Saturday, May 15, 2010

It's all about the cake!

***Note the images look blurry in the post but if you click on them they are crisp and clean. Blogger is having issues this morning....also the shadows that showed up on the layout weren't there when scanned but happened for some reason when I stitched them in photoshop***

I have had this layout in my head ever since Nichole announced that the April class at 2 peas was the print and cut feature on the Silhouette. I love that feature and I loved these birthday images! The entire layout was created using the Silhouette machine. I am in love with this machine and if I had to give up all my supplies and just keep it and cardstock I would be OK with it. That is how much this machine rocks!

I love putting pictures in a row across a page. It's one of my favorite layout designs. It allows me to keep my pictures bigger so you really get a feel of what is happening in them. While it doesn't work well for photos with group shots it works well with single person photos.

For the flourish on the bottom I used the Hero Arts flourish. I so wanted to use the stamp but I couldn't reverse it and get a good image of it by "kissing" it so I opted for the digital version of it. I love that Hero Arts gives us that option. Many of my favorite stamps are in a digital version to manipulate as I feel. I just put a horizontal mirror on it in my Robo Master software. I cut them out using the Hero Arts layering paper in snow again (love it). If you have not tried this paper yet I highly suggest it for use in the Silhouette. The cuts are crisp and clean and the most intricate details come out perfectly. I'm hoping they come out with larger packs (25, 50 or 100 would be awesome!)

For the tags running across under the pictures I sized the tags in the Robo Master, then I used the text feature to place my words on the tags to make sure I got them exactly right. I then moved the words to the side and cut out the tags, I then sent a copy to my printer for it to print the words. I then taped the tags over the words using artists tape (a very low tack tape that usually won't tear the paper when removed) and fed it back through my printer. I love that I can do all of this in on program. It's simplicity at its finest.

For the title I did something a little different. There may be an easier way but I have yet to figure it out. First I chose the font that I wanted (chachie) and then I made each letter separate so that I could manipulate the sizes in the Robo Master. Once I had them the size I wanted and had them touching in the correct places I welded them together. I then typed in "it's all about the" and placed it where I wanted it. I changed the blade in my Silhouette to a black pen and fed it through the machine. When it was done I changed the pen back to the blade and ran the green paper through it to cut the word "cake" I moved the other words off to the side. While it was cutting I used my exacto knife to trim out the title with a little edge so you can see the pen work underneath. I am sure if I played with the machine long enough I could figure out how to cut it out. I am going to work on that in the next few weeks. I pop dotted the green over the pen and voila! instant fun title with dimension and shadow.

Off to play with the kids and our new puppy. I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Products used:

Cardstock: Bazzill,
Hero arts
Patterned paper: My Minds Eye (tiny dancer); KI Memories, Bo Bunny
Silhouette Machine: Cupcake Circles (Cupcake_circles_-_pink_cooo96_21585); Presents border ( presents_border_c00073_27011); Pennant border (pennant_border_0878); Tag()tag_2391): Scallop Square Frame lg (square_scallop_LG_1200); Birthday Cake (birthday_cake_c00015_28466); Flourish Bold (flourish_bold_c20091115193805_23067)
Fonts: CK Ali (tags), Chachie (title), memorandum (journaling)
Ink: Ranger Distress inks by Tim Holtz
Thread: Gutermann


Sarah said...

Wow! Fabulous layout, Michelle! Love it! SO many great details!

Diana said...

FANTASTIC layout! Love my friends from Hero