If you’re a regular reader of Scrapbook Update, you know that I have repeatedly said that I am happy with my Silhouette Portrait machine because I rarely feel limited by the machine’s cutting width, which is several inches smaller than the 12″ wide Cameo. Well, the folks at Silhouette decided to take that as a challenge, and let me test drive a new Silhouette Cameo for a little while to see if bigger really is better!
When thinking of what to do twelve whole inches of cutting width, the first thing that immediately jumped to mind (of course) was to make a background for a 12×12 layout! The cutting file I chose (Background/Stencil by Tanya Batrak) could also have worked as a stencil, but I chose to cut out the design directly from my background paper and then place a contrasting color background paper behind it.
The cut out background fills a large area of the layout quickly and easily, which was great because I wanted to create a layout from only one small Instagram photo of my daughter at the library, and I didn’t have a lot of journaling or other things to go with it.
- Bazzill Cardstock (blue and kraft)
- Lily Bee Design Buttercup Collection (Index Journaling Cards)
- Tim Holtz idea-ology Stickers (ChitChat Words)
- Ranger Adirondack Ink (Pitch Black)
- Heidi Swapp for Project Life Date Stamp
- DCWV Vintage Collector collection (Acetate Overlay Hearts)
- Heidi Swapp (butterflies)
- Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen (S black)
- Bella Blvd Washi Tape (pink diagonal)
- Glitz Design Washi Tape (rainbow stripe)
- Recollections by Michaels Stores Washi Tape (floral)
- Silhouette America 12×12 Washi Sheets
- Silhouette Cutting File: Background/Stencil by Tanya Batrak
- Silhouette Cutting File: Cute by American Crafts
The background isn’t the only cut file on the layout. The title “sticker” is actually the word “cute” made out of washi tape sheets! It has a nice translucent effect on top of the gridded card, allowing the design to show through. As a bonus, the word was super easy to adhere since the washi is self-adhesive! I used more washi tape – this time an assortment of strips – behind the photo to “ground” it. The tape also helped brighten the layout with a splash of color.A sprinkling of acetate butterflies and foam dotted hearts increased the girliness of the layout and also spread some color around. In the bottom right corner, the embellishments had another usage: filling space. I didn’t really have much to put on this large journaling card except for the date stamp, but it fit so well in this space and coordinated with the other two on the other side of the layout. Filling the extra space with the embellishments kept it from being awkward. This layout was so fun and came together so fast! Being able to cut out 12×12 backgrounds really can be useful!
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