Layering with Cut Files & Alphas

Happy Thursday, friends!  Missy back with you today, and I have another layout to share using the 2016 August Hip Kits.  I am loving the Prima Oil Pastels from the Color Kit, and I chose a few colors that coordinated with the Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life papers from the Main Kit & Paper Kit.  I was drawn to the cornflower blue, golden yellow and burnt orange/red colors, so I used those on some white cardstock from the Cardstock Kit.  I wanted to use a large cut file over that as a background layer, so I used one of Kim Watson’s “yeah” cut files and enlarged it.  I love how the pastels are peeking through the cut file.  I combined one of the Amy Tan die cuts with some of the wood veneer Thickers and the word “adventure” from a patterned paper to create my sarcastic title…haha.  The look on my daughter’s face is priceless.  We were on a field trip to take a tour of Olive Garden one day last summer, and she was less than thrilled to wear a hair net.  It was quite a funny experience!
I love how the title turned out.  I thumbed through the Amy Tan Sticker Book from the Project Life Kit and there were so many fun stickers to use!  A lot of them went with my sarcastic tone, so I used several of them all over the page.  I used one long phrase underneath “adventure.”  To keep it true to color (since it’s a clear sticker) I stuck it on white cardstock first and then cut it out.
Look at the effect here…using your finger to smudge the Prima Oil Pastels is the coolest!  I added just a tiny drip of water to start the smudging.  I love that you can see the texture from the cardstock so well.  I also added a few splatters from my Shimmerz stash as well as some tangled thread.
Here are some of those fun Amy Tan clear stickers.  I did a little machine stitching through the cut file as well.  I used some of the Amy Tan die cuts and a Project Life card as layers behind my photo.  I also fussy cut around “loving it” to frame the bottom part of my photo.
More fun clear stickers here!  I love the “blah” and “nope”…so perfect for this photo.  I also added a few red enamel dots and some thread.  This is such a fun and different color scheme for me, but I really love it!
I did a lot more journaling on this page than I normally do, but I wanted to tell the story here.  I left that white space there just for the journaling, and I love how that turned out.  Sometimes photos and moments need to be explained and sometimes they don’t.  It’s all up to you and your photo 🙂
Here’s my process video for this page.  I hope it inspires you and gives you some fun ideas!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great day!


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