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Creating a Layout with a 12 x 12 Photo - so many possibilities!

Updated: Mar 13


Hi everyone, Faye here from Twilight Crafts Design Team. This month, I decided to try something completely new... scrapping with a 12 x 12 photo... and a cutfile! This was a brave move, as each photo costs around £4 to print (from Postsnap)... so choosing your photos wisely (and hoping the digital cutting machine works it's magic) is good advice. I have since found that Asda online photo printing is around £3, so it's worth doing some research if you want to give this technique a go.


I found that 12 x 12 photos of scenery work best with the digital cutfiles. In this layout, I scrapbooked a trip to beautiful Shearwater. I first tried the grid cutfile which gave the most awesome effect. On the first layout I used the internal squares of the grid cutfile from my cut photo and then used a black and white cardstock grid (offset to create a 3D effect) to lay in between the photo squares. Each of the photo squares were raised up slightly using foam pads to add dimension. It gave a really cool effect and I will certainly be using this technique again (possibly with some summer holiday pictures I have of sunset on the beach).


What I also loved about using a 12 x 12 photo for a scrapbook layout, is that you can then also use a smaller photo of a person/family to tell the story of where you were. In this layout, I took a small 2 x 3 inch photo (printed from Postsnap) to add to the layout. All finished off with a few clusters of embellishments.

In the next 12 x 12 photo layout, I decided to scrap a photo of a magical Christmas evening to see the Stourhead Christmas lights. I used the Jennywren Camera Shutter Lense cutfile

and then used foam pads to raise the middle pieces of the cutfile. I was then able to scrap the photo of the group I was with, and added a few embellishments. On this type of layout, the photos really do most of the work, so you really don't need to add too much to finish them off.

I used a few Bramble Fox perspextives and some sparkly black alphas. This style layout would also work well with the shutter lense cutfile cut from card with the photo parts layered in the centre. So many possibilities when using a 12 x 12 photo with a cutfile!


I use a Brother Scan and Cut machine and found the blade needed to be set to approximately 3 to get a good cut. It's always wise to do a test cut on an old photo if you can!


If you have been thinking of giving this a go, I'd love to see what you make...!


If you would like some more ideas about how to use a 12 x 12 photo, you can hop over to our You Tube channel (and we'd love you to hit subscribe). Debbie and I do a weekly live every Thursday at 8pm, where we aim to explore new techniques using Jennywren Cutfiles.


In my final 12 x 12 photo layout, I discovered that I could use the grid layout photo leftovers to create a new layout - waste not, want not (particularly when the photo costs so much to print!!)


I decided to use the actual grid that was leftover from layout 1. Whilst the image itself didn't fully shine, it still made a great effect and again, I could use smaller photos of the trip to preserve those special memories. For this third layout, I used one of the Vicki Boutin pre-made mixed media background papers.

Our 'Scrap into Spring' cyber crop is taking place from 11th - 18th April on our Facebook Group Twilight Crop and Craft. This will be a week long online crafting event, with daily challenges, live craft alongs and prize giveaways!


Finally, if you live in the Bristol area (or are close enough to travel) we have our monthly crops and a 12 hour in person crop coming up in August! The event will be taking place at Olveston Primary School, BS35 4DB from 9am - 9pm. You can book your place here. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!



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