Pixel to Page: Time Flies (How to turn template elements into cut files)

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking, Tutorials26 Comments

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Be still, my heart. It is true, you know, that the days are long but the years are short. I have been immersed in nostalgia as I prepare for my son’s high school graduation in less than a month. I decided to create a layout using some of the photos that appeared on his graduation announcement. I started this hybrid page with a digital template that I designed this week:

Today I have a video showing you how to take any element from a layered template and create your own custom cut file. Many of my templates include titles that have been designed and converted to graphics. I do this because I create titles with paid fonts and without the conversion, they won’t read on your computer unless you, too, own the font. I got the idea to convert this title and wanted to show you how it works! I use Silhouette Studio in this tutorial, but I would guess the process could work very similarly in any electronic cutting software.

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Today’s Pixel to Page video includes about 12 minutes of digital tutorial and about 12 of the physical page building process! Enjoy!

I was not able to find links for the KI Memories star paper. That paper has been in my stash since the early 2000s. The woodgrain paper is from the Gimme Some Sugar kit from Close to My Heart.

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I really love the notebook border on this layout. I’ve never used anything like this before and my Silhouette is really getting a workout!

This design could easily be adapted to a 12 x 12 canvas. Simply create the page as shown and mount the page onto a 12 x 12 piece of coordinating cardstock. The result? Great design in the middle framed by glorious white space!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’m sure I’ll have more layouts coming about Cole and this final year of high school!

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Cathy ZielskePixel to Page: Time Flies (How to turn template elements into cut files)

26 Comments on “Pixel to Page: Time Flies (How to turn template elements into cut files)”

    1. #2.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Thanks, Karen! I feel like I just discovered that I can do scrapbook videos! That’s a whole new world!

  1. #3
    Keianna

    Great layout about Cole. Always love your templates, clean design and focus on the story. I can always add more embellies if I want.

  2. #4
    CarrieH

    Love this layout-thanks. I’ll be copying this one tonight about my son and track, so very timely, thanks. This is a big month for you, mama-wise. Two grads are almost too much to bear in the emotions department, so be good to yourself. My oldest is graduating college in a few days, then moving away to grad school. Hard on our mom hearts, even though we are so grateful they are moving forward. Take care and remember to breathe.

    1. #4.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Will do! Hang in there, you! My girl is moving back to the Twin Cities for law school and is planning to come home every Sunday for dinner. Makes me so freaking happy.

  3. #5
    DorothyCC

    This is an awesome tutorial! It never occurred to me that you could convert an element from a digital template into a cut file. And I loved how you paired an early photo with a current photo of your son in a simple, but powerful, layout that documents the passage of time. Thanks so much!

    1. #5.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Thank YOU for stopping by! The passage of time pages are some of my favorite. The power of story with imageโ€ฆย it’s why I scrapbook.

  4. #7
    Shelley

    Kind of an off topic question…..but not really…..how do you spray multiple items in your spray box w/o getting the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th copies sticky on the front from sitting/touching the bottom of the box? TIA! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. #7.1
      Cathy Zielske

      GREAT question. So here’s what I do: get one piece of copy paper, lay it down in the box, put my die cut towards the back, and spray. Next die cut, move to the front corner of the paper. Repeat.

      Then I flip the paper over, and repeat. Then I just leave the paper in their to dry and recycle it later!

  5. #8
    Karen

    Love this and will be coming back to it to learn how to convert digital files to cut files. Genius and thanks for sharing.

    On a side note – I know first hand how all this change feels – and it’s tough on a Mama’s heart – but the years and adventures ahead are so good. And while you will miss these “simpler” days, the reward of seeing them fly and soar is priceless. Hold on to your hat – good times age ahead!

  6. #9
    Karen

    Love this and will be coming back to it to learn how to convert digital files to cut files. Genius and thanks for sharing.

    On a side note – I know first hand how all this change feels – and it’s tough on a Mama’s heart – but the years and adventures ahead are so good. And while you will miss these “simpler” days, the reward of seeing them fly and soar is priceless. Hold on to your hat – good times are ahead!

    1. #10.1
      Cathy Zielske

      You do??? The Stars? With the yellow on the back? OH, how I wish they still made paper! So loved that company!

  7. #11
    Vanessa

    I already said that on Instagram, but thanks for sharing this tips !! I’ve been quite down at the moment with scrapbooking and this gives me the thing I’ve been missing for the last couple of month to craft again !! So again, thank you !!

  8. #12
    Julia Sandvoss

    Love this Cathy as I’ve been back at my craft table working on scrapbook pages. I tell you having a career in this industry has pulled me away from what I love… scrapbooking. But I’ve found the passion again and feel the pull to my table daily. And you should see the HUGE container I have been hanging onto with tons of papers, stickers from Ki Memories. Massive! I have that paper along with many others from that line. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Even the chipboard letters! I think I now need to pull some out and use a few from my stash. Please keep up the scrapbook videos! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. #12.1
      Cathy Zielske

      I so wish they would come back and make stuff! It’s so hard to be a small player in the big scrapbooking industry. I loved their designs and yes, still have so many in my stash!

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