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Crop In The Country – #sweet

I’m back today with the second layout that I created for the Crop In The Country retreat, using the Photoplay Free Bird collection.

CITC sweet main - Crop In The Country - #sweet

I like to create an easy to use cut file for the guests that enables them to use up their scraps. This one was 6 inches wide so it was attached to a scrap piece of 12×12 in the middle and flipped back to expose the apertures in the cut file. Once the scraps are adhered behind the exposed holes, the backing can be flipped back and adhered over the pieces. This gives you a plain backing sheet which reinforces and strengthens the layout and creates a smooth finish on the back so it doesn’t get caught up when you slide it in the page protector.

CITC sweet 2 - Crop In The Country - #sweet

This collection has a few different colours and patterns in it but we couldn’t get all the papers that I initially wanted to use. This meant that some of the colours in the sticker sheet didn’t match the colours in the papers so I had to make sure that I used all of the blue stickers on one layout to make them look intentional.

CITC sweet 4 - Crop In The Country - #sweet

The colours are so generic that they work well with a range of different subjects but with lots of greens and browns they work really well with outdoor photos in particular. It was serendipitous that my children were wearing orange and yellow in this photos of us walking my nieces wonderful staffy on the beach.

CITC sweet 3 - Crop In The Country - #sweet

In addition to the folded flower cut file, I popped a few of the elements up onto foam for more dimension. I’m using a LOT of foam stickers from the children’s old craft supplies at the moment!

Stop by again soon for my third and final accidental layout for this west country retreat.

Happy scrapping!


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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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