If you’ve got a Silhouette Electronic Die-Cutter, you have a new way to use scrapbook page “sketches.” Here’s an example of a full page die-cut mat made by Kim Watson for Fancy Pants.
Cut it from a paper that goes with your subject and fill the openings with photos and other page elements. See how the Get It Scrapped Creative Team has used full-page die-cut page templates below.
Find more full page templates by searching for “photo mat” in the Silhouette Store.[hr]
Marcia Fortunato says, “As part of a year-long project involving my husband and kids and getting photos from them, this layout is a window into their lives on one day in November.”
“I used a the Fancy Pants template, “Window to Our World” from the Silhouette store. I changed the mat slightly to accommodate one photo that couldn’t be cropped to fit. Because I was using nine photos, I looked for a template with at least that many openings. This gave me a framework to display the photos and made an easy starting point for my layout.”
TIP: If the openings are not the exact sizes you need, you can always span a photo across two (or more) openings by laying the photo over the top (as I did on the top right) or by allowing a photo to show through multiple openings (as I did with the other two photos on the right). Then fill any unused openings with patterned paper and/or embellishments.
Marie-Pierre Capistran says, “This page is a summary of our latest trip to Disney World.”
I love the simplicity of the spaces that are already there when I start to create. Click here for a full-page cut file I created and used here. I cut the template once in gold and once in white. I printed my pictures to fit in the frames, and when I was ready to finish the page it all came together in 30 minutes! I just had to chose one patterned paper to go under the template and to decide if I’d go with a white or a golden frame.
TIP: Don’t choose too many photos. I did get carried away and printed way too many pictures. The page is breathing more when some spots are open, like the empty window containing only a star.
TIP: You can build ON the page, and not just under the page. For example, here, I added a frame (with the palm trees) on top of my page even if the template was not dictating one over there. A template is like a sketch, you can follow it, but you don’t have to stick with it 100%.
Kiki Kougioumtzi says, “On this layout I recorded little details around the house during the Christmas holiday season.”
“I used a Fancy Pants template (“Window to Our World“) with my Silhouette Cameo for the starting point of my layout. Because I wanted to include many little photographs, the template was perfect. It already has places for the photos, and a title that matches my story. This helped me make the layout quickly. I used all the little cutout pieces as templates to cut my photos to size.”
Sue Althouse says, “This page is about our favorite ice cream place at the beach.”
“I used a basic photo template from the Silhouette online store. I enjoyed how quickly this page came together with photo sizes and placement pre-determined, much like using a sketch.”
TIP: When working with a full page cut template in the Silhouette software, I suggest ungrouping the template, then selecting each individual photo spot to see the exact measurements. Crop your photos about 1/2″ larger to fit easily behind the template.