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Claire Murphy – Play in the Puddles

I just love it when there is the most perfect cut file to suit a photo that I’ve taken.  As soon as I saw the umbrella cut file I knew immediately what photo I was going to use with it.

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We had been holidaying in Florida for 3 weeks and it was disgustingly hot and it was 100% humidity and so the day it rained, I just ran out into it. It felt like heaven. My mum managed to grab a photograph of me and James stood on the pouring rain and it’s one of my favourite photos and brings back some amazing memories from that trip. 

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I wanted to make the layout complement the rest of my Disney albums and so I had to use all of the Disney collections of course!! So I started by backfilling the umbrella and clouds cut files with off cuts of patterned paper (which is always a great way to stash bash!). And applied some fun foam behind these to give them lift and dimension. This helps to create a natural shadow underneath each cut file and really adds to the layout. 
I then used the same off cuts to layer underneath my photo and I used a mixture of cutting and tearing techniques for this. 

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The cut file did most of the hard work for me and so I really didn’t need to add too many embellishments on but I did add in some stickers and pops of ephemera to bring it all together. 

Who doesn’t love a Disney layout?!  You can watch the layout come together here.


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Due to ongoing health and personal issues, I’m afraid I am closing the shop for 6 months.  I very much hope to be back but I will only be able to judge this once I have gone through the next few months.  All outstanding orders will go out next week (commencing 15th June).  I will be keeping the blog side of the website going and I may pop up on social media sometimes but I may have to take a fair bit of time out while I process everything and work through treatments etc.  I know that particularly my pre-cut customers will be disappointed and I am so sorry to let people down but sometimes being strong involves having to give something up.  It’s not been an easy decision I can tell you.  Thank you so much to everyone that has supported me in the last 4 years, in particular my wonderful design team.  Seeing my designs on layouts capturing people’s precious memories is something I will always treasure.  Best wishes xx


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