Die Cutting Fun for Memory Keeping (With Video Tutorial!)

by nathalie

Hello friends! It's Nathalie here with a fun new die cutting fun for memory keeping idea filled with color and a very graphic design.  The new Pixel Grid Cover Die is the inspiration for this new idea, the graphic and modern design of it provides a lot of impact in any project.  Add a rainbow and a bit of shine, and you have a graphic and colorful memory keeping layout.

Let's take a look at my 6×8 memory keeping layout:

@altenew_die cutting fun for memory keeping by Nathalie DeSousaThe contrast between the colors in the background, the graphic look of the panels, and the softness of the butterfly die-cuts is perfect for  the cute picture of our newest family member.  Let me walk you through how this came together!

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Elongating the Cover Die Design

Today's die cutting fun for memory keeping idea starts with creating an elongated panel for the background of the layout.  For this, I am using four (4) Pixel Grid Cover die cuts.  I am stacking two of them together to create a thicker die cut which gives dimension to the final look of the page.  Next, I trimmed one of the short edges of the panel leaving a very small border.  The other panel, is then trimmed along the bottom of one of the pixel lines, so that when put together, the entire panel measures 4.25 x 7.75 inches.

@altenew_die cutting fun for memory keeping by Nathalie DeSousa

Create a Seamless Panel Design

Trimming the panels to create larger die cutting results in a small seam at the junction.  I am using the Tiny Sentiments: Hello  and Fairy Dust Glitter Cardstock  to create the title for this layout.  I also created 2 more of the die cuts, and stamped the one of the sentiments with Obsidian Pigment ink on one of them.  I fussy cut the “hello” word from the glitter die cut and adhere to the stamped die cut.  Then it was all about adhering the title along the seamline.

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Adding a Rainbow

To bring color in this spread, my choice was to create a rainbow with cardstock strips. I trimmed Crafty Necessities Cardstock, Gradient Cardstock, and Altenew Blends 6×6 paper pack into 0.75 x 6″ strips (you can find all the colors in the supply list).  I set them on family colors in a zigzag pattern on a 4.25 x 7.75in piece of white cardstock.  Once I trimmed the excess paper strips, I adhere the elongated pixel grid panel  atop the color paper strips.

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Completing the Background

Since I am creating a double spread for my album, I am choosing to continue the zig zag pattern of the title page behind the photo.  My idea is to mirror image the pattern and formation of the rainbow. I simply set the front of the cover die-cut atop the one in the title page, and used it as a guide to glue my color strips to the back of the panel. The end result creates a sort of rhomboid pattern that spans through the entire design.

@altenew_die cutting fun for memory keeping by Nathalie DeSousa

A Few Finishing Touches

Let's continue with some more die cutting fun for memory keeping to complete this spread.  Since there is quite a bit of interest in the background, I chose to go for simple embellishments with a touch of shine.  I am using the butterfly dies in the Jeweled Botanicals Layering Die Set, Fairy Dust Glitter Cardstock, Dazzling Diamond Glitter Cardstock, and vellum to  create my embellishments.  I am placing two on the title page, making sure they sit along the respective color family on the background, and bringing the third one to the left of the photo.  A small sentiment -created with the Classic Greetings set – completes the page.

Die Cutting Fun with PixelGrid Cover Die

I have created a video showcasing how this memory keeping page came together. You can watch the video here, or in HD in Altenew YouTube Channel:

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I hope the video gave you a closer look at how this entire spread comes together.

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I cannot wait to see how you use this fun die cutting for memory keeping idea in your next crafty project.


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