Saturday, January 20, 2018

My lifetime valentine with Anna Komenda

Hello everyone. Christmas is over, time to pull out all those hearts and pinks because it's time to celebrate Valentine's Day. I really like this day. I know it may be overloaded with all that glitter and sweetness but still - you can never have to many ties to celebrate love. I found my soulmate 12 years ago ans I stick to him since then.

The Cut Shoppe is a real gold mine of Valentine's days inspirations with so many cute cut files. I decided to use one from the new release called "Love Ya".

I used a picture of me and my hubby from our wedding day. It was really a touching moment and I want to remember it forever. 

I cut the word "Valentine" in a big size and backed it with pattern papers. I love this technique. You can finally use up all the scraps and you get pretty and big element to embellish your page.

Pink and cute hears are always a good idea :) And this is a cut file I used:

Thank you for stopping by and see you in February.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Cut Files | Awesome Smile

Hi there, everyone!  It's Thursday, and time for some fun new cut file sets!  We've got a great mix of designs for you today, and I decided to combine two of the sets on my layout.  I used the Heart Shaped Box background cut file and the Main Squeeze cut file.  It's always fun to layer different cut files, to help add interest to your projects!

This layout has A LOT of color!  I used the Good Vibes collection from Crate Paper.  I tried a couple of patterned papers for my background, but couldn't decide what to do at first.  Then I tried adhering the Heart Shaped Box cut file to a White card stock background, but I wasn't loving it.  So I trimmed away all of the card stock and settled on the background paper you see above!  Sometimes you just have to try a few different things, before landing on the right thing!

I love a cut file that includes a grid pattern.  The boxes inside the heart wreath are perfect for adding your favorite patterned papers.  Once I had all of the open spots filled in, I added my photo.  I used one of the cute frames from the Good Vibes collection to make the photo stand out.  Then I cut the word "Love" from the Main Squeeze cut file from a contrasting patterned paper and placed it above the photo.

And grid spots aren't just perfect for patterned papers...they're also perfect for adding embellishments.  I went through the different embellishments in the Good Vibes collection, and chose a mix of stickers, chipboard and ephemera to go in each of the grid squares.  It's definitely a busy layout, but I love the way the colors and embellishments all came together!

You can find these cut files in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store along with our other two new designs!  Head over and check them out!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

XO with Jill

Hello Everyone!  I used the new Love Ya cut file on a Christmas layout.... YES I DID! 

I started by cutting the XO out of two-toned red patterned paper, enlarging it quite a bit so I could overlap the photo on the cut file.  I adhered this to my layout with liquid adhesive, making sure the cut file edges were nice and flat so I could hand-stitch around the XO with black embroidery floss.

The next step was building layers behind my photo, so I used tissue paper and two patterned papers to frame this SnapChat photo of my sister and my daughter.

I added this to the layout at a slight angle, then added some stickers directly to the photo and a few tucked in here and there.

I love the feel of The Cut Shoppe's designs, so much whimsy and fun!  The cut files go with so many photos and work very well with my style of layouts.

Here's a look at the latest releases from The Cut Shoppe, I love that you get three different designs with the Love Ya file.

Thanks for checking out my post today!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Arcade Love | Kelly Janes

Hey there friends! Kelly back with you today to share a new boy themed layout using the Space Cadet Cut File.

I enlarged the cut file to 11.5" in Cricut Design Space and cut the image on a Bella Blvd patterned paper. I also cut the photo in a circular shape to go along with the circular theme of the cut file.

I added watered down yellow acrylic paint and applied it to the center of the layout to help the photo jump off the background. I also added paint splatters in coordinating colors. I then added multiple die cuts and stickers to go along with the video game theme of the layout. For final touches I added machine stitching in three areas on the layout to help your eye dance around the page. How fun is this cut file?! The possibilities are just endless!!

Now you can take a look at my process video to see how this layout came together!

Thank you 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!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"Snow in Love" with Enza

Hello friends! Enza here and today I'm sharing a layout featuring the Wintry Mix cut file.

My goal for this layout was to use as much patterned paper as possible. I love the Sweater Weather collection by American Crafts. It's so fun and cheerful! I started by die cutting the Snow in Love cut file out of light blue patterned paper. Since I was going to adhere it on a busy background paper, I decided to create a border by offsetting the image. This way the cut file would stand out more. This is also the reason why I popped it on foam adhesive before gluing it down.

After layering a few patterned papers behind the photos, I placed them on the right side of the cut file, and added lots of cute embellishments.

I also created a cluster at the bottom of the cut file to mimic a wintery scene, and finished the page off with wood veneer pieces and enamel dots.

I really enjoyed making this layout. The super cute ephemera pieces put a smile on my face. Find this cut file and many more in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store.

Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Under The Stars with Jennifer

Hello everybody,

this is Jennifer with a new layout for The Cut Shoppe!

For this project I used three different cutfiles. First: The Arrowheads 12x12 cutfile for my background:

For my title I used the Camp Out cutfile:

And last but not least, the Happy Clouds cutfile:

In December I took this amazing photo of the sunset over Hamburg and I've wanted to scrap it in it's wonderfully colorful awesomeness for weeks now but I lacked inspiration. I love all the colors but I didn't really know how to combine it with patterned papers or embellishments. But when I went through my stash I found a summer collection from last year that matched the colors in my photo perfectly. It was pretty much a match made in heaven.

I felt like a full 12x12 background using Arrowheads would be a bit much so I only traced half of it with my cutting software. Which turned out to be a really good idea because I didn't have a lot left of the ombre paper I used to back the cutfile.

Because I wanted to keep the focus on my picture and title I cut the cloud from Happy Clouds out of white cardstock for a white-on-white effect. I love how soft the background looks and how my picture just pops right of the page.

I cut my title from a scrap of starry night patterned paper I had laying around. For a bit of a layering effect I glued down some clouds first and added the words on top of it. A few sprinkles of gold shimmer mist to round everything out and my layout was done.

That's it for today. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Happy" with Kira

Hello friends!  It's Kira and I am back with another 12x12 layout.  I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season.  I know I did.  I got a new sewing machine on Christmas and couldn't wait to set it up and get back to stitching on my layouts!

 I used the Happy Now cut file from The Cut Shoppe to create the background of my layout.  I used the heart circles and sized them to about 3.5" x 9" and duplicated it three times.  I wanted to scrapbook this photo of my husband and I on our anniversary.  And he was thoughtful enough to buy me the Paige Evans AC sticker book so I wanted to use that as well. 

I started by taking some of the planner stickers from the sticker book and backing some of the hearts with them.  They were the perfect size for the hearts!  I kept some open too so it didn't make my layout too busy. 

Once I had the hearts backed to my liking, I adhered them lightly to my page.  Then I took out my new sewing machine (thank you greatest mother in law ever!) and stitched down each column of hearts.  Then I did a reverse stitch back up the hearts. 

I embellished the page using the sticker book as well.  Actually, the entire page was made without a single piece of pattern paper!  I tucked some stickers under the cut files, and some I popped up with craft foam to give them some dimension.  I added a few alpha stickers around the cut files spelling "Happy" and "Love" in some really tiny alphas. 

I finished off my page with a roller date stamp and called it done!  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,