It's that time of the month - where we ask a talented designer to join us on the blog using our cut files!
Help me welcome Sarah Moore this month to JustNick!
Hi my name is Sarah Moore. I'm a crazy busy mama to 4 boys ages 9, 6, 5 and 2 and I've been married to my super supportive husband for 11 years! I am a (very part time hairdresser), but mostly a Stay At Home (Hockey) Mom and a Beachbody Coach! I pretty much run hair straight back all day, but I love it! I've been scrapbooking now for 11 years. I started just after I got married, so I could make a wedding album (shhhhh!! don't tell anyone that I still haven't finished that album!! HA!) I LOVE playing with my Cameo and finding different ways to stretch your cut files and use them in unique ways! I also love getting messy and inky with mixed media! I'm sad to say that my scrapbooking has taken a back seat to my busy life lately, but I was super happy to get a chance to be a Guest Designer for Just Nick and stretch my creative muscles!
We let Sarah grab some cut files from the store to create a project and this is what she created!
Sarah says this about her project:
For this layout I knew I wanted to use the words in the All Boy cut file to create a fun background, so I ungrouped the file, (make sure you group the individual words back together before you move them or else all the little lines will stay when you move it!) Then I resized the words to the size I wanted, and arranged them all together on my page. Some of them were coming off the page (and that's ok!). Once I had them all arranged, I created a compound path of the whole thing by using the "select" or arrow function on the top left hand side of the sillhouette studio software, and selecting the entire arrangement, right click over the arrangement and click "create compound path". Once that's done, select the box function on the sidebar, and draw a box INSIDE the cut mat (this will be where your cut file will be cropped). After that box is drawn, go back to the select function and go over the entire file again. On the top right tool bar, click on your modify tab, then click on "crop" it will crop everything that is outside of the box you drew so that you have a closed line on your paper once it's cut and so it doesn't just keep cutting away the edges of your paper!
Once I had that part cut out, I used papers from Crate Paper's Open Road collection to back the words. After they were backed, I went back and glued the insides of the words down too. This takes quite a bit of time! I actually sat in front of the tv with my husband and watched a show while I did this because it's quite tedious (but definitely worth it!).
After the background was finished, the rest of the layout came together quite quickly! I layered some papers, vellum and some chipboard under my photo and I also used the Geometric Cards to add another layer under my photo! I'm not gonna lie, I totally used the Open Road collection because I NEEDED to use those sunglasses on this layout! HA! I finished it off with a little Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine. I love that you can use a cut file in so many different ways! This technique takes quite a bit of time, but the end result is so cool, it's definitely worth it!
We asked Sarah what her favorite type of cut files were and she told us that she loves backgrounds and since she has boys in her house, that something masculine would be great! We came up with Going In Circles Background
for her to use.
Check out the beautiful project she made with this file!
I wanted to use the big circles in the Going in Circles cut file as a home for my photos, so I released the compound path of the cut file and removed the inner circles so it would leave me with a solid circle for my photos to go on. Before I placed down the cut file, I applied a light layer of gesso with an old credit card to give the background a little more interest.
I also layered the photos with a few patterned papers that I cut with my good old manual die cutting machine! I backed the other circles with various patterned papers from Elle's Studio. Once they were all backed, I stitched around the circles with my sewing machine. It helps to keep the papers in place and also gives it some added texture! I love this cut file because there's so many different areas to embellish!
Now, wouldn't you love to get this cut file for FREE?? Just add the Going In Circles Background to your cart and use the code: CIRCLESFREE at checkout and it's all yours!
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Thanks so much to Sarah for joining us today!! Thanks for all the inspiration and enjoy your FREEBIE for this month!