The Cut File Challenge – Week 5: Silhouette “Back to School Apple”

Welcome to week #5 of The Cut File Challenge! This week I am using this cute cut file from the Silhouette Studio called “Back to School Apple” by Sarah Bailey.


Design ID #64855


And here’s how I used this cut file on a recent layout…


I challenged myself to use an image that was a bit more themed (not my typical style). And to my surprise, I really like it! I created this layout to commemorate my family’s first year of homeschooling. We are very excited for this new adventure and equally nervous! As with any layout that I do about my daughter, I wanted this one to be fun and whimsical.


I started by cutting the image with my Silhouette Cameo. I used red and green cardstock because I wanted to layer the green stem on the red apple. I’m in no way a “cut file layering pro” so this was a stretch for me! I’m still unsure how I feel about it!

NOTE: You don’t need to purchase this specific cut file to create a similar look. You can find “back to school cut files” by doing a simple Google search.


Since the apple served as my title, I added the word “not” so the title now reads “Not Back to School”. This is homeschool lingo to refer to the fact that homeschool children will not technically go back to school in the traditional sense. However, many homeschool families have back to school rituals to celebrate the start of their homeschool year. (I’m learning as I go!)


For this layout I used a custom kit that I made for my new class, Make the Kit – A Mini Course. I layered several patterned papers behind my photos. To the layers I added twine, a wood veneer number and star, enamel dots, and a tab.

Next, I created an embellishment cluster toward the bottom left of the layout to include washi tape, frames, the Back to School Apple cut file, die cuts, a wood veneer star and arrow, as well as enamel dots.



  • Pattern Paper – Pink Paislee Memorandum Paper Pack
  • White Cardstock – Neena Bright White Cardstock
  • Washi Tape – Target Dollar Spot
  • Frames – (from my stash)
  • Wood Veneer Stars – Studio Calico
  • Wood Veneer Arrow – Studio Calico
  • Wood Veneer Number 1 – Scraptastic Club Exclusive
  • Tab – Scraptastic Club Exclusive
  • Enamel Dots – Simple Stories Rad Collection
  • Phrase Labels “Beginnings” and “Childhood” – McIntosh Little Bits by Bella Blvd
  • Red and White Twine – American Crafts

And here’s the process video for this layout! I hope you are pulling out your electronic cutting machines and trying out a few of these cut files! I’ll see you next week for Week 6 of the Cut File Challenge! Thanks for stopping by!




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