I took inspiration from the Crate Paper Good Vibes collection when I created this cut file. Ampersands seem to be a common theme throughout, as is that geometric feel.
To start, I enlarged the cut file to 11" in height. I love a big statement piece on a layout, and the ampersand definitely achieved that. Then I started backing the cut file with the 6x6 paper included in the pocket life kit. At this point I was unsure if I wanted to back every open area, or leave some open. So I just randomly backed some areas and skipped others, figuring I could go back to spots later if I so chose to.
I liked the look of the open areas, so I left it as is which the intention of doing some mixed media behind the cut file. I experimented with some white cardstock and a variety of watercolors for my background, but thought it overpowered my cut file. But I am in love with this Good Vibes “Life’s Goals” paper! So I decided to ad some white gesso around where I wanted to place the cut file. And I would be lying if I didn't worry that I had completely wasted this gorgeous paper about twenty times during the creation of this layout!
But I stuck with my plan and continued with embellishing. I chose this photo of my oldest son and me on Thanksgiving. And I loved the "Squad Goals" phrase included in the High Five thickers. I tucked the photo slightly underneath the cut file and used the thickers as my title.
I knew I wanted to try and use some washi tape on this layout since I always struggle to use washi! So I fussy cut a few flowers from the floral washi and placed them around my page. These served as the starting point to each of my three clusters.
I used pieces of ephemera from the Pocket Life kit, some chipboard stars from the embellishment kit along with some of the Wild Child puffy stickers from the embellishment kit. I added some black splatters around my page, along with a roller date stamp, and called it done!
Thank you so much for stopping by! Make sure to head over to the Facebook group to grab this cut file, I can't wait to see how everyone uses it!
Until next time,