovely ombre pattern paper and then layered the ‘Lazy Summer Days‘ title on top.

#11 Soft and Sweet. Summer layouts don’t have to be filled with bright and bold colours, often I love to use softer tones for a washed out Summer look. This happy snap of my daughter and I was calling for pastels, teamed with a fun title cut file ‘Vacay Mode‘ I love the relaxed feel to this page.

#12 To help create a scene. The photo in this layout was taken on a sailing boat, but you can’t really tell that from the photo, especially at first glance. The ‘Set Sail‘ cut file design really helps the viewer to get a feel for where the photo was taken, it helps set the scene for this fun Summer layout.

BONUS! #13 As a large background feature. The ‘Makin Waves‘ cut file used here really creates a striking element on this simple page design. It’s simply been cut in white cardstock and then coloured with tones of Blue and Green and then layered onto the background. I’ve then added this sweet photo of my husband and I on family vacation and some ocean inspired embellishments to finish off the page.

And there you have it… some really fun Summer layout projects you can create with your Cricut or Silhouette machine and CUT to YOU cut files. You can shop all of these design here and if you haven’t already, grab your FREE design by signing up to our cut file lovers newsletter here.

I hope this list really helps to give you some ideas for creating with the designs, they really are so versatile!

Until next time,

RELAX | SHANNON ALLOR

Hello!  It’s Shannon up on the blog today.  I am ever so thrilled to be bringing you my second layout as a Guest Designer for April.  I just had to use the “Simply Floral Pendant” Cutfile this time!  It is the perfect combination of banner pieces and flowers! 

I wanted to use a collection of supplies for this layout with deeper tones so I went for deep teal, off white and burnt sienna for a color palette.  I popped the entire cutfile up on some craft foam for dimension, tucked a photo of little old me up top and then added a whole heap of sequins in my flower centers! 

I knew right away that I wanted to have vellum behind my photo and cutfile.  I chose to tear the edges all the way around and only attached it here and there.  I wanted to make sure there was plenty of dimension!

A simple title and a few enamel dots finished this layout right off!         

You can watch me create this page here:

Thanks so much for allowing me to Guest Design for you this month!  I had a ball!

Shannon

OH WHAT FUN | KAREN JARMAN

Hi Cut To You Creatives! 
It’s Karen joining you again today as guest designer. I want to THANK Gwen and the team for this opportunity. It’s been heaps of fun and I truly appreciate the support.
My family visited Sweden for Christmas 5 years ago, (I can’t believe it was that long ago). I knew as soon as I saw the Gnomes I knew I wanted to create a layout featuring one of the winter cabins we stayed in to celebrate Christmas with relatives. Being part of a white Christmas was the most magical experience and when I look back at my photos I can hardly believe I was there. 
I decided to challenge myself for this layout as well, I don’t think I have ever put together a scenery type layout but I wanted to use the trees from the Christmas Wishes cut file as well. 

I love how this turned out, Here is how I put it all together.
I separated the trees from the title (to use on another project!), cut the trees in half and backed the trees with patterned paper and splattered the trees with white acrylic paintTo create the gnomes I used sparkly Kindy Glitz on the beards – I spread the Glitz onto a piece of cardstock and left it overnight to dry then cut the pieces to back beards.

Once I backed all the cut files I worked on the rough placement on the page, I tore some patterned paper to create some layers to represent the snow and got on with creating the sky.

I knew I would be adding a lot of liquid so coated the cardstock in clear gesso to form a barrier. The colour of the sky was created by and using multiple blue sprays. I spread the inks by adding water and turning the page and swirling the liquid around. I added some clouds by using white acrylic paint and a stencil brush and finished it off by adding white splatters in white acrylic paint to represent snow. To add some sparkle I added some watered down Nuvo Mouse in silver.

To create the feel of a scenery I backed the trees on the left with craft foam to give some dimension and popped the Gnomes up on foam to bring them to the front of the page. Then it was all about the embellishments!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope I have given you some inspiration to get creating, 
Thanks again Gwen for the opportunity.
Happy Creating,

Karen

HAPPY DREAM | SHANNON ALLOR

Hello scrappy friends!  It’s Shannon up on the blog today.  I am ever so excited to Guest Design using the gorgeous Cut To You cutfiles!  I loved playing with the “Van Life” cutfile on a fab 12 x 12 layout.

I backed the cutfile using all Cocoa Vanilla Day Dream patterned papers as well as their beautiful sequins for the window and part of the door.  I chose white textured card stock for the cut so I could enjoy just a little bit of texture and bold contrast with my patterned papers.

