Hand Cut Titles – Friend or Foe?

#the20project with Alison Day Designs

Welcome back to my version of The 20 Project.

To find out more about The 20 Project please visit Shimelle Laine’s blog. This is her concept that I am using as inspiration to get my own projects finished while challenging myself along the way. Shaking up the ordinary processes. Working out the cobwebs. Rediscovering old products. It is all going to happen during this project!

If this is your first visit to my blog then welcome, and if you’d like to check out all the posts in this series you can start here. At the end of that post is a link to the next one so you can keep going until you reach the end or today’s post – whichever is sooner. Enjoy! If you’re inspired to try something similar I highly encourage you to buy Shimelle’s class too. She has some pretty great prompts that I know I don’t have. And heck, she is way more interesting to watch than I am!! LOL!

Today the bowl prompted me to use a hand cut title on my layout. Gack! I love my Thickers and other letter stickers so much I hardly ever think about using something other than that. So this week’s challenge was just that – a challenge! Not one to shy away though, I got stuck in.

See for yourself how it came together.

All in all, I think it worked well. Is it something I’m going to do a lot of in the future? Not sure. There is an argument for continuing to use the same techniques, as well as supplies, throughout an album to keep the flow balanced. But I’m not sure I’m that fussed about it for this particular album. Since my supplies are so similar page to page, I think there is room for a bit more freedom for things like layout and technique. Once this album is finished I’ll do a flip through and you can be the judge, okay?

For now, here is the finished layout.

Hello 5 Months by Alison Day Designs

The green of the journaling card was my first challenge with this layout. The greens in the baby themed products I’d set aside ages ago, were fresher. Luckily, in my paper rack was this sheet of Echo Park Dots and Stripes that was a good match. Adding all the pink touches helps keep that colour front and centre in this album. I don’t want to turn the page after looking at several lovely pink layouts accented with creams and yellows, to a sudden hit of olive green!


I’m really happy with my smaller embellishment groups lately. Nothing against larger ones with lots of layers and different pieces in them! It’s just a nice change. Plus it makes the layout come together so much faster!


I’m glad I decided to outline the ‘5’. It probably would have been fine as it was, but the outline helps it to stand out. The 5 is now easily read as part of the title, not a background element.

Oh, and in case it wasn’t clear in the video – the awkwardness I was referring to with the placement of the 5 was how you can see both the pink ombre paper, and the green polka dot background paper. Some designers don’t like that look. They’d rather have only one patterned showing in that negative space of the curve in the 5. Normally I’m in that camp too, but today I decided not to let it bug me. It was more important to have it placed there so that both the stamped ‘hello’ and the letters of ‘months’ could over lap it. If I’d moved the ‘5’ to the left so only the pink paper was in that curve, then too much of the photo would have been covered up. If I’d moved it to the right, it would have been floating in the middle of the page too much. I wanted it to connect the photo, papers, and journaling box so it had to stay where it was. Negative space be damned!

Hello 5 Months by Alison Day Designs

Well that’s all I have for you this week. What will come out of the bowl next week do you think?

Have a great rest of your weekend. See you soon!

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