Hi Everyone, Wow...it’s July already! That means we have another month of fab challenges ahead of us. This month I am excited to be hosting a Random Challenge which I am calling ‘CUT OUT FANCIES’. I thought it would be fun to start cutting out negative space in our pages to create some bold eye catching design tricks in our digital projects; just as paper scrappers do in theirs when they use svg.files. In paper scrapping the svg.file has become a popular way to add cut outs of pattern, quotes, titles and niches. No more laborious fussy cutting when you can use a cut file! But in digital scrapping its even easier to create that same look, and something we probably do often without realising it. CHALLENGE CRITERIA: So, this month, lets really make our CUT-OUTS sing and add some cut out negative space in our digital project. This technique is a fun way to enhance your page and create some extra special scrappy artworks. You could use a word art, quote or type a title to use as a mask to create a negative space cut out from your background paper. Maybe try a repeat pattern to cut out a bold background. Use a shape as a mask to house a photo, flair button or any other element of your choice. Then layer a solid or pattern paper underneath to create a peek’a’boo effect. Whatever you choose, the combination is entirely up to you so long as you incorporate a minimum of 2 UNIQUE cut outs in your page. In my page below, I have cut out some [Organic Shapes], to house some mixed media bits along with a [Title], I fashioned from a word art. I then added a [Block Border] and some ‘+’ signs scattered for added interest. Digital Credits: TALK TO ME KIT | Allison Pennington FRAMES & STUFF V.2 | Allison Pennington ARTSY BITS 12 | Lynne-Marie Designs MAKING YOUR MARK WORD ART | Li Li Wee For extra inspiration I have put together a Pinterest Board 'CUT OUT FANCIES'. It’s filled with lots of great cut out design ideas and some TLP product I pulled from the shop that could be handy to use in your project. I also pinned some great tutorials found on the web outlining different ways to create a punched/ cut out shape in your page. Remember our monthly challenge rules: Your page must contain at least 75% Lilypad product. Your page should be posted to the Lilypad Gallery and then linked to the JULY Challenge Layouts thread so it can be tracked, and to this thread. The Lilypad uses a percent system for our challenges; the number of challenges you participate in determines the store discount you will receive at the end of the month: 2 challenges = 10% off 4 challenges = 20% off 6 challenges = 30% off If you complete 7 challenges, you will receive a coupon for 30% off, plus you will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate from the Lilypad! The first seven challenges will be posted on the first of the month; the eighth challenge is the BYOC challenge, which is posted on BYOC release day. Each page counts for one challenge (you cannot use one layout for multiple challenges). I can't wait to see your fancy CUT OUT pages in the gallery!