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Let’s Stay Home – 12×12 Layout

The wonderful Paige Taylor Evans is offering a free digital cut file on her Facebook Page, and I wanted to share with you today my version of this and how it turned out.

If you’re not familiar with Paige, she is one of my idols in the paper crafting industry! Not only are her paper collections always so amazing and versatile, she also shares the most gorgeous creations too on her YouTube channel. I’m always inspired by her products and projects, which leads me to my project share today.

Lots of crafters are sharing free designs, ideas, cut files etc – this is in response to the global pandemic we are currently experiencing – where may people are being asked to self-isolate, or are in lock-down in their hometowns.

This is such a generous gesture and I only wish I had something to share to help others create too.

The Let’s Stay Home sentiment, resonated with me, and I spent Sunday afternoon creating this layout.


  • To start with I cut out the file using silver glitter cardstock – I really wanted the words to stand out
  • I used the Truly Grateful collection by Pink Paislee [one of Paige’s collections], as I really do feel truly grateful at this time and consider how fortunate I am compared to many
  • The background 12×12 sheet was from my stash, American Crafts I believe
  • Each part of the cut file was backed with a different sheet from a 6×8 paper pad – I really like to use these smaller pads as the patterns are smaller and really stand out more inside the cut file images.
  • Once I’d glued this temporarily place, I added ephemera around the letters, mainly flowers, in coordinating colours
  • There were some off-cuts of patterned paper which I punched with a couple of different border punches, then tucked underneath some of the letters.
  • I also added some of the puffy stickers, so my overall title reads ‘this Lets Stay Home now story’, adding ‘now’ in the centre of the O in the word home.
  • I used 3 different stitches across each row of words to secure in place, then also stitched over the puffy stickers as you can see above

I also stitched down all of the die cut pieces, using a zig zag stitch in the centre.

Random stitching in the ‘empty’ spaces on the layout added to the overall stitched look, as well as drawing an outline around the entire layout in white pen

As I had lots of thread off-cuts, I decided to try my hand at tucking these in the layout too – aka Missy Whidden style. She makes it looks so effortless, while mine seems like a bit of thread got left my accident

It was a couple of hours well spent in my Craft Room – crafting is always so therapeutic, especially in these difficult times we’re living in. I’d encourage you to also make time for yourself and create something, anything. It allows you to disconnect from the world and the news for a while, while you recharge and re-energise.

This is now hanging pride of place in my Craft Room – until I find time to do another


Free Cut File –

*Cricut Maker –

*Pink Paislee – Truly Grateful Collection –

*Nuvo Adhesive –

*We R Memory Keepers Detail Scissors –