I started in Cricut Design Space by slicing out the “Make a Wish” sentiment from the Party On Cut File set. My idea for this layout was to have a large title placed diagonally across the center of a 12×12 sheet of cardstock so I resized the sentiment to 13.5″. Now if you are familiar with Cricut Design Space then you know that 11.5″ is the largest image that you can cut, but 11.5″ just wasn’t going to be large enough!! DS will automatically reset your mat size to 12×24″ if your image is larger then 11.5″ so I just continued onto the cut screen. Now I do not have a mat that size, but wanted to see if there was a way I could “trick” DS into cutting this 13.5″ image on a 12×12″ mat. Once I was on the cut screen I used the rotation arrow to rotate the sentiment at an angle. I was sure to keep the image within the 12″ grid lines. I sent the image to cut once I had it positioned the way I liked and it cut perfectly! I was able to cut a 13.5″ image on a 12×12″ mat!
I cut the ‘Make a Wish’ sentiment in both black and white cardstock because I wasn’t sure which I would like to use as the background. I ended up deciding on the black cardstock, but used the sentiment cut on the white cardstock behind the black cardstock to create a shadow effect. I love the extra depth, dimension and interest this adds to the layout. It is subtle but those subtle details sometimes make all the difference! I also backed the sentiment with a pattern paper from the Bella Blvd-Alex Collection. I added hand stitching using white embroidery floss around each of the letters to help give a border and to help them pop off the page a bit more. I added a photo above and below the sentiment along with embellishments from the Crate Paper-Cool Kid Collection and the Bella Blvd-Alex Collection.
I love these photos of Aidan! I also love that after 9 years I finally have a photo that is in focus as he is blowing out his birthday candles! HA!
I’ve put together a process video that includes a Cricut Design Space tutorial showing you exactly how I cut this cut file!
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I was immediately drawn to the blue American Crafts Textured Peacock Cardstock from the Cardstock Kit and decided to use it as my background. I then arranged three tags designed by Claudia Van R from her new Pretty Little Studio collection, With All My Heart. I arranged multiple florals from this same collection around the tags. I needed to add just a few more layers so I grabbed a few butterflies and camera sticker from the Maggie Holmes-Chasing Dreams sticker sheet. All of these items, the tags, florals, and Maggie Holmes sticker sheet are included in the Embellishment Kit this month.
I moved onto my photo cluster once I had the basis of the tags arranged. My photo was taken last summer on our trip to Chicago so the map ephemera piece from the Maggie Holmes-Chasing Dreams ephemera pack was the perfect layering piece! I also used the word ‘Hello’ from this same Maggie Holmes ephemera pack, included in the Main Kit, for a portion of the title on the top tag. I like to mix fonts so I grabbed the beautiful glittery gold Thickers, included in the Main Kit, to spell out the word ‘Chicago’. Have you had a chance to really check out these alphas?! The glittery gold is gorgeous all on its own, but the base of these letters is a pink foam! AH! Love them!
I felt like the top and bottom of the layout was looking a little bare so I grabbed one of the beautiful Maggie Holmes-Chasing Dreams patterned papers from the Main Kit. I cut the paper into two small strips, added a layer of vellum and also a couple rows of machine stitching.
I added a few other odds and ends to the layout, including a few more die cuts from the Chasing Dreams ephemera pack and baker’s twine (from my stash) through the holes on the tags. I typed my journaling using my WRMK’s Typecast Typewriter, cut it into thin strips, and added the strips to the white space on the left tag.
If you are new to my blog, we have a free weekly sketch in the Hip Kit Club Facebook Forum. This layout is based off of sketch #13 in this series. You do not have to be a HKC subscriber to join us in the Forum so be sure to head over and check it out! Now you can check out my process video showing you how this layout came together!