Make Your Own Magic 2020 | Melinda Sweetman

Hello CUT to YOU family, Melinda here with you for my next share! I have created this fun layout as an opener for our 2020 album with a great big photo!

I have used this fairly plain (not in a bad way at all!!) “2020” design to add my own touch to this page and oh boy, I just love it!! So fun!

I like to start each year in our family albums with a page about what I am hoping for for the coming year and just loved this photo so much it was the winner for the 2020 album first page!As you can see I have started with an almost 12×12 photo for this page (I accidentally purchased an A3 printer when the old one stopped working!) that I have printed at home. I dove into my Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans picking the blue star paper to back my photo and the blue epoxy “Make Your Own Magic” sticker.

I have cut the “2020” file 4 times on smooth white cardstock and adhered 3 of those together with some liquid glue. I did that to provide some dimension and space for my sequins as, for me, it was easier to do that than to try and mess around with skinny pieces of foam tape to create a shaker! On top of the 3 layers I adhered some clear acetate and popped a heavy punch on top to make sure everything was stuck very well.

While my layers dried I got to work on the front “2020” piece. I started by using some gold paint and applied 3 coats to my smooth white card stock. As the coats were so thin there was practically no drying time between coats or my next step!

I loved the look I created on the title piece on this layout so I pulled out my Nuvo Gold Glitter paste and, using my finger, dabbed the paste generously over the cut file and then set that aside to dry.

When all my pieces were 100% dry I was able to finish my shaker! I started by, again, using wet glue to adhere my now gold 2020 onto the acetate and card stock layered pieces. While that dried I cut a piece of smooth white card stock to fit behind all of the layers to seal my shaker.

Finally, I added my sequins into the numbers and adhered the white backing piece and I had a gorgeous gold sequined shaker pocket. Because I added the white backing I was able to move it around my page to be absolutely certain of placement before sticking it down.

The rest of the page came together really quickly, having that big photo didn’t leave a great deal of room for other things. So, journalling straight onto the photo with a white pen then the epoxy stickers used for the rest of my title followed by that fun rainbow & gold shaker pocket.

I do have a scrapbook process video for you if you’d like to see this come together step by step, just click that play button below!! I do hope you enjoy!

Until next time, happy scrapping and stay safe and well! Remember, you can shop anytime in the store and perhaps some new cut file designs is just what you need in these strange times!
Melinda
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Happy Together | Melinda Sweetman

Hello, hello fellow creative people and welcome to the CUT to YOU blog today! I’m really excited to be here sharing this page with you!

As you can see I have used the “Stitch I {heart} U” cut file. To start with I thought it was going to be my title but as you can see that changed!

My inspiration for this page started with seeing this page by Rachel D at the retreat we were on together not all that long ago! I love how she used and wanted to create something similar but different! I’ve cut this on textured white cardstock, roughly 1/3 of the way down the page and sized it to fit almost the full 12 inches.

I knew I was going to use a whole sheet of patterned paper to go behind my cut file and also work as a border around the white cardstock so trimmed down the cardstock. I used a heap of foam tape on the back side of the cardstock to give the page some lift and dimension and just to do something a little different. And I really love the subtle, yet effective, detail this adds!

I went a little mixed media crazy in the background starting with some gesso and then some blue Shimmerz mists between the heart and the U and a little ways down the page also.

When that was all dried I felt that the stitches were getting a little lost so I grabbed a black pen and sketched a border around each of the stitches. Then using the same pen I sketched a messy double line all the way around my cardstock. I love the way that those black lines make the cut file really pop!

With my background all done and dry I used more of the Truly Grateful collection to embellish around my photo which was placed right over the top of the mixed media between the heart and the U.

This was super fun page to create!! I really, really love the end design and I hope I inspire you to get your messy on! If you’d like to see this page come together click below and you can watch my process!

There is a tonne of beautiful cut files available in the store now! This is one of the “older” (I use that term very loosely 😉 ) cut files available but to shop new releases (yes, every month!!) head over here! And remember Gwen will cut and ship to you if you don’t have your own cutting machine!I hope you have enjoyed this share today! I cannot wait to come back and share my next page with you in December. So much fun coming your way!! Here’s a sneak 😉

Until then, happy scrapping my friends!
Mel