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!

Good Food, Good Wine, Good Friends, Good Times | Belinda Jane

Hello beautiful friends! I’m excited to share my second project for August with you today. As soon as I saw the “Good Food and Wine” cut file I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with it, and that it would make the perfect page to end my wedding scrapbook album with.

The moment I saw all those repeated, open O’s I just knew that I wanted to fill them with a selection of photos from the photobooth at our wedding reception. I did make a few alterations to the cut file in my Silhouette studio software to add inside pieces to each of the D’s and the R. I cut this file on a LARGE scale as I knew I wanted it to take up the majority of my page.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the fill pieces for the words ‘FOOD’, ‘WINE’ and ‘FRIENDS’ in complementary patterned papers. I also created and offset of the word ‘times’ and cut that from another completmentary patterned paper to act as a shadow for that part of the cut file. I also used my Cameo to cut an additional letter ‘O’ to use as a template for trimming my photos down.

With all of my photos and patterned papers cut, backing this cut file was an absolute breeze. It’s definitely one of my speedier creations! I used some foam strips between the cut file and the shadow on the word ‘times’. And I used foam tape behind the rest of the backed cut file before adhering it to my background paper.

My journalling was kept short and sweet, typed on my typewriter and adhered to the page in strips. And of course, I matted my entire background paper (this time onto some white cardstock) and added a line of machine stitching around the border.

To finish off the layout I tucked and layered a whole lot of small stickers and ephemera pieces all throughout the gaps in and around the cut file. I just love how these small pieces peek out from the cut file to keep your eye moving all around the page making clever little discoveries as you go. I also created two small clusters in the top left and bottom right of the page, just to add a little more interest to the borders of the page.

If you want to see a more in depth process of how I created this layout, I’d love for you to check out my process video below and let me know what you think!

My Beautiful Ladies | Belinda Jane

 

Hello creative friends! Today I am sharing my first project for the month of August. This month’s cut file release inspired me to spend the month working on layouts for my wedding album. And for my first layout, I’m using this gorgeous Simply Floral Pendant Cut File.

 

I thought that the Simply Floral Pendant Cut File would be perfect for some photos of my bridesmaids and I in our matching floral robes. I knew that I wanted this cut file to take up the majority of my page and serve as the background layer for what would almost become a very large cluster in the middle of the page.

I cut the file from a patterned paper and then backed it with two layers, cut from plain white cardstock, to provide some dimension and stability. I backed the cut file with a selection of coordinating patterned papers in soft pastels and florals. I added a little bit of soft mixed media to my white background paper and adhered the cut file flat onto the page. I double-matted my white cardstock background with coordinating patterned papers and added some machine stitching around the border.

I added a white matte to my photos, then a couple of soft layers of white tissue paper behind them before adhering them to the page with foam tape. Using a variety of complimentary die-cut ephemera and stickers, I created LOTS of layers around my photos.

I chose two complimentary alpha stickers to create my title, “My Beautiful Ladies”, which I adhered at the bast of my feature photo. I typed out my journalling on my typewriter, cut it into strips and adhered it nestled under the title running down the page. I finished off my layout by sprinkling dots in a variety of coordinating colours all around the page.

If you’d like to see how I created this layout in more detail, I would absolutely love for you to check out my process video.

Happy Days | Belinda Jane

Hello creative friends! I’m delighted to be sharing my second project for the month with you today. This time I wanted to show you how you can get two layouts from one cut file by utilising both the cut file and the negative piece. And for this I knew I wanted to use one of the fabulous KIT to YOU products.

If you’re not already familiar with the KIT to YOU products, you can read all about them here.

I used the String Art Circle Cut File + Kit to create this first layout really quickly and easily by following the instructions laid out in the kit PDF. I used supplies from my own stash, and of course added a little of my own personal touch to complete the page.

Then I used the negative from the String Art Circle Cut File to create this gorgeous layout. Aside from  providing me with a really impactful background to begin with, by using the negative (or offcuts) I also minimised wastage of cardstock.

To help the pieces really pop off the pretty floral background paper, I added some light pink hand stitching around each piece. The larger pieces I adhered to the background with some adhesive foam, the smaller pieces were glued down with wet adhesive.

I added some simple patterned paper layers behind my photo. My journalling was typed onto a 3×4 card and layered on top of another patterned 3×4 card. I added some interest to my title by choosing to use two complimentary fonts.

I created a small cluster of layered elements on the top right hand side of my page, and on the left hand side of my photo. And to finish off, I scattered around some really pretty translucent enamel dots in complimentary colours.

I am SO pleased with how this layout turned out. And I loved being able to get more “bang for my buck” by creating two layouts from just one cut file.

If you’d like to see how I created this page in more detail, please check out my process video below.

Happy Anniversary | Belinda Jane

Hello creative friends! I’m so excited to be sharing my first layout with you today. I was inspired by the 2nd Year in Business Mood Board challenge to scrapbook a photo of the stunning bouquet of flowers I received from my husband on our first wedding anniversary.

 

I’ve used the gorgeous Chevron Bouquet cut file as the main feature for the background of my layout.

 

I created some soft and textured elements on my white background using mixed media. I then matted the white background onto some pink patterned paper and added a stitched border using my sewing machine. I manipulated the Chevron Bouquet cut file in my software to remove about half of the frame and cut it out in two different sizes. I adhered these to the top left and bottom right of my page to frame and draw the eye towards my photo.

Using papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio I created a fairly simple layered matte for my photo, finished with some soft layers of white tissue paper.  I created some beautiful layered clusters along each side of my photo using some elements from Cocoa Vanilla Studio along with some really soft and delicate die cut layers using the Floral Bouquet, Posey Duo, Leaf Duo and Lots of Leaves cut files available in the CUT to YOU shop.

I added journalling in strips below my photo and created a title using some puffy gold foil alphas and a chipboard word from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I finished off the layout with a sprinkling of enamel dots around my embellishment clusters.

If you’d like to see how I created this layout, please be sure to check out my process video below.