After I backed my little camper van, I tucked a few embellishments behind the wheel as well as the sweet little sun behind my title.  I then applied a few more sequins and little word sentiments!

I have a thing for huge splatty bits and I made sure to sprinkle them liberally around my layout in a mid-tone gold from Jen Hadfield.

I used a single 4 x 6 photo with cute a Snapchat filter.  I thought it was perfect as I have always wanted to have an adorable camper craft room!  Here you can see me looking down dreaming of my little space!

I adore this project!  What could be better than a sweet cutfile, gorgeous product and a fun photo?!  Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!  You can see my full process on my YouTube channel “She’s Crafty”.

Have the best day everyone,

Shannon

SISTERS ALWAYS | KAREN JARMAN

Hello Cut To You fans! I was so excited when Gwen asked me to guest design this month, I admit I did squeal. I really only started using cut files about 12 months ago, yes I realise I was late to the party but I absolutely love them. I don’t have a cutting machine so I purchase Gwens Custom Cuts. These are carefully wrapped in signature pink tissue and boxed and sent out so quickly I often get my order the next day!. I am excited to say that it’s my birthday this month and my family all chipped in for a machine! 

I decided to create a 12×12 layout that features me with my sisters using the ‘Butterfly Silhouette‘ file. I love this ‘selfie’ of us, it has a special place in my heart. It was taken when the family was all together celebrating one of us successfully finishing breast cancer treatment. I have scrapped this photo a few times now and it never gets old. 

Here are the steps for creating the layout – I started the layout by backing the cut file with patterned paper.

Then I got to creating my background. My style often leans to being mixed media heavy, I love spray inks and creating watercolour backgrounds. I had initially thought I would go for a soft and monochromatic background but as with most of my layouts it morphed into something quite different.  Sometimes it can feel like you have gone too far with your sprays and this one was no exception, when this happens It’s a good idea to keep bringing the cut file over to your layout, it always looks different.  Another tip, I always use Gesso on my mixed media layouts it allows time to wipe things up and it helps the water and ink to spread without soaking into the cardstock. 

I mixed a few green and blue sprays to create the aqua green colour which was my original monochromatic idea. I then decided that I wanted more colour so added coral, gold and a darker blue that took into consideration some of the patterned pater having a dark blue tinge. 

Once everything was dry I popped the cut file up on the page with craft foam for dimension and started on the embellishing with lots of flowers and butterflies.

I love how this turned out. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you gained some inspiration, I will be back later in the month for another share (squeal!)

Karen

MISS THIRTEEN | GWEN WRUCK

Hey there Creative friends! Gwen back with you today for some more Scrapbook inspiration. I have a fun share of my Miss Thirteen for this one. This photo was taken on her 13th birthday and I just adore that sweet pose. I’m using Pebbles Inc ‘Girl Squad’ for this layout a fun and funky collection for teen girls. I’ve teamed it with the ‘Sweetheart‘ cut file which I’ve left open to create a fun background layer.

Here’s a closer look at the ‘Sweetheart‘ design:

To begin my page, I’ve created my background by combining two pattern papers, I’ve gone with a bright colour scheme and decided on adding some pops of black as well. Before adding my stitching to the edge, I’ve layered in the cut file (cut on white card-stock) and purposely run it off the edge of the page.

I had very limited paper choices in this collection, so I’ve used the 6×6 pattern paper to create some paper layers in my background. I’ve backed my photo with the same pattern paper as my background edge to make it pop but softened it with a layer of vellum.

Next, I’ve pulled a title sentiment from the ephemera pack, I just love the quote ‘Happy Girls are the Prettiest’, it’s so true. At this stage, I thought it might be my title, but I do end up adding another one.

Next, I’ve added in some more of the die cut ephemera elements including some floral pieces, so heart die cuts and the cutest pair of sunglasses, this really is a fun collection.

It was at this point that I thought the page needed a little more detail, so I created a couple of paper bows using my Sizzix machine. I’ve had this bow die for the longest time, it is so handy and a great way to use up paper scraps. I’ve also added here my title ‘Miss Thirteen’ using some Thickers from my stash. I chose black to help pull all of the darker element on the page together. I don’t work a lot with black but just love how it pops on this page.

AND, that is the page complete. Thanks for popping by today creative friends, I hope this one has inspired you to get creating. As always, I love seeing what you make so be sure to tag me on social.

Until next time,