Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My Friend with The Cut Shoppe

Hello friends! Today I am sharing a project made with the Flower Power cut file from The Cut Shoppe Etsy store.

As a teacher, I have the opportunity to spend time with some pretty amazing people and these two are no exception. Last week I went with two other advisers and 20 high school students to the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) state competition for 4 days. During that time, I was able to connect with kids and forge some lasting relationships. These two happened to show me photos they had taken earlier and agreed to let me use them on a layout.

To begin the project, I used the Flower Power cut file with white card stock. With the background cut, I then backed almost all of the flowers with patterned papers from Fancy Pants Designs, Pretty Little Studio, and Pink Paislee.

I adhered the photos to the page and began embellishing using the Fancy Pants Designs Millie and June Collection.

The journaling is simple with a few strips of printed text below the pictures.

Once I got home I was able to add a bit of stitching to the centers of a few flowers for texture. The finished page is fun and captures great memories of time well spent.

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Together is the Best Place to Be

Hello and thank you for visiting!

This week I am sharing a project created with different pieces from the Scrapbook Circle  Adore You embellishment add-on kit. It seems that I am on a bit of a black-and-white photo kick lately and this layout is no different. I originally printed the photo in color and then changed it to better match my color scheme.

The background for the layout is a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 white card stock with Maggie Holmes patterned paper cut slightly narrower and stitched in place. I used a zigzag stitch with black thread so it is more prominent and provides a visual anchor.

It is so exciting to be able to use Claudia's van Rooijen's All My Heart collection from Pretty Little Studio since she has been a part of the Scrapbook Circle Creative Team for the past year. On this layout, I layered the gold foil journaling cards behind my photo. The cards are 3 x 4, so I cut them in half to give the illusion of  larger pieces of paper being layered on top of one another.

I used the Love gold foil card as part of my title and paired it with the Heidi Swapp acetate word with foil, which is machine stitched in place with black thread.

Next, I used a small circle punch on the journaling card with hearts and used them as embellishments. They are attached with foam squares so they pop off of the page. Last, I put a few of the Bella Blvd. puffy star stickers on the layout to anchor the visual triangle.

What you don't see is the journaling . . . I put this on the back of the layout, which is something I do quite often. While the photo shows a happy scene with my kiddos, it was actually taken at my grandmother's house following her funeral services and captures what was most likely the last time I will ever be there again. While the story is important, it is one that I want to keep tucked away.

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are inspired to create!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Dog Kisses with The Cut Shoppe

Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a fun layout using The Cut Shoppe's FREE Pucker Up Buttercup file (get it here) to document the love we have for our goldendoodle Mabel.

This dog has absolutely stolen my family's heart, but my daughter and I share a special relationship with her.

To create this layout, I primarily used the My Mind's Eye On Trend 2 collection - I love the bright colors and the fun embellishments. 

I created a visual line across the top 1/3 of the layout using MME embellishments with the photo. I also added the Crate Paper gold puffy heart and 1 Canoe 2 Hazelwood cork arrows.

My final embellishments were a few enamel dots and wood accents - again from My Mind's Eye. I next attached my cut file and added a few splatters of paint.

Thanks for visiting today! Be sure to visit The Cut Shoppe for this and other fun cut files!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pretty Little Studio Guest Designer Projects and Giveaway

Hey everyone! I am so excited and honored to have had the opportunity to guest design for Pretty Little Studio this month. The following projects were created using the wonderful PLS products.

Project #1

I really love the orange colors in the Marigold and Oakley Avenue collections and they match my dress in this photo perfectly. For this project, I cut several flowers on my Silhouette using a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and layered them behind the photo. For my journaling, I created flip book (I guess that’s what it’s called) with washi tape, the photo, and journaling cards. That fox is my absolute favorite!

Project #2

This layout of my daughter Abigail is one of my favorites to date. Also,  it should be stated that I had to pay her in order to use this photo on my project! Again, I used the Marigold Collection for this project – the oranges go so well with Abby’s hair.
To begin, I used a piece of 12×12 watercolor paper and Prima watercolors to create the background. Next, I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and then layered lots of die cuts and some flair. I completed the layout by adding the title, a bit of journaling, and machine stitching around the edge.

Project #3

This layout captures my son’s inquisitive nature to a tee – he is constantly doing some sort of science experiment and this night we captured photos of freezing fog using a flashlight and his breath.
The bold striped papers are so fun and add such vibrant colors to projects. For this layout, I began with a cut file from The Cut Shoppe and black card stock. I backed several of the stars with the striped papers and then laid it across white card stock at an angle. Next, I backed my photos and placed them on top of the stars. I finished with the title (another Cut Shoppe file), the small “Explore” tag, and enamel dots.

Project #4

Since it’s February, I had to create some sort of Valentine-y project and PLS has the perfect papers and embellishments! This layout is of my husband and me a few years back. I decided to use a black and white photo so it wouldn’t clash with the papers and paired it with the You & Me collection. I kept this project pretty simple and only used a few papers, journaling cards, and one die cut. Next, I used my circle punch with the XOXO patterned paper and sewed the circles to the layout to give it more balance and texture. The title and small hearts were cut using a file from the Silhouette Design Store. I added a couple of strips of paper along the bottom of the page and called it good. This was a quick and easy layout to put together, which is what we need sometimes.

Now for the giveaway!! Please leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win the goodies shown below. I will randomly select a winner on Monday evening.

Thank you so much for visiting!!

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!