Saturday, June 24, 2017

First I Drink the Coffee . . .

Hello Cut Shoppe friends! It is hard to believe that a year has already gone by and I'm posting my last project with The Cut Shoppe. I have loved every minute of working with Ashley and this team of talented designers and look forward to future endeavors.

Today's project is a traveler's notebook spread using the Cuppa Joe cut file - even though I haven't traveled - which I am totally loving right now.

My project began with the spread on the left, which uses molding paste, a stencil, and gold embossing powder. Once I had the paste on the paper, I sprinkled the embossing powder over the top of everything, removed the excess, and then set it with my heat gun.

Next, I pulled some Pink Paislee and Crate Paper patterned papers from my stash (past Scrapbook Circle kits) and cut the sentiment using the Cuppa Joe file. These were adhered using foam squares and glue. This page was completed with a floral die from Paige Evans and a strip of the dotted paper to tie the spread together.

Next came the right side with my black and white photo. Here, I used more of the dotted paper from Paige Evans as a background. The photo is backed with patterned paper from Crate Paper and adhered with foam squares. Next, I used a journaling card that is cut in half - the top half is above the photo with the bottom half below.

The top of the photo is embellished with the gold "bliss" sentiment by Heidi Swapp and stickers from Webster's Pages and Shimelle.

The finished spread gives you an idea of just how much I love my morning coffee.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Away We Go!

Hi friends! It's Monique here with you today and I'm about to share the last layout I created as a member of The Cut Shoppe Design Team. Sadly the design team will be finishing at the end of this month. I can't believe how fast this year went! I've had the time of my life and am so grateful to Ashley for having me on her team and letting me play with all of her fun cut files!

For today's layout I thought it would be a good idea to use my favorite cut file once more: the "All Heart" cut file! 

Here's what I created with it, also using Crate Paper's Oasis collection: 

and here's the "All Heart" cut file I used:

I so love this cut file! and although I've used the cut file a few times before the layouts always turn out totally different! Here are a couple of close-ups ... as you can see I've adhered the title in the large hearts and filled all the empty hearts (large and small) with enamel hearts. 

Isn't the puffy flamingo the best?!! 

And if you're curious about the other layouts I created with this cut file, here are two of them: one I created for Doodlebug:

and one I created for Pretty Little Studio:

It's only now that I notice all the pinks in my pages! Must be because of all the hearts, lol. 

Now, if you're looking for this cut file or any other cut file with hearts just check The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store! There are so many fun designs and products available at the store.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I am sure I will see you all around (just follow me on Instagram or my blog).


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weekend Fun

Hello its Melissa here for the last time with you.  Today I have a layout to share that I made with the Follow Your Heart Background Cut File.  As soon as I saw this cut file it reminded me of a spiderman heart cobweb, and when my son (now 10) was little and used to dress up in superhero costumes!!  These photos aren't Spiderman, but I think Superman can work too!  He was only 2 when I took these at what was at the time our favourite cafe in Queenstown.

I used my April Hip Kit with a couple of pieces from the March kit.  I must admit that I struggle with scrapping primary colours, especially photos like these with strong red and blue tones.

I love this cut file so much!  I wanted to let the Dear Lizzy background paper show so I only backed two of the inner hearts. 

I had fun layering embellishments that went with my masculine page!

And here is the cut file.

Thanks so much for looking!  

Finally I want to thank Ashley for the amazing year on this team, all her support and inspiration.  I'm so sad this is my last post, I adore the cut files and I've loved designing with my wonderful team mates.  I will always be so appreciative that she gave me this opportunity,  I've loved every minute of it, it was truely a dream come true! xxx

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

You Float My Boat

Hello everyone,

Nathalie here bringing you a new summer project that features the beautiful "Nautical Notions" cut file.

As this goes live, we are in the middle of packing our bags to set on a long family vacation to beautiful Ecuador, my native land.  This picture is one of our favorites from our last trip back home.

I chose the Nautical Notions cut file  to create the helm as the large icon on this layout.  Once cut from one of the papers in Ashley's Ain't Life Grand collection, i created an offset to the image, and cut it from white cardstock.

After gluing the two cut outs together, a bit of hand stitching does not only secure them together, but add texture to the page.  A bit of mixed media behind the helm brings the eye to the piece.  A few of the embellishment pieces from the collection were added around the helm , and picture to create a visual triangle on the page.

The title of this page was also created from the same cut file.  Once again i used  a paper from the collection to cut it from, and machine stitched it to the page.  A few enamel dots complete the page.

