UPDATE: the Balloon Craze SVGs are no longer free. Select files are free for a limited time on Lettering Delights, so if you see something priced $0 make sure you "buy" it and download it ASAP! Balloon Craze is now $5, which IMHO is still a good deal - there are 15 super cute images included in the set!
Well, THAT took longer than planned! I was honestly hoping to have this layout done by Thursday but I had a small technical issue and an almost 6-year-old who refused to let me work for more than 10 minutes at a time. Add in some errands that I will only do while he's in school, and my perfectionist nature, and this has dragged into a 4 day affair! But oh was it worth the wait. Here's the "outside" of the finished layout:
Splendor paper packet and additional cardstock from Close To My Heart, and uses the One-Way Mirror pattern from their Magic scrapbook sketch pattern book. All of the designs were cut using the (currently free) Balloon Craze SVGs from Lettering Delights and Make The Cut software, and the title was cut using some True Type fonts and Make The Cut. I also added some Glam Rocks using my I-rock tool from Imaginisce.
Here are some detail shots of my layout, followed by a little tutorial for cutting detailed images like this in smaller sizes.
This is the right page of my layout, opened up. I had more pictures than would fit in a normal layout, so I made it interactive using CTMH's Flip Flaps 12" Assortment. On the base layout, I cut my pictures 4" tall and created a 2x11 journaling area above them. Then I cut a 6x12 piece of cardstock and duplicated the papers from the base layout on both sides. I decided the position of my remaining photos and trimmed them to size. The entire thing is then placed in a 6x12 Flip Flap, and the Flip Flap is then adhered in place on the outside of the Memory Protector holding the base layout.
Smaller images with details like this can be a challenge to assemble, but I have a method I use to speed things up a little and make it considerably easier to assemble.
That means load the mat into the Expression once, and cut once. WAY easy!
I hope this helps you speed up your assembly of paper piecings! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think.