We are super excited to have Tracy Banks aka MercyTiara as our guest on the blog today!
Hi there, I’m Tracy Banks, known on YouTube as Mercy Tiara. I’m a scrappy YouTuber who makes scrapbooking process videos when I’m not being a clinical psychologist, or taking care of my 2 school-aged daughters. I’m also on the design team at the Scraptastic Kit Club, and I’m Video Contributing Editor for Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine.
We asked Tracy to shop the store and choose some designs to use in her projects for today and here is her first project!
For this layout I used the Lower Case Outline Alpha to spell out my title: Oh Canada! I had to split up the letters, by selecting “release the compound path” and then selecting all the parts of each letter in my title, and hitting the “group” button to make them into individual letters. If that sounds complicated, trust me, if I can do it, anyone can do it! It’s no secret that I’m easily confused by my Silhouette! Once I had all my individual letters ready. I just dragged them onto my cutting space, copied and pasted the necessary a’s and sent it to cut.
I was originally going to use the outlines of the letters to spell out my title, but I liked the negative space so much that I decided to use that as my background paper and my title. I had a feeling I might want to do that, so I purposely arranged the letters on my cutting mat so I would have that option. I love how this casual font really plays on the casual nature of our “car selfie” as we drove to the Canada Day festivities.
If you’d like to see how this page came together, check out the video below:
Check out this pretty second page that Tracy made with our Doodle Flower Background:
As soon as I saw the Doodle Flower Background 2, I knew I had to use it! If you watch the process video below, you’ll see that I started with the idea of using different pieces of patterned paper to fill in the flower petals, but I quickly changed my mind and decided to use a single paper for all the petals.
I guess I was feeling confident in my Silhouette skills from the success I had in separating the letters in the layout above, so I decided to cut another version of the cut file, but omitting the flower petals, so I’d have a the flower shapes but with all the petals filled in. I wanted to slip this shaped piece of patterned paper behind the outlined one. Although I wasn’t sure if this would work, it actually did work perfectly, and the result is a pieced look that took only a fraction of the time. If you’re not confident with the software of your cutting machine, you could easily get this look by simply cutting out each flower, as I had been doing before I changed my mind. It takes a bit longer, but it’s quite easy. The process video below shows both approaches to filling the flower petals.
Here is the process video that shows how I created this layout:
Cut files used:
Since Tracy had so much fun with these files - we decided to give one of them away for FREE until August 31, 2016! You can grab the Lower Case Outline Alpha
for FREE using the code ALPHAFREE
at checkout NOW until August 31, 2016!
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to Tracy for guesting for us this month!
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