Fill in that negative space tutorial with designer Stacy Cohen!

Fill in that negative space tutorial with designer Stacy Cohen!

Happy Wednesday SCT friends!  We are excited to have designer Stacy Cohen joining us today. If you read our summer issue you may remember Stacy's beautiful artwork in our reader's gallery which was our Publisher's Pick! 


We're so glad Stacy could join us today with a wonderful tutorial on filling in the negative space! She does that so well.  Please join us in welcoming Stacy!

"Hi everyone! Stacy Cohen here.  I’m thrilled to be a guest on the SCT blog today!  Summer is winding down and the kids are starting to head back to school.  One of my daughters went back to school this week, and my other daughter goes back next week.  I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to summer yet, so to keep the lazy-hazy-days-of-summer feeling going, I decided to scrap some summer photos.


I sometimes like to play around with the negative space on my projects by cutting or punching out shapes and filling the cut-out spaces with paper, washi tape or embellishments.  On this layout I filled the spaces with strips of torn patterned paper to mimic the water in the photos.  Here’s how I did it.

1.  I cut circles from a piece of cardstock.  These days there are many manual and electric cutting tools that will allow you to cut shapes from the center of a piece of paper.  I actually did it the old school way.  Yep, that’s right . . . I used my Coluzzle!


2.  I placed the circle-cut cardstock on top of another piece of cardstock and traced the circles onto the bottom sheet.


3.  I grabbed a variety of scraps from my paper scraps drawer and tore small strips, allowing the white core of the paper to show along the edge.  This is a great way to use up paper scraps!


4.  Using the traced circles as guides, I adhered layers of the patterned paper and lace strips to the bottom sheet.


5.  I stitched around the circles on the top sheet using coordinating colors of embroidery floss.  I then adhered the top sheet to the bottom sheet.  I used 3D adhesive to give the layers some depth. 


Thank you for letting me join you today. I hope you enjoy the last few weeks of summer! 

~  Stacy Cohen




  1. Jennifer Reynard August 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Totally brilliant idea!!! Love the ebroidery floss sewn around the circles, and the shabby chic look of the torn paper and lace! A labour of love, but totally worth the end result!! Again, Brilliant idea!!! 🙂

  2. Kathy Skou August 13, 2014 at 10:15 am

    These are both fabulous!!!!

  3. barbara macaskill August 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Love this idea!! The butterfly one that was in the magazine has me mesmerized! LOVELOVELOVE it!! THe circles are pretty cool also! TFS!

  4. {vicki} August 13, 2014 at 11:33 am

    The first layout is the BEST thing I’ve seen on the internet today!
    Love the SPLASH in the 2nd one too!

  5. Renee VanEpps August 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Oh so beautiful!!! LOVE the texture and interest from the ripped paper and washi tape!! TFS

  6. Amber M. August 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    What a fabulous idea – I LOVE it!!! Thanks for the inspiration, Stacy!

  7. Kathy P. August 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    WOW! These are some awesome ideas today! Love them both….thank you so much for sharing these great ideas!!

  8. Darlene Satkewich August 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    What a terrific idea and a great way to use up scraps! I love,love,love the butterfly layout! So very awesome!!!

  9. hellerlittle August 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    what a great Idea !!!
    Love how it Looks ;o)
    Will give it a try real soon on my Cards
    CU hellerlittle

  10. Jean Marmo August 13, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Just amazing work from Stacy!

  11. Suzi Metcalfe August 13, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Great idea! I like negative spaces, too. I can see mimicking this on a card. TFS!

  12. Cynthia B. August 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Gosh, these pages are PRETTY! Love the butterflies on the first, and the gorgeous texture inside the circles on the second. Fabulous work!!

  13. Deepa Lakshman August 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Love the look of the torn paper. Great idea.

  14. stacie D August 13, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Stacy, love the ideas on the negative space! Great LOs!

  15. TracyM #6773 August 14, 2014 at 6:27 am

    WOW wow WOW
    STUNNING pair of layouts Stacy!!!
    TOTALLY AWESOME tutorial too – I feel SO INSPIRED and look forward to trying this CCOL negative space technique – THANK YOU!!!

  16. Greta H August 15, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Over the top creative & wonderful!

  17. Lynda August 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    This is such an original idea & I just love it!

  18. Leanne Cyr August 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Stunning layouts, Stacy. Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration.

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