An Inspired Technique Tuesday

Hello there everyone! Suz here today to share with you some ways in which I was inspired by this month’s kits! This post actually may be more of a hybrid post; combining inspiration and how it resulted in “Dissecting Design.”

First up, I knew when I saw the Allison Kreft/Echo Park Capture Life: Arrows (B side) paper in the main kit & the patterned paper add-on (here) that I wanted to use it as my jumping off point for inspiration. I wanted to repeat the theme of positivity while playing off of the title in this month’s kit; Viewfinder.  I began by creating a Silhouette cut file with a background of large (+) signs using my Silhouette Studio Design Editor software.

I have made a similar file to share with you here!! Please let me know if you have any trouble with downloading. I will do my best to help although I am not an expert. I tried to save the file with the plus signs ungrouped, so that you could manipulate the design to your liking by adding or deleting (+) signs. >>**If you use these files, please share and link me up so I can see! *Also, please credit the creator. Thanks! 😉


Next I placed the Echo Park pattern paper beneath the white card stock Silhouette-cut background and machine stitched around each (+) with some grey thread, then added my title work to the right hand side of my layout.

Layering around my photo was next on the “to-do” list. I used my craft knife to fussy cut out a frame from the orange floral paper (Crate Paper). I used repetition of design with the wood veneer viewfinders, the pops of yellow, orange, geotags, stars, and light aqua blue as well as the destination happiness theme and “picture positive” (instead of “picture perfect” as this layout was all about embracing positivity to achieve happiness).


*Here is a close up of where I covered up the “perfect” part of the “picture perfect” circle sticker with a flag sticker and Crate Paper alphas to repeat my theme of positivity.




I hope you find this design inspiring! Even if it’s just one little item from it that sparks some creativity. Please link me up with your inspired designs in the comment section below. Happy Inspiration Tuesday!




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  1. Laura

    Love all the stitching – and such straight neat lines… mine’d be all over the place!! 🙂

    • Suz Mannecke

      Thanks so much Laura! Mine isn’t perfect either-but I am ok with that! 🙂 😉


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