 Remember to check the Nautical Notions cut file, and all the other designs in the Cut Shoppe Etsy Store.  There is so much inspiration on the designs and products available at the store.

Thanks for stopping by today!,  Sadly this is    my last post for the Cut Shoppe, as the design team  will be finishing at the end of this month.  I will forever be thankful to Ashley for taking a chance on me, and being a constant source of inspiration and encouragement!.  The past 12 months being on this team have been memorable: i got to meet a great group of designers, work with Ashley's beautiful designs, and shared my work with you all.    I am sure I will see you all around (just follow  me on Instagram or my blog)

Take care!

Monday, June 19, 2017

You're Kind of a Big Deal

Welcome to the Cut Shoppe blog, Wendy here today sharing some birthday inspiration.  I do not like to document birthdays; I need all the help I can get.  Enter the Instant Camera cut file and I have the basics of the layout done and now to embellish!

I enlarged the instant camera cut file to fit on my page, I also cut the word smile out of black cardstock to make it pop.  Using Picasa, I created a photo collage of some fun birthday memories to house inside of the photo opening.

My title came from the Simple Stories Let's Party collection.  To make the instant frame stand out more I used my black Sharpie to outline the frame and give it a defined fun look.

And then some fun embellishing puts the icing on the cake and another birthday has been documented, finally!

This and many other cut files that will help document your birthday celebrations can be found at 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

DIY Stencil Using Background Cut Files

Hello everyone! It's Zinia here and I'm back to share with you another art journal spread using some gorgeous cut files from the Cut Shoppe store.

I've been sharing a few artsy projects with you lately but for some reason I didn't really use my most favorite technique in them. What I mostly love about cut files in art journaling is creating my own stencils.

I use some laminating sheets, stick them together and feed them in my Silhouette to cut all sorts of fun stencils from the beautiful background cut files.

I really love playing with bright colors and layering acrylic paint. The optical illusion cut file is the perfect design to add a beautiful texture for a bit of extra interest in between the different layers.

You can use this technique in any project. It will work beautifully with cards or scrapbook layouts but I personally love using it in my art journal the most.

I really hope you enjoyed this and got inspired to use your cut files in more creative and artistic ways.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hello Happy Spring!

Hi! Irit here and today I'm sharing a spring project, even though summer is just around the corner! Here's my finished page-

Here's the cut file I used-

The bicycle fit my photos perfectly!

All the papers and embellishments are from the Felicity Jane Willow kit. Thanks so much for stopping by and I will see you later this month with another new project. Make sure you check out The Cut Shoppe for this cut files and many many more!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Make a Splash

Hello friends!  Candace with you today to share a little summer inspiration in my travelers notebook. I love documenting little moments in my travelers notebook and this was perfect!  To complete my spread I used the Make a Splash file you can check it out in the shop here

To start the spread I printed out my photo at 5x7.  I knew I wanted to place the photo in the center of the spread so I cut down the center of the photo at 3.5 inches and placed each half on the spread.  

For the title I placed a piece of the file on the upper right hand corner along with a few embellishments from Elle's Studio.

I added my journaling on a tag in the lower left hand corner tucked in-between a few of the waves in the file. 

I love the simplicity of travelers notebook spreads and the sweet moments that can be captured and documented.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Give documenting your little summer memories in travelers notebooks a try and get creative!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Hi Everyone, Michelle back today with a new layout share, my 2nd last as a member of The Cut Shoppe Design Team. I'm not ready for my time here to end as I've been having way too much fun creating with all the fun cut files Ashley creates. But, as they say, All good things must come to an end. 

Here's what I created this week..

For this layout I've chosen a single file from the free cut file set shared back on National Scrapbooking Day. You can find that HERE. 

I enlarged the file to around 10x10 inches and backed all the open pieces with pattern papers from the Wild at Heart Collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I backed the entire piece before I'd chosen a photo and title so there's a lot of hidden paper piecing behind there lol I also added some machine stitching to accentuate the spirograph design 

I've used a cut apart card for the title and added it to the centre of the cut file design along with the photo, other cards, ephemera strips and stickers.

I've created 2 clusters of embellishments to create some form of a diagonal design across the page, this helps balance the layout, and is my favourite technique when scrapbooking.

Under all those layers is a tonne of foam.. With a large full piece like this, I've used large pieces of fun foam rather than foam tape. It still adds just as much dimension and is more economical to use than the amount of tape needed for something this size.

Well, that's all from me today. I hope this has given you a daily dose of Cut file inspiration. 

Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Michelle xx