It can be fun to spend lots of time creating a scrapbook layout, but sometimes you may not have the extra time to devote to it. Using a digital cut file is a simple way to add lots of interest to a spread. It also helps the layout come together quickly and easily. Digital cut files can be purchased from a variety of sources and then imported into a die cutting machine, like the Silhouette Cameo I used for my die cutting.
Today, I am going to take you through the steps of creating a holiday layout using a cut file with the beautiful Merry Everything collection. Let’s get started!
1.Cut out the cut file
This cut file, The Half of It, was purchased from The Cut Shoppe Etsy store. I love the simplicity and whimsy of the design. And I think it fits perfectly with the Merry Everything collection. After purchasing the file, I imported it into my Silhouette Studio software and sized it to fit on my traveler’s notebook spread. I chose to cut the file using white cardstock so the patterned papers I used to back the file would stand out.
2.Back the cut file
The next step in the process was choosing the patterned papers to back the cut file. I could have just chosen one patterned paper, but love mixing patterns and thought this would add a lot of interest to the page. After printing the papers, I cut them into strips and adhered each piece to the back of the file. I just love the result!
3. Add the elements, cards, and patterned papers
After completing the cut file section of the page, I chose the elements and papers to use on the layout. There are so many fun images, labels, and patterns in this collection. I used some crepe paper to back the snow globe element and layered it over the cut file section of the page. Added some white twine and enamel dots for additional interest.
Next, I chose a green patterned paper to back the photo, along with a strip from a pocket card. I layered a few sentiment pieces from the collection over the photo, used a circle punch to cut out the trees element, added enamel dots, and adhered a label with the date behind the photo.
For the bottom section of the page, I cut the star patterned paper into a tag shape. Added white twine and more enamel dots. And layered a couple of the elements from the collection on the tag.
Here is the completed traveler’s notebook layout using a cut file.
Digital cut files can be used to create quick and easy Traveler’s Notebook layouts. I hope I have inspired you to try this technique on your next layout.
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Have you had a chance to try using digital cut files on a scrapbook layout? How was your experience?