Sizzix Tutorial | The Story of Us Layout by Jan Hobbins

Hi everyone, Jan here today with a Sizzix Tutorial.  I recently came across these photos of my in-laws and  couldn't wait to scrapbook them using dies from the new Sizzix 50's collection by Jen Long.

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I think my father-in-law looks a little like Elvis in these photos, what do you think?


Starting with this paper from Simple Stories, I applied a light grey chalk ink with a burlap stencil.

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I also applied a yellow spray in a few areas and in some areas, used a dot stencil when applying.

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When using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Big Ticket Bigz die next, I used the the magnetic ejection foam inside, so my paper was easy to remove.  These Movers and Shapers Bigz dies can also be used with the small magnetic dies inside, to create shaped windows or cutouts within the large dies.  This die also has a fold line around the inner edge, so I replaced one of my cutting pads from my "sandwich" with a Premium Crease Pad.  This pad can be used when your die has crease or fold lines to allow a deeper crease, not a cut. So your sandwich would be; cutting pad, die, paper and then crease pad.  Your die still cuts out where it should, but the crease pad allows more give where it creases.  Hope I've explained this o.k.!

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I also cut out a small tag and bread tag using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Small Tag die.  I lightly sanded the fold lines and the edges of the ticket die-cut and inked the edges of my tags.  I tied a small piece of ribbon to the tag and then adhered these pieces to my background paper.  I then adhered both my photos at different angles on top of these, as in my photo.

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Now to cut out my 50's car and route marker from the Sizzix Vintage Car Thinlits die.  Love that these dies come with their own plastic envelope!

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To die-cut these, I used my Sizzix Magnetic Platform and two acrylic plates for my sandwich.  Love this platform, it can be used with any wafer thin dies.

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These thinlit dies cut out little markings to show detail and also to show you where to place the extra little die-cut pieces.  My car body was cut out with grey card stock and the small pieces (bumper, tires, and lights) were cut out using Ranger's Metal foil adhesive backed paper. The road sign was cut out with wood grain patterned paper and black card stock.  I used a glue pen to adhere the small pieces. A Xyron sticker maker works great for those small pieces too.

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After my die-cut shapes were assembled, I adhered them with adhesive and added pop-dots under the car.  To finish off my layout, I added in some car embellishments from Prima and hand cut flowers from my paper collection.

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Hope you enjoyed my tutorial!  Maybe you have some old photos too, that would go great with these dies!

Thanks for stopping by,


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Other Supplies Used:

  • Simple Stories, The Story of Us paper collection
  • Cardstock
  • Adhesive backed foil paper
  • Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass and Picket Fence Distress Paint- mixed together and put in a spray bottle
  • Prima Junkyard Findings Car Parts
  • Adhesive
  • Pop-dots
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Prima Chalk Ink
  • May Arts Ribbon

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