Sunday, June 17, 2018

"Party Animal" with Kira

Hey crafty friends!  It's Kira and I am back with a 12x12 scrapbook layout with all the tropical feels!  Did you see this adorable toucan that was released on May 31st from The Cut Shoppe?!  The second I saw him, I knew he was going to go on one of my scrapbook layouts. 

The picture I chose to scrap is sort of far fetched in the connection to the toucan...but bear with me here.  When we moved into our house back in November, my husband and I were being woken up almost daily but this loud hooting owl at around 2-3am.  We had never had an owl live in such close proximity to us, so instead of being irritated, we were actually kind of intrigued!  So I search the internet trying to figure out what kind of owl it might be.  And based on the sound of the hoots (the owl call? I'm not sure what you'd call them!) we figured it was a Great Horned Owl.

Fast forward to May, no more hooting, the owl must have moved, right?  Maybe not!  While playing with my kids outside, I came across this large brown and white striped feather.  I thought at first maybe a hawk?  But the internet is super helpful when trying to identify birds, and it looks like it is possibly a feather from a Great Horned Owl!  Cool, right?!

Back to the layout, I wanted to scrap this story of our very own resident owl and thought this toucan would be such a cute touch!  I sized him to about 8.5" tall, backed him with papers from Confetti Wishes and stitched around him with coordinating embroidery floss.

I originally attempted to watercolor the branches/leaves, but was unsuccessful so I just cut them off, and re-cut the branches on some smooth white cardstock and sized them even bigger than they were originally.   Since I was used a patterned paper background, I opted to keep them white so they would really pop off the page.

Since I was using the Confetti Wishes collection, and it has sort of a birthday party theme, I decided to play off of that for my title.  "Party Animal" seemed fitting since it reminded me of the owl that is awake at all hours of the night and morning.  To really play off the party animal theme, I added a little party hat to my toucan and a balloon sticker right behind my title.

And that's it!  Thank you so much for stopping by!cx

xo, Kira

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Soak up the Sun | Erica Thompson

Hey everyone!  Erica here with you today to share a new layout using the Dainty Doily cut file!

The Dainty Doily cut file is so fun to work with and I had a lot of fun backing it with pretty papers from my stash kit!  Once again I used some older papers from Simple Stories and Pink Paislee!  I decided to try something different and cut the doily in half after I had all the pieces backed.  I was a little nervous about cutting it but it turned out perfect!  Thank goodness for a nice sharp paper cutter!
I added a few layers behind my photo and used a lot of embellishments from Fancy Pants Designs Hello Sunshine collection.

To make it a little faster to back the files I pulled out some of my circle punches to cut out the papers I used.  This saved me a lot of time and also helped use up some smaller scraps I had.  
The photo is of my niece Mia enjoying some sun and pool time!  I thought this was the perfect photo to use the Dainty Doily cut file!  The circle shape of her pink floatie just reminded me of the shape of the cut file!  Here is a look at my completed layout!  

The possibilities are endless with this file!  I would love to see what you create with the Dainty Doily cut file!  You can grab it HERE in The Cut Shoppe!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Make sure to follow The Cut Shoppe on Facebook and Instagram to say up to date on all the new cut file releases, sales and Freebies!  

Friday, June 15, 2018

YAY Showtime

Hey there friends! Kelly back again today to share a new 12x12 layout using The Big Screen Cut File.

I started in Cricut Design Space by slicing out the filmstrip portion of the cut file. I then unlocked the dimensions of the cut file and resized the filmstrip so my small 2x2" photos would fit behind the openings. I duplicated the filmstrips once I had them sized correctly and then cut both of the filmstrips on black cardstock.

My photos are very grainy so I converted them to black & white and printed them small to try to mask some of the poor quality. This layout is more about the story than the photos so I didn't mind that the photos weren't perfect. I positioned my photos behind three of the openings in the filmstrip and used the other remaining spots for my journaling.

Sometimes the stories that need to be told don't always have the perfect photos to go along with it. I love that the filmstrip from The Big Screen Cut File was a great way to not only get multiple photos on my layout, but it also helped mask some of the imperfections of the less than perfect quality of the photos!

Now you can take a look at my process video that includes a Cricut tutorial.

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me and remember to head to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

New Cut Files | Sweet Smile

I can't help myself, but I always gravitate to background cut files.  But I have to say, it was definitely hard choosing which of the new cut files I wanted to work with on this layout.  In the end, the new Brick House cut file won out!  And I'm glad, because I love the end result of the layout using the background cut file and the Pick Me Up collection from Pink Paislee by Paige Evans.

