Thursday, July 30, 2015

New background cut file! Criss-cross polka dots

It's no secret that I LOVE die cuts, and especially background cut files.

This background cut file (available in PNG and SVG formats for use with electronic cutting systems) is playful and simple, and makes a big impact on your page! Super fun for layering -- over patterned paper like I did here, or why not go for something awesome like glitter?? -- this criss cross polka dot cut file will practically make your page for you! 

Check out the other cut file offerings from Things That Shine

For more ideas on using background cut files in your scrapbooking pages, be sure to check out my class at Big Picture Classes!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

How to use a background cut file on your layout: plus a bonus process video

Hello everyone!
I'm so excited that my background cut file class with Big Picture Classes is live! If you haven't already noticed, I love using background cut files on my projects -- I design and use more of this file type than any other. You'll want to check out my class for a complete guide to using background cut files: everything from accurate cutting tips, combining with patterned paper and layering, mixed media techniques, and designing your own cut files!

Today I have a layout and a PROCESS VIDEO(!!) to share with you. This page uses my criss-cross polka dot cut file, and with just some basic layering tips, the whole layout practically made itself. 
This criss-cross polka dot cut file makes a complete background all on it's own. Here I layered it over mint green patterned paper, but there are so many possibilities. Try layering over solid cardstock, or patterns of different scales for a very different look!

Because the cut file made such an awesome background, I felt like I could keep the embellishing fairly minimal. I used some Things That Shine glitter bows and turned them into cute little embellishments by placing them on wooden toothpicks and setting the bow centres with wood veneer pieces. 

Some black flocked polka dot tulle (from my Eerie and Enchanted kit) layered over the polka dot background was a super fun addition to this page!

Polka dots!!

Follow along as this layout comes together from start to finish! Using the criss-cross polka dot cut file really made this page come together quickly -- less than 15 minutes! 

Products used in this project include:
Criss-cross polka dot cut file
Glitter bows
Things That Shine cut files
BPC: Using Background Cut Files class

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Monday, July 27, 2015

how to make your tone-on-tone layout POP

Tone-on-tone scrapbooking is a hot trend right now, and it's a look I really love. I don't think anyone does it better than Ashli Oliver of the Purple Mailbox fame. Here I'll share some of my favourite tips for achieving the tone-on-tone look while still making sure your layout pops! 

1. Don't be afraid to put white on white. While your whole layout will look washed out if you use only white, a bit of white on white can be very striking. Here I didn't need to use any colour for the title or the block behind the journalling as the simple white works well enough on it's own. 

2. Keep papers in neutral hues but mix up the patterns. While my scrappy sidebars on my layout aren't truly tone-on-tone, they are cumulatively neutral. By mixing patterns I've added some interest and visual texture without adding a lot of bright colour. 

3. Dimension is your friend. Even a double layer of cardstock adds depth, increasing the visual interest of your page. Consider using pop dots to add dimension, or try not adhering all of your layers and embellishments completely flat, like I did here. That tiny bit of curled up paper and resulting shadow really adds a lot! 

4. Consider metallics and wood grains as neutrals. The tiny bit of gold and silver on this page, plus a single wood veneer button, adds some shine and texture without imparting a bold sense of colour. Another alternative is to consider mixing different types of papers in a neutral colourway: consider mixing textured cardstocks, flat papers, corrugated cardboard and vellum.

5. Just a few dots of mist (in a sort of grey-green shade) adds a pop of unexpected colour and a tiny bit of contrast behind the journalling block. Notice that I repeated the mist in the top left corner of this page, helping draw the eye in a diagonal line across the layout.

Products used on this page include:
Wonky handcut alphabet cut file (SVG and PNG)
Silver foil jewellery tags with star
Assorted cute tags
Squirrel wood veneer button

For more inspiration, cool stuff, and generally just really nice stuff to look at,

Thursday, July 23, 2015

glitter bows:chunky silver

Chunky silver glitter bows have joined the glitter bow family at Things That Shine! These sparkly babies might be my new fave.. I have a tea cup full of them on my desk and reach for them every chance I get! 

Use them as-is for gift-wrapping or scrapbooking... or set the centers with an embellishment of your choice. Here I've used the entire Things That Shine glitter bow family on this page!

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