Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"Wonderful Memories" with Jennifer


this is Jennifer with a new project for The Cut Shoppe.

For the layout I used one of the new cutfiles: Camp Out

I cut the mountain range in three different sizes and backed the mountain tips with a mint colored paper. To give my layout dimension I glued them down in three different heights: flat, popped up once and popped up twice.

For my title I used a die cut and a big chipboard word. I used my gelatos to smudge on a bit of color to the bottom of the shape with my finger. I really liked the resulting ombre effect that mirrored my background paper.

I used a small punch to punch out little stars from some golden glitter paper and added them to the background.

A few sprinkles of gold shimmer spray and little embellishments finished my layout.

That's it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you soon!


Sunday, October 29, 2017

"Butterflies" with Kira

Hello crafty friends!  Kira here with another scrapbook layout.  I have been obsessively visiting The Cut Shoppe to find the ~perfect~ cut file...but with so many choices, it's kind of hard to decide.  But I had visions of butterflies with this one.

I used the Social Butterfly cut file, but deleted all but one butterfly when importing into my design software.  Then I upload the single butterfly a second time to create a template to back the butterfly.  I used white textured cardstock to cut out the outlined butterflies and then a variety of papers in shades of orange, greens, and teals to cut out the backings.

I wanted the butterflies to be layered on top of each other so I cut twice as many "backings" as I did outlines.  And I wanted a variety of sizes so I cut them between 1.5" and 2.2". Once I had everything cut out, I started placing the layers together.

Then I machine stitched down the centers of all the butterflies with white thread on some and aqua thread on others.  I left the excess thread on the butterflies and tangled it on top of their bodies for a little added texture.  Then I folded the wings to give them a little dimension.

I decided to scrapbook this picture of my husband with our youngest son as they sat on a park bench together.  Seriously, how adorable are these two?  The title came easy, because, no joke, these two give me butterflies.

I can never get enough of a wood grain background and I like the "outdoorsy" neutral it provides.  But I craved a little pop of color, so I placed it on this navy blue floral paper.  To give it a little more texture, I distressed the edges and tore to spots on the side.  I tucked some thread beneath one of the tears and a butterfly beneath the other.  I stapled down the flaps to give it another added bit of texture.

I finished off the page by stitching over the foam thickers with some aqua thread.  And added the date stamp and called my page done!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 27, 2017

"New turtle species" with Anna Komenda

Hello everyone. It's Anna here with another project created with The Cut Shoppe cut files. To be honest I always have a problem creating with TCS files because there are so many so fantastic ones and I can't decide what to use. I spend hour jumping through the files trying to decide if it's the right one. This layout wasn't an exception... I had this fun picture of my daughter wearing a turtle shell and wanted to make some light and simple layout with it.

Finally, after many deep thoughts, I picked "Get to the point" background cut file and used white cardstock to cut it. I backed it with some patterned paper and sewed around. 

I glued the picture in the spot where all the arrows pointed. It's a great design to highlight only one picture. I embellished area around the photo but I didn't want to cover too much of a background.

My title is a combination of alpha stickers and a cut out. Word "turtle" was created with the "All caps alpha" file and painted with watercolors.

I like creating those light and fun designs and cut files are the perfect way to spread your stash and make unique pages.

That's all for today. Thank you for stopping by and see you in November.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Boo with Christin

Hello everyone. Christin here today to share with you a Halloween layout and some scary eyes.

I used the cut file Fright Night

Because of the purple eyeshadow and the purple hat I decided to go all in with different purple shades in this layout.  I used watercolors in different shades and drops of mist for the background. 

The stitches were made to create some more contrast.  The stitching actually takes much longer than time the mixed media.....

 I didn't want the cut file to be covered up too much so I decided to use very little decorations. just a few bats here and there and some embellishments around the title.

Don't be afraid to go big.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Boo | Kelly Janes

Hey friends! Kelly here with a new layout using the Fright Night Cut File!

I started in Cricut Design Space by slicing out the word Boo from the Fright Night Cut File. I then resized the image by unlocking the proportions and stretching the image to the same size as my 4x6" photo.

I added watercolor behind the cut file using the packaging technique and added hand stitching to help the cut file pop off the page! For final touches I added numerous Halloween themed embellishments around the layout.

Now you can take a look at my YouTube Process Video that includes a Cricut Design Space tutorial.

Halloween is my favorite holiday to scrapbook and I always love Ashley's Halloween Cut Files! Be sure to head to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the fun designs!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hello My Pretty | Jill Keller

I took about a million pictures of my girly's first Halloween.  I'm still scrapping them, and she's 5.5 years old.  Ha!

To create this page I used the spider web from the Creepy Crawly cut file from The Cut Shoppe, enlarging the web as large as I could on a 12x12 cutting mat, even allowing it to go off the cutting area just a bit.

After adhering the cut file to my background paper, I machine stitched using gold thread.

No, my stitching isn't perfect, and I had a heckuva time going around the numbers and letters, but I think the imperfections make the page even sweeter.

Isn't that little spider just adorable?  He's so big and round, not scary at all!  I embellished my page with stickers and die cuts, adding some pieces with foam adhesive for more dimension.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Little moments with Christin

Hello everyone. Christin here with my first layout sharing a fall-themed layout.   You don't always have to go big with the cut files. Subtle works too.  My layout today just consists of the cutfile, a layer of patterned paper behind the cut files and some embellishments.

My little girl is about to pick some blueberries so I chose a blue mixed media background and a blue paper behind the cut file. 

Thank you for stopping by

You can find Autumn Acres. cut file in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store, along with our other new designs. Head on over and check them out!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Mug Shot! | Elsie Robinson

Hey TCS fans, Elsie here with a new layout! I think you can all agree that Autumn seems to have become the season of flavoured coffee. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are everywhere, which is actually what inspired this this layout! Even though I really don't like Pumpkin Spice Lattes... Eek! I prefer the Christmas themed Lattes ;)

But anyway, here's my layout!

I firstly started by cutting out and backing one of the new cut files in the store 'The Great Pumpkin'. I cut it into three different sizes, the biggest pumpkin was about 6 inches wide. However, the paper was cut so thin that I definitely did not have the patience to carefully take the smaller pumpkins off the mat, so I ended up completely destroying them - oops!

Although this was easily fixed, as I used the offset tool in my Silhouette software to make the pumpkins a little wider. I made sure not to increase the width of the lines too much as I like the style of thinner lines. It worked perfectly the second time around!

I also used a leaf cut file from the 'Funky Florals' set for my pumpkin leaves because I wanted larger leaves on them to contrast with the bold orange and red patterns I backed the pumpkin cut files with.

I used the coffee mugs from the 'Cuppa Joe' set, and cut three of them out so I could scatter them amongst the pumpkins! I decided not to use either of the phrases on the cups and just cut the outlines instead.

I knew this would be a busy page and my title was going to be big element so I think to have those phrases on the cups as well, would've made the page a little too chaotic!

I love the title of this page, and it comes from 'The Java Script' set. I originally just cut the title from patterned paper but it wasn't standing out enough, so I offset the title and cut that shape from white card stock and matted the patterned piece onto that, which made it stand out a lot more!

Thanks for stopping by everyone! I'll see you soon for more layouts :)