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Cut And Paste: Sun Shapes

Hello, everyone!  Shellye here bringing you a fun “Cut & Paste” project that combines some Pink Paislee cutting files with the brand new “Hello Sunshine” Collection;  the result is a super sweet sun-shaped mini album:

Shellye McDaniel-Hello Sunshine Mini Album1

For the base of the album, I die-cut the large sun using the Sunny Days Cutting File and a light yellow cardstock by American Crafts.

Shellye McDaniel-Sun burst cut fileI’m working with the eClips electronic cutting machine, but the explanation should fit most cutting systems:  From the top toolbar, I select to “transport SVG”; I select the sun file and place it onto the display grid as shown.  The original ‘sun file’ contains an inner circle and an outline circle, but I want to remove those so that I have a solid sun.  Select the “object” option at the top, ‘ungroup’ and then delete the two circles.  Next, I want my album to be a 6″ X 6″, so I enlarged the sun to the size on the grid.  I cut a sun for each individual page, so an album that is 10 pages (front and back) will need 10 separate die-cuts of the sun.  This helps to make the album sturdier as well.

Shellye McDaniel-Hello Sunshine Mini Album2The front cover was also embellished with the sun from the same Sunny Days cutting file.  The great thing is that you can make your images as big or as large as you’d like.  For the inner circle, load the sun image back onto your cutting grid and delete everything but that circle.  Enlarge it as much as you’d like so that you have a good-sized mat for photos.

Shellye McDaniel-Hello Sunshine Mini Album3 Shellye McDaniel-Hello Sunshine Mini Album4Before adhering the circle mats, I glued on a trim of pom pom ribbon around the edge.  Keeping with the ’round’ theme of the mat, I die-cut my photos with a die or circle punch.  Layer on all sorts of fun embellishments such as ephemera pieces, puffy stickers and chipboard!

Shellye McDaniel-Hello Sunshine Mini Album5 Shellye McDaniel-Hello Sunshine Mini Album6And don’t forget to add a journal spot or two!  Here I just used a Zig pen and ruler to construct a few lines for journaling.

Shellye McDaniel-Hello Sunshine Mini Album7 Shellye McDaniel-Hello Sunshine Mini Album9And how about a little pocket?  I added some thin pieces of foam tape to the sides and bottom of this die cut and then inserted a small tag inside.

Shellye McDaniel-Hello Sunshine Mini Album10 Shellye McDaniel-Hello Sunshine Mini Album11Shellye McDaniel-Hello Sunshine Mini Album12After decorating the inner pages, I went back and added some color to the edges of sun pages with a Versa Magic Thatched Straw ink.  To bind the pages together, I punched a small hole at the top left of each page and then used a 1.5″ ring.

Remember, you can make your own sunny mini album just about any size that you’d like!  These make wonderful gifts for grandma or a brag book to place on an end table…great conversation piece :)  If you have a collection of minis, display them in a pretty basket and let your guests browse away!

Collections Used: Hello Sunshine

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