Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Me & You, a Hello Story Layout and free cut file.

Last week's Hello Story prompt was all about dichotomies.  My first thought went to Avinash and Nandini.  I could easily talk about their differences. When I came across this image of stacked arrows (as a bookcase!), I thought it would be the perfect starting point for a layout.

For some reason I often put up this mental roadblock to using my silhouette.  It sits out next to my printer and really just takes a few minutes to use, even when I am making my own (simple) cut file.  I pushed that roadblock aside and had this design made and cut in a few minutes.

After I had it cut out and I started putting it together I felt that it would work very well for a page about me and the new baby.  I don't know that I have done any pages at all about the new baby and I have been holding on these ultrasound photos for weeks.  I scanned then and tried to increase the clarity a little.  I printed them a bit smaller so they would look a little less grainy.  The only reason they have a bluish tint is because my printer was running out of yellow ink.  I decided I liked the look and kept them just like that.

I pulled out this sheet of patterned paper from Paislee Press.  I love the graphic feel and it fits the theme really well.  The other papers I pulled from recent Studio Calico kits.  Super easy to coordinate together.
I thought about filling the arrows with 'stuff' and I think that could be a really fun way to go with this too.  I ended up playing around with different circles: flair, some burnished wood, a brad and a topo chico sparkling water bottle cap.  (That stuff is like perfect if  you are pregnant.)

 I added the big wooden die cut from dear Lizzy as my title.  The white foam thickers are new Amy Tangerine.  That background paper is this new mountain design from Studio Calico.  (I also cut out the middle and immediately used that on another layout.) I wanted to record some of my recent feelings/happenings here but leave some of the white space intact.  I used the new big roller stamp from Pebbles to create subtitles for my journaling.  Feeling, growing (the baby and I!), sharing, craving and loving.  I filled it in afterwards, just some stuff that has been on my heart.  Also foods, apparently.

We had our twenty week ultrasound taken this week as well.  I only want to find out the gender if it will make us and the children feel more connected to the baby.  I made the tech write it down for us in an envelope but we haven't figured out if we are going to look at it or not. Any bets on the gender?

I wanted to share the cut file I made with you as well.  I think it would work well for any dichotomy page.  Me&You.  Boy&Girl. Here&There. Etc.  Click here to download the cut file.  If you like it, I'd love it if you would share it with your friends on pinterest, twitter, etc. 


  1. Terrific layout and I love that you make your own cut files. I would have to open that envelope! My bet is a girl :)

  2. How exciting! Great page (and cut file)...but I'd have to open that envelope too!

  3. What great inspiration for an amazing cut file! Thanks for sharing.

  4. So, so happy for you and loving this page too!!!

  5. This is pretty fantastic, I will try it out!

  6. Thanks for the cut file! I know what you mean about a block to using the Cameo. I say open the envelope. I think it made my pregnancies much more "real" when I could envision a specific gender. Since you already have a girl and a boy, I think either way you'll feel connected to Baby #3 :)

  7. OMG I love this cut file and so happy I found it now that I have my Cameo. Thanks Niru xoxo


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