When I use a cut file like this, I usually like to back each open space with a different patterned paper.  I've got a lot going on right now with several projects, so I decided to find an easier way to get the same look without it being so time consuming.  I love this 12x12 paper in the Pick Me Up collection, but I wasn't sure how to use it.  Once I cut the Brick House design, I knew immediately this patterned paper would be perfect.  It gives a multi-patterned paper look behind the cut file, without spending so much time cutting and adhering all the different papers.

Another favorite paper in the collection, is the design with the fun frames.  I wanted to use the Thickers for my title, but I was afraid they might get lost layered just over the background paper.  I decided to fussy cut 5 of the frames and use the cut pieces as the base for each letter in the word "sweet".  The end result was just what I was looking for, and it really helped the letters stand out from the background.  I used one of the chipboard pieces that said "smile" to complete the title of the layout.

Lately, I've been in this mode of creating offset clusters on my layouts.  I like the idea of having a lot of elements layered around my photo, especially when I have a busy, colorful background.  All of the elements help draw the eye to the photo or photos on your layout.  Once I have that main cluster finished, I will usually add a smaller cluster using some embellishments from the collection, to give the layout a balanced look.

I hope you've been inspired with some ideas today, for using the new Brick House cut file.  You can find it in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store along with three other fun designs!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

"Love" A Minimalistic Layout with Neftali

Hello there crafty ladies! It’s Neftali back again to share a fun and simple layout with you today. This time I thought I would share a simple technique that would encourage those crafters that might feel a little intimidated to use cutfiles in their layouts. I thought I could share a fun way to make your cutfile use simple, quick, and in no time at all.

But first, here is my layout:

I used the Leaf It To Me cutfile available in the shop.

I sized it down on my Silhouette Studio to fit 4 copies on one 12x12 sheet. This left me with 12 total leaves to work with.

So, as my title suggests, this is very much a minimalist layout which took me no longer than 20 minutes to complete. I wanted to be able to share with you how you don’t necessarily have to spend so much time creating with cut files.

Occasionally, I feel that it can feel a little intimidating thinking that, on top of cutting time, you’ll have to spend many hours backing a cut file. Although the results are worth every minute, there are also options to create something stunning but simple. So I went for it!

I loved the idea of keeping a monochromatic feel to my layout, so I cut the leaves on white card stock and scrapped them atop a textured white card stock. Before I added my embellishments on the page I used the packaging technique to add a very subtle amount of color with silver mist. Then I splattered some gold mist.

Now came the easy part, I simply backed my photo with an ephemera piece from the Crate Paper flourish collection and attached it to the center of my page.

I began to add my leaves on top and below my image so that they created a triangle shaped on each each. I layered them on top of each other and used wet glue at the stems so that they would keep some good ol’ dimension.

Next, I cut an old Pink Paislee Moonstruck journal card in half and added that to the left and right side of my image to fill in those big gaps. I was surprised that this year old collection matched so well with the other Crate Paper card.

Finally, I brought out the Flourish gold puffy stickers and added some more pops of gold by sticking some vines and leaves randomly around the clusters.

My title was placed at the bottom of my page with the word “Love” because I love the selfie of myself!

That was it, friends! This layout came together super quick and I still feel like the cut file I used kicked a punch as much as when I back them with bright colors.

So are you guys inspired to create something quick, easy, and fun with the cut files available in the TCS shop? I hope I’ve inspired you to try something new!

Thanks for stopping by today, I will be back soon with more inspiration! Xo

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

♥ Beautiful Day | Shannon Morgan

Good morning friends! I'm bringing you this layout today featuring these awesome files: Untamed Heart and (a fast becoming favorite) The Working Title 

I really couldn't think of better files to use to celebrate Mack's 8th Grade Graduation and the earthly Fathers who lover her. Mack graduated with honors and she's now a freshman. I can't read handle that part, but I can handle that she's loved and supported by a great community and led by two great men. 

Here's a close up of that great title:

I used foam dots to have it pop off the page.

Thank you for letting me share with you! 
Make sure you're checking The Cut Shoppe for new files, Ashley is adding them all the time!!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Hello There by Jill

Hey friends!  I'm sharing a new mixed media page today highlighting the Word of Mouth file in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store!

I started this page by sizing the Hello There file to approximately 3.6 x 3.7 inches with my Silhouette software.  I cut the file and then backed it with tissue paper.  I used my sewing machine and white thread to stitch around the circle a few times.

Next, I mat the photo with tissue paper and a few layers of patterned papers.  I adhered this to my mixed media background on top of a few thread nests.  My background is white cardstock covered in gesso, then I used several colors of spray inks to add lots of coordinating color to the layout.

I added stickers and die cuts, making layers with the black and white striped circles behind the other embellishments.  I wanted to tie in the black letter stickers to the rest of my page.

My last step was adding journaling and the date.

Thanks for checking out my newest project for The Cut Shoppe!