Thursday, June 21, 2018

stay magical | orange gearle

Hi Orange Gearle here with a fun layout for you! I am using the Bermuda Triangle cut file and a bunch of items from the Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful collection. Here is my layout:



Here is a closer look at the cut file:

Here are a few close-ups:


I love these wonky triangles! I backed them all with little bits of paper, mainly from the 6x6 paper pad. I love backing cut files in this manner because it's a great way to get lots of color on a page and usually not be too overwhelming. :-)  It did take a quite a while to do, but it isn't difficult, and you can sit and watch TV, listen to music, or have conversations with family while you do it. 


I left a few of the triangles empty just for something different. I used a few pieces of ephemera and also fussy cut a few extra butterflies for a few little clusters on the page.


For my journaling I used my Silhouette Cameo and a sketch pen to "type" the journaling around the square. That was a new technique to me and I like how it turned out!


Finally, I added some tangled thread, some sequins and a few other little bits and called it done. I did make a process video if that is something suits your fancy!



Thanks for stopping by, see you again soon!  XO o.g.




Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Shello! Layout | Elsie Robinson

Hey friends, it's Elsie back again with another 12x12 layout to share with you! This time I'm using another one of the newest items available in the store: The Beach Bum cut file set.


As soon as I saw the shell cut file, I knew I had to make a page with it. I love anything to do with the ocean so this cut file set is one I will get a lot of use out of!


I cut the shell from white cardstock and sized it to approximately 8x8 inches, as I wanted it to be the stand-out image on this layout. I backed each section of the shell with different patterned papers from the Dear Lizzy Stay Colorful collection.


I love backing cut files with patterned paper, as it helps all of the contrasting patterns and colours on the papers work together... It's a totally foolproof technique!


I created a land/sea scene around the shell, and made sure all of the scenic elements and my photo were touching the shell. This creates a more cohesive design as the large cut file helps join all of these separate elements together.

I hope you're inspired to grab The Beach Bum set for yourself and create lots of Summer pages!


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Globe Getter Layout | Elsie Robinson

Hey friends, it's Elsie here! I have a 12x12 layout to share with you today, using one of the new cut files available in the TCS store: The Globe Getter.


Before sending the cut file to my die-cutting machine, I edited the file a little. I used the knife tool to separate the 'O' globe from the rest of the letters and made it about twice as large. I wanted the cut file to not only take up the width of the page but also the height, which helped fill out the page to create a more balanced design on this 12x12 layout size. 


I love using 'wordy' cut files on my layouts because it means that I can back each letter with a different patterned paper. It's fun to use loads of different patterns to create a really neat but colourful design. I used papers from various Crate Paper collections to back the letters and the globe.

And of course I ended up hand-stitching around the white borders to give some more texture and dimension.


I clustered most of the embellishments around the letters, to create a cute and whimsical look. I also cut a "swoosh" curved line (not sure what else to call it!) and glued an aeroplane sticker to the end which made it look like the aeroplane is flying around the world!


And finally I used a geotag chipboard sticker to mark where my photo was taken - I love how the globe is not just a decorative element but it's also practical!!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Made For Each Other | Helen Gullett

Hello everyone... Helen is here today with a 8x11 scrapbook layout using the several cutting files from The Cut Shoppe.


A couple of days ago my husband and I celebrating out 10th Anniversary. I am still working on an album about us... I found this picture that was taken in 2008! It was 2 weeks after I arrived in States. I printed it out and it has to be on our album :)

For the background, I cut out the Sew Loved cutting file using one of the Neenah Basic 12x12 Cardstocks Collection. I added it on the page with adhesive glue.


I then cut out the flowers from the Funky Florals cutting file with white cardstocks and I added the patterned papers for the leaves and flowers with adhesive glue and trimmed the extra.

For the title, I am loving the new cutting file, Made For Each Other. I cut it with purple Neenah Cardstock and added the gold glitter cardstock for the backing with adhesive glue.


For the journaling date, I use one of the date tab from the Doo Dads cutting file. I also use three arrows as embellishment on this page. I cut the date tab using white cardstock, and then I colored the heart with Red Big Stamper's Brush Pen and I doodled the faux stitching on the tab using Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen. I also use the same pen to write the journal.

I arranged and added all the pieces on my page using the dries-clear adhesive glue. I added some of teal enamel dots to embellish the page.

Here are the files I used on my page today that you all can find them at the store:





Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you all have a fabulous and wonderful day!


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!