A Giveaway Winner and a Layout Tutorial

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Hi there! I would like to thank those who entered my little giveaway for their patience while I recovered from my finger mishap. I was just too overwhelmed with the pain, and then later with being so behind, that I wasn't able to focus on my blog. While my finger isn't completely healed, it's much better, and so I'm back! I had Michael draw a winner for last month's giveaway.

And the winner is...

Due to privacy settings, I'm unable to contact you. Please email me at mrsalliestewart@gmail.com by Wednesday, October 15th! I can't wait to get your prize out to you!


Now that business has been taken care of, I want to share a special layout with you. I was incredibly inspired by this cut file in The Cut Shoppe, and wanted to do something extra special with it. 

To create this layout, I opened the file in my Silhouette Studio, and traced the top and bottom of the image separately.

Next, I enlarged the traced images to take up as much space on the mat as they could (without going over it).

I cut the image out from white cardstock, and adhered it on to another sheet of white cardstock, leaving space between the two halves. I used a thumb tack to create stitching holes (this is the easiest method for me. I use a cheap piece of foam from the kid's craft section at Michael's, and a thumb tack. It's not the most precise method, since I just eyeball it, but I think it works just fine), then used a ruler to divide the image into four sections. I lightly marked the points with pencil, so that I could easily do an ombre stitching effect.

I used four different colors of floss and a back-stitch to create this look. 

I began this layout only with the idea of stitching the image, and had no idea what I was going to do photo wise. Once I was finished, I decided to go with a skinny photo in the middle. I found one that worked, trimmed it down, and realized that it looked too empty in the middle. I decided to add washi tape for a fun pattern between the two halves of the image.

 I adhered my photo, and added a few embellishments. Finally, I added gold vellum in the corners surrounding the image.

And then it was done! The stitching took several hours (aka, a few TV shows), but once that was in place, the layout took about 15 minutes. I hope this inspired you to think outside the box with cut files! I love the ability to modify them and make them my own. 

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  1. This layout is so amazing Allie!! My new favorite! Such a creative use of the cut file and the stitching looks so awesome!!

  2. Beautiful layout!! So glad you are on the mend!



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