Promo | Layout Background with Silhouette Cameo

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.

Cute layoutSupplies:

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! Title Close-UpI 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.Embellishment Close UpA 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. Journal Card Close UpThis 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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8 Responses to Promo | Layout Background with Silhouette Cameo

  1. gabmcann November 27, 2014 at 6:01 am #

    Very fun LO!

  2. Marilyln November 27, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Love your project, thank you for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Pamela McGillin November 27, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Beautiful Nancy, your daughter looks very happy with her books.

    • Nancy Nally November 29, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

      She likes hunting for them at the library….reading them? Not so much. LOL

  4. Margaret November 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    Nooo! I have a Portrait, don’t make me want a Cameo. (Nice layout.)

    • Nancy Nally November 29, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Sorry about that Margaret. 😉

  5. michelle November 27, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Very cute photo! Love the layout. The cut file as a background is so interesting. And I love the splashes of color with the washi and embellishments you’ve chosen. Great, awesome layout. Michelle t

  6. Nancy Grant November 30, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    Thank you for the inspiration! I’m really wanting to make a buy. Your article has helped me figure out which would be best for me. 🙂

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