Canada Day Cut File Fun

Happy Saturday!

Hey, it’s still Saturday where I live for a whole … two and a half hours! It’s been a busy but fun day for us. House cleaning chores in the morning (with amazingly few arguments), then got to watch my eldest play field hockey in a tournament, then got to Find Dory with my brother and his family. I’d say that’s a good enough excuse for posting late, wouldn’t you?

Tomorrow we are hosting a birthday party for my father-in-law and I think the weather will cooperate enough for me to barbeque. I love summer for that. The kids may have two and a bit more days of school (dismissal at 10:30 on Wednesday, say what?!) but it already feels like summer. How about where you are? Are you already in full summer mode?

Thinking of summer got me looking at the calendar and counting the days til certain holidays. The first big party of the season is Canada Day which falls on a Friday this year. To me that screams “family barbeque”! I love getting together with family and friends for Canada Day. Last year we didn’t but still had a fun day. And the weather was amazing! I made a layout featuring a couple photos from the day and I think it’s a good time to share it with you. Oh, and I’ve added the cut file at the end of the post as a little early Canada Day present. Enjoy!

Oh Canada by Alison Day

I loved the photo of me and my middle daughter. The sun flare adds a great texture that I could never have achieved with a filter!

The title and the three maple leaves are die cut from the white card stock. The top and bottom leaves are pockets filled with red sequins, and the middle one holds a photo of my tattoo.

Don’t worry, it was only a temporary one! The girls were getting them so I figured, why not?


Here’s a closer shot of the sequin filled pocket. I didn’t pop it up so the sequins don’t shake around like in a shaker card, but they do move. I love the shimmer they give and the lovely texture they add.


The top left corner was feeling a bit naked compared the bottom right with all the layers of paper under the photo, so I added a couple strips of patterned paper, a word strip and a couple brads. That little bit of embellishment helps to balance the layout.


Here you can see the cut file better.


After I’d put the layout together I wished I had cut another maple leaf out above the photo box. But it was a bit late to run this through my Silhouette again so I used one of the leaves that I’d removed when I created the negative leaf shapes, stuck it to a piece of red paper then hand cut it out to create the matted look you see here. Not perfect but I think it works! Now I had a little spot for my journaling and to put the year.

Would you like to create a layout like this too? Well, you can! Here’s a .png of the image and a link to the cut file.

Oh Canada by Alison Day Designs

If you make a layout with it, please credit me when you post it online. Also, I’d love to see it! Leave me a link here in the comments or post it to my Facebook Page.

Cheers! Happy Summer/Canada Day/Sunday everyone!

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2 Responses to Canada Day Cut File Fun

  1. Libby Wiers says:

    I am WAY behind with my email…computer issues and conferences away from the computer…
    This is a wonderful layout, but I think I need a cut file tutorial… YouTube??
    Thanks for sharing.

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