Selfie Captured | Majken Pullin - Using a Cut File Stencil July 2, 2019 07:00

Hello, hello JustNick fans,,,welcome to July!  Majken here with you today, and I'm so very excited to share that I'm on the JustNick design team a 2nd term.  For the first part of July, we are sharing layouts about us (you can see my layout from last year here).  One of my favorite things to do (besides scrapbooking & papercrafting of course!) is watch baseball.  I live in Houston, so I'm all about the Houston Astros.  Sometimes, I even turn my old iPhone into a mini television and watch them while I craft (in my selfie in today's layout you can see an Astros game on my iPhone in the background). :)  You gotta love technology when it makes things easier, right?

Here is my layout:

To create my background, I first cut out the Hexagon Background cut file using Silhouette stencil material. It has temporary adhesive on the background which keeps it in place for doing mixed media.  You can use most any cut file this way, but it's especially nice for backgrounds.

Using a Cut File Stencil

I used Distress Oxide Inks (Ripe Persimmon, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron, Festive Berries, & Seedless Preserves) and sponges, but you could use any medium to create a stencil background.

Using a Cut File Stencil

I wasn't sure at this part of my project where my photo was going to go, so I covered the full area around the Hexagon Background stencil.  It is very satisfying to gently pull the stencil up once you're done with your background!  I spritzed water droplets over my background to get the fun effect from these inks.

Using a Cut File Stencil

My layout was still coming together when I created the background.  I knew I wanted to use colors to match the Pink Paislee/Paige Taylor Evans collection Horizon, but that was about it.  I trimmed my background to about 10x10 when I realized I wanted to use the rainbow rays paper behind it.  I trimmed the octagon from the center of that paper first to use behind my photo somehow. 

I distressed the edges of the stencil background and sewed along the edges for some additional texture.

I also cut the words from Capture This three times each from textured cardstock and glued them together to create dimension for my title.

I tucked ephemera and stickers around the photo area, including a journaling tag.

And I sprinkled clear enamel dots around the layout to emphasize and contrast against the water droplets in the Distress Oxide ink.

Here are the cut files I used:

Thank you so much for joining me today.  I hope this tutorial has inspired you to use your cut files to create fun mixed media backgrounds.  Don't forget to share your creations with us on social media!

Have a super July!