I really waited quite a while before getting my Silhouette cameo. Today I can't scrapbook without it, but I know it isn't always easy to invest in such equipment. Before buying the Silhouette I wanted to create the same look and found few ways to do just that.
1. Use the negatives of sticker / chipboard sheets.
2. Use punches and punch out along the border. Another idea is to punch out a design, take a larger punch and punch over it (I used this technique for the butterflies in circles situated at the top and bottom of my layout).
On my layout I used die cuts from Studio Calico on the photos. I would usually cut similar ones out using my cameo but sometimes I don't have the time and I really love using products like these.You get several in a packet and there is a huge variaty of frames in the TwoPeas store. ( click here )
I also used a border punch, the negative space of a butterfly sticker sheet and some left over chipboard. I love the effect it creates and it also enables me to use up all those leftover scraps.
The card was created using an EK success border punch and a scalloped circle punch. It took me 10 minutes to create. I wouldn't have been able to use my cameo in that time frame.
Have a closer look at your supplies and you'll be surprised to see how many products you can use to create that "Silhouette/Die cut machine" look.
Happy scrapping, Lilith