Friday, January 13, 2017

Beautiful Sisters Layout with The Cut Shoppe

Today I want to share this flowery layout that uses the Girl Stuff and Scribble Scrabbles files from The Cut Shoppe and the Cute Girl collection from Crate Paper, which I created earlier this week.

To begin the layout, I used the Scribble Scrabbles cut file (the hearts) and patterned vellum paper to create a large background and the base for my photo, title, and embellishments. It is a little hard to see; however, I machine-stitched around the cut file several times with white thread.

With the base adhered, I next cut the title from the Girl Stuff file. To give more depth, I used the offset feature on the Silhouette Cameo to create the slightly larger pink background on the black and white patterned paper.

Next, I began attaching the embellishments around the diameter of the Scribble Scrabbles cut. While doing this, I laid the photo and title on the layout and then arranged the embellishments where I thought they looked best and would still be visible.

With the embellishments in place, I used double-sided foam squares to adhere the photo and title.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to create! Be sure to visit The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store for these and many other wonderful digital cut files for your projects!


Monday, December 26, 2016

Hello friends! I was so excited to share in the festivities this month with The Cut Shoppe's product swap with Pretty Little Studio!

For this project I used the colorful, festive papers and embellishments from Pretty Little Studio's Holly Jolly Collection along with new cut files - 'Tis the Season and Tree Farm available in The Cut Shoppe Etsy store.

I started by cutting several trees using white card stock, which I backed with several of the patterned papers and vellum from Holly Jolly, and attached to a 12x12 piece of white card stock.

Next, I cut the title using patterned paper and offset that with the Clear Peppermint Stripes acetate, which I love using whenever possible to give projects that added bit of texture. If you are not sure what settings to use when cutting acetate, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube.

When layering the title, I used double-sided foam squares for dimension between the layers as well as behind it to make it "pop" off of the page.

Next up were embellishments - I chose to keep these simple since the layout already has a lot going on. I choose a few die cuts, acrylic stars, and enamel dots. Last was the cute deer and tiny bow on the title.

Thank you so much for visiting and happy creating!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What Matters Most with The Cut Shoppe

Hello friends! This week on The Cut Shoppe blog I shared a layout about true friendship - something I believe all of us need. 

To create this layout, I used the Bountiful Blessings cut file along with Fancy Pants Designs' Golden Days Collection. Both work perfectly with this photo of my daughter and her best friends.

I began this layout using a basic grid design - I loved the papers in the collection and wanted to use a bit of everything. Also, a grid is a great place to start if you are stuck in terms of design. For this, I cut nine 3x3 squares and then cut slightly smaller coordinating squares to place on top of each.

With the grid in place, I used the feathers from Bountiful Blessings to create "leaves" for my cluster of floral embellishments, which I placed on the left side of the photo.

Next, I stapled the "My tribe" clear overlay to the bottom-right side of the photo with my Tiny Attacher. I followed this with a bottom border sticker.

My final step was to embellish the remaining squares, which I tried to keep simple. The photo speaks so much to me that I wanted to keep the embellishments somewhat simple. I also chose not to journal because I love the photo, and again it speaks volumes about these girls' friendship without needing explanation.

Remember! There is still time to take advantage of the The Cut Shoppe's December discount. Shop the Shoppe during the month of December, use code MERRY31 at checkout, and receive a 31% discount on your entire order!

Thank you for visiting today and have a wonderful holiday season!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Best Ever with Scrapbook Circle

Hello! This week on the Scrapbook Circle blog I shared this bright, cheery layout made with the December add-on, Be Happy.


When I first opened my kit, I was immediately drawn to the adorable Crate Paper bows - especially the turquoise - and bonus, it matches my photo perfectly!


With this project, I wanted to keep the elements mostly centered on the page, so I strayed from my usual 12 x 12 layout and cut the paper down to 8 1/2 x 11. Doing this allowed me cluster my elements without feeling as if there was too much negative space. However, I did sew strips of patterned paper on the top and bottom borders of the page to anchor everything.


When creating clusters of embellishments, I tried to use mainly circle-shaped elements to keep everything consistent. I love all of the goodies in the Be Happy Add-On because everything matches so well!


With all of my embellishments in place, I created a title with the acrylic sentiment and added a small bit of journaling below it. My final touch was to add a few splatters of paint and some of the Reset Girl enamel dots. What I love most about this layout is that the photo is quite old, yet it has a modern feel because of the fun papers and embellishments!


Thank you for stopping by today!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

All You Need is a Dog . . .

Hello friends! I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful holiday with family and friends!

Today I am sharing a layout for The Cut Shoppe made with the Give a Dog a Bone and Oodles of Doodles cut files.

To create this layout, I began by cutting several of the flowers and hearts from the Oodles of Doodles cut file. I used Pink Paislee's Moonstruck collection for my patterned papers and AC card stock, which I splattered with paint.

Next, I used Give a Dog a Bone to create the title, which was layered on top of the flowers and topped with a cute bow.


When layering the flowers, I only adhered them enough to keep them on the paper so they stand up and kind of flow out from behind everything.

Behind the photo I arranged the hearts cut from the Oodles of Doodles file to create a larger flower.

I finished the project by adding a few embellishments, sequins, and enamel dots.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Friday, November 18, 2016

October Projects with The Cut Shoppe

With a little bit of time to breath between work and classes, I wanted to post the projects I created for my October posts with The Cut Shoppe. I cannot tell you how much fun I am having on the design team and how grateful I am for the opportunity!!

First up is one of my favorite layouts ever . . . like, totally. This project used watercolors to create the title along with the Leaf it to Me and Hello Fall cut files.

Next up is this Halloween layout of my youngest kiddo. For this project I finally joined the "stitch all the things on your layout" wagon and did not love it. I stitched the bolder portions of the web with black yarn and then machine-stitched the inside.

This layout incorporated the Happy Haunting cut file, Ghost Town digital/printable collection, and the acrylic sentiment - all of which are available in The Cut Shoppe Etsy shop.


Thank you so much for visiting and stay tuned for further adventures!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

No Papercrafting with a Bit of Computer Science

For anyone who regularly visits my blog, you may be wondering what in the world this post is referring to. Most people are unaware that I am working on another bachelor's degree to secure my permanent teaching certificate. Currently, I am enrolled in an intro to computer science course that requires I build a blog . . . which I already have. So, if you find some random posts regarding computer science, you will know it is part of an assignment.

That being said, I have been asked to answer the following questions.

How big of an impact do you feel that journaling/reflecting has made on your learning to this point in the course? How much of an annoyance has it been to this point?

Journaling and reflecting have had a positive impact on my learning because it forces me to really think about what concepts have been covered and my understanding of those concepts. As for being an annoyance, it really hasn't been.

Just for fun, here are my most recent projects for The Cut Shoppe. ;)