Monday, July 23, 2018

Christmas in July with Kira

Hey everyone!  I can't help myself when I see a fun trend going on in the crafty world...I just HAVE to join in.  So when everyone started posting about their fun Christmas in July projects, I was feeling a bit left out.  Since I usually complete my entire holiday album in December, I don't have a lot of Christmas photos to scrap in July, but I thought I could make some cute Christmas decor instead!

Have you used The Cut Shoppe cut files for home decor yet?!  If not, I am going to show you step by step how easy it can be!

First, gather your supplies:
 - project surface (I used this 18" x 5" wood plaque)
 - paint and paint brushes (I stuck with white and black but clearly you could make this project as colorful as you'd like!)
 - vinyl (I am no vinyl expert and know there are tons of choices out there, I used American Crafts black mat vinyl which I purchased at my local Tuesday Morning)
 - a cut file or two!
 - a die cut machine (I own/use a Cricut, but I know Silhouette has all the same capabilities in this department)
 - contact paper or blue painters tape

I started by painting my wood plaque.  I used regular acrylic paint and painted the background white and the "frame" black.  It's best to do this first so you can let it dry while you cut your vinyl.

Next, choose your design.  I used the Wintry Mix cut file as my main focus on this piece.  I had a hard time deciding between a few of the designs on this cut file because they're all so cute!  I eventually went with the mountains.  I sized them to 4" tall so they would fit on my plaque.  This only made them about 8" wide though, and needed to fill in some space.  So I used the Brush Up Alpha to spell out the phrase "Let it Snow". 

Once I had the sizing how I wanted it, I cut everything out on the vinyl.  You'll place your vinyl color side up on your mat to cut, and choose the appropriate setting on your machine. 

 Once the images are cut out, you'll need to "weed" the image, leaving it looking like this:

Then you'll use contact paper, or blue painters tape (whichever you have on hand, they both work great!) to transfer the images to your project base. 

If you use painters tape, layer each strip over the other so it forms a single sheet of tape.  Rub over the top of the tape so that the vinyl adheres to the tape and lift it from the vinyl backing. Then place the image on your project base. 

Once all the images are where you like them, rub down so that everything sticks in place.  When removing the tape, go slowly so you don't accidentally ruin placement or tear the vinyl.

 And there you go!  A custom piece of Christmas decor!

I had made a mistake on my first cut so I had an extra little tree from the Wintry Mix cut file.  I decided to place it to the right of "Let it Snow". 

I am super happy with how this came out and can't wait to display this with the rest of my holiday decor this winter!  Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Kira

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Liam Jay | Erica Thompson

Happy Sunday everyone!  Erica here with you today to bring you a layout using the Super Star Alpha from The Cut Shoppe!

I wanted to cut out my sons name Liam Jay and use that as the main focus of my layout!  I cut the letters out of American Crafts white cardstock!  Once I had the letters picked out for his name I made sure that each letter was touching each other and then welded them together so they each word would be one piece.  It was very easy to do and I love how it came it!
I used a super cute collection designed by Lacey Gasper called Burps & Giggles!  I just love the colors in this collection!  It is a digital collection so you can print at home or do like I did and send to your local printer to print it off for you!  
I backed each letter with pattern paper and adhered to my layout using foam tape!  I love this alpha so much!!  It is so fun and can be used on so many different themed layouts!  I think it would also be fun to use some sketch pens with it and cover a whole paper in this alpha!  Maybe some fun words or lyrics to a song! 
Here is a look at my completed layout!  Maker sure to check out my process video HERE!

Thank so  much for stopping by today!  We would love to see how you use the Super Star Alpha cut file!  Make sure to tag us when using TCS files on your projects!  Have a great rest of your day and if you have not already joined the Scrap Spot on Facebook we would love to see your lovely face!  You can check it out HERE!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Doxie Love | Shannon Morgan

Shannon here, sharing this layout featuring my spoiled dogs who feel the need to sniff every blade of grass in our yard every single day (multiple times) and then look at me with great disdain when I ask them to come in. You can see in the second layout that they actually contemplated listening to me for a moment. Of course I had to document this, and use some of The Cut Shoppe's awesome files for the perfect embellishment. 

