Hello to all you scrappers, I wish you all a very happy interNational Scrapbooking Day!
International Scrapbooking Day, or iNSD, is one of two annual scrapbooking celebrations (the other is Digital Scrapbooking Day in the fall). One thing I enjoy about iNSD is that it’s a day to celebrate both digital and paper scrapbooking, so for me it’s a fun reminder to check out what my fellow scrappers are up to over in the land of paper scraps. I got my start with paper scrapbooking, but I only did pocket scrapping back then. I feel so inspired when I see the magical creations people make out of real physical paper, and get all, “How did they do that? And all with no ‘undo’ button? Look, real shadows, wow!” And then I want to go figure out how to make it digitally, which is sometimes easier and sometimes much more complicated.
Recently I’ve been coming across some gorgeous paper layouts online featuring elaborate die cut backgrounds, often combined with a “paper pieced” look using patterned papers behind the die cut shape. I love this bold, geometric look, and thought it would be fun for us digital scrappers to get in on the action! Creating these geometric patterns requires some math and plenty of attention to detail – luckily that stuff is fun for me (I’m a nerd, what can I say?) so I felt inspired to whip up a few templates so we can have our own “digital die cuts.” These Die Cut Templates released on Pixel Scrapper today. I’ve been having so much playing with them, and I can’t wait to see what you guys make with them!
I also have a digital die cut gift for you today, a fun little freebie to celebrate the holiday and our shared love of scrapbooking. Use these die cut pocket cards to commemorate the day – perhaps along with a screenshot of an overstuffed and heavily discounted shopping cart at your favorite online scrap shop? Click the preview to download.
Something I love about these die cut templates is that they have a kind of magic to them that feels different than the average template. The die cutting process sometimes has the look of something revealed (like in the Scrap Scrap Scrap card above – wouldn’t it be pretty with glitter or foil behind the cut-outs?), and sometimes has a look reminiscent of paper-piecing in quilt making (like my layout below, using the Scales template). Die cut templates can be a way to feature a bunch of beautiful papers without things looking too busy or out of control.
Here’s some delicious die cut inspiration from the Scrumptiously creative team!