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Paula Cooper – Technique Tuesday – Arrows Cut File

Hello it is Paula again from Artful Angels using a different style of the arrow mesh cut file this time – the sewing version.

PC Baby Oliver double - Paula Cooper - Technique Tuesday - Arrows Cut File

I have had these cute photos of my nephew, in my scrapping stack, for a few years now but I couldn’t find the right pattern papers for the bright lime in them, so decided to create something myself.

PC Baby Oliver left f 1 - Paula Cooper - Technique Tuesday - Arrows Cut File

The colours in Shimelle’s Head in the Cloud paper inspired me for the thread colours I have used. You can see here where I’ve planned to put my photo so that I don’t waste time stitching an area that won’t be seen. You can also see how the dots appear when you receive the file. They are quite small and I so poke each hole with my needle or the very tip of a pokey tool to make the holes easier to see and stitch when I am ready with my threads.

PC Baby Oliver photo gap f - Paula Cooper - Technique Tuesday - Arrows Cut File

Once the background was sewn over several evenings watching TV (it’s the perfect activity to do while binge-watching on Netflix or chatting to friends and family on Zoom). In the end I couldn’t choose just one photo out of the three, so it progressed to being a double layout using the Shimelle patterned paper that inspired my colour choice.

PC Baby Oliver right f 2 - Paula Cooper - Technique Tuesday - Arrows Cut File

To reflect the sewing colours, I decided to triple mount the single photo and and I continued the colours onto the opposite page.

PC Baby Oliver sewing close up f - Paula Cooper - Technique Tuesday - Arrows Cut File

Having two daughters I don’t have any boy embellishments, so I went old school and used some buttons and created my own title by drawing round some chipboard letters and then cutting the title out.

PC Baby Oliver title f - Paula Cooper - Technique Tuesday - Arrows Cut File

I love doing all the different types of cut files – positive, negative (see previous posts) and especially sewing ones and I am now very proud that I have managed to scrap these gorgeous photos of my nephews.

Happy sewing …


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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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