Hello lovelies, today Creative Team member Maribeth Lysen is on the blog to share  with us! Be sure to check out her About Me page, where you can learn more about her and connect with her on social media!

Today I wanted to chat about cut files. This month’s cut files are gorgeous! The first thing I did after I downloaded the products from Ordinary Moments collection was to cut out the poppies. I adore Theresa’s flowers in all her collections, but this cut file is my absolute favorite!

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The cut files come as a PNG and as a JPEG so they are compatible with multiple machines. You can also use them as a digital element and print them like you would a regular digital embellishment. 

I use the Brother ScanNCut2 to do all my cutting. When I first bought the machine on a whim after watching late night TV with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer on HSN, I let it sit in the box for six months before I got brave enough to try it out. I had wanted one for ages and I had heard it had a bit of a learning curve, and there is. But there are tons of helpful videos on the web and I was up and running in less than 15 minutes when I finally took it out of the box and plugged it in. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I had feared. And, once I got started, I was hooked! Now I love cutting all the things! 

I decided to try cutting it out of black card stock so it would pop off the page. Typically I use white card stock but I really love how this turned out. I’m going to try using different colored papers with my cut files in the future. That little heart as the dot in the “i” is beyond adorable! To complete the layout, I mixed in more of the Ordinary Moments collection as well as some Pinkfresh Studio and a touch of Felicity Jane for my embellishing. 

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The Poppy cut file prompted me to write about how the idea of home has evolved for me over the last several years after I relocated to another state. The cut file was the perfect jumping off point.This is a story I hadn’t documented before and I’m so glad I found a place for it. It was also the perfect opportunity to include a current photo of my flowers starting to bloom in my backyard. I’m so happy it is spring! 

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I backed the cut file with paper from the Crate Paper Flourish Collection from Maggie Holmes. I used Scotch Quick Dry adhesive in a Fine Line bottle to glue everything down. I added embellishments and chipboard letter stickers all from the Flourish Collection that I got in my April Clique Kit.  If you want to visit the Clique Kit store, you can use Theresa’s code: Moxley10 to get 10% off items in shop (not valid on kit subscriptions)! 

My second layout features the Enjoy Today cut file, which I have used on a pocket page layout for my Project Life album!

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The Enjoy Today cut file comes in multiple sizes. Here I used the 4×6 size so I could include it on my pocket page spread from July 2017. I’ve been working hard on catching up on my 2017 album lately. It feels really good to get these photos and stories documented. 

I decided to try cutting it out of black card stock so it would pop off the page. Typically I use white card stock but I really love how this turned out. I’m going to try using different colored papers with my cut files in the future. That little heart as the dot in the “i” is beyond adorable! To complete the layout, I mixed in more of the Ordinary Moments collection as well as some Pinkfresh Studio and a touch of Felicity Jane for my embellishing. 

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I hope you will try out one of the lovely cut files and share with us what you make! Also be sure to grab these cut files while they are free, until June 01, 2018! See you again soon!

~Maribeth Lysen

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