I will be honest and admit that when I cut out this latest file, I had absolutely no idea what project I was going to use it for. I cut it out and and I was so excited about the file and the idea and then I was like.... but what am I going to use it for? I knew I needed and wanted a project to showcase the new cut file for the shop but how to choose what to use in it?
I seriously considered using photos from our trip to Disney last year and I think I will still make one using those images. But there are SOOOO many images to choose from that the task just felt daunting. I remembered I had already started narrowing down some photos that I want to use on a mini book about our most recent Road Trip to Maine so I knew that folder would only have a few (relatively speaking - when compared to 3000 originals)and I decided to go there. As I progressed through my photo selections I ended up deciding to use only pictures of us. Either selfie's (we always take the selfie stick with us!) or shots we took of each other.
There is one picture that doesn't have our faces, only my feet, but technically I am in the picture. :) Plus I just really wanted to use it. The name of our trip written in the sand was kind of a subtitle for the project in my mind.
Above is the finished project. It is not attached to a background paper and because of the way the file works, there really isn't a "top". I used the photo template (I originally made it to make my life easier while working on this project and decided I had to include it in with the cut file!) to print my photos and then I cut them out with scissors. Using the silhouette just seemed a bit like overkill for just cutting out the pictures so I cut them out, decided in what order I wanted them and just taped those suckers on the back of the template using washi tape.
Next I placed the journaling template onto my background piece and used a bit of washi to hold it in place. (Washi is handy stuff but I often use it for something other than what it was meant for - you too right?) Then I did my journaling - just write then spin, write then spin until I had each photo documented. Finally I simply removed the template and I'm left with all of my journaling in perfect alignment.
Next I took the top "spinner" and placed it on top. There are tiny center holes in both the front and back pieces that you can use to put your brad into so that they line up perfectly. I attached the piece and tested it out - I had to see how it worked and it worked beautifully!
Finally I did my embellishing. Not too much because with so many images, too many embellishments could make it look a little crazy I think. But I used these number wood veneers that I think came in a December Daily kit and the adventure wood veneer from Heidi Swapp. I decided to add the little tab as a handle of sorts to make the spinning easier and I love how it turned out.
There are a few other nautical themed die cuts/stickers that came from a Just Jaimee digital planner sticker kit for August that I bought from the Lily-Pad online store and printed and cut with my silhouette of course. That's it. By the time I was finished, this had become a project I loved instead of just one I made to showcase the cut file.
I'm already planning that second one using Disney pictures - I can picture it in my head and can't wait.