Aloha!! It's Hannah here with you today! I am using the Main October Girl Tribe Kit.
I love Geek Lab days. I love this thinking outside of the box to use my kit. I don't know about you but if I don't change things up I get bored. I can have amazing products with all my favorite color combos and cute little embellishments, but in the end if I don't challenge myself I find myself sitting at my desk just staring at all these pretty products.
And then that makes me guilty and irritated because I love scrapping, it's time for me to be me. So how do we challenge ourselves without losing our own style and self as scrap? I try to think outside the box, how can I tell the stories I have pictures for in a fun and colorful way.
I was thinking about how I could use this month's cut files. The designers at the Clique are amazingly talented and these files get added to my download folder each month, I really don't want them just sitting there taking up precious computer space. Unless I use them. This month we have some coffee cups and a unicorn. They match the kit so well, but I how do I mesh that with my pictures? In the end if I can't make them work with the pictures I have or the stories I could tell they sit on my computer.
Well I will be honest I have no idea how I will use the unicorn. It would make an awesome mini album shape, but that really wasn't screaming at me to run to my desk and scrap right away. The coffee cups though, are my style. I love coffee. How can I make this cup file work in a way to tell a story or use a photo I have in a different way. Because let's face it, I don't really need 50 layouts of my love for coffee. I could do it, because it's my albums but I really don't want to do that.
I decided to do something different with the cut file and drop a photo into the cut file in the silhouette software. To do this, you open your cut file in the silhouette software. Then you go to your file of photo and grab your desired photo with your mouse and move it over your silhouette software with the cut file open. You will need to have kept your silhouette software program open in order to do this. Drop the image over the cut file and it should fit into the cut file. It sizes the image to fit your cut file. This is so helpful because if you use the print and cut feature in the silhouette software you can then add this cut file with the image in it on the page with the registration marks and print your photo first then add it to your silhouette mat and feed it into your machine and the silhouette will recognize the cuts and cut your file.
I used the coffee cup cut file and added a picture of a screen shot from one of my scrappy friends group chat. I didn't really need the whole image to really be showing I just wanted the cup file to have something in it, that wasn't patterned paper but added interest. What better than our own words chatting to each other?!
Here is how it looks all down.
It's really subtle but gives the effect I was looking for. This same technique would have looked really cool using the unicorn cut file and printing off pictures in the unicorn shape and adding papers in that shape too.
I did back the cut file with the chat bubble patterned paper from the kit. I used wet glue to make sure all the little lines from the cut file were adhered. Also, one piece of advice, use a really sharp blade when cutting this file. I found with the file not expanded to the 12x12 size and on thinner cover stock, it did not want to come off my silhouette mat and was really thin in some areas. Overall though I love how this looks. To help tie in the conversation aspect of my layout, I printed off some of the screen shots I had saved from previous conservations we have had in the past.
I cut out more of the speech bubbles and found some of them in the die cut pack. I popped some of them on pop dots and spread them around with white card stock as a background. I even added one of the star shaker speech bubbles.
The holographic stars are so much fun, I scattered them around too. I actually felt like I didn't need to add much embellishing. I was fully prepared to add those fuzzy pom poms or the little hearts. As I added the speech bubbles and the stars I listened to my gut and let the bubbles do the talking.
I used the main kit printables that Gia designed. I loved this #tribe, and really it was one of the things that sparked this layout or at least the direction I wanted to go. I have been wanting to tell the story of my tribe. I have been wanting to document just how special it is to me and what it means to me, I really feel it is so important to me to document these things for my family, my girls. How important it is to find and keep friends close to you and how important they are to having a healthy life. I want my girls to know I loved not just them but others too. What it look like to have real friendships that are positive. If we as women don't tell our story how will those after us now what real friendships and positive relationships and fun looks like.
To finish my layout I doodled with a black journaling pen around the outside of the white card stock. I added my journalling under my title. I used the word foam glitter Thickers to finish the title. I love the way a patchwork title looks. I finished with my trusty date stamp in just the year. I did this because many of the images were from different dates, and really it didn't matter to me the date as long as I can remember what year it was.
Here is one last look at my finished layout.
Don't forget to check out the store for all the cut files and printables I used one this layout, as well as quite a few more. There are tons of other cool add ons in the Store as well, use my code Hannah10 and you will get 10% off your order. Be sure to check out our Holiday Kits (Christmas and we also have some fall workshops ) too. They are still in pre-order but once they are sold out they won't be making more.
Until next week I hope you stay inspired and let your supplies help guide you to tell your stories and show off those pictures you love!!