Rock and Lucy have forcibly made me spend time outside in the sun. In the summer. 
They are lucky I love them as much as I do. 

Here's the great TCS files that I used for this layout:

As always, there's close ups for you to see of the super fun cut files:

Make sure you keep checking the blog for new files, freebies and inspiration from the talented design team!


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cool In The Pool Layout | Elsie Robinson

Hey everyone, it's Elsie here! Did you know that The Cut Shoppe offers a free cut file every month, right here on the blog? I love a big, bold title and so this months cut file is one I just had to make a layout with! You can click this link to find the free 'Cool In The Pool' cut file.

For my layout, I oversized the cut file to make it stretch across the entire page, and I rotated it slightly which I find created a more balanced design, and I cut it from white cardstock.

I then backed each letter with a different patterned paper, to create a really colourful design. Also because these letters are so big they're the ideal spot to back with a photo.

To make the cut file stand out even more, I used a brick patterned paper as my background. I love how much of a statement this makes!

And finally I went a little crazy with a lot of pool/summer themed embellishments, because big title designs are ideal for stash-busting because you can create a lot of embellishment clusters.

I had so much fun making this page, so I hope you also are inspired to create a layout using this cut file!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

let love grow | orange gearle

Hello! Orange Gearle here with a new spread in my Traveler's Notebook. I used THREE different items from The Cut Shoppe

This layout is in my "junk journal" style TN that I made with patterned papers. Some of my pages are smaller -- and this left side was perfect for my title! I used the Super Star Alpha for part of my title. Did you know that The Cut Shoppe has Traveler's Notebook files? For the right side, I used the heart decorative page from Love Rules Traveler's Notebook!   They are sized perfectly for a standard TN, and I love the extra fun they add!  Finally I used the printable available in the shop called The Road Trip. Even though this isn't about a road trip, I couldn't resist those cute flowers! They were perfect for this one!  Here's a look at the cut files I used.

Here are a couple of close up photos of my project:

This alpha. I know I am going to use this over and over again. I love the stars!! 

I also made a video of my process if that suits your fancy!

Thank you so much for stopping by! XO o.g.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Really? | Kelly Janes

Hey there friends! Kelly back with you today sharing a new 12x12 scrapbook layout using the Summer Vibes Cut File.

I loved the diagonal design of this text print patterned paper that I used as my background, and I knew I wanted my layout to go in the same direction. So I tilted my photos along with the embellishments to fit the flow of the paper, but I felt something was still missing.

I went through my cut file collection and came across the Summer Vibes Cut File. I cut two large palm leaves from a striped patterned paper and tucked them alongside the photos. I love the extra pop of color and how the leaves help fill up the page. I LOVE the summer feel of this layout!

Thanks for spending part of your day with me!! Remember to head to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files & digital collections!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Shine On Layout with Neftali

Happy Monday lovely readers, it’s Neftali here today to share a fun layout using mainly Cutfiles! 

I know it’s fun to always bring out our stash to create with the gorgeous TCS cutfiles, but have you ever created a layout using only cutfiles? Well, let’s get into today’s layout share!

For this particular layout I used the Floral Arrangement cutfile that wasn’t live on the shop on the 28th of June. 

These beautiful florals had me thinking which way I could use them on my layout. I thought about backing them with some pretty patterned papers. But then I remembered I have just recently received some glitter pastes in pretty much the perfect colors for a floral arrangement. So I went for it, and simply spread the glitter paste using 4 different colors. 

For the base of my page, I used some gelatos as watercolors to add a bit of color to my page. I then added some gold splatters and waited for that to dry.

Once it was dry, I stuck my flowers and leaves in a diagonal shape and quickly added my photo. One of me a couple of years back when I had purple hair and was having fun using some filters. It’s always great to scrap older photos I’ve been holding onto for some time!

The final touch was my title from the Vicki Boutin Thickers which went so well with all the fun glitter on my page! 

So friends, I want to challenge you all to try out a layout where you use minimal supplies to make your cut files the main attraction! 

I can’t wait to see what you make. Thanks for stopping by today!