Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Titles Die Cut into the Background

Christmas preparations are in full swing at our house, that's why it's been really quiet here on the blog. We're running from school events to church events and doing a little bit of shopping here and there. (I'm *almost* done shopping...not even close on wrapping though.) I'm looking forward to having the kids home from school for a while throughout the holidays. We're going to spend lots of time baking, reading, watching Christmas movies, and spending time with family. Now, if only my Mr. had a few extra days off work... 
While I taking it easy a few days ago I was very slowly working on some projects for Elle's Studio (they were supposed to be revealed on the 10th, oops!). For my last month working with Elle's Studio I decided I wanted to do my three projects with my titles die cut right into the background of my pages. This technique works best when you have a title that isn't very long and you use a blocky font.
 I cut "Cowgirl Princess" out with my Silhouette and outlined it with a black pen. I then placed a piece of red patterned paper behind the white cardstock...and I had an easy peasy title!


This next project is a little bit different because I used 2 fonts. I used a script font for part of the title and I used a blocky font for the main word in my title.
 If you're going to use this technique with a script font make sure the title is short enough that you can cut the letters in a large size.
 Instead of putting one solid sheet of patterned paper behind the "ROLL" portion of the title I put several strips of patterned papers behind the white cardstock.
 This last project was the most difficult. I did a lot of welding and very carefully placed the words in the title on this one. I wanted to make room for the embellishments on top of the white cardstock. I used a script font and a blocky font on this one too.

 Isn't that an adorable little tree? It's a cut file from Elle's Studio. You can find it HERE. I cut the tree out of green patterned paper and added a few enamel dots to make ornaments.

I love how my background die cut titles turned out. It was an easy (and inexpensive) way to make a big impact using only patterned paper and cardstock. Do you have an easy way to make your titles stand out? I'd love to hear your ideas.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Easy Neighbor Gift Idea

When I found this cut file in the Silhouette store I fell in love with it. I knew I wanted to make some for Christmas gifts. The cut file was so easy to work with. When it's finished it holds several packets of tea.
Easy Neighbor Gift Idea by @jbckadams #neighborgiftidea #christmasgiftidea #tea
I used some * Kraft cardstock (I buy this stuff in bulk), Pebbles Home for Christmas Gift Tags, and the * Bella Blvd Christmas Cheer collection, to make this box. I'm adding my favorite tea ( * Bigelow Peppermint Tea) to my tea dispenser boxes. My favorite thing about this Christmas gift is that I'm putting my never ending stash of scrapbooking supplies to good use.
Do you use your scrapbooking supplies to create Christmas gifts?
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