With this layout, the Silhouette was very handy but you can still do it if you don't have a die cutting machine. I cut 36 2" squares with the machine so they would be exact. Then I designed the quarter circle in Silhouette, duplicated it 5 times (all that is needed with double sided paper if using both sides), and cut out out several patterns. It was inspired by a quilt I saw online by Mandy P., Fabric Paper Glue. You can see it here. She calls this a Drunken Path pattern. This layout is about the second I caught my son giving my daughter a little hug while they watched their Portable North Pole videos - I think he was so overcome with joy (cause he was on the good list, I think he was holding his breath a little there) that he gave her a hug. He NEVER does stuff like that. This was made using mostly Amy Tangerine and a little Garden Cafe.
I drew the stars in Silhouette. Each center square is 2" and each star point is 1/2" wide, adding up to a full 12" complete horizontal row. Again, you don't have to have a machine. You can find a pattern online and trace it or draw your own - especially if you have some grid paper. It was inspired by this quilt here at Quilting With Roxanne. I typed the journaling in Word and set the line spacing really close. I printed it out and used one of the negative star shapes from one of the sheets of paper that had been cut with the Silhouette as a pattern to trace around the journaling. I used Ali Edwards' files for the titlework - I used "wishes" on the photo and opened "birthday" in Silhouette, traced it, then cut it out. I used all Chap supplies for this one.
This card is based on a Double Wedding Ring pattern. I found a free pattern online, opened it in Silhouette, traced it, then cut it out and used that for a pattern to cut the curved pieces by hand. The Hello sticker fit just perfectly in that spot I thought! This is all from Garden Cafe.
This is the altered project I made. I had this cigar box but the top was a really ugly faded mustard/brown color. I like mustard yellow but this was weird. I wanted to use AC paper to cover the top. The top pattern is based on a Triple Irish Chain. Again, I cut all the squares in Silhouette for accuracy. I used a mixture of Chap and Garden Cafe - they mix in a cool way I think. I drilled a hole in the top and added a bronze knob on top so my son could get it open easier (although I have kind of kept it for myself with jewelry in it for now, it does say "treasures"??? right? I think it will eventually make it's way to his dresser though ;) ) Along the front I added a strip of chevron and a chipboard frame with, like I said, the phrase "Trinkets & Treasures." I really didn't think it needed much more than that!
I hope maybe you've been inspired by something I've shared and will try a quilt pattern on your next project if you haven't yet!