One more day until our summer issue hits our website, which means we have one last challenge for you to create with! This one is full of summer fun, in the form of a cut file! Let’s check out how design team member Lisa Dickinson created with our new June 2021 cut file, and get inspired to add this challenge to your creative to-do list this weekend! 


Hello SCT fans! It’s Lisa Dickinson here today with a cut file challenge inspired by the summer issue. Here’s the cut file that I’m creating with, and that we would love to share with YOU! The adorable summer-themed circle cut file from Paige Evans is a free download from SCT and is sure to add the perfect seasonal touch to your warm-weather creations!

Download this free cut file HERE!

To celebrate the kick-off of summer vacation, I wanted a bright, colorful layout and there’s nothing like a rainbow to pack a colorful punch! I used 1-inch strips of cardstock (but a colorful striped patterned paper would work as well!) I love smooth cardstock from CTMH and they have a huge assortment of colors, perfect for creating a rainbow:

Supplies | Cardstock, patterned paper: Close To My Heart; Tags: American Crafts; Cut file: Scrapbook & Cards Today; Rhinestones: Creative Charms; Die cutting machine: Silhouette Cameo; Adhesive: American Crafts; Other: sequins

This cut file was ideal for reinforcing my summer theme with the cute flip flop, sunglasses, swimsuits, and starfish icons! After reducing the original 4-circle file to about 5 inches wide, I copied and pasted it three additional times to create a grid of circles for my background. Then, I just welded the design together before cutting it from white cardstock. 

To make the summer icons stand out a bit more, I backed them with patterned papers that coordinated with the background stripes. It’s a subtle difference but adds a bit of pattern and a different color hue to help them pop!

Before I adhered the last red stripe, I typed out my journaling about 10” wide across the cardstock. Then I cut the final 1” strip and adhered it to the bottom edge of the page. A few gold embellishments finished the design!

If you’ve got summer projects on your mind, be sure to download this cute file and have fun creating!

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What an awesome new cut file, and such a wonderful way to use it! We LOVE Lisa’s rainbow design! What will you create using our free cut file? Be sure that you come up with an idea so that you can enter yourself to win our grand prize this week:

How about a year-long print subscription to our magazine? You’ll be able to flip through all four inspiring issues in your crafty space or on the go! If you’re already a current subscriber, we will extend your subscription for a further year. Here’s how you can enter to win this prize:

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. Create any project using the cut file above;
  2. Submit an image of your creation to us (must be under 2mb!) at
  3. Put “Summer Issue Cut File Challenge” in your reference line;
  4. Submit your entry by Wednesday, June 30th, at 11:59 pm ET. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Saturday, July 3rd.

Be sure to join us here on the blog tomorrow for our summer issue release, as well as on our Facebook page, where SCT founder, Catherine and Jen Tryon will be sharing a special Facebook Live walkthrough of the issue!

Head HERE to the Facebook event to RSVP so that you don’t miss it!