Saturday, June 24, 2017

First I Drink the Coffee . . . with The Cut Shoppe

Hello 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!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Quick Card with The Cut Shoppe

Hello! I don't know about you, but life just seems to be crazy right now - leaving very little time for creating. Today I'm sharing a cute card for boys that I put together in about 30 minutes - because that's all the time I had!

For this project, I used the Notebook Doodles cut file from The Cut Shoppe with the Crate Paper Cool Kid collection.


I seriously had a very small amount of time to create this card. As a teacher, this is a very busy time of year and I have little spare time. To begin, I cut the sentiment using white mixed media paper that I painted yellow with water colors.

I used two pieces of patterned paper, which I layered on top of one another and adhered to the white card base.

After adding the sentiment with foam squares, I placed a few embellishments above and below for added color and texture.

To complete the card, I used a few enamel dots from my stash in colors that match the embellishments and papers.

Thank you for visiting! Be sure to stop by The Cut Shoppe blog each day for more inspiration from the design team.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Love You, Girl with The Cut Shoppe

Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a project of my daughter using the Happy Clouds cut file from The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store and my ginormous stash of Crate Paper collections.

To begin, I used the Happy Clouds cut file and isolated one of the images. Next, I took three of the same image, arranged them in a straight line, and welded them together.

Using the modified cut file, I cute five of the same design on different patterned papers to create a rainbow-like effect that matches the background paper. These were adhered using glue and the matted photo place on top with foam squares.

My next step was to add embellishments to the background in the same colors as the cuts to keep with the rainbow effect. The photo was placed in the white and pink parts of the paper since those are the main colors in the picture.

Finally, I added a bit of machine stitching as a border around the page as well as on the word embellishments for a bit of texture. The finished project is bright and fun. Best of all? It put a major dent in my stash!!

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to visit The Cut Shoppe for these and other cut files for all of your projects.


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Not So Little Little Brother

Hello! Today I have a layout using the  Scrapbook Circle May embellishment add-on, This is Magic.

My kids have a tradition of sitting on the kitchen counter at my mom's house and having their pictures taken. This year at Easter when I was trying to get a good shot, they started wrestling around with one another (shocking, I know). It was during this time it became very apparent to my oldest that her little brother is now much stronger than she. I love everything about these pictures and had to get them documented.

To begin, I used Pink Paislee patterned papers as the base for the layout. Next, I backed each of the four photos with yellow patterned paper from Crate Paper.

I used my Silhouette to cut the title using white card stock and more yellow patterned paper from Crate Paper. With the title cut, I used the Pinkfresh Studio acetate alphas to spell "big" and glued them on top of the "little." I wanted it to be subtle so the alphas are perfect.

Next, I added a few of the Pinkfresh Studio and Bella Blvd. embellishments along with a wood arrow from Jillibean Soup to the layout.

Last, I added a bit of journaling and drew a thin black border around the edges.

Thank you for stopping by today and be sure to visit the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page for more inspiration from the design team.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Picture Perfect Prom

Hello friends and thank you for stopping by. Today I am sharing one of my final projects as a member of The Cut Shoppe creative team, which is hard to believe. For this layout of my son's prom, I used the Picture Perfect cut file - quite discreetly behind my photo - with a whole lot of mixed media.

I used a patterned paper from Heidi Swapp's Magnolia Jane collection as the base for the layout. To create the blue and white paint effect, I sprayed the paints onto plastic packaging and smushed it onto the patterned paper. Next, I added strips of washi tape in the area behind the photo. That was followed by a stencil and Vicki Boutin's silver glaze to create the dimensional dots.

Once the paint and glaze had dried, I used a Project Life roller stamp and Pinkfresh Studio stamps on the page.

My photo was next, which I backed with the Picture Perfect file using black card stock.

My final step was to add the title "Sweet & Lovely" more embellishments (all from Pinkfresh Studio), and a bit of machine stitching. I also used a few embellishments on the right side of the layout to even everything out.

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Loving - A New Traveler's Notebook

It seems crazy to think that summer is just around the corner!  For Scrapbook Circle's May Designer's Choice project, I created a traveler's notebook spread using a journal I got at Ikea. I love that spring is finally here and flowers are beginning to bloom. This photo was taken in our back field a couple of weeks ago and goes perfectly with the papers in the May Take Note kit.

To begin this project, I used Vicki Boutin matte acrylic gel medium on the page with the photo. When that had dried, I used art crayons and watercolors in very light greens and yellows on about 2/3 of the page.

While the crayons and paints were still wet, I sprinkled salt on top, let it dry, and then rubbed it off. Doing this gives the paint a really cool speckled effect.

Next, I used the same watercolors to paint the Dear Lizzy washi tape included in the main kit. This washi is one of my new favorites - I loved being able to customize the colors to match my project.

After the washi dried, I cut the Crate Paper and Webster's Pages patterned papers to back my photo and attached everything to the page. When editing the photo, I did add the loving sentiment by Ali Edwards to the bottom right.

I then turned my attention to the left side of the spread and added my journaling. The acrylic story sentiment was placed in the middle of the journaling despite covering some of the writing. I love the effect of having it front and center. To balance all of the white on the page, I added strips of the yellow patterned paper by Crate Paper to match what is behind my photo. Last, I added black and white enamel dots from my stash to give some needed balance and texture.

The finished spread is my first traveler's notebook project of what are sure to be many. It was fun to put together.

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to visit the Scrapbook Circle of Friends Facebook page for more inspiration from the creative team!